Saturday, 10 December 2011

What's On This Weekend In St Ives

Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall


Today (Saturday 10th December) - two great events back to back at St Ives Guildhall.

Rollers Roller Disco - starts at 2.00 pm - DJs, games and prizes - admission £5.00 (including skate hire).
Rollers Roller Disco

The Island Jam IV - starts at 7.00 pm - admission just £1.00 -
The Island Jam IV

Young local bands including:
Tomorrow (Sunday 11th) I'll be heading to Cafe Art for Board Games Sunday - Chess, Backgammon, Mah Jong and more. Come along to join in or bring your own game! Wonderful coffee, tea, home made cakes and snacks available all day. Open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm - a perfect place to spend a chilled out Sunday.

If you prefer a more formal Sunday lunch - with live music- head up to Tregenna Castle for Sunday Lunch and Jazz. A traditional three course lunch plus cool live jazz.  Food served from 12.30 pm, music until 3.00 pm. Booking strongly advised - 01736 795 254.

More events for the weekend and the weeks ahead on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Friday, 9 December 2011

St Ives Visitor Information Centre - Website

St Ives Visitor Information Centre


St Ives Visitor Information Centre has a new website.

Run by St Ives Town Council - with the support of St Ives Chamber Of Commerce - this is  now the official tourist information website for St Ives.

Lots of useful information including:
  • Attractions
  • Things To Do
  • Events
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping
  • Accommodation.
More will be added over the coming weeks.

The centre needs our support to keep going - so please visit both the website and the centre itself at The Guildhall.

St Ives Visitor Information - Website

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Winter Exhibition - Café Art St Ives

Twinkle Twinkle - Jo McIntosh


The new exhibition opened this week at Café Art on Royal Square in St Ives.

The Winter Mixed Show features work by various local artists.

Open every day from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm - until Saturday 28th January 2012.

Entrance is free - wonderful coffee, tea, home-made cakes and snacks available.

You can see a gallery of the work on display at:
Café Art - Winter Mixed Show - FaceBook

Sunday, 4 December 2011

St Ives Christmas Lights - Photos

St Ives Guildhall - Christmas Tree


Myself and Jo very much enjoyed The Big Switch On of St Ives Christmas Lights on Friday.

Music from St Ives Concert Band and Kruners Choir - then the Guildhall was lit up by The Mayor.

We then had a walk along The Harbour, Fore Street and High Street. The lights this year are better than ever.


Update: Photos of the 2012 St Ives Christmas Lights are now on the blog: St Ives Christmas Lights 2012

Here are some photos to enjoy.

I've put more in:
OneStIves - Christmas Lights - FaceBook Gallery

Christmas Lights - Gabriel Street

Christmas Lights - Fore Street
Christmas Lights - St Ives Harbour







Friday, 2 December 2011

St Ives Christmas Lights - The Big Switch On

Christmas Lights - St Ives Harbour


Tonight at 6.00pm - St Ives Mayor Ron Tulley will switch on the Christmas Lights at The Guildhall. One and all welcome.

Christmas carols and music from Kruners Choir and St Ives Concert Band.

All the lights and Christmas trees are up around town - from St Ives Harbour along Fore Street up to Tregenna Hill. Its looking wonderful !

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

St Ives and Me - Anna Chen - BBC Radio 4

Anna Chen - St Ives and Me


This Thursday - 1st December - writer and performer Anna Chen presents an intimate portrait of St Ives.

St Ives and Me draws on her experience of visiting the town from her childhood to the present. Anna is a regular performer at St Ives September Festival and St Ives Literature Festival.

It features interviews with and anecdotes from various people involved in the arts, culture and community here.

To be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30 am.

Available on BBC iPlayer until 8th December:
St Ives and Me - BBC iPlayer

Monday, 28 November 2011

Theatre - Oogly Es Sin - St Ives Guildhall

Oogly Es Sin - St Ives Guildhall


This Wednesday (30th November) BishBashBosh Theatre make a welcome return to St Ives.

They will be at St Ives Guildhall with their latest play - Oogly Es Sin - The Lamentable Ballad Of Anthony Payne Cornish Giant.

Last year I saw their previous production in St Ives - Surfing Tommies - and loved it. So this should be well worth seeing.

Local band Bagas Porthia are performing in support - providing music and dance.

In this hilarious and touching new one-man play, BishBashBosh Productions and Dean Nolan are back as Antony Payne, the famous Cornish Giant. By the time, Antony Payne reached his twenty-first birthday he already stood seven foot two inches, and kept on growing! Having both the brains and the brawn, he soon became the bodyguard of the legendary Sir Beville Grenville, yet for all his size and bulk, he was always a gentle giant, nimble and dextrous to the letter. Every day, this Falstaff of the West has to question how it feels to be huge, in a world too set on being small.

