• Fish display

    Don't miss the stunning display of locally caught fish and seafood in this showcase of the best our region has to offer.

  • The Great Cornish Fish Off

    Catering students from Truro & Penwith College cook off in a nail-biting competition.

  • Cooking Demonstrations

    These take place inside the Fish Market throughout the day. Watch, learn and sample!

  • Punts and Sculling

    Sculling a punt was once a right of passage in Cornish harbours. Come along and try your skills in the 4pm sculling demonstration and race.

  • Fish Auction

    Bid for your supper in the fish market and all the proceeds of the auction will to to the Fishermen's Mission. Do not miss!

  • Music for your ears

    With two music stages, the second of which is Buskers Corner hosted by Tros an Treys, there will be one of the biggest line-ups of local bands and performers that you’ll find anywhere on one day in Cornwall!

  • Follow the Fishy Trail

    Kids (and adults, of course) can pick up a A4 with photos of fish, search them out amongst the display in the fish market, and when hey have identified them all go a claim a lovely prize!


Breaking News!

Cooking in the Fish Kitchen this year, we are delighted to welcome back Ben Tunnicliffe from Newlyn's Tolcarne Inn and Sennen Cove, Dave Izzard and Kevin Montague from Penwith College, freelance chef and Kiwi Fiona Were and, kicking the whole thing off, Sanjay Kumar and kids from Newlyn School making a by-catch fish finger sandwich! And in the afternoon, Penwith students will compete in the Great Cornish Fish Off to win a meal for two at Nathan Outlaw's at Rock. Your host for the day is Annie Sibert from My Fish Kitchen in Mawnan Smith.

Trade News!

It's not too late!

There's still time to book a stall or pitch at what promises to be an even bigger fish festival!

We love to see all sorts of stalls showing off the best of what Cornwall can offer – whether you’re selling quality food (not just fish), clothes, arts and crafts, or you are representing a charity or local community group. If you’re good at what you do, take the opportunity and come to Newlyn Fish Festival and show the world.

You can apply for a stall or a pitch-only using the Application Form for 2015 available here. Rates vary depending on the area and what you do – please download the form for details.

welcome to the festival!

Celebrate all things fishy on 31st August 2015 in one of Cornwall's most distinctive and original fishing ports.

Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction.

August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing and seafood at the 26th Newlyn Fish Festival, where you will find more fish than you can shake a mermaid’s tail at!

The Great Cornish Fish Off

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After successfully introducing the Great Cornish Fish Off last year we're giving catering students from Penwith College another chance to show off their skills in the torrid heat of the Fish festival Kitchen!

After its fantastic introduction last year, the Great Cornish Fish Off returns! Hosted by Annie Sibert from My Fish Kitchen and Dave Izzard from Penwith College, students from the college will compete to produce the best meal from scratch in 30 minutes. You, the audience, will award points and points mean ... prizes! For the runners-up, top-quality filleting knives from Pots 'n Pans in Barnstaple and a copy of the West Country Cook Book signed by Paul Ainsworth. And for the winner, a three-course meal for two at Nathan Outlaw's restaurant at Rock. Yummy! 

They won't know what ingredients they have to work with until they open the box and the countdown begins. Five minutes to plan, twenty-five to cook and then you, the audience, will judge the finished dish on speed, inventiveness and presentation. And if you want to judge, make sure you are in the first two rows and hang on to your voting cards.

The competition will run in its entirety during the afternoon, with heats at 14:15 and 15:00 and the final at 15:45.

The 2014 winner Syrus Pickhaiver impressed the judges with his hake, creamed leeks, spinach, warm spring onion dressing + alfalfa sprouts - who will take top table this year?

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Support our Fishermen

The Newlyn Fish Festival is organised in aid of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen which provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families.


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Steve Ryman - Festival Secretary 
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