Wednesday 12 December 2012

Christmas Food Market - St Ives Guildhall

Christmas Food Market - St Ives Guildhall
Christmas Food Market - St Ives Guildhall

St Ives Farmers Market will be running a special Christmas Food Market - at St Ives Guildhall - this Saturday - 15th December. Open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Lots of lovely local food - all produced in Cornwall - for your Christmas table. Also a chance to get some special presents. More than 30 stalls - so lots to choose from. The cafe will be open serving refreshments.

Cornish Pork Pantry will be doing a Hog Roast ......

Tuesday 11 December 2012

St Ives Jazz Club

The Cloudmakers Trio - St Ives Jazz Club
The Cloudmakers Trio - St Ives Jazz Club

Tonight (Tuesday 11th December 2012)  - St Ives Jazz Club -
The Cloudmakers Trio.

At The Western Hotel on Royal Square.

'Vibraphonist Jim Hart has established himself as one of the premier creative jazz musicians of his generation in the UK. His new group plays original music by Jim that lies somewhere between New York's 'downtown' sound and the modern European tradition.'

Doors open at 8.00 pm - music starts at 9.00 pm ......

Sunday 9 December 2012

St Ives Christmas Lights 2012

Christmas Tree - Royal Square St Ives

St Ives Christmas Lights were switched on this Friday in Royal Square.

There are Christmas trees and lights all through town - from Tregenna Hill through High Street and along Fore Street ......

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Christmas In St Ives Cornwall

Cafe Art - Royal Square St Ives

Lots of Christmas things going on in St Ives over the next few days. Plus the regular events that keep us entertained through the year.

Today (Wednesday 5th December 2012):
Guided Tour Of St Ives - The Guildhall - 11.00 am ......

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Get Your Car Fixed In St Ives

St Ives MoT Test Centre

A new business has recently opened in St Ives Cornwall -
St Ives MoT Test Centre.

Conveniently located at the top end of town on Penbeagle Industrial Estate. Drive up The Stennack, turn left at St Ives Fire Station, keep going up the hill, opposite the car wash.. Easy to get to - plenty of parking.

They are the only authorised MoT Test Station in town - you no longer need to drive out to St Erth or Penzance to get your car sorted ......

Monday 3 December 2012

Cornwall Food Awards - Double Win - Seagrass

Seagrass - Best Restaurant - Best Chef

A double triumph for St Ives in the Cornwall Life Food and Drink Awards last week !

Seagrass St Ives was named as Best Restaurant Of The Year ...... 

Sunday 2 December 2012

Christmas Gifts - Shop Local and Buy Local

Hand-made Christmas Card - Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One
St Ives Crafts -Shop Local - Buy Local

If you're looking for Christmas gifts in St Ives you have lots of choices and a great range of local shops.

But - its worth bearing in mind that something labelled as A Gift From St Ives or Cornwall may not be all that it seems.

Many of these gifts may be from further afield - often much further !

It's great to support local businesses - where possible - by shopping in town. But you can increase the benefits even further by buying goods that are also made locally. Or - as a good alternative - Fairtrade items that will benefit craft makers elsewhere.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with cheap foreign made tat manufactured gifts from around the world. They generally offer good value and quality. But if you want some of the lovely work made by local Cornish craftspeople - or genuine Fairtrade goods - you need to take a little care. If in doubt - always ask in the shop or check the label carefully.

Shop Local AND Buy Local.

Here are some "local hero" shops - on the ground in St Ives and online - where you can be sure to get genuine Cornish or Fairtrade gifts.

High quality craftwork from around Cornwall - Market Place:
Crowan Crafts

Artisan chocolate hand-made in St Ives - Fore Street:
I Should Coco

Beautiful felt and quilting - hand-made by owners Heidi and Norma - Fore Street:
Kuiama Crafts

Lovingly hand-made felt bags, silk scarves and more - Krowji and Online:
Knit One Weave One

Stunning textile art, cards and prints from St Ives - Online:
Carolyn Saxby

Fantastic range of books about Cornwall and by local authors - Tregenna Place:
Harbour Bookshop

Highly original paintings and jewellery - Bullans Terace:
Sally MacCabe Studio Gallery

Unique individually hand-made crafts inspired by St Ives - Back Road West:
St Ives Arts and Crafts

More soon for Christmas - St Ives and Cornish food and drink.