Doors open at 6.45 pm and the show starts at 7.00 pm.

Tickets are £7.00 (general), £5.00 (concessions) and £20.00 (family - 2 adults / 2 kids).

Available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre at The Guildhall and on the door.

You can also buy tickets online from:
Cornish Riviera Box Office

Friday, 25 November 2011

St Ives - What's On This Weekend

Food Tasting - Digey Food Room - Saturday


As the run-up to Christmas begins there are a few seasonal events coming up - plus lots more.

Friday - November 25th:
Saturday - November 26th:
Sunday - November 27th:
More events for the weekend, next week and through December on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Thursday, 24 November 2011

St Ives Cornwall - Christmas Lights

St Ives Cornwall - Christmas Lights


The St Ives Christmas Lights are going up around town.

I've spent the last three nights working with a team organised by St Ives Chamber of Commerce and St Ives Town Council - to get Christmas trees and lights installed.

Trees are now up and lit along Fore Street, Market Place and High Street. We ran out of trees part way along Tregenna Place - but more are on their way on Monday. We will then put more up along Tregenna Place and Tregenna Hill.

Lots of hard work was put in by a team of volunteers from the Chamber, various local businesses and St Ives Bay Rotary Club.

Expert help in ladder work and electrics provided by Second To None Roofing and Coast Electrical Services. Transport provided by Mike of The Garrack Hotel.

Paid for by  donations from a huge number of local businesses - listed on:
St Ives Christmas Lights - Donors

Elsewhere lots of lights are going up along St Ives Harbour and various local shops / pubs / restaurants thanks to St Ives fishermen Stuart and Tony. If you want more lights for your business give them a call - 07979 573 365.

The Big Switch On for the main town Christmas Tree will be on Friday 2nd December - St Ives Guildhall at 6.00 pm. Christmas carols and music from various local choirs.


Monday, 21 November 2011

St Ives September Festival - Gigs Announced

St Ives September Festival - Fisherman's Friends


The first Guildhall gigs for St Ives September Festival 2012 have been announced:
  • Kate Rusby - Saturday 8th September.
  • Cara Dillon - Saturday 15th September.
  • Fisheman's Friends - Wednesday 18th September.
  • Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes - Thursday 20th September.
  • The Counterfeit Stones - Saturday 22nd September.
Tickets will be on sale from March 2012.

I'll be posting more details of events on:

Latest news will also be found on:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

Friday, 18 November 2011

Queen II at St Ives Guildhall

Queen II - St Ives Guildhall - Saturday 19th November


Tomorrow night (19th November) at St Ives Guildhall -

Queen II - The Ultimate Queen Tribute Band.

Doors open at 7.30 pm.

Tickets: £12.50
From: St Ives Times & Echo or Oates Travel.
Tickets also available on the door.

A fundraiser for St Ives AFC.

Friday, 11 November 2011

St Ives Cornwall - What's On This Weekend

St Ives Cornwall - Rollers Roller Disco


Lots going on in St Ives this weekend - here are a few highlights.

Rollers Roller Disco is back at St Ives Guildhall with three skating sessions:
Tonight (11th November) - Under 18s - 5.30 pm. Over 18s - 8.00 pm.
Tomorrow (12th) - Family Disco - 2.00 pm.
More details are on:
Rollers Roller Disco - Website

Also tonight - there's a Pub Quiz at The Halsetown Inn. Cash prizes plus great real ales and pies. Starts at 8.30 pm, food served from 6.00 pm.
More details on:
Halsetown Inn - Website

On Saturday night (12th) The Unplugged Chameleon is at St Ives Arts Club - original music and poetry. Doors open  at 8.00 pm and entry on the door is £4.00.
More details on:
St Ives Arts Club - Website

On Sunday (13th) you can enjoy Sunday Lunch and Jazz at Tregenna Castle. A traditional Sunday roast plus cool live jazz. Food is served from 12.30 pm with music until 3.00 pm.
More details on:
Tregenna Castle - Website

Many more events for the weekend and the month ahead on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Fair Mo - St Ives - Christmas Fair

Fair Mo - St Ives Cornwall


Fair Mo - St Ives' traditional Christmas Fair -is on Saturday 26th November from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

It has a history going back to 1490 - when it started as a Pig Fair granted by Royal Charter.

