Newquay is one of the Cornish towns where New Year celebrations really come alive! Last year was different due to the pandemic and going into lockdown and this year will be unique in its own way too, with fewer people in the bars and restaurants than normal. However, for those that want to let their hair down on 31st December there are plenty of options for a lively New Year’s Eve celebration in Newquay!


Firstly, let me take this opportunity to explain why winter is, contrary to popular belief, a great time to visit Cornwall. For starters, this is our ‘slow season’ for tourism, which means that hotels are offering good rates and you can get into bars and restaurants without a reservation. Everywhere is quieter at this time of year, from the coast path to the surf line-up, and so long as you’ve got the right gear to stay warm there’s no better time to enjoy these activities. Speaking of weather, it can be pretty wild here in December – great for storm watching! But we also enjoy a good number of mild and sunny days at this time of year, which feels pretty special when enjoying an empty beach or your own wave!


New Year’s Eve in Newquay is traditionally a fancy dress affair, and moving around a few different bars to showcase your carefully crafted costume is the order of the evening. Don’t forget to line your stomach with a hearty dinner before you hit the town! At the Griffin Newquay, we’ll be serving our traditional pub grub off our extensive menu plus a wide range of specials between 5-9pm on New Year’s Eve – no better way to start the evening and end the year. At midnight, there is a countdown by the clock tower outside the Central Inn in the heart of the town. From here you’ve got a few minutes to make your way down to Killacourt which provides a wide open space from where you can safely watch the New Year’s Eve harbour fireworks display. 


New Year’s Day is the time to set your good intentions for the year – whilst blowing away the cobwebs from the night before! It’s no wonder then, that popular activities for New Year’s Day include getting out onto the beach, walking the coastal path, going for a surf or even a wild sea swim! Whatever the weather, getting outdoors today will be worth the effort. Just make sure you’ve got somewhere warm and cosy to head to afterwards. We’ll be open on New Year’s Day, serving an extra special New Year’s Day carvery between 12-4pm. Our cosy pub is the perfect place to relax with friends and family on a brisk winters day.


Our little town benefits from a good range of shopping opportunities, particularly surf lifestyle stores, and most of these place will be launching their annual January sales from Boxing Day. You can make a day of browsing the sales, with popular stores reaching from Fistral Beach all the way to the Griffin. And once you’ve finished browsing, there’s always the option to pop in for a hot toddy or a spot of lunch!


From all the staff at the Griffin, we’d like to thank our customers for their support throughout the last few years. 

So we’d like to raise a glass with you, to celebrate the incoming year, the move forward together into positive experiences, community spirit and good old British pub culture. 

Happy New Year all! ❤️