Thursday 29 November 2012

Christmas Is Coming To St Ives Cornwall

Jumbo Frug - St Ives Arts Club
St Ives In December - Jumbo Frug

The Christmas season is kicking off in St Ives - a big weekend with a host of events - here is just a selection of what's going on in town.

Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall
Tomorrow - Friday 30th November:
5..00 pm - Rollers Roller Disco - Under 18s and Families - St Ives Guildhall.
6.00 pm - Late At The Tate - Free Entry To Galleries - Tate St Ives.
6.30 pm - Chilli Cook Off - Charity Fundraiser - The Lifeboat Inn.
7.00 pm - Film Night - St Ives In The 1950s - The Island Centre.
8..00 pm - Rollers Roller Disco - Over 18s SK8 Party - St Ives Guildhall.

Fair Mo - St Ives Parish Church
Saturday 1st December:
10.00 am - Fair Mo - Christmas Food and Drink - St Ives Parish Church.
11.00 am - Christmas Tree Festival - Fore Street Methodist Church.

6.00 pm - Exhibition Opening Party - Lobe:Claire Baker - Cafe Art.
7.00 pm - Christmas Tree Festival - Opening Concert - Fore Street Methodist Church.
7.30 pm - Jumbo Frug - Cabaret and Music - St Ives Arts Club.

Music and Performance Evening - St Ives Arts Club
Sunday 2nd December:
10..00 am - Christmas Card Making - St Ives School Of Painting.
10.30 am - Designs Direct - Cornish Craftwork - St Ives Harbour Hotel.

11.00 am - The Sunday Hangout - Cafe Art.
12.30 pm - Sunday Lunch and Jazz - Tregenna Castle.
7.30 pm - Music and Performance Evening - St Ives Arts Club.

That's just this weekend !
Much more coming up over the next three weeks.
Get down to St Ives - there is lots going in all through December !

Last minute accommodation:
Last Minute St Ives Cornwall

Full December events listings:
St Ives In December - What's On

Christmas Open Studios - Krowji Redruth
Finally - not in St Ives - but well worth the trip to Redruth - Krowji Christmas Open Studios - at Cornwall's largest creative hub. Studios open from 6.00 pm Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday.

Fantastic art and craftwork all made in Cornwall. Christmas carols, mulled wine, Santa's Grotto plus great food from The Melting Pot Cafe.

Saturday 17 November 2012

St Ives Cornwall - What's On - What's New

The Sunday Hangout - Café Art St Ives
The Sunday Hangout - Café Art St Ives

This week I thought that I'd highlight a few new events as well as some of the regulars in St Ives Cornwall.

New - tomorrow (Sunday 18th November 2012) and following Sundays - 11.00 am - 4.00 pm - The Sunday Hangout at Café Art. Lots of Sunday papers to read, board games, food, cakes and puddings. Plus special Sunday offer - free refill on all hot drinks.
More Info - Café Art

New - Monday (19th) - Argentine Tango Classes at St John's In The Fields. Advanced Class at 7.30pm - Total Beginners Class at 8.30pm. Cost £7.00 per person. Mondays through December.
More Info - Cameron Bennett Tango

Regular - but something new every week - Tuesday (20th) - St Ives Jazz Club - Chico Chica.. Exciting new vocal Latin-Jazz band.  Doors 8.00 pm - music 9.00 pm - admission £12.00 / £8.00 (members).
More Info - St Ives Jazz Club

New - Tuesday (20th) - Creative Workshop at Beaten Green starting at 7.00 pm. Upcycling Cushion Covers using a mixture of fabric remnants, hot washed woolen jumpers, buttons and bits, Cost £15.00 per person. Mondays and some Fridays through December.
More Info - Beaten Green

Regular - but now running weekly through the Winter - Wednesday (21st). Guided Tour - The Story of St Ives. Meet at St Ives Guildhall at 11.00 am  - £5.00 per person.
More Info - Guided Tours Of St Ives

Regular - but now with new stallholders, buskers to entertain you and a  café - Thursday (22nd). St Ives Farmers Market - at The Guildhall - fresh Cornish produce. Open from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm.
More Info - St Ives Farmers Market

Lots more events on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Also - looking ahead to Christmas - I've compiled a separate events page for the festive season:
St Ives In December

Saturday 10 November 2012

Remembrance Day In St Ives

War Memorial - St Ives Cornwall

Tomorrow - Sunday 11th November 2012 - is Remembrance Day - and St Ives will be honouring the fallen as will every village, town and city across Cornwall and the country.

