Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A Christmassy Weekend Ahead In St Ives


A Christmassy Weekend In St Ives


A very Christmassy weekend ahead in St Ives - with some great seasonal events to enjoy.

Tomorrow (Thursday 11th December 2014) - 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
Christmas Festival - Tate St Ives.
Free admission to the galleries, food, bar, films, carols.

Friday (12th December) - 6.30 pm.
Christmas Lights Switch On - Penameyne Court.
The mayor will switch on one of the best Christmas lights displays in town. Food, drink, music and meet Santa.

Friday (12th December) - 7.00 pm.
A Christmas Cracker - St Ives Parish Church.
A celebration of Christmas music with local choirs.

Saturday (13th December) - 7.30 pm.
A Country Christmas - St Ives Arts Club.
A celebration of rural winter life past and present.
St Ives singer-songwriters Dee & Dave Brotherton and film maker Alban Roinard.

Sunday (14th December) - 3.00 pm.
A Christmas Concert - St Ives Guildhall.
The town's traditional community celebration - with local bands and choirs.

While you are in town you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas lights around the harbour - thanks to the St Ives fishermen.

To see how lovely Christmas in St Ives was last year - watch my film:
St Ives In December

More Christmas events to follow - full listings on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Gifts - Made In St Ives

Christmas Gifts - Made In St Ives
Christmas Gifts - Made In St Ives
If you are looking for some lovely genuine hand-made in St Ives Christmas gifts - here are some ideas.

The little troop of elephants above is hand-made by Jo -
Knit One Weave One. These will appeal to children of all ages - and each is personalised with a message to the new little elephant keeper - such as:
"My name is Daisy. I like climbing trees, eating chocolate and splashing in mud."
Jo also has gift vouchers available to buy online - these can be used for any of her hand-made gifts or for her textile art workshops:
St Ives - Christmas Gift Vouchers

St Ives Bunting - a lovely range of bunting for all occasions - including festive bunting - all lovingly hand-made. They have a range available to buy off the shelf and also undertake commissions if you want something special and individually made for you.

Cornwall Naturally - hampers and gift bags full of natural Cornish goodies - with three ranges - Cornish Kitchen, Cornish Garden and Cornish Pampering.

Sharon McSwiney - beautiful and individual hand-made in St Ives jewellery and metalwork. Commissions undertaken. Available from her shop in The Drill Hall on Royal Square and from:
Sharon McSwiney - Etsy Shop





Saturday, 6 December 2014

St Ives In December - Christmas 2014

St Ives Cornwall - Christmas Lights


Christmas is almost upon us and there is lots going on in town.

The Christmas lights and Christmas trees are up and looking wonderful.

Lots of Christmas events are planned through December - including markets, Christmas panto, puppet shows, exhibitions, carol services and concerts.

I'll be posting details of more events soon - you can see full listings on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Its not too late to book a Christmas or New Years Eve break in St Ives:
St Ives Cornwall - Last Minute Holidays

To see how magical Christmas here can be take a look at:
St Ives Cornwall - Photo Gallery - Christmas

More Christmas news and photos coming soon.

Friday, 31 October 2014

St Ives - What's On This Weekend

Scully Racing - St Ives Cornwall
Scully Racing - St Ives Harbour


This weekend and the week ahead in St Ives.

Tonight (Friday 31st October 2014) - Rollers Roller Disco at St Ives Guildhall. Four sessions today - all with a Halloween theme:
  • Family Skate - 3.00 pm.
  • Under 11s and Families - 5.00 pm.
  • Teen Skate - 6.30 pm.
  • Over 18s Skate Party - 8.30 pm.
Info and tickets on:

On Saturday (1st Nov 2014) - Scully Racing returns to St Ives Harbour. St Ives Jumbo association have re-introduced this old tradition to St Ives as a competitive sport. Teams from around Cornwall will be competing against the locals.

Racing starts at 12.30 pm - from the slipway opposite The Sloop Inn. Beginners are welcome to take part - free training sessions will be available from 11.00 am.

