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Newquay's famous music, sports and wellbeing festival
Boardmasters Festival is a music, sports and wellbeing festival in Cornwall, mixing a diverse musical offering with a huge variety of activities including surfing, BMX, yoga, paddleboarding, comedy and more.
Held on Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay in Newquay, Boardmasters attracts some of the worlds best surfers alongside over 50,000 extreme sports and music fans every August, keen to pair up their passions.
That means there is a huge variety of activities to get involved in, from surfing and BMX competitions to morning yoga on the beach, paint fights, disco aerobics and much, much more.
Boardmasters also attract some professional sportsmen and women, making it an ideal chance for fans to kick back and marvel at the skills of the pros, while also partying in their company to the broad music lineup.
Its recent lineups have included The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra and Catfish and the Bottlemen, who played across their Watergate Bay site overlooking the spectacular Cornish coast. Expect sunset headline sets and late-night parties.
What's more, Boardmasters are long-term supporters of Surfers Against Sewage, and the festival has won awards for their sustainability work, such as the daily beach cleans they run throughout the festival.
The 2020 lineup will be announced closer to the festival.
The beaches of Newquay are known for being some of the best in England. Looking out across the English Channel, the sandy beaches will host the festival's main arena and campsite as well as skate parks, art installations and pop-up stages.
Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay, TR7 1HS, United Kingdom
BY PLANE: Newquay Airport is the nearest airport to the festival, just 20 minutes away by taxi, and has domestic connections to the likes of Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and more. However, if you are flying from Europe, it is probably best to fly to either London or Exeter and then take a train down to Newquay.
BY TRAIN: If you are traveling from or via London, you can catch a First Great Western service from London Paddington down to Par, before changing onto another First Great Western or Cross Country service onto Newquay where the festival will be running a shuttle service. Similarly, there are good rail connections with the Midlands, the North and Scotland, however, most will require at least one change.
BY COACH: Big Green Coach will be running services to the festival from around the UK.
Yes, however, you must buy a parking ticket prior to arrival.
Those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult, while those under 10 go free and do not require a ticket. That said, only those 18 or over will be granted access to the beach sessions.
The festival does though have the following guardian policy in place:
- 18 year olds can only accompany two under 16 year olds.
- 24 year olds can only accompany four under 16 year olds.
- 25 year olds can accompany more than four under 16 year olds.
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