11.00 am - Remembrance Ceremony and Wreath Laying
- at the War Memorial on Market Place.

7.30 pm - Festival Of Remembrance - St Anta Church Carbis Bay.
Mousehole Male Voice choir and others.

Also - on Sunday 18th November - An Evening Of Remembrance
 - St Ives Theatre. Songs by The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, Glenn Miller and many more. A fundraiser for Help For Heroes.

Monday 5 November 2012

Creative Art Workshops - St Ives

Creative Art Workshops - St Ives

If you'd like to try something artistic and creative in the run-up to Christmas - and maybe make some personal and original Christmas gifts - there are various classes and workshops to choose from in and around St Ives.

Beatengreen - the vintage shop on St Andrews Street - have a series of Creative Workshops running on Tuesday evenings and some Fridays. These have a theme of recycling / upcycling and include some original topics such as Artwork From Used Postage Stamps, Gift Tagging And Wrapping With A Difference and Christmas Wreaths From Unwanted Books. Details and dates on their website:
Beatengreen St Ives - Creative Workshops

Glass Artist - Terri Bunn - is running classes where you can learn to make beautiful Christmas Decorations and other items from fused glass. Details and dates on:
Confessions Of A Glass Artist

Textile Artist Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One - has  Christmas Stocking Workshops on Monday 12th November at Krowji Creative Studios in Redruth.  Make and decorate your own stockings from felt and other textiles. Cost is £15.00 and you they run in the morning 10.00am to 12.30pm and afternoon 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Jo offers a range of other Textile Art Workshops and one to one tuition. Details on:
Knit One Weave One - Textile Art Workshops Cornwall

Finally - it you're looking for an original Christmas gift - you can buy Jo's Textile Art Gift Vouchers from here website. They can be redeemed for any of her workshops or 1:1 tuition:
Knit One Weave One - Textile Art Gift Vouchers

Friday 2 November 2012

Bonfire Night Fireworks In St Ives

St Ives - Bonfire Night Fireworks

St Ives will be celebrating Bonfire Night - Monday 5th November - with a firework display on Porthminster Beach.

Starts at 7.00 pm (weather permitting).

As well as the fireworks - food and drink will be available - there will be a BBQ and Porthminster Beach Cafe will be open.

Monday 29 October 2012

St Ives Harbour - Rainbow

St Ives Harbour - Rainbow

There was a spectacular rainbow over St Ives Harbour this morning - so I thought I'd share this photo with you.

You can see more photos of St Ives through the seasons on my:
St Ives Cornwall - Photo Diary - 2012

Friday 26 October 2012

Half Term Holiday Activities In St Ives

Children's Craft Workshop - St Ives Library

Update - October 2013.
New blog post for kids activities - Half Term - St Ives - 2013

As the half-term holidays start today I'll highlight a few events and activities happening  next week in St Ives for children and families.

On Monday (29th October) St Ives Library have Story Time - Little Red Riding Hood - starting at  3.45 pm.

On Tuesday (30th) - also at the library - a craft workshop for children with Jo McIntosh - Come and Make Felt Hearts and Stars Christmas Decorations. From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. Numbers are limited - booking advised - call in at the library to book a place or call 0300 1234 111.

Wednesday (31st) is Halloween ! Rollers Roller Disco will be at St Ives Guildhall with a Halloween Monster Roller Disco. Two sessions - 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm - tickets £5.00 including skate hire. Prizes for the best fancy dress.

Also on Wednesday St Ives Rugby Club are holding a Halloween Party with disco, spooky games and spooky nibbles. It starts at 6.30 pm and entry is £1.00.

On Thursday (1st November) there is Storytelling with Mark Harandon at St Ives Library - starting at 2.00 pm.

On Friday (2nd) Rollers are back at St Ives Guildhall with two Rollers Discos for kids and families starting at 5.00 pm (under 11s) and 7.00 pm (over 12s).