This year the organisers are planning a bigger and better event than ever - to be held at St Ives Parish Church (rather than The Guildhall as in previous years).

Stalls will include:
  • Fresh local produce.
  • Paintings.
  • Other works of art.
  • Crafts.
  • Antiques.
  • Christmas gifts.
In keeping with the age old tradition as a pig fair, it will also include a scrumptious pig roast, pigs and other animals on the church green. All will be complemented by stalls selling tasty refreshments.

Chefs from Tregenna Castle will be doing a cooking demonstration and food tasting.

Inside the church will be Santa's grotto, singing and Advent carols.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Big Draw at Cafe Art


The Big Draw is a national event held in October each year, aimed at getting the nation drawing!  This year Cafe Art are holding a free drawing event - tomorrow:

Wednesday 26th October
10.00 am  - 6.30 pm.

On the theme of 'Fantastical Winged Creatures'  - drawing real or imagined winged creatures from seagulls to unicorns or completlly invented creatures! We are aiming to turn the space into one wierd aviary -getting the public to draw on tableclothes, windows, paper models etc.  Just drop in anytime during the day and take part - free.

Cafe Art can be found in The Drill Hall on Royal Square in the centre of St Ives.

More Info:
Cafe Art - FaceBook

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Brother and Bones - St Ives Guildhall

Brother and Bones -  St Ives Guildhall


Live at St Ives Guildhall - this Friday (21st October 2011) -
Brother and Bones.

Support from Felix Fable and Kola.

Doors open at 7.30 pm.

Tickets cost £6.00 - available from Balcony on Wharf Road St Ives.

Tickets also available and more information on:
Brother and Bones Website

Thursday, 15 September 2011

St Ives September Festival - Latest

St Ives September Festival 2011


St Ives September Festival has got off a great start. I've been out enjoying various events and exhibitions - including Music and Poetry in the Square, St Ives Arts Club Members Exhibition, Bobby Wotnot at Cafe Art and St Ives School Of Painting Exhibition. Plus a few pints at The Sloop and simply walking around the harbour and the beaches.

I've been taking some photos and compiling a gallery - which I'll keep adding to throughout the festival. Please take a look - comments welcome:
St Ives September Festival Gallery

I've also been posting news and pictures daily on:
St Ives September Festival Blog

Lots more happening over the next couple of days.

Cafe Art are hosting Free Speech today, tomorrow and Saturday - 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm. Today featuring readings from Colin T Johnson, tomorrow Anna Chen and Charles Shaar Murray.

Tonight at St Ives Arts Club - Cafe Frug at 8.00 pm.

The Unplugged Chameleon @ Seagrass Restaurant features Polly Money - tomorrow at 8.00 pm.

On Saturday night the brilliant Ben Waters has a gig at The Western Hotel at 8.00 pm.

Lots more happening - full listings on:
St Ives September Festival - What's On

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Steeple Woodland - Open Day

Steeple Woodland St Ives - Open Day


Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve are holding an Open Day this week - on Sunday 18th September.

A chance to learn more about the project and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Guided nature walks.
  • Green woodworking.
  • Live music
  • Refreshments.
The event is free and all are welcome.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

St Ives September Festival 2011

St Ives September Festival - Poetry and Music in the Square


St Ives September Festival opens on Saturday - I'm really looking forward to it.

On Saturday morning I'll head down to the harbour to see Boats In The Bay.

Then on to Norway Square for Poetry and Music in the Square - and hopefully a chance to meet up with some old friends.

A couple of pints at The Sloop during the late afternoon.

Then in the evening two exhibition opening parties. RoyWalker:Ten at Cafe Art and Members Exhibition at St Ives Arts Club.

Should be a good day. I hope to get some good pictures - and maybe some video - to post here and on FaceBook.



More information about the festival is on:

St Ives September Festival - Official Website

St Ives September Festival - What's On

St Ives September Festival - Blog

St Ives September Festival - FaceBook

Monday, 5 September 2011

Exhibition - Roy Walker:Ten

Roy Walker: Ten - Café Art St Ives


Today sees the opening of a new exhibition in St Ives - at Café Art on Royal Square.

Roy Walker:Ten

A retrospective featuring work from various stages of Roy's career - the first since his death ten years ago.

Roy Walker made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Cornwall and particularly in St Ives where he achieved an impressive reputation as an artist, painter and printmaker. Roy also helped produce prints for many of Cornwall’s leading artists, including Bryan Pearce and John Wells.

Open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm until 30th September 2011. Free entry. There is an opening party on Saturday 10th September at 7.00 pm - all welcome.

