Thursday, 4 September 2014

Boats In The Bay - St Ives Harbour

Boats In The Bay - St Ives Cornwall
Boats In The Bay - St Ives Cornwall

This Saturday (6th September 2014) - Boats In The Bay - a host of events in and around St Ives Harbour.

Organised by St Ives Jumbo Association - to celebrate the maritime heritage of our town.

The day will see the launch of a new Sailing Punt designed and built by local boat-builder Jonny Nance.  In keeping with all the boats launched by the Jumbo Association, pastor Matthew Care will bless the new arrival during a brief ceremony due to begin on the Old Slipway at around 12.30pm.

From 2.00 pm classic old sailing boats will assemble in St Ives Harbour and St Ives Bay. Locally-based boats will be joined by original and much larger luggers such as Barnabas SS634, built in St.Ives in 1881 by Henry Trevorrow and the Happy Return which was built by Kittos of Porthleven in 1905.

The annual St Ives Swimming Gala gets underway from the Old Slipway at 3.00 pm.

This will be followed by Scully Racing in the harbour - featuring replica St Ives Punts. Prizes will be presented by St Ives Mayor Linda Taylor at 7.00 pm on the plat outside the Shore Shelter.

The evening continues at the Castle Inn on Fore St. - where you can meet the crews and join in with The Cadgwith Singers.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

St Ives September Festival - Latest News

St Ives September Festival 2014
St Ives September Festival 2014

Only a few days to go to the start of St Ives September Festival (sponsored by Cornish Gems).

The festival  opens on Saturday 13th and runs to to Saturday 27th September - with a host of events all around town.

Tickets are now on sale - available over the counter at St Ives Visitor Information Centre and at tourist information centres across Cornwall. You can also book online here -
St Ives September Festival - Tickets

Two gigs - Steve Knightley and Fisherman's Friends - have already sold out - so it might be a good idea to secure tickets for your favourite events now.

Festival programmes are available from St Ives VIC and
The Coffee Lounge on Tregenna Hill. You can also download a copy  from the festival website:
St Ives September Festival 2014 - Programme

The programme this year is bigger than ever - with 300+ events at venues all around town. Full listings - by date and by venue - are on:
St Ives September Festival - Website

For the latest festival news visit:
St Ives September Festival - Facebook
St Ives September Festival - Twitter

Friday, 22 August 2014

Live Music - St Ives Guildhall

Live Music - St Ives Guildhall
Live Music - St Ives Guildhall

A big week of live music coming up at St Ives Guildhall - with four gigs to enjoy.
  • Saturday 23rd August - Atomic Blondie
  • Sunday 24th August - The Music Of John Denver
  • Thursday 28th August - Almost The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
  • Saturday 30th August - The Martin Barre Band
More details and tickets can be found on:

Full listings of events in St Ives over the coming week can be found on:

Thursday, 7 August 2014

St Ives Lifeboat Day

St Ives Cornwall - Lifeboat Day
St Ives Cornwall - Lifeboat Day

Today in St Ives - events and activities all around the harbour for Lifeboat Day.

Fun things to enjoy for all - and a fundraiser for our lifeboat station.

Stalls - food, home-made cakes, arts, crafts.

Lifeboat launch at 2.30 pm - rescue helicopter flies in at 2.45 pm.
(times may change according to conditions).

Its looking like another hot sunny day in St Ives - so well worth getting down to the harbour.

Latest news and info on:
St Ives RNLI - Lifeboat Day - Facebook

Monday, 4 August 2014

St Ives - Creative Activities - Families - Children

Kids Creative Workshop - Collage Coasters
Kids Creative Workshop - Collage Coasters

With the holiday season in full swing - there are quite a few things on in St Ives this week for families and kids.

Fore Street Methodist Church are running a Holiday Club for primary school age children. At the Old Sunday School just off Fore Street - 10.00 am to 12.00 pm daily until Friday.

Barnoon Workshop are running drop-in Family Arts and Crafts Workshops - just turn up at any time from 10.30 am and allow 1 to 2 hours.