Should be a great week in St Ives. More events on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Monday 22 October 2012

A Year In St Ives - Photo Diary

A Year In St Ives - Photo Diary

Since January I've been compiling a photo diary - A Year In St Ives.

Each week I've been taking a variety of photos around town - landscapes, streets, events, people.

I haven't been able to take a picture every day - it's been a tricky year for a number of reasons.

But I have posted 98 photos up to now showing St Ives through the seasons. I'll be adding more as the year progresses into Winter.

Take a look - any comments welcome:

St Ives Cornwall - A Photo Diary - 2012

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Wishbone Ash - St Ives Gig

Wishbone Ash - St Ives Guildhall

Classic rock legends Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, kick off the UK leg of their tour at St Ives Guildhall tomorrow night  (Thursday 4th October).

The tour, which began in Europe early this year, celebrates the release of Elegant Stealth, the band’s latest studio album. This is the only Cornwall gig.

Tickets - £18.00 - are available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre at The Guildhall and on the door. You can also book tickets online at:
Cornish Riviera Box Office

Doors open at 7.30 pm with music from 8.00 pm.

A rare chance to see a major rock act at our own venue - get down there !

More info about the tour and album on:
Wishbone Ash - Official Website

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Exhibition - St Ives Knitting Group

St Ives Knitting Group - Not Just A Load Of Jumpers

A new exhibition opens in St Ives tonight at Café Art on Royal Square  - Not Just A Load Of Jumpers.

It features a range of work by members of St Ives Tuesday Knitting Group - showing knitting in many forms - not just jumpers!

The opening is from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm - all welcome. Refreshments available.

The exhibition is then open until 27th October, Monday - Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

You can see some of the work on:
Not Just A Load Of Jumpers - Gallery

The group meet at the café fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. If you'd like to knit and natter do go along - help is freely available for beginners. Dates can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Friday 28 September 2012

St Ives Cornwall - What's On This Weekend

An Evening With Mister Nice - St Ives Guildhall

As the main holiday season winds down there is still lots going on in St Ives this weekend.

Tonight (Friday 28th September) - Rollers Roller Disco is back at St Ives Guildhall - after a break for the September Festival. Three sessions for all ages - admission is £6.00 with skate hire or £5.00 with your own skates:
  • Under 11s and Families - 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm.
  • Over 12s and Families - 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm.
  • Over 18s Skate Party Night - 9.00 pm - 11.00 pm.
Tomorrow night (Saturday 29th) - An Evening With Mister Nice - Howard Marks - at St Ives Guildhall. A talk by the former drugs baron and witty raconteur. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £15.00 - available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre or on the door.

On Sunday (30th) - Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve are holding an Open Day from 2.00 pm. Guided walks, refreshments, activities for children, live music. Free admission.

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

Monday 27 August 2012

St Ives September Festival - Live Music

St Ives September Festival - Live Music

I've put together a web page featuring all of the live music at the 2012 St Ives September Festival.

As well as the main gigs at The Guildhall and The Western Hotel - already featured on the official festival website - I've included gigs at other venues including:
  • The Castle Inn
  • The Lifeboat Inn
  • St Ives Arts Club
  • St Ives Parish Church
  • St Ives Theatre
  • Seagrass Restaurant
  • The Mex Restaurant
  • Café Art
So - all of the music in one place to help you to plan your own festival itinerary - more than 60 gigs to choose from:
St Ives September Festival - Live Music

If you're looking for accommodation - I've also set up a page featuring late availability:
Last Minute St Ives Cornwall

Wednesday 15 August 2012

St Ives Lifeboat Day

St Ives Lifeboat Day

Its St Ives Lifeboat Day on the harbour on Thursday (16th August 2012) - from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Followed by live music with Melodious Funk and a fundraising  auction outside The Sloop Inn from 8.00 pm.

Lots for all ages to enjoy including:
  • Stalls.
  • BBQ.
  • Tombola.
  • Raffle.
  • Lifeboat and Helicopter Display.
  • Meet the Crew.
Great fun and all in a good cause.