More information on:
Roy Walker Art - Website

Saturday, 3 September 2011

St Ives Arts Club - Fundraiser

St Ives Arts Club - Exhibition - Piano


St Ives Arts Club are hosting a special exhibition this week - to raise funds to buy a new piano for the club's theatre.

Members have been asked to donate works on a "Piano" theme.

These will be on display at the club all week - and visitors can place sealed bids as part of a silent auction. The reserve price for each is just £15.00 - so there may be some bargains to be had.

The opening and viewing is tomorrow night (Sunday 4th September) from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

After that the exhibition will be open daily from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm - until Friday 9th September.

Winning bids will be announced at the opening party for the Arts Club Members Exhibition - on Saturday 10th September at 8.00 pm.

A chance to support a good local cause and possibly get yourself  a great piece of original St Ives art.

More details of this and other events on:
St Ives Arts Club - Website

Friday, 2 September 2011

What's On This Weekend

St Ives Cornwall - Another Weekend Dawns


The last weekend of the main holiday season is upon us - next week St Ives should get a bit quieter - at least for a few days.

Exhibitions - this weekend is the final chance to see Joie De Vivre - with work by Deryl Petrucci and Archa Robinson - at St Ives Arts Club. Also the last day of Summer Mixed Exhibition at Cafe Art.

Tonight (Friday 2nd September) - St Ives Parish Church are hosting a classical concert. Philharmonic of Cologne Germany - with a programme including Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Starts at 7.30 pm.

Also tonight (2nd) the weekly pub quiz at The Halsetown Inn. Test your grey matter plus "Open the Box" with the chance to win a large cash prize. Also great pies and pints - starts at 8.30 pm.

On Saturday night (3rd)  The Halsetown Inn are celebrating their first birthday (since re-opening) with live music from The Sea Kings. Overnight camping is available for just £2.00 plus a Special Offer - 50% discount on food that runs all week. Music starts at 8.30 pm - food served from 6.00 pm.

On Sunday (4th)  Tregenna Castle have Sunday Lunch and Jazz- traditional roast plus live jazz. Food served from 12.30 pm music until 3.00 pm.

A new exhibition opens on Sunday evening - St Ives Arts Club - Piano - work by members on this theme. Its a fundraiser to raise money for a new piano - a silent auction where visitors can submit sealed bids. The viewing is from  6.00 pm to 9.00 pm - all welcome. Open daily until Friday (9th) from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

On Sunday night St Ives Kruners present a choral concert at St Ives Parish Church. Starts at 8.00 pm and admission is £5.00.

Full listings of events in St Ives - for this weekend, the week ahead and right through the year are on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Looking ahead - the opening of St Ives September Festival is only a week away. I've set up a new FaceBook page with a selection of photos and events:
St Ives September Festival 

Latest festival news will also be posted on:
St Ives September Festival Blog

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Floral Shop - St Ives Cornwall

The Floral Shop - Florist - St Ives Cornwall


The Floral Shop - formerly on Tregenna Hiil - has moved (not closed as some passing the old shop seem to think!).

They are now just around the corner at 5 Gabriel Street - in a bright modern newly refurbished shop.

Still offering a range of flowers, floral gifts and flower arrangements for all occasions. Also fresh fruit and vegetables.

The new shop was officially opened yesterday by Deputy Mayor of St Ives Colin Nicholls.

More details of what they have to offer are on their website. We're working on a new design to reflect the new shop:
Floral Shop - Florist St Ives

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Godrevy and The Lodge at Balnoon

St Ives Cornwall - View From Godrevy


We had a wonderful day out yesterday - August Bank Holiday is never the best day to be in St Ives - so we headed out across the bay to Godrevy.

Lovely views over the bay - and we got to see St Ives "from the other side".

We took a walk along the coast path - with views of the famous lighthouse. Then headed down to the sands to do some beach-combing.

Godrevy Lighthouse
On the way back we stopped off at the newly refurbished Lodge at Balnoon. The place looks great - really modern and tasteful - but welcoming at the same time. Had a bite to eat and a drink - good food at reasonable prices and friendly people. We'll be back for Sunday lunch or dinner next month.

The Lodge at Balnoon
I'm now really looking forward to September - the crowds will diminish and there's lots to see at St Ives September Festival. One of my favourite months - can't believe its come around again so quickly - is it just me or is time speeding up !

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Job Vacancies - St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Cornwall - Jobs


I've just started a new Jobs - Situations Vacant page on my St Ives Website.

If you're looking for a job in St Ives add it to your bookmarks.

If you want to advertise a job get in touch.

