A festive extravaganza is being staged in Newquay town centre on Friday to bring Christmas joy to the community. 

A late-night shopping event titled ‘A Miracle on Fore Street’ is being held from 4pm to 8pm with a percentage of takings being donated to the Newquay Foodbank. 

Shops and eateries in Fore Street and Alma Place are coming together to transform the shopping precinct into a winter wonderland and organise festive activities and offerings to get people into the Christmas mood. 

Shoppers will be able to browse through independent craft stalls for gifts and participate in festive activities such as face painting by Little Rainbows and biscuit decorating at Beach Shack or see a demonstration from Coastal Flowers and Gifts on how to create a traditional moss-filled Christmas wreath. 

There will also be an opportunity to visit Santa’s grotto at the Newquay Activity Centre.  

Local cafés and food vans will also be taking part in the late-night shopping experience offering everything from cosy pie and mash meals to mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.  

Cornish brands like Skinner Brewery and Tarquin’s will be serving up festive beverages at their pop-up bars.  

Talented wine sommelier Elly Owen will be offering her carefully selected wines for sale. Shoppers will be serenaded by the angelic voices of the Newquay Rowing Club Singers, belting out everyone’s favourite festive tunes at Milk Café from 5pm. 

Newquay Rowing Club Singers will be performing at the event (Newquay BID)

There will also be a heart-warming carol singalong at the bottom of Sainsbury’s steps staged by St Michael’s Church.  

A Christmas hamper filled with contributions from local shops will be raffled off with proceeds going to Newquay Food Bank and the RSPCA. 

The masterminds behind this hyper-local festive event are Becci Williams from Milk Café and Simon Thompson from Fore Street Café.  

Simon said: “We want to bring the community spirit back to Newquay.  

"When we were kids, our parents would treat us to mince pies as we decorated biscuits and sang carols together.  Now it’s our turn to host these events and create beautiful memories for our community.”  

Becci added: “Our Miracle on Fore Street event is a gift from locals to locals, which is why we are not charging participating businesses but instead we’re asking every business to donate a percentage of their earnings to our charity beneficiary – Newquay Foodbank. Together, we can support our local community in the true spirit of the holiday season.”