Newquay_xmas_fest-9884Newquay was completely abuzz last weekend as the town kicked off the 2015 Christmas celebrations with a brilliant bang and a plethora of fun family-orientated festivities. Despite the very blustery weather Newquay’s community came out in their thousands to see in the start of the Christmas period and celebrate the turning on of Newquay’s Christmas lights.

The 2015 Festive Festival is co-ordinated by Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) and Newquay Town Council.  Working together, the team has enhanced and enlarged the town’s Christmas activities since 2011, making the lantern parade and Christmas Light Switch-On an extra extravaganza for locals and visitors alike.  The 2015 Music & Ale Festival was also a stunning success, bringing thousands of people to the town throughout the 3 day event.

Friday afternoon saw Santa surfing into Newquay with his beautiful reindeers, all ready to meet and greet children at the Victoria Hotel.  The streets were lined with families to watch the lantern parade which this year included eight schools and 3 dance company; joined by santa and his sleigh and a very beautiful hand made lantern the parade paused at Marcus Hill to turn the on the Christmas lights. The evening went out with a bang as thousands of people then lined-up along the coastline to witness the seasonal spectacle of fireworks exploding over the harbour. Friday, Saturday and Sunday also saw the now-annual Music & Ale Festival which brought in key acts such as Back Beat Sound System and Andy Quick Music.

Newquay BID Manager Eve Wooldridge said, “Despite the weather it’s been the most amazing weekend. I am amazed by how many families came out in the stormy conditions to support the parade and ensure that the show went on. The shops were open and the businesses were in good spirits which all added to event which has been growing year on year since the start of the BID in 2011. We really hope that the BID gets voted in for a 2nd term next week so that we are able to continue this event for Newquay.”

Eve continues, “We also want to thank the Lions for their support for this event and the hard work that they put in, as well as the Hotel Victoria and Sainsbury’s for kindly hosting the reindeer for us at the start and end of the parade.”

Joe Piwecki, Deputy Town Clerk says “We’d like to thank everyone that battled through elements to attend the Christmas Lights Switch On this year. The weather didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit and we had an excellent turn out. The teams behind the event worked really hard this year and we look forward to working together to make it even better next year”

For more information about Newquay’s Christmas programme, people can pick up a copy of the Festive Events Guide which lists details of all local events up until New Year’s Eve. Created by the BID for the fourth year running, 10,000 copies of the guide have been distributed. Copies can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre or downloaded from www.newquaybid.co.uk. Remember you can also still vote for the Winter Wonderland Shop Window Competition via the Love Newquay Facebook page by simply liking your favourite festive display.