BOARDMASTERS Festival starts today, and festival organisers have taken it upon themselves to remind residents and those around the area to "avoid all non-essential travel."

Festivalgoers have been arriving at camp from today, Wednesday, August 9, in addition to day ticket holders who will arrive each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday 9 August is the busiest day for arrivals at Watergate Bay, when around 60% of campers will arrive on site. Festival car parks are open, with peak arrivals by car will take place from now - 4pm on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am – 4pm.

A spokesperson for Boardmasters Festival said: "As Boardmasters starts today, festival organisers would like to remind residents and those around the area to avoid all non-essential travel. 

"As with all major events and peak summer season, traffic is busy and queues are expected."

Boardmasters festival has said it encourages attendees to travel by train, coach, or car share. Festival shuttle buses will be running every 15 minutes from Newquay Town Centre to the main festival site at Watergate Bay for those travelling to and from Newquay train station.

Festivalgoers can book shuttle bus tickets on the First Bus App, or pay on the bus. 

Boardmasters organisers added they were extending their thanks to residents for their patience during this time. 

This year’s festival takes place Wednesday 9 - Monday 14 August at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.