The next Newlyn Fish Festival, Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019

Fishy fun for all the family...

top local chefs cooking Newlyn's finest fish...

music on Consols' Oils main stage & Busker's Corner...

Cornish gigs sprint racing in the harbour

children love the huge fish display...

and fish auctions for mums and dads!...

more than 50 food, arts and craft stalls!

loads of fun and activities for children who get in for free!

Newlyn Fish Festival 2019 – We’re taking a year out in 2018!

We’re still finalising lots of details for 2019, the 29th annual Newlyn Fish Festival. Rest assured, it will once again be one of the biggest and best celebrations of the sea, seafood and fishing in the country.  

The organisers of Newlyn Fish Festival have announced the introduction of a fallow year in 2018 to enable them to develop the popular annual fundraiser for the Fishermen’s Mission into an even more dynamic celebration of the sea, Cornish seafood and Cornwall’s proud fishing heritage in 2019.

Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners (NPHC), led by harbourmaster, Rob Parsons are currently working hard to transform Newlyn Harbour into a modern, fit-for-purpose port that supports the development and sustainability of the Cornish fishing industry, and will launch its revitalised Fish Market later this year.

This investment in new infrastructure will provide Newlyn Fish Festival – which has been staged annually for 29 years – with more space, improved facilities and enhanced insight into the Cornish fishing industry for the thousands of visitors who pour into the historic harbour and enjoy this action-packed, one day event on August Bank Holiday Monday each year.

Although we did not take the decision lightly to devote this year to revita;lising the festival for 2019 to dovetail with the exciting new developments at Newlyn Harbour, we are sure it is the right decision and will be of great benefit to those who take part and join us for this uniquely Cornish celebration.” explains Chairman of Newlyn Fish Festival ltd and Harbour Commissioner, Kevin Bennetts.  “I am immensely proud to witness the many positive changes that are taking place in the harbour, all of which will make a positive difference to the livelihoods of our hardworking Cornish fishermen, who put to sea in all weathers to catch and land some of the best fish in the world.  We plan to reconfigure the Newlyn Fish Festival to reflect this transformation and will return with an event that is even bigger and better in 2019.”

We are delighted that the festival has raised over £250,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission to date and to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to the charity during 2018” adds Kevin Bennets.  “Newlyn Fish Festival ltd finances and helps maintain the harbourside meeting place for migrant and retired fishermen – The Man-Shed to which we have recently donated £10,000.”

We fully support this decision by Nelwyn Fish Festival Ltd and look forward to working in conjunction with them to revamp the event which raises much-needed awareness of the Cornish fishing fleet and funds for the Fishermen’s Mission.” adds Newlyn Harbour Master , Rob Parsons.

Two quintessential Newlyn Fish Festival traditions will still be observed in 2018 however. During the evening of Sunday, 25th of August, the board of Newlyn Fish Festival Ltd  staff from the Fishermen’s Mission will gather at ‘Tom’, the Newlyn Green Memorial statue to read out the names of the many Cornish Fishermen lost at sea since 1945.

Following a traditional Blessing of the Fleet and remembrance service there will then be the usual, Last Night of the Proms-style celebration of Cornish songs at the Newlyn Centre complete with pasty supper.


Exhibitors and others who need to know more please email your questions to:

See you next year!

Eve of Bank Holiday Monday 2018 : Sunday Remembrance Service and the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

Sunday evening before the Bank Holiday brings our fishing community together to formally acknowledge what the work of the festival’s patron, the Fishermen’s Mission, is all about – serving the needs fishermen be they physical, mental or financial in the event of accident, infirmity or misfortune.

  • Fish Festival Remembrance: The festival crew usually meet on Newlyn Green as they gather together with Fishermen’s Mission staff to lay the Newlyn Fish Festival wreath of remembrance at the feet of ‘Tom”, the memorial statue to all those fishermen lost at sea who sailed from Newlyn.
  • In previous years The Fishermen’s Mission have hosted their traditional ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ and Remembrance Service in the fishmarket. Details for 2018 to follow.
  • Last Night of the Cornish Proms

Sunday evening usually sees The Centre on Chywoone Hill host the Last Night of the Cornish Proms – a celebration of Cornish songs with the details to follow. Enjoy all this with a pasty and cuppa all included in the entrance fee!