Police ban on fancy dress and drinking in street has killed the party in Newquay, pub landlords complain

Rozina Sabur
Teenage revellers on the streets of Newquay Wednesday July 08, 2009 - Christopher Pledger

A police ban on fancy dress and drinking in the street has killed the party in Newquay, pub landlords have complained.

Once known for its outrageous stag parties, the Cornish town has become more demure since police and the local council cracked down on fancy dress and drunken behaviour.

 Teenage revellers on the streets of Newquay Wednesday July 08, 2009 Credit: Christopher Pledger 

With its stunning beaches, cheap surf lodges and hotels, lax rules and more than ten nightclubs to choose from, the English Riviera resort was once a magnet for clubbers up and down the country.

In 2012 Devon and Cornwall police took a hard line stance on "offensive clothing" and underage drinking after locals complained about rowdy behaviour. 

Newquay Credit: Christopher Pledger 

But now pub landlords have said the town is becoming a ghost town as yet another once-popular night spot in Cornwall close its doors.

Nightclub Salt, on Beach Road, is the latest out of a number of clubs to shut due to a lack of business.

Alex Simms-Rosser, who moved to Newquay last year to manage Salt, said he is sure more nightclubs will close in Newquay in the not too distant future.

"This year I'm pretty sure there will be less choice with a good few establishments closing under the pressure of a terrible summer trade.

"The council and police have made provisions over the past four or five years to crush the party scene.

Party goers in Newquay Credit: Christopher Pledger

"With large cutbacks and less police on the streets, they have opted to put into place no nonsense strategies that make it less desirable to come to Newquay on any sort of booze style party holiday, a scene that Newquay was famous for and that kept its economy going for many years.

"The daytime in Newquay is now thriving with hundreds of families flocking back to the streets, which is totally the wrong demographic for the nightlife.

"The town can no longer support the four nightclubs that are here - there simply isn't enough to go around."

An extensive list of nightclubs in the town once included Tall Trees, Fosters, Disco 5000, Steamers, The Beach, Berties, Sailors, Koola and Red Square, among others.

Teenage revellers on the streets of Newquay Wednesday July 08, 2009 Credit: Christopher Pledger 

But in the past few years, the town's party landscape has gradually shifted to more family-friendly environment with the crack down on obscene fancy dress, fake ID and street drinking.

Mr Simms-Rosser added that young people today were more keen to spend their money on festivals than club nights. "Festivals truly are the new club scene" he said.

"Last year, due to the extended licence granted to the festival, an otherwise buzzing Newquay was an absolute ghost town.

"The town can no longer support the four nightclubs that are here - there simply isn't enough to go around."

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