To get a flavour of it - if you've not been before - take a look at my gallery:
St Ives Lifeboat Day 2011

More info is on:
RNLI St Ives - Lifeboat Day

Tuesday 14 August 2012

South West Estates - Supporting Helston Railway

South West Estates Team on Helston Railway

South West Estates - St Ives specialist residential lettings agency - have announced an initiative to support Helston Railway.

The Helston Railway Preservation Society have a mission - to restore the former Helston Branch Line - Britain's most southerly railway. They have more than a thousand members and are run and supported entirely by volunteers.

Seven years ago they started clearing vegetation and laying track. The railway now has a station at Trevarno, a cafe, sidings and almost a mile of track. They run trips on a small passenger train through the Trevarno Estate. You can book a trip by visiting:
Helston Railway - Website

The South West Estates team recently visited Helston Railway where they took a trip on the outside verandah of the brake van from Trevarno Station. Proprietor Stephen Bullen so enjoyed the trip that he is now fully supporting the project. He is offering a free ticket to ride on the railway with each new letting.

South West Estates are very proud of their specialist letting and management service. With an experienced and helpful team they are one of the largest lettings agents in the area.

So if you own a property and are looking for a professional service from the area's biggest agency visit:
South West Estates - Property Lettings and Management

Friday 10 August 2012

St Ives - Exhibition Openings - This Weekend

St Ives Rooftops - Seb West

Three new exhibitions featuring St Ives artists open this weekend.

Coastlines - new work by Seb West and Glyn Macey.
Seb's massive linocut: 'St. Ives Rooftops' will be on display here for the first time. The piece has been over four years in the making, and contains well over a thousand hours of work.
Opening on Saturday (11th August 2012) from 7.00 pm at The Crypt Gallery on Norway Square. Runs until  Friday 24th August.
More info:
Seb West - Website

Affordable Art Show - work by St Ives Arts Club members at sensible and sometimes incredible prices.
Opening on Sunday (12th) from 6.00 pm at the club on Westcott's Quay. Runs until Thursday 30th August.
More info:
St Ives Arts Club - Website

Wood Vibrations - fine art by Lauren Sebastian.
Opening Sunday (12th) from 6.30 pm at Cafe Art on Royal Square. Runs until Friday 31st August.
More info:
Cafe Art - FaceBook Page

While you're in town over the weekend - two other galleries well worth visiting (they also have wonderful websites):

Hansel Gallery - Tregenna Hill (just a short step from Cafe Art and St Ives Arts Club).
Highly original work by Steve Petrucci Fox and Deryl Petrucci.
More info:
Steve Petrucci Fox - Website

Caroline Atkinson - Harbour Galleries Wharf Road (just a short step from The Crypt Gallery).
Beautiful Cornish landscapes and seascapes.
More info:
Caroline Atkinson - Website

Details of more exhibitions an other events in St Ives over the weekend and the coming weeks (including St Ives September Festival) on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Friday 3 August 2012

What's On In St Ives This Weekend

Life Drawing and Painting - St Ives School Of Painting

Lots going on this weekend in St Ives as the holiday season gets into full swing and the sun (hopefully) returns!

Boathouse Theatre are staging Puppet Shows for kids - today, Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm and 5.15 pm.

Rollers Roller Disco have three Roller Skating Sessions - for all ages - at St Ives Guildhall this evening. Entry is £6.00 (with skate hire) or £5.00 (bring your own skates) :
  • Under 11s and Families: 5.00 - 6.30 pm.
  • Over 12s and Families: 7.00 - 8.30 pm.
  • Over 18s Party Night (with licensed bar): 9.00 - 11.00 pm.
St Ives School of Painting have two Life Drawing and Painting Classes - on Saturday at 10.00 am and 1.30 pm. Cost is £15.00 - just turn up, no need to book.

St Ives Guildhall is hosting a Summer Barn Dance - on Saturday night at 7.30 pm. Tickets on the door are £5.00.

Tregenna Castle have Sunday Lunch and Jazz - on Sunday from 12.30 pm. Booking essential - call 01736 795 254.

St Ives Parish Church have a Concert - Sunday@8 - on Sunday at 8.00pm. Admission on the door is £5.00.

Lots more going on including many exhibitions at the galleries around town. Details on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Have a great weekend in St Ives !

