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Newquay looks back on 1600 years of history and a dramatic change of identity from fortified cliff settlement, through tiny port to premier resort.

Modern man found its hidden gold; the chain of eleven beaches that have transformed Newquay in less than a century into the most popular holiday resort in Cornwall.

Because of its position at the heart of Cornwall, Newquay makes the perfect touring base to explore its history and legend.

To the north-east is Tintagel where Merlin wove his spells and King Arthur held court. To the east is Roche Rock, spiritual home of the Cornish Gorsedd and the wildly beautiful moorland of Bodmin.

And south is the 11th century Restormel Castle, one-time home of the Black Prince, the beautiful valley of the Fowey and the lushly different riviera of sleepy estuaries, secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages like Mevagissey.


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Upcoming Events

Cornwall Pride 2024 - Saturday 20 July 2024

Celebrate Pride in Cornwall

Free to attend - Live entertainment - Family friendly - Foof and drink vendors - Quiet space provided


Newquay Pride - July 20
Killacourt 10am - 7pm

Bude Pride - July 27
The Castle Green 11am - 6pm

Cornwall Pride (Truro) - August 31
Lemon Quay 10am - 7pm

Saltash Pride - September 14
Jubilee Green 11am - 5pm

St Ives Pride - October 05
Island Centre 11am - 4pm


Boardmasters 2024 - Wednesday 07 August 2024 to Sunday 11 August 2024

Boardmasters 2024

Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a 5-day event situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall - the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach where Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year saw Boardmasters welcome over 150,000 festivalgoers across its two sites over the 5 days of the festival. Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is! Book tickets via the website.

Boardmasters is located across two sites bursting with the best in music and sports action. Keep the party going at the Beach Sessions with live music on idyllic Fistral Beach, as well as the Beach Bar and BBQ bringing the food, drink and DJ sets. Head into Newquay to party into the early hours with Boardmasters After Parties, which take place at clubs around the town centre. Don’t miss the Surf Village and Cornish Market where you can taste the local delights, as well as Surf Art, photography and film sessions. If watching the surf action from the sidelines has tempted you to try it out yourself, ride the waves with a Surf Lesson from a local surf school. Unwind and relax at the Wellbeing Area or the On Site Eco Spa for some well deserved pamper time. There is also Luxury Camping and Glamping on offer to upgrade your experience even more.

Boardmasters 2024 Line Up TBC 
Boardmasters is raring to return to the Cornish coast this summer, for what’s set to be an epic festival filled to the brim with the very best in live music, plus world-class surf action. Today, with just two months to go, even more acts have been added to the bill for the Main Stage, Land of Saints, The View, The Keg & Pasty and Boardmasters VIP, for an unmissable five days of surf and music. Plus, surf competition entries for the Boardmasters OPEN are now live. Headlined by Foals, Gorillaz and Jorja Smith, Boardmasters takes place from 9th - 13th  August 2023 across two stunning sites at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach. See for more information.

Surf Competition 
Beyond the music, from the 7th – 11th August 2024, the Boardmasters OPEN will see the best pro surfers going head-to-head in the UK’s biggest surf competition held at surfing mecca Fistral Beach – with surfers battling it out on the waves in the Animal OPEN and BFGoodrich Longboard OPEN. Established in 1981, this year’s Boardmasters OPEN is run in conjunction with UKPSA to help develop the future of British surfing. The event is open to all national and international pro surfers, though surfers must follow the latest UK government guidelines surrounding travel and Covid-19. With men’s, women’s and junior’s divisions in all competitions, the time to enter is NOW.

Shuttle Bus Information 
We encourage customers to use our shuttle bus service that operates between the Festival site at Watergate Bay and Newquay town centre, rather than driving their own car. The shuttle bus is the quickest way to reach Fistral Beach. It uses closed roads, it’s considerably quicker than your own car plus parking in Newquay is very limited.

The shuttle bus service will run from 07:30 – 04:30 each day between the Watergate Bay Festival Site and Newquay Town Centre (for Fistral Beach) with multiple buses operating on the route so waiting times are minimal. A reduced service will run on Monday morning. Shuttle buses will depart from Blue Car Park.


Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay