When the party begins, the streets become a whole-town costume-party parade.
This year I decided that my NYE celebrations would be very low-key as my Iceland trip and the run-up to Christmas has been pretty expensive, so I decided to hold back for New Year.

My parents moved to lovely Looe in Cornwall during the summer, and I’d been informed by various people that the New Year celebrations in the village are worth coming back for.

Visitors poured steadily into the village during the day with revellers coming from all over Devon and Cornwall; not only that but plenty of tourists from the rest of the country come to spend a few days by the sea and join in the festivities, which are well-known in the region. Street-side cafes were bustling and lines formed in the chip shops. With the gorgeous weather, it seemed like a busy day in the height of summer.

Looe becomes a costume street-party on New Year’s Eve and it starts early with the children’s festivities. From 4.30 onwards there was a parade of cute pirates, fairies and superheroes trailing into the Rusty Bucket—a coffee shop on the seafront—to get their pictures taken; and then at 6pm they enjoyed fireworks from Banjo Pier. The fireworks were temporarily delayed due to waves crashing across the pier, but eventually they put on a good show despite some lashing rain.

Fireworks from Banjo Pier

Fireworks from Banjo Pier

Then the party really begins, and the streets become a whole-town costume-party parade. Anybody not dressed up will be in the minority. I didn’t have a costume, but will definitely join in if I spend NYE in Looe again. The best part about the celebrations is that everybody takes part; from old to young. Pubs are full to overflowing and everybody mingles in the street, disregarding the weather completely. The seafront becomes the domain of under-age drinkers up until midnight and is best avoided as it becomes quite boisterous, but at midnight the whole village empties to the seafront to watch the fireworks. Thankfully, the sea did not delay the midnight fireworks and everybody welcomed in 2014 together on time.

I'm not sure what he is, but he was happy to pose!

I’m not sure what he is, but he was happy to pose!

The mystery of where Pirates get their treasure is solved...

The mystery of where Pirates get their treasure from is solved…

My dad makes a friend...

My dad makes a friend…

A Smurf, Sully (without the mask), and a girl who doesn't look very happy.

A Smurf, Sully (without the mask), and a girl who doesn’t look very happy.

I loved these guys dressed as the Teletubbies!

I loved these guys dressed as the Teletubbies!

Looe is a beautiful village and is worth a visit at any time of the year, but New Year’s Eve in particular is a lot of fun!

Do you like costume parties? Where did you see in the New Year? I hope that you had a wonderful NYE however you celebrated?

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