If you'd like to know more about Scully Racing take a look at:
Film - Scully Racing - St Ives Harbour

Lots more to look forward to during the coming week - including various exhibitions, St Ives Jazz Club and Bonfire Night fireworks on Porthminster Beach. Full listings on:

Looking further ahead - the legendary Dr Feelgood are coming to St Ives Guildhall on Wednesday 12th November - info and tickets here:
Dr Feelgood - St Ives Guildhall

Thursday, 23 October 2014

St Ives Guildhall - Big Weekend

St Ives Guildhall - What's On
St Ives Guildhall - What's On


A big weekend coming up at St Ives Guildhall - with something to enjoy every day.

Tomorrow night (Friday 24th October 2014) - Rollers Roller Disco will be rolling as they do every Friday. Three sessions for all ages from 5.00 pm. They are also planning two special events. Next Friday (31st Oct) - Halloween Fancy Dress - four sessions from 3.00 pm. Friday 14th November - Children In Need Fundraiser - four sessions from 4.00 pm. More info and tickets on:
Rollers Roller Disco Website

On Saturday night (25th Oct) -  Oye Santana return to St Ives. They received a tremendous reception and rave reviews last time they performed here - so well worth going down to see. Tickets available on the door or you can book online here:
CRBO  - Tickets - Oye Santana

On Sunday afternoon (26th Oct) - to kick off the half term holidays for kids and families - Squashbox Theatre - Stones and Bones. The show starts at 2.30 pm - tickets on the door or online here:
CRBO - Tickets - Squashbox Theatre

Squashbox return to The Guildhall on Tuesday 23rd December with The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! A perfect family day out as the day starts with St Ives Farmers Christmas Market. Free entry to the market - tickets for the show already on sale here:
CRBO - Tickets - Squashbox Theatre Christmas Show

Looking ahead to November - more live music at The Guildhall - Dr Feelgood - Dire Streets. Details and tickets here:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On - November

Looking further ahead to December - lots on at The Guildhall and all around town - including Show Of Hands - various Christmas Markets including Fair Mo - Christmas Panto - lots more - listings on:
St Ives In December - What;s On

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

St Ives Jazz Club - Autumn Programme

St Ives Jazz Club
St Ives Jazz Club


St Ives Jazz Club kick off their Autumn season tonight with Trish Clowes’ Quartet.

They will then be staging top class modern jazz every Tuesday night through to 16th December - when they hold their Christmas Party Dance Extravaganza with Pedalmania.

Other performers include:
  • Moonlight Saving Time
  • Peter King
  • The Meier Group
  • Stekpanna
Full listings are on:
St Ives Jazz Club - Website

For more details of events around town visit:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Monday, 6 October 2014

Please Support SurfHouse St Ives

Tassy Swallow - SurfHouse St Ives
Tassy Swallow - SurfHouse St Ives


Tassy Swallow - a 20 year old pro surfer from St Ives - is aiming to raise £10,000 in just 4 weeks - to transform a disused iconic building on The Island into a home - SurfHouse - for her surf education project - Tassy's Surf Ratz.

This is much more than a conservation project.

Tassy's Surf Ratz is 'a surf education project I set up for local girls aged 6-16 in 2012. Surf Ratz aims to help young girls develop their self-confidence, a positive body image, and a strong sense of their individual identity during this important stage of their lives through surfing.'

This is a theme close to my heart - as a parent of two St Ives girls (now both in London) myself.

SurfHouse will also be available for use by other youth and community groups

So - please support Tassy and her wonderful project!

You can get involved via her Crowd-funding site. You can contribute anything from £1 to £10,000 - and every contribution comes with a reward. These include signed books by St Ives author Liz Kessler, surfing lessons and coaching, Cornish art, meals out, holidays and much more.

For much more information about the project - and to add your contribution - please visit:
SurfHouse St Ives - Crowd-Funding Page

You can also join the project on
SurfHouse St Ives - Facebook