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Boardmasters Festival

Located right at the forefront of the Cornish coastline, Boardmasters Festival is the highly anticipated festival of the year. Taking place over four days in August, Boardmasters isn’t just a live music event attracting the hottest global acts. The music festival transforms Newquay into a bustling surf village with surfing, skateboarding and BMX competitions, wellbeing workshops, art installations and after-parties; making Boardmasters the perfect festival for families and couples alike.

Boardmasters at Night - The Headland

Live Music at Boardmasters

Make the most of your summer by joining in the unforgettable week of live music. Boardmasters Festival takes place over 11 different stages with a range of acts from international headliners to local acoustic performers. Most of the action takes place at picturesque Watergate Bay, but the beats can be felt across Newquay with music events taking place all over town. Previous headliners include The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra, Jamiroquai, Stormzy, Rag N Bone Man, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Kano. Check out the Boardmasters site for the latest lineup.

Fistral Beach During Boardmasters

Right out front of The Headland is the world-famous surfing spot, Fistral Beach. During Boardmasters Festival, Fistral Beach is a hub of activity, hosting pro surf, skate and BMX competitions, live music and DJ sets, visual arts, and beach yoga. It’s a cool spot to hang out during the festival, day or night.

Boardmasters Fistral Beach
Boardmasters Fistral Beach
Boardmasters Chillout
Boardmasters Chillout

Well-being and the Arts at Boardmasters

Whether you’re looking to re-energise or try something new, there are lots of alternative activities during Boardmasters too. Yoga, reflexology, craft workshops and inspirational talks are just a few of the things on offer. And while you listen to the chillout tunes, there’s art and aerial displays to keep you entertained too.

Where to Stay in Newquay During Boardmasters

The five-star accommodation of The Headland is the perfect choice for people who want to make the most of Boardmasters’ music, competitions and vibes while having a luxurious haven to retreat to at the end of the day.

You can put your party feet up in one of our luxury hotel suites or get together with friends or family in one of our stylish self-catering cottages. With award-winning restaurants and a five-bubble rated spa on offer as well, at The Headland, you can enjoy all the fun of the festival while still living the life of luxury.

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Call our friendly reservations team on 01637 872211 for any accommodation enquiries and they’ll be happy to check availability.

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How to Get to Boardmasters from The Headland

We’re in a unique position at The Headland. Set on the clifftop above Fistral Beach, we have a major part of the action right on our doorstep and within walking distance. The main stages of Watergate Bay are also just a 15-minute drive away.

Entry Restrictions to Boardmasters

Children are permitted at Boardmasters, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 21, and each adult can only accompany a maximum of two children.

For up-to-date pricing or to book tickets, visit the Boardmasters site.

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Offers & Experiences

Halloween at the Headland

Join us for a bewitching beach break this Halloween. Famously known for its appearance in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, experience 5-star luxury with 3 nights’ accommodation and breakfast daily in our iconic Victorian hotel.

Storm watching hotel experience

The best part about visiting Cornwall in the autumn and winter is getting cosy inside our grand hotel and watching the wild weather outside.

The Headland Spa-cation break

Let your body and mind completely unwind as you enjoy two nights of indulgent dining and five-star pampering.

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