Tate St Ives are running a number of family activities - including Beach Art Explorers on Porthmeor Beach on Tuesday 5th August.

Jo McIntosh is running a creative workshop for kids - at St Ives Library. Collage Coasters - Friday 8th August - 10.30 to 12.30. Call in at the library to book.

Full listings of things to do can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Live Music - St Ives Guildhall

Live Music at St Ives Guildhall
Live Music at St Ives Guildhall

Its rumoured that Mick has been spotted occasionally at The Sloop - sometimes sharing a pint of Doom Bar and the latest goss with fellow St Ives habitu├ęs David Bowie and Johnny Depp.

But is not often that he brings the rest of his mates down to Cornwall - so tonight - don't miss out!

St Ives Guildhall - doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre - also on the door.

More info ...... here.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Five Great Days Trips From St Ives

Geevor Tin Mine - Pendeen Cornwall
Geevor Tin Mine - Pendeen Cornwall

St Ives is a fantastic place to enjoy a break in the UK and you can certainly relax in the town and have a wonderful time without leaving. However, St Ives is within easy reach of many of Cornwall’s premier attractions that are ideal for a great day trip. If you are looking for some inspiration then have a look at the five ideas below…

1. Geevor Tin Mine
This preserved tin mining site, is full of original workings and though it has been closed since 1990 it eerily looks as if its workers have just left it for the weekend. At just a thirty minute drive from St Ives on the scenic coast road, it is a great trip for family members of all ages with a fantastic museum with well presented displays that tell the story of the history of the mine.

The underground tours offered are excellent and really give the visitor a great opportunity to learn about what the miners went through working this somewhat unforgiving lifestyle to deliver everyday commodities that are often taken for granted.

2. Paradise Park
Children will love the award winning Paradise Park where they can marvel at the hundreds of species of birds. There are many free shows and feeding displays; the free flying bird show with its low flying birds is a must see. Other wildlife at the park includes red squirrels, penguins, donkeys and rabbits.

The journey from St Ives is only twenty minutes and you can easily spend the whole day at Paradise Park enjoying the wildlife, having a picnic on one of the many picnic tables and letting the kids enjoy the Jungle Barn Play Area.

3. Eden Project
Slightly further away from St Ives, but well worth a visit, the Eden Project is the world’s largest indoor rainforest and will never fail to impress its visitors. More than just a visitor attraction, The Eden Project is also a hub for scientific research and builds awareness on issues such as energy saving and recycling.

The attraction is made up of several domes, which have been built to imitate two types of artificial biomes; a Tropical Biome and a Mediterranean Biome. There are thousands of species of plants living in the domes and walking along the sky wire and travelling along the zip wire are unique and enjoyable experiences.

If you’re visiting St Ives with a large group of family and friends then this makes a fantastic day out. (You can also find some large accommodation options here.)

4. Isles of Scilly
St Ives is in a prime location for a day trip to the Scilly Isles, a collection of beautiful islands with stunning scenery and a relaxing laid back atmosphere. The islands are almost within touching distance from the coast of Cornwall but you really will feel like you are in another country! On the boat on the way to the island you will sail past many fantastic sites including Newlyn, Mousehole and the Wolf Rock Lighthouse. Take your walking shoes so that you can have a proper walk around when you get there to really absorb as much of this idyllic setting as possible.

Trips to the Scilly Isles can be booked with Oates Travel St Ives who offer a coach directly from St Ives to Penzance Quay where you will board the boat.

5. Lands End
Just a forty-five minute drive away from St Ives is the most westerly point of England, Lands End. Perfect for a sunny day, all you need to do is simply park up your car and then walk around taking in the stunning coastal scenery. You can either pack up a picnic for the day, or stop and enjoy some food from one of the eating establishments.  Don’t forget to have your photograph taken next to the famous Lands End sign!

There is obviously plenty to see and do in Cornwall and close to St Ives, but these are some of our favourites which should be high on your list if you only have a short time in the area.