Thursday 28 October 2010

St Ives Gardening Competition - Presentations

St Ives Garden Competition - Best Vegetable Garden

I was at St Ives Guildhall last night for the presentation of trophies to winners of the various categories.

A nice evening which featured a slideshow presentation of St Ives gardens.

I received a cup for Best Vegetable Garden from the Mayor - Yvonne Watson - who then presented the other awards. I'll definitely be entering the competition again next year.

Finally we all tucked in to an excellent buffet with wine and soft drinks.

Many thanks to all at St Ives Town Council who organised the evening.

I'll also be participating in Secret Gardens Of St Ives again next year.

I've already started planting - Broad Bean seeds went in last weekend, ready for an early crop in the Spring.

Broad Beans Planted - Autumn 2010

I'm hoping to get some garlic planted this weekend and maybe some peas.

I've harvested the last of the cucumbers - now on sale in Trims Greengrocers on Tregenna Place St Ives if you want some. They also have some of my Jerusalem Artichokes - plenty of those still in the ground so more to come.

Friday 22 October 2010

Half Term - Activities For Children

Castle Kids Day Nursery - Tregenna Castle

With half term week approaching I thought I'd feature some things to do for children and young people next week.

Open daily.
Tregenna Castle St Ives.
A huge range of activities for babies and children aged up to 10 years.
Ofsted Rating - Outstanding.
Great for parents who want time out together while their kids are cared for and entertained.
Cost Varies - call 01736 795 254.

Young Tate - Construction for Conversations.
Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th October. 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm.
Tate St Ives.
Create your own interpretation of works in the exhibition. Designed for visitors aged 13+.
Free. No need to book.

Young Tate - Courtyard Family Drop In.
Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th October. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Tate St Ives.
Take some time out in this family friendly space, with resources and games for all the family.
Free. No need to book.

Drill Hall Draw
Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th October. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.
The Drill Hall - Royal Square.
Free drop-in drawing workshops for all ages and abilities. Help to create large street scenes Document the changing face of buildings using your Drill Hall memories. Contribute to the Drill Hall exhibition. Part of national event - The Big Draw.
Free. No need to book.

Arts Workshop - Claydays
Wednesday 27th October. 10:00 am – 11:00 am and 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm.
The Leach Pottery - Higher Stennack.
A hands on creative making activity for children and adults to enjoy together.
Only 12 places avaliable so booking and prepayment are recommended.
£3.00 per child. 01736 799 703.

Bookstart Bounce and Rhyme.
Wednesday 27th October. 10:30 am – 11:00 am
St Ives Library - Gabriel Street.
Activities for babies aged 0-2 and parents.
Free. No need to book.

Children's Art Workshop - Silk Painting
Wednesday 27th October.  2.00 am – 4.00 pm.
St Ives Library - Gabriel Street.
Fun workshop for children aged 5 - 11.
Booking recommended - contact the library.
£2.00 per child.

Story Time.
Thursday 28th October. 2.00 pm - 2.30 pm.
St Ives Library - Gabriel Street.
Stories for children aged 3 - 5.
Free. No need to book.

Thursday 21 October 2010

St Ives Sunrise

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise - 21st October 2010

Beautiful sunrise over St Ives Bay this morning.

The warmth of our Indian Summer has gone - its a cold crisp morning. Autumn has finally arrived - but we still have blue skies and sunshine !

Looking forward to a great weekend.

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise - 21st October 2010

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Le Café Tier - St Ives Arts Club

Le Café Tier - St Ives Arts Club (photo by Colin Sanger)

The popular theatre production Le Café Tier returns to St Ives Arts Club tonight. This is Episode V - Farewell My Pierre. More hilarious goings on at the café.

There are also performances on Wednesday (20th) and Thursday (21st).

Written and directed by Mike Ezra and performed by local company Cornerstone Theatre.

The play received a great review in The St Ives Times and Echo this week. I've really enjoyed previous productions by Cornerstone and have got tickets for tomorrow night.

Doors open at 7.30 pm and the fun starts at 8.00 pm. Bring your own wine.

Tickets are £5.00 from St Ives Tourist Information or on the door if available.

You'll find more Arts Club events on:
St Ives Arts Club - What's On

Saturday 16 October 2010

Cornwall Tourism Awards

The Team from The Sail Lofts - Gold Award - Self Catering

Congratulations to the St Ives businesses that were recognised as among the best in the county at the Cornwall Tourism Awards this week.

The Sail Lofts won Gold in the Large Self-Catering Establishment category, well earned recognition for the fantastic accommodation they offer and their excellent customer service. Fast becoming one of THE places to stay in St Ives.

The Boskerris Hotel in Carbis Bay won Silver in Small Hotel of the Year.

Porthminster Beach Café secured Gold as Restaurant of the Year.

Primrose Valley Hotel won Bronze for Sustainable Tourism.

The full list of winners is on:
Visit Cornwall Website

Sunday 10 October 2010

What's On This Week

Orient House Ensemble - Friday 15th October

Town is now blissfully quiet after the Summer and September crowds - but still plenty going on.

Today (Sunday 10th) you could enjoy Sunday Lunch and Jazz at Tregenna Castle, food served from 12.30 pm, music until 3.00 pm.

On Monday (11th) The Castle Inn are hosting their regular Fun Quiz. Starts at 8.45 pm, entry is £1.00 per person with a cash prize for the winner.

Tuesday (12th) sees the opening of La Café Tier - Episode V - Farewell My Pierre at St Ives Arts Club. Doors open at 7,30 pm, performance at 8.00 pm. Tickets £5.00 from St Ives Tourist Information or on the door. Also on Wednesday 13th, Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October.

On Wednesday (13th) the regular weekly St Ives Folk night is on at The Western, starts at 8.30 pm, free entry.

On Thursday (14th) local guide Valerie Hurry will be leading a guided tour - St Ives In The Frame - Art and Artists of St Ives. Meet outside The Guildhall at 11.00 pm, cost is £5.00 per person, no need to book just turn up.

On Friday (15th) St Ives Jazz Club are staging Orient House Ensemble featuring Gilad Atzmon. In a rare move, they've changed their gig from its regular Tuesday slot simply because they wanted this band so much. Doors open at 8.00 pm, music from 9.00 pm. Entry on the door is £10.00 / £6.00 (members).

Many more events including current art exhibitions are on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Textile Art Workshops in St Ives

Hand Made Felt - St Ives Cornwall

My wife Jo has put together a new programme of Textile Art Workshops in St Ives for Autumn 2010.

The first is Feltmaking, in just a couple of weeks on:
Wednesday 20th October.

Learn how to make felt from first principles, then design and make your own felt bag. All levels of ability are welcome including beginners.

There are still a couple of places left, but please get in touch soon if you are interested.

01736 797 122

Cost is £40.00 per person including materials.

She then has a series of workshops running through to Christmas including Rag Rugging, Silk Paper and Christmas Baubles. Full details are on:
KnitWeave Website