Tuesday 31 July 2012

Shakespeare In The Sunshine - Win Tickets

The Merry Wives Of Windsor - Caption Competition

Your chance to win a pair of tickets for St Ives Community Play - The Merry Wives Of Windsor on The Island St Ives.

Simply - devise a caption for the picture above and email it to:

Closing date is Monday 13th August.

Writer of the best caption - judged by the play's producers Rough Coast Community Arts - will get 2 tickets for a night of their choice during St Ives September Festival.

The play opens next week on Wednesday 8th August and runs until Saturday 11th.

The September run is from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th September and so the winner can choose from any of those dates.

More info and tickets on:
Rough Coast - Merry Wives Of Windsor

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Shakespeare In The Sunshine

The Merry Wives Of Windsor  - The Island St Ives

Coming very soon to St Ives - the St Ives Community Play production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

To be performed outdoors in a spectacular location - on The Island.

Summer is here at last so what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with an evening at the theatre ?

The show is a glorious romp featuring jealous husbands, mischievous wives, meddling maids and the fat Knight, Falstaff, in love!  

The cast is full of familiar St Ives faces and has been designed and created by local artists and performers.

It will run from 8th – 11th August and then during the September Festival 12th – 15th September.

Bring a picnic, wine and friends and make a night of it!

Tickets are £7.00 and can be purchased online at:
Cornish Riviera Box Office

More info about the show and the company an be found on:
Rough Coast Website

Thursday 19 July 2012

Childrens Craft Workshops - Summer 2012

Craft Workshops for Children - St Ives Library

My wife Jo McIntosh will be running a series of Craft Workshops For Children in St Ives through the summer at St Ives Library.
  • Felt Making - Tuesday 31st July.
  • Weaving - Tuesday 7th August
  • Simple Patchwork - Tuesday 14th August
  • Make a Kaleidoscope - Tuesday 21st August
  • Make a Sun Catcher - Tuesday 28th August.
All run from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. and cost is just £2.50 per child. Places are limited so advance booking is advised - payment in advance required. To book call in at the library on Gabriel Street or call 0300 1234 111.

Jo is available to run workshops for schools, youth groups and childrens parties. Details are on:
Childrens Workshops in St Ives

Details of her Textile Art Workshops are Craft Evenings for adults are on:
Textile Art Workshops and Craft Evenings In St Ives

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Miracle Theatre - St Ives

Miracle Theatre - The Importance Of Being Earnest

The wonderful Miracle Theatre are back in St Ives tomorrow with their latest production - The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Miracle are regular visitors to St Ives and have built up a fine reputation - if you haven't seen them before don't miss this !

An outdoor performance in the beautiful setting of Tregenna Castle - right outside the hotel on the front lawn.   Food and drink will be available in the hotel before, during and after the show.

Oscar Wilde’s ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ is a masterpiece of sharp wit and preposterous plotting. Such ‘beautiful nonsense’ cries out for the sort of surreal treatment that has become Miracle’s hallmark.

Set in the year 1912, with the Titanic sinking, mass production just beginning on the Morris Oxford and the Turkey Trot causing outrage across the dance floors of polite society, this tale of the strange contents of a handbag found at Victoria station has been subtly adapted to extract every drip of humour and contemporary relevance.

In this high energy production Miracle adds an extra dimension to ‘the funniest play ever written’.

Tickets are available on the gate or in advance from Hall For Cornwall Box Office:
01872 262 466
Book Online ......

You can see more about the show on:
Miracle Theatre - Website

Monday 2 July 2012

St Ives Jazz Club - Summer Programme

St Ives Jazz Club - Orient House Ensemble

St Ives Jazz Club have just announced their Summer programme of gigs - including St Ives September Festival.

As ever every Tuesday night at The Western Hotel - doors open at 8.00 pm - music from 9.00 pm.

Things kick off tomorrow with The Jonathan Gee Trio.

After that gigs include:
  • Pedalmania.
  • 4-Sided Triangle.
  • Hip Replacement.
  • Orient House Ensemble.
  • Liane Carroll
Full details are on:

Saturday 30 June 2012

Globe Theatre - Hamlet

Globe Theatre - Hamlet - The Island St Ives

A "not to miss" event for theatre lovers in St Ives this weekend.

The Globe Theatre Company will be performing Hamlet - outdoors on The Island.

