Rising costs have been cited behind the decision to cancel this year’s Newquay Fish Festival.

The event, which usually takes place over a weekend in September, has not been held fully since pre-pandemic.

Andy Cole, chair of event organiser, Newquay Regeneration Forum, said plans and preparations are already underway to return in 2023, with a “refreshed” format.

He explained: “With rising costs across many areas, we are taking a step back to consider how we proceed into 2023 whilst ultimately staying true to our values of bringing people together in a beautiful setting to enjoy great local food, drink and music.

“We are proud of what the festival has become and believe it acts as a platform to promote Newquay overall whilst paying homage to our history and heritage. Naturally, we want this to continue in the right way for years to come and this is why this year is so important.”

He continued: “Collaboration is fundamental and whilst, behind the scenes, we will be liaising with various partners, we would so welcome any suggestions or ideas that anyone may have. We are particularly keen to hear from local businesses that might like to be involved in any capacity.

“What we can say, at this stage, is that our plans for the future are well underway and we cannot wait to return with a fresh new event for the people of Newquay, Cornwall and far beyond. Thank you to all of our partners, funders, sponsors, volunteers and marvellous visitors, we commit to keeping you informed throughout this process.”

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