Celebrate New Year – the St Ives way

St Ives is becoming a real go-to place for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The town turns into one big street party, as families and friends in fancy dress head out to have fun. Here’s how to celebrate New Year, St Ives style.

Dress up

Party with pirates, flirt with fairies, find dozens of Wallys… Thousands of revellers cavort around the streets of St Ives, dressed in all sorts of weird and wonderful outfits. You don’t have to bring costumes down with you: St Ives-based theatre Kidz R Us hires costumes from its vast and gorgeous collection. Groups of people tend to dress up in themed outfits, so you’ll run into the entire cast of Frozen down The Sloop, or chat to a whole swarm of bees on the beach.

Fancy dress is not obligatory. But – you may feel a bit self-conscious chatting to a crayon at the bar when you’re in your usual jeans and T. At least stick on a comedy hat.

Party with the family

New Year’s Eve is one of those real inter-generational celebrations. Whole family groups come out to play at New Year, right down to babies in papooses, dressed as furry animals and staring up at the twinkling lights. The earlier part of the evening  is more family-focused, with lots of excited kids scampering around, spotting friends and favourite Disney characters.

Spend some time in town soaking up the atmosphere, then head up to The Garrack, where we’re hosting a real family-friendly new years eve party. Fancy dress, a fabulous buffet, and dancing well into next year – and 100% wet weather-proof. Contact us to book your tickets (places fill up quickly…).

Dance on the sand

The partying often spills out onto Harbour Beach, where you can kick off your Cat Woman heels or Worzel Gummidge wellies and feel the cool sand under your feet. Of course, this is always tide permitting. Stay away from the dark sea, and don’t fall over the ropes…

At midnight, there’s a spectacular firework display over Smeaton’s Pier courtesy of St Ives Bid. The sea lights up, and it’s a fitting finale to a fabulous evening. You can see the fireworks over St Ives Bay from The Garrack – beautiful.

Eat, and be merry

It’s not the night to have a meal out in St Ives, and most places in town stop serving food after lunch on New Year’s Eve. However, there’s always street food on the go if you fancy a snack – eating on the night-time beach is a great treat, especially for younger revellers.

If you want a proper celebratory meal at New Year, book your chosen restaurant well in advance. We’re hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner in our restaurant, seeing in the New Year in style. Or of course,you can tuck into the buffet at our poolside party if you fancy something more informal.

Walk it off

The next morning, you’re back on the beach.  You may be a tad the worse for wear; however those sea breezes will soon blow away your hangover, helped by a take-away coffee. Lots of people come out for a breather on New Year’s Day, and you’ll find the pubs and beaches are still lively. There’s a really friendly atmosphere, which is pretty impressive considering how tired and/or fragile many are feeling.

Join us for a New Year’s Day lunch after you’ve blown away the cobwebs, and start 2018 feeling comfortably full and content. Happy New Year!


To book dinner, the party, or New Year’s Eve accommodation, please contact us.  Please please please do this sooner rather than later – the New Year Capital of the South West fills up really quickly!