In association with St Ives own production company Rough Coast (producers of St Ives Community Play).

Saturday (30th June) and Sunday (1st July) at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm.
Gate opens one hour before the performance.

The St Ives Weather Forecast is looking good - so get out there to enjoy some world class theatre with a picnic and a bottle of wine.

Plus - there is a 2 for 1 - tickets offer available online and on the gate.

Adults: £16.00
Concessions: £14.00
Groups 10+ : £10.00

You can buy tickets on the gate or online from:
Cornish Riviera Box Office

Thursday 7 June 2012

St Ives Beer Festival 2012

St Ives Beer Festival 2012 - The Guildhall

The annual CAMRA Kernow St Ives Beer Festival opens tomorrow at The Guildhall - one of my favourite events of the year. Open from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm on Friday (8th June) and Saturday (9th).

More than 70 real ales, ciders and perries to choose from.

Also live music on Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. The line up includes Rig A Jig, Jumping Out Jazz, Dalla and Blue Horyzon.

Also - pub games, hot and cold food.

Entry is £2.50 (CAMRA members), £4.00 (non-members). This includes a souvenir festival glass and a programme. Well worth a visit.

More information on:
St Ives Beer Festival - FaceBook Page

You can also view:
St Ives Beer Festival - Programme and Beer List

Thursday 31 May 2012

Jubilee Weekend In St Ives

Rollers Roller Disco - Jubilee - St Ives Guildhall

As you might expect - there is a lot going on in St Ives over the bank holiday weekend. Here are some highlights.

Rollers Roller Disco - at St Ives Guildhall throughout the weekend with DJs and live music.
Friday 1st June:
5.30pm-7.30pm Family & Under 18s Roller Disco with chart tunes, games & prizes.
8.00pm-11.00pm Over 18s Roller Disco Party Night with 70s 80s Djs & Bar with Slush Puppy Cocktails!
Saturday 2nd June:
5.30pm-7.30pm Family & Under 18s Roller Disco. All welcome!
10.00pm-1.00am Jubilee Dance Party! Bar + DJs playing Club Classics & Funky House.
Monday 4th June:
4.00pm-5.30pm Family Roller Disco.
5.45-7.15pm Under 18s Roller Disco.
9.30pm-1.00am Funk & Soul Party Night - featuring 'Melodious Funk' live on Stage plus DJs playing Motown soul funk + disco sounds.
More Info and Tickets: Rollers Roller Disco Website

Jubilee Party Fair - at St Ives Rugby Club - Sunday 3rd June from 11.00 am.
Street party, traditional fun and games, face painting, BBQ, live music.
Free entry.

Jubilee Garden Party - at Chy Morvah Hotel - Sunday 3rd June from 1.00 pm.
Fun, games, competitions, and a fantastic raffle. Fancy Dress welcome - kings and queens – prizes.
Tickets: £4.00 (adults), £2.00 (children), £10.00 (family of four).
Ticket price includes high tea.

National Coastwatch Institution Open Day -  at the NCI lookout on the Island.
Monday 4th June from 10.00 am.

Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon - on The Island - Monday 4th June at 10.00 pm.

Picnics - Crown Making - Cream Teas - at Tregenna Castle - Tuesday 5th June from 11.00 am.
Children are invited to use Tregenna's arts and crafts materials to design and make their own crowns with a prize being awarded for the best one.

Boats in the Harbour - with St Ives Pilot Gig Club, Jumbo Association and Sailing Club.
Tuesday 5th June from 2.00 pm.

Full details and more events on:
St Ives Visitor Information - Website

Saturday 28 April 2012

St Ives - What's On This Week

St Ives Farmers Market - now at St Ives Guildhall

Lots going on in St Ives - as ever. Here is a small selection for the week ahead.

Tomorrow (Sunday 29th April) - 11.00 am. Super Sunday at Tate St Ives. Hands-on creative activities for families. More info ...

Monday (30th) - 6.00 pm. Opening of the new exhibition at Cafe Art on Royal Square - Jenny Shaw-Browne. More info ...

Tuesday (1st May) - 7.30 pm. Theatre - It Runs In The Family - a Ray Cooney farce - Redruth Amateur Operatic Society. Runs nightly at St Ives Guildhall until Saturday 5th May. More info ...

