Everything You Need to Know About New Year’s Eve in St Ives

New Year’s Eve is one of the most maligned nights of the year. Everyone is desperate to have a good time, yet it often ends up being a damp squib. For once in your life, you’d like the night to live up to expectations!

Spending the time in the capital to catch the fireworks might seem like a fantastic idea, as might going away for the festive period. Is there a better way to welcome the New Year than on a beach drinking a mojito?

When it comes to plans for New Years, New Year’s Eve in St Ives won’t instantly spring to mind. However, don’t let that get in the way because a Cornish party is unlike any other in the country. Here are the reasons why you should consider spending New Year’s Eve in St Ives this year. It’s pretty magical, take it from us. 

Fancy Dress In St Ives


Turn up in regular clothing and you’ll be the odd one out! It’s a tradition for kids and adults to pick a costume and join in the impromptu parade that swarms Fore Street and Wharf Road. And, people take it seriously because there is pride at stake. Nobody wants to be the cliche who turns up as Mario or Luigi. 

A tip when dressing up for New Year’s Eve in St Ives: Give yourself plenty of time to craft or buy a costume. In the past, New Year’s fancy dress has included everything from Oompa Loompas to jellyfish and Edwardian gentlemen and women.

Here are just a few of our outfits on New Year’s Eve!


Food & Drink On New Year’s Eve


St Ives is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat and have a drink with friends and loved ones. Why? well, the food is incredible, the atmosphere in the restaurants is great & there’s a great range too. For seafood and shellfish, the Seafood Cafe has all of your culinary needs. Or, you can opt for a burger at The Hub. There are also vegetarian, vegan and classic pub lunch/dinner options. Or if you fancy somewhere with views, Porthmeor Beach Café, Porthminster Kitchen & Portminster Cafe is the pick of the bunch.

Take a look at our blog Best Restaurants In St Ives With Sea Views for more suggestions.


During New Year, these places book up very fast, so you’ll need to make a reservation in advance. Don’t fret if you plan on turning up and checking out the vibe though because there are lots of restaurants that don’t take bookings, our favourite place to just turn up is the Talay Thai. Positioned right on the harbour front in the heart of St Ives town, the restaurant is a greatplace to catch all of the new year action.

New Year’s Pub Crawl


For a good New Year’s Eve, all that’s necessary is good company and a selection of pubs that don’t take themselves too seriously. If you bring the former, St Ives has the latter in droves. There isn’t a formal pub crawl on the last day of the year, unlike most Saturdays. However, the majority of people start off at the Sloop Inn, situated right on the harbour front, one of Cornwall oldest & most famous Inn in St Ives which has a great atmosphere.

The Beer & Bird, Balacony Bar, Firehouse, The Rum & Crab Shack, Castle Inn, The Union Inn, Lifeboat Inn, are three great places to drink good beer.

Children are allowed in bars & pubs up until 9pm.

Cornish Weather

One of the fantastic things about living in Cornwall is the weather. Okay, there aren’t many people in Britain who can boast about mercury-busting temperatures. Still, some places are less rainy and hotter than others, and St Ives at New Year is a prime example. Typically, it’s dry, and that makes it warm, or at least not inclement! 

Even if Mother Nature doesn’t play ball, She doesn’t stop the party, not when it’s New Year’s Eve. Locals take the streets regardless of the conditions and soak up as much as the atmosphere as possible. Either choose a costume accordingly, bring an umbrella, or seek refuge in a pub.

Fireworks on St Ives Harbour


Down at the harbour at midnight, crowds gather to watch St Ives wave goodbye to the old year and say ‘hello’ to the new one. It’s hectic, but the display is pretty extravagant, so it’s well worth jostling through the crowds. There’s not many places you can watch fireworks over the harbour. 

Past New Year’s Eve in St Ives

Tips For New Year’s Eve, St Ives


Turning up unprepared is often a bad idea due to the crowds and the number of people on the streets. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to get organised.

Get there early: The festivities tend to start around 6 pm, which means you need to arrive at least one hour before. Even if the roads are open and there aren’t many people around, it can still be tricky finding a parking spot.

Use charity shops for fancy dress: St Ives has plenty of fancy dress shops, but they sell out fast. The charity shops have excellent selections as long as you are creative. Plus, they are cheap and open until quite late.

Kids: Light up your kids so you can keep an eye on them, we put flashing lights or glow bracelets on them as part of the fancy’s dress outfits.

Don’t drive after 6 pm: Roads close at this time, meaning you might get stuck and have to abandon your car until the next morning.

Find parking: If you do drive into St Ives, try and park early as it gets full quickly. The Station, Trenwith, Barnoon, Rugby Club, St Ives Leisure Centre, the Stennack Surgery; however, they do fill up very early. The station is ideally located for people who want to leave after midnight. Anyone who isn’t driving should book a taxi ahead of time as they are few and far between.
Map of the car parks in St Ives.

Find a babysitter: Pubs let kids in, but only until 9 pm. After that, they have to leave. There are ways to kill a couple of hours until the fireworks/midnight, but it could be cold and wet. A babysitter, if one is handy, is a wise move for parents that want to stay inside and enjoy a drink.

See a band: New Year’s Eve in St Ives includes events at The Guildhall, see a great local band to get you dancing into the new year. This year’s band headlining is Sandy Acre 7. An entertaining and dynamic 6-piece band who will have your toes tapping and your hips moving. Fine musicians, feel-good enthusiasm, and some fancy footwork.
Make sure you book online beforehand.


Enjoy New Year’s Eve in St Ives?

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