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When is Boardmasters Festival?

Boardmasters is taking place at Fistral Beach in Newquay from 10 to 14 August 2022.

What to expect at Boardmasters Festival

Boardmasters is the UK’s biggest surf and music festival. Set across two stunning sites in the lively and picturesque coastal town of Newquay, Cornwall, the festival brings together like-minded souls with a love of music, surfing, wellbeing and the outdoors.

Over 200 artists play across 12 stages up at Watergate Bay. From international headliners through to breaking acts, the bill is an eclectic mix of genres. There’s something here for everyone. Headliners this year include George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon. 

As well as the competitions, 300 miles of spectacular Cornish coastline offers amazing beaches and spots to discover. Festival goers are encouraged to hit the beach and surf by day, party by night.

Be aware of GWR’s surfboard policy. Surfboards are not allowed on board our mainline IET trains. You can still take surfboards on our Night Riviera Sleeper and local services.

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Things to see and do in Newquay

Boardmasters Festival is located in the heart of Newquay. When you’re not enjoying live music or trying your hand at surfing, take the time to explore the local area. Soak up the scenery with a fishing trip or experience the town's vibrant nightlife scene. The Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids.

For more information on what to see and do in the area, take a look at our Cornwall guide.

Reservations are recommended on trains to Newquay on Wednesday 10, Thursday 11, and Friday 12 August. Reservations are mandatory on trains from Newquay on Monday 15 August.

Please note:
  • surfboards cannot be taken on long distance trains and local hire is recommended
  • wheeled cases are allowed but four-wheel trolleys and sack trucks will not be
Those travelling should:
  • allow extra time because trains to and from Newquay will be busy
  • expect queues
  • get to the station at least 30 minutes before your reserved train is due to depart

Location details

Boardmasters Festival

Fistral Beach
Headland Road

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