My first advertiser is one of our finest restaurants - Seagrass. They're looking for a talented Sous Chef to work alongside Head Chef Lee Groves to create modern innovative dishes.

Check it out here:
St Ives Cornwall - Jobs - Situations Vacant

If you're thinking of moving to St Ives there is more information on:
St Ives Cornwall - Moving Here

Thursday, 25 August 2011

St Ives Sunrise

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise - 25th August 2011


I was up early this morning and got a lovely photo of the sunrise over St Ives Bay.

I've compiled an album of St Ives Sunrise pictures over the last few months - and will be adding more - if I can get up early enough !

You can see them on:
St Ives Cornwall - OneStIves - FaceBook

Monday, 22 August 2011

Miracle Theatre - Tregenna Castle

The Death Of Sherlock Holmes


Tomorrow night at Tregenna Castle - Miracle Theatre return to St Ives with their latest production - The Death Of Sherlock Holmes.

An outdoor performance in the beautiful grounds - bring your own seating if you want. The show starts at 7.30 pm - food and drink available at the hotel beforehand.

Tickets are £12.00 (adults) / £6.00 (children). Available on the gate or in advance from Tregenna:
01736 795 254

I absolutely loved Miracle's last show in St Ives - Beauty And The Beast From Mars - so I'm really looking forward to this one. See you there.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Chysauster and a Cornish Cream Tea

Chysauster Ancient Village


Have just enjoyed a nice day out at Chysauster Ancient Village - out in the Penwith countryside between St Ives and Penzance.

The remains of an Iron Age village - inhabited over 2000 years ago - with the remains of stone-walled homesteads.

Also a beautiful setting with views over the countryside towards Mounts Bay and St Michael's Mount.

Chysauster Ancient Village - Homestead

On the way back we stopped at Green Pig Farm - a recently opened Tea Room and Gardens on the B3311 road between St Ives and Penzance. Really pleased that we did.

Green Pig Farm - Tea Room and Gardens
A beautifully served traditional cream tea  with lots of Strawberry Jam and Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream. Will definitely be going back.

Green Pig Farm - Cornish Cream Tea

Friday, 19 August 2011

What's On This Weekend - St Ives Cornwall

Halsetown Inn - Pub Quiz - Every Friday


Tonight (Friday 19th August) its Quiz Night at Cornwall's first and only Pie Pub - The Halsetown Inn. Starts at 8.30 pm - real ales , amazing pies and other great food and drink. Runs every Friday throughout the year. The pub also has live music on Saturday night from 8.30 pm - singer / guitarist Paul Anthony with popular songs from the 60's on.

Tonight and Saturday The Canterbury Tales is at St Ives Guildhall - hilarious mediaeval mayhem and goings on - a Rough Coast production. Doors open at 7.00 pm, performance starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets - £5.00 (advance) or £8.00 (door) - available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre or online from CRBO.

On Sunday (21st) Tregenna Castle are serving up Sunday Lunch and Jazz - a traditional roast plus laid back cool jazz in a lovely setting. Food served from 12.30 pm - music until 3.00 pm. Three courses £16.95 or one course £9.95 per person. Booking is required - call 01736 795 254.

More St Ives Events - for the weekend and through the week - including live music, theatre, exhibitions and much more on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Thursday, 11 August 2011

St Ives Lifeboat Day

St Ives Cornwall - Lifeboat Day


I've just been down to St Ives Harbour for Lifeboat Day.

Lots going on - stalls, food and activities for kids - and the sun has come out !

Great fun and an important fundraiser for a great cause - so get down there - the fun continues all day.

More photos on:
St Ives Lifeboat Day - Gallery

More info on:
St Ives Lifeboat Day - FaceBook

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Canterbury Tales - St Ives Guildhall

The Canterbury Tales - St Ives Guildhall


After a hugely successful run in June at The Minack Theatre - The Canterbury Tales is coming to St Ives Guildhall next week.

Eleven short stories of mediaeval mayhem and goings on. A fruity feast of fun and frolics.

Suitable for adults and children with broad-minded parents.

A cast of local actors and produced by Rough Coast Community Arts.

Performances are from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th August - the show starts at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are just £5.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door.
Available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre at The Guildhall.
Or buy online from:
Cornish Riviera Box Office

Friday, 5 August 2011

Rollers Roller Disco

Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall


Tonight at St Ives Guildhall - Rollers Roller Disco - playing all the tunes that will take you back in time and return you to the noughties.

Including seventies hits, funky house music and loads of classic 80's to get you in the Rollers Roller Disco atmosphere.

