New Years in Cornwall

New Years Eve Celebrations

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Cornwall's reputation as a thriving summer holiday destination has traditionally been matched only by her reputation for hibernating during the blustery winter months. However, towns such as St Ives and Looe have recently begun to challenge this notion and are fast becoming famous not just for their beaches and summer sunshine but for their ability to morph, once a year, into Cornwall's answer to a Carribbean Carnival.

Rapidly becoming two of the UK's favourite New Year's Eve party towns, both Looe and St Ives offer bucketloads of atmosphere and a true festival vibe to warm up the winter. In St Ives, roads are closed to traffic for what is effectively a huge street party. Hordes of people from across the country snake along the harbour in wild costume, dancing to busking samba bands and spilling out of brightly-lit pubs and cafes in time for midnight fireworks on the seafront.

And there's more of the same in Looe, where the inventive costumes are matched by a fantastic midnight firework display on the Banjo Pier. It is worth planning ahead if you intend to partake in the festivites as accomodation in both places is often booked up at least a year in advance.