During the summer of 2003, Newquay Regeneration Forum and Restormel Regeneration Partnership instigated a number of meetings with users of Newquay Harbour in order to identify opportunities for Harbour related regeneration.
There was considerable enthusiasm for a range of possibilities, including small-scale environmental improvements. In addition a number of local Fisherman visited the Royal Cornwall Show held in June and reported enthusiastically on the ‘Fish Forever’ promotion. Fishermen were aware of similar Festivals in Newlyn and Falmouth and wished to consider the possibility of a Festival for Newquay.
The Newquay Fish Festival was subsequently born, with the first small event taking place in September of 2003. Now in its 14th year, the Festival is firmly placed on the Newquay event calendar and is enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.
Newquay Fish Festival Photos 2011 Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay Fish Festival Photo blog from 2010 Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay harbour history
“There has been a small harbour here since 1439 but it wasn’t until 1770 that its importance as a commercial harbour really took off. Richard Lomax, a speculator from London, had the vision to create an enclosed three acre harbour from which mineral ore could be shipped to the smelters in South Wales.”
Newquay was famous for its Pilchard fishing Gowethas Kernow Goth Towan Blystra ~ Newquay Old Cornwall Society