There are two sessions:
  • Families and Under 18s. - 5.30 - 7.30 pm.
  • Over 18s. - 8.00 -10.30 pm .
Skates are available for hire - also wristguards, pads & helmets for those who want to use them.

Soft drinks and snacks will be available as well.

Roller Disco is a fantastic way to meet new people and keep you fit. Bring back some nostalgic skate memories or create some new ones! All whilst you enjoy a fantastic retro party atmosphere.

Rollers are also at The Guildhall later this month - on Fridays August 12th and 26th.

More info is on:
Rollers Roller Disco - FaceBook Page

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Craft Evenings In St Ives

Rag Rug - Textile Art - Jo McIntosh


Textile artist Jo McIntosh is running a series of Craft Evenings in St Ives during the Summer and Autumn.

A chance to learn something new and practical.
Also to have fun at the same time.

All sessions are from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Cost is just £10.00 including materials.

Whether you live here or are visiting over the next few weeks - get in touch with Jo to book a place or for more information. Jo can also offer one to one tuition or classes for families and groups.
01736 797 122
jo.mcintosh@knitweave.co.uk

Tuesday 9th August – Rag Rug.
Learn how to recycle unwanted clothes/fabric into textile art.

Wednesday 24th August – Jewellery.
Make a beautiful beaded bracelet and matching ear-rings.

Tuesday 6th September – Papier-mâché.
Transform old newspapers into a bowl which can then be painted and decorated.

Tuesday 20th September – Dyeing Buttons.
Can't find the right colour button for a project? Come and learn how to use transfer dyes to produce bright colourful buttons.

Tuesday 4th October – Batik.
Create a simple picture using this wax resist method.

Tuesday 18th October – Knitted Flowers.
Learn how to knit flowers which can then be made into jewellery or used to decorate garments.

More information on:
Jo McIntosh - Knitweave Website

Monday, 1 August 2011

Miracle Theatre Return To St Ives

The Death Of Sherlock Holmes - Miracle Theatre


Important Update - Sunday 7th August.
This performance has been CANCELLED.
Miracle Theatre have announced this today with regret - its due to illness of a cast member.
Full refunds will be given - contact Hall For Cornwall Box Office.
Miracle hope to re-schedule - more details in due course.

Update 2 -- Sunday 7th August.- Direct from Miracle.
"Good News! we now have a new date at Tregenna Castle - Tuesday 23rd August - so all tickets for tonights show are fully transferable - we look forward to see you there, if not before!"



The wonderful Miracle Theatre Company are back in St Ives later this week.

On Sunday (7th August) they're bringing their latest production - The Death Of Sherlock Holmes - to Tregenna Castle for an outdoor performance in the grounds.

It’s a dangerous time for Sherlock Holmes: preparing for his final battle with the criminal mastermind Moriarty, he stumbles on a most ingenious crime. Investigating a trail of rare botanical specimens and paranormal activities, Holmes is led from Baker St, via a suburban séance to the Swiss Alps, where his powers of deduction are stretched to the limit. Discovering his own life is in danger, he is forced to enlist the help of Dr Watson and call on voices from beyond the grave to crack his ultimate case.

The performance starts at 7.30 pm - food and drink will be available from the Tregenna Bar and Brasserie - before, during and after the show.

You can get tickets from the hotel - call 01736 795 254.
Or you can book online at:
Hall For Cornwall Box Office

Friday, 29 July 2011

Sand Castle Competition - Sunday - Porthminster

Porthminster Beach - St Ives Cornwall


Looking for something to do this weekend in St Ives - for all ages, families and children ?

There's a Sand Castle Building Competition this Sunday (31st July 2011) on Porthminster Beach. There are two categories - "Best Castle" for young children and "Beat The Tide" for teams of family and friends.

A fundraiser for St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club and organised by Tregenna Castle - the fun starts at 10.30 am and entry is £2.50 per person.

There is also face painting for kids and food available throughout the day from the beach takeaway.

Full details are on:
Tregenna News Blog

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

St Ives - Summer Creative Activities For Kids

St Ives Cornwall - Art Workshops For Children


With the school holidays here lots of families with children will be coming to St Ives - and looking for things to do - in addition to just enjoying the beach.

This summer there are a fair few creative activities - art, workshops etc. - so here a some that you might want to look at.

