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Boardmasters 2019 - a survival guide

It's back and it's bigger than ever! Credit: ITV News

Boardmasters 2019 has been cancelled. For more information visit our article here.

Boardmasters, the UK’s biggest international surf and music festival, is coming to Cornwall this week (7-11 August).

The ever-popular Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach festival attracts more and more visitors each year. Last week (30 July), the organisers of the festival warned that tickets were on the way to being sold out.

As an environmentally focused festival, Boardmasters encourages festival-goers to travel by train, coach or car share.

Here are some of the top tips for travelling to this year's festivities:


  • Great Western Railway are set to operate a specific train reservation only system to make sure that everyone who wants to travel is able to book a service of their choice.
  • Specific train reservations will be required on all services to Newquay on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, and Friday 9 August and between Newquay and London on Monday 12 August.
  • The train company is providing 14 additional Intercity Express Train services or 9,100 extra seats, and a 27% increase on 2018, to support travel to and from the festival.
  • Great Western Railway are warning customers that surfboards can not be carried on long distance trains; and those with excessive luggage, and trolleys, will not be allowed to board.

GWR West Cornwall Station Manager Lee Goodson explains:

We’re really looking forward to welcoming a record number of people to Newquay Station over the Boardmasters Festival. Due to demand, a seat must be reserved when you buy your train ticket allowing those travelling to board easily and safely.

We would also like to remind those travelling by train that we cannot carry surfboards, trolleys, and excessive amounts of luggage; and the festival has issued guidance on the quantity of alcohol that you can bring into the site.

– GWR West Cornwall Station Manager Lee Goodson
The last time the festival sold out was 2017. Record numbers are expected this year. Credit: ITV News


  • Heavier traffic is to be expected on Wednesday 7 August with peak arrival time expected between 10am and 2pm.
  • Local residents are being advised to avoid all non-essential journeys on Wednesday 7 August and Monday 12 August.
  • Watergate Road will be closed each day from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 August between 4pm and 3am.
It's the biggest celebration of music, sea, and surfing around. Credit: ITV News


  • Don't take a cooker - festival-goers are not allowed to bring disposable or portable BBQs, gas/paraffin lamps or any kind of cooking equipment due to the risk of fire.
  • Boardmasters Festival allows limited alcohol and no glass to be brought on to site – don’t get caught out.
  • Great Western Railway are warning that surfboards cannot be taken on long distance trains and local hire is recommended.
Festival-goers at Boardmasters can enjoy different after parties at Fistral Beach Credit: ITV News


  • Surfing, shopping, after-parties and all beach activities are held at Fistral Beach from Wednesday 7 August to Sunday 11 August.
  • Good news - you don't need tickets for surfing, skate and BMX events, retail village and beachside areas at Fistral Beach. They're free of charge!
  • The main music arena is located at Watergate Bay. This is where you'll find all the main hub of activity associated with your Boardmasters ticket. Camping and car parking is also located at Watergate Bay, a close walk from the main arena.
  • Fistral Beach is a separate location to Watergate Bay, please plan ahead if travelling between sites. A shuttle bus service runs between the two sites, more info below.