Newquay Fish Festival

Newquay Fish Festival 2012

...more than just a fish festival

The Newquay Fish Festival, held in Newquay’s harbour in September, is more than just a fish festival. Bringing together locals and tourists, this three day annual event is bursting at the seams with entertainment and activity – a true food, crafts and music show.

Taking place from the 14th - 16th September 2012 and now into its 10th year, the festival centres of course on promoting local fresh produce, but it’s not just about the seafood.

In addition to all things fishy, the festival features a host of trade stands promoting other Cornish produce, including traditional Cornish pasties, crepes, chocolate fountains, a Champagne & Oyster bar and a beer tent.

And there’s even more to it than food and drink. A range of live music, arts and crafts, kids entertainment on the beach, boat trips, puppet shows and much more is on hand to ensure a vibrant atmosphere with something for everyone.

Last Night of the Proms was back to headline the Friday night entertainment at the Minack Theatre, following last year’s successful slot, while local groups appeared throughout the weekend.

But it is of course ultimately a fish festival, and an irresistible menu has been lined up for 2012. 

The practical cookery demonstrations are often among the highlights, and this year should be no different with a special Ready Steady Cook challenge with Sanjay Kumar a feature of the festival, plus a further ten demonstrations by Cornish chefs, showcasing fresh seafood plucked from Newquay waters.

Unusually for a harbour, Newquay’s harbour isn’t one of its better known features and the festival serves as a fine showcase. The excellent beach comes alive with activity, such as sand castle competitions, Punch & Judy shows, rock pool demonstrations, fish barbecues and organised games and events. 

You'll also get the chance to witness the Newquay harbour seals who invariably turn up for an understandable nosey at the festivities.

Last year’s event attracted over 12,000 people and this year should see that number increase. Almost always blessed with typically balmy Cornwall weather, the festival is an exciting reflection of Cornish life, past and present. Book one of the many Newquay cottages available and make it a date for your diary.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015