Drop In Art Workshops - every Sunday - 10.00 am for ages 5-11 and 1.00 pm for ages 11+. A chance to explore exciting art techniques and materials.Cost is £5.00 - no booking required:
St Ives School Of Painting

Fun With Writing Workshop - with author Liz Kessler. Thursday 28th July - 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. For ages 8 to 14. Cost is £5.00 - booking advised - 01736 795 582.
St Ives Society Of Artists

ClayDays - creative hands on activities with clay. Every Wednesday at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. For ages 6 - 12. Cost is £5.00 - booking advised - 01736 799 703.
Leach Pottery

Family Drop In - a family friendly space, with resources and games. Daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. For all the family. Free with gallery admission - no booking required.
Tate St Ives

Family Beach Workshops - make your own artwork to take home. Activities are for children and adults to take part together. Every Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri - 11.00 to 12.30. Cost is £3.00 per child - children must be accompanied by an adult - accompanying adults free. Booking required - 01736 791 177.
Tate St Ives

Craft Workshops - have fun and be creative with Jo McIntosh. Make Your Own Juggling Balls - Tuesday 16th August. Make Your Own Clown Hat - Friday 26th August. Both run from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. Cost is £2.00 per child - booking advised - 0300 1234 111.
St Ives Library

Sunday, 24 July 2011

St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Gareth Roberts Quintet - St Ives Jazz Club


Lots to do in St Ives this week as the main holiday season gets into full swing.

Tonight (24th July) there is a classical music concert at St Ives Parish Church with Sine Nomine - part of their Sunday@8 series of concerts. Starts at 8.00 pm and admission on the door is £5.00.

Tomorrow (25th) Freddy Zapp is hosting a Karaoke Night at The Sheaf Of Wheat. The fun starts at 8.00 pm - free entry. Also on every Monday and Wednesday throughout the summer.

On Tuesday (26th) St Ives Jazz Club are staging Gareth Roberts Quintet - original modern jazz influenced by Charles Mingus and the Blue Note jazz of the 60s. Doors open at 8.00 pm, music from 9.00 pm and entry on the door is £10.00 / £6.00 (members). More top class modern jazz every Tuesday all year round.

On Wednesday (27th) there is a Falconry Display at Tregenna Castle - owls, falcons and hawks will show off their breathtaking flight skills around the 72 acre estate in St Ives. Starts at 6.00 pm and its a free event. Food and drink available in the hotel bar and brasserie. On every Wednesday through the summer.

On Thursday (28th) Café Frug returns to St Ives Arts Club. An eclectic mix of music, poetry, comedy, film and just about anything else - depending on who turns up. Doors open at 7.30 pm and entry is £4.00 / £2.00 (members). Also on every second Thursday throughout the year.

On Friday (29th) its the monthly Late At The Tate - free entry to the Summer Exhibition, animated film - The Itch Of The Golden Nit, documentary film - Agnes Martin, food and bar in the Tate Café. Starts at 6.00 pm - free entry.

On Saturday (30th) why not try something creative ! Textile artists Jo McIntosh is running a Papier-Mâché Workshop in St Ives. Runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and the cost  is £40.00 including all materials. To book - contact Jo on 01736 797 122.

As ever - this is just a small selection of what's going on in the creative hotbed that is St Ives. Lots more on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

You can also stay in touch with events on:
St Ives Cornwall - FaceBook Page

The very latest news will be posted - several times a day - on:
St Ives Cornwall - Twitter

Saturday, 23 July 2011

John Knill Celebrations

Knill Ceremony - St Ives Cornwall. Pic by Colin Sanger


On Monday (25th July 2011) the quinquennial (5 yearly) celebrations for the Knill Ceremony will take place in St Ives.

John Knill was Collector of the Customs at St Ives from 1762 to 1782. He was appointed Mayor of the Borough of St Ives in November 1767 and apparently developed a "warm and abiding affection for the town and its people". Given his job - an affection that was almost certainly not reciprocated by many town traders and residents !

He built a Mausoleum in 1782, up on Worvas Hill above St Ives and close to the present day Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve. Known today as Knill's Steeple. He intended that this imposing 50 ft high structure to be his final resting place. But he died in London in 1811 and his body was never brought back to the town.

He did however prepare an Indenture which dated 29th May 1797.  He appointed the Mayor, the Vicar and the Customs Officer to be Trustees and charged them with the duty of ensuring that a ceremony was performed every five years on 25 July, being the Feast of St James The Apostle.

Ten girls, not exceeding 10 years, being native of St Ives and daughters of Seaman, Fishermen or Tinners, should dance around his monument. To be accompanied by two widows aged over 64 years, being widows of Seamen, Fishermen or Tinners.  They should be accompanied by the Vicar of St Ives, The Mayor and The Customs Officer. All to be led by a fiddler (the musical type - not a plumber who has failed to declare his VAT).

The ceremony on Monday starts at 10.30 am when the party of children, widows, fiddler and assorted local worthies assembles at The Guildhall. The party will then proceed to the Malakoff - via Street-an-Pol, St Andrew’s Street, High Street, Tregenna Place, Tregenna Hill and Fernlea Terrace. A bus will then take them up to Knill's Steeple. Dancing at the steeple will start at 12.00 noon.

Should be quite a spectacle and another celebration of our local traditions - so well worth a look.

More information is on:
St Ives Town Council Website

There is a nice video where Harding Laity explains more of the historical background on:
St Ives TV - Heritage

Thursday, 14 July 2011

St Ives Artist - Keith English - Florence Biennale

The Arrival Of St Ia - Keith English


St Ives artist Keith English has been invited to exhibit at the prestigious Florence Biennale Exhibition - which will take place from 3rd to December 11th 2011.

Keith will be exhibiting three of his original oil paintings: The Arrival of St. Ia, The Divine Alchemist and The End of Time.

The original artwork can be viewed at Keith's studio throughout the summer until the paintings travel to Italy in October.

Keith welcomes his many friends and clients to his studio to visit him and to see this beautiful work. The studio is on High Street in the Lanhams Building (above St Ives Holidays). Open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday - but do call ahead to check as these hours sometimes vary - 01736 798 493.

There are also several other new works that are developing so all are welcome to come and see what is new at the Keith English Studio!

You can also view the works on Keith's website:
Keith English - Florence Biennale

You can post comments and messages on:
Keith English - FaceBook Page


Saturday, 9 July 2011

What's On In St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Arts Club - Cafe Frug - Thursday 14th July


As ever lots going on in St Ives this week. Here is a small selection of stuff. Full listings are on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Tonight (9th July) - live music at The Harbour Pool Club - blues rock from Devil's Creek. Starts at 9.00 pm, free admission for members and guests, temporary memberships available for visitors.

Tomorrow night (10th) The Belerion Consort play at St Ives Parish Church - part of their weekly Sunday@8 series of classical concerts. Starts at 8.00 pm - admission £5.00 on the door.

On Monday (11th) Freddy Zapp is back at The Sheaf Of Wheat for a fun Karaoke Night. Starts at 8.30 - free entry. Freddy will be at The Sheaf every Monday and Wednesday night throughout the Summer.

On Tuesday (12th) St Ives Jazz Club are staging Pedal Mania - 'the finest choice of funky grooves'. Doors open at 8.00 pm, music from 9.00 pm. Admission on the door £10.00 / £6.00 (members). More top class modern jazz every Tuesday all year round.

On Wednesday (13th) indulge your creative side at St Ives School Of Painting - with a Life Drawing Class. Starts at 7.00 pm, beginners welcome,  costs £15.00 - no need to book just turn up. The school has a membership scheme with reduced costs for the classes and other exclusive events.

On Thursday (14th) Cafe Frug is at St Ives Arts Club - an eclectic mix of poetry, comedy, prose, music, film and anything else artistic. Doors open at 7.30 pm with performance from 8.00 pm, entry is £4.00 / £3.00 (members).

On Friday (15th) St Ives Raft Race starts at 6.30 pm in the harbour. Free to watch and great fun.

Have a great week in St Ives !

Friday, 8 July 2011

Seagrass Restaurant - Best In St Ives - TripAdvisor

Seagrass Restaurant - St Ives Cornwall


Seagrass Restaurant - to be found down on St Ives Harbour by the slipway - has been voted best restaurant in St Ives (#1 of 64) by independent reviewers on TripAdvisor.

Quite an achievement given that they only opened a few weeks ago in May !

Diners clearly love the place - 95% of those who have posted reviews rate Seagrass as "Excellent".

Well done to owner-managers Scott and Julia Blair and to Professional MasterChef finalist Lee Groves !

To find out more about their food and philosophy visit:
Seagrass St Ives Website

To check out the reviews go to:
TripAdvisor Reviews - Seagrass St Ives

Thursday, 7 July 2011

St Ives Farmers Market

St Ives Farmers Market - Thursday 7th July 2011


St Ives Farmers Market is open today until 2.00 pm - at The Backpackers on The Stennack.

Great local produce - which today includes fresh Cornish fish, bread, cakes and seasonal vegetables.

I've just been down there and took the photo above a few minutes ago.
So get down there before the best items sell out !

Also open every Thursday throughout the year:
from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm.

More information on:
St Ives Farmers Market - Website