Wednesday (2nd) - 11.00 am. Guided Tour - The Story Of St Ives - a walk around the fascinating history of our town. More info ...

Thursday (3rd) - 9.30 am. St Ives Farmers Market - fresh local produce and (new) a cafe serving drinks and snacks.
Important note: from now on the market will be at St Ives Guildhall every Thursday - NOT The Backpackers. More info ...

Friday (4th) - 8.30 pm. Pub Quiz at The Halsetown Inn - great fun, cash prizes. More info ...

Lots more events (more than 50 listed next week alone) - from now right through the Summer on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Guided Tours Of St Ives

Guided Tours Of St Ives

Guided Tours Of St Ives - which have been running for the last couple of years - have a new schedule for their three weekly tours. These now run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - from March to November.

Also led by a new local guide - Dawn - who has updated the content and format.

As before they all start at 11.00 am and depart from outside St Ives Guildhall. Cost is £5.00 per person - no need to book just turn up ten minutes before the start and pay when you arrive.

Monday - Welcome to St Ives.
If you are a first time visitor, or have visited before but would like to expand your knowledge of our beautiful town - then this is the perfect tour for you. A leisurely walk around the town, stopping at points of historical interest to share some quirky facts, learn some insights into the lives of the townspeople, and hear about the legends that give St Ives its unique character and history:
More Info .... Welcome To St Ives

Wednesday - The Story Of St Ives.
St Ives has a fascinating history – from its roots as a remote fishing and  mining village, to its position in the mid twentieth century as a world-renowned centre of modernist art, and now as a well-loved holiday destination. This tour will guide you through all these facets of the town’s history, providing insights into the lives of people in the town throughout the centuries.
More Info ... The Story Of St Ives

Thursday - Art In St Ives.
St Ives has long been famous for the quality of its light and its stunning scenery. Artists have been drawn here since the early 19th century and are still in the town living, visiting and working. We are lucky to have many high quality galleries including the world famous Tate St Ives, Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery. During this tour you will gain an insight into the lives of the artists who came to this small remote fishing village during the twentieth century, and established its reputation as one of the world’s foremost centres for modernist art.
More Info ... Art In St Ives

Dawn can also provide private tours - for groups, couples or individuals - tailored to your requirements.

You''l find more on:
Guided Tours Of St Ives - Website

Tuesday 24 April 2012

St Ives Community Play - Make and Create

St Ives Community Play - Make and Create for Children

This year’s St Ives Community Play is The Merry Wives of Windsor. Rough Coast Community Arts is producing the play and they are looking for fairies and little devils for the closing scene.

In preparation, they’ll be hosting a ‘Make and Create’ afternoon and inviting children aged 5 to 11 to participate on  Sunday 6th May, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.

The afternoon will be run by artists from the local area. Children will leave with an item of costume that they create in the workshop – a scary little devil mask or a pair of fairy wings.

Local children’s author Liz Kessler will also be at the workshop to present a child friendly version of the story she has written, leaving out Shakespeare’s bawdy bits!

Attending the workshop doesn’t mean that children have to be in the play, but the Rough Coast team hope they will want to get involved and make good use of their costumes!

The Merry Wives of Windsor is an outdoor production that will play on The Island St Ives in August and September 2012.  Director Sarah Lincoln said: “Children won’t need to commit to all of the eight shows, but we hope they’ll have so much fun they’ll want to take part in a few!

So if parents have any little devils or fairies in their household who’d like to join in please contact Rough Coast on 07861 718 652.

Or just turn up to the Make and Create session at the Island Centre. Rough Coast is asking for a £2.00 donation per child just to cover the cost of materials.

More information is on their website at:

Tuesday 10 April 2012

St Ives Jazz Club - Spring Programme

St Ives Jazz Club - Truro College Jazz Orchestra

St Ives Jazz Club - who celebrate their fourteenth year of "keeping it live" in June - have published their programme of gigs for Spring 2012.

Live music every Tuesday night at The Western Hotel. Doors open at 8.00 pm with music from 9.00 pm.

Gigs this Spring include:
  • Chris Biscoe - Tonight - 10th April.
  • Gabrielle Ducomble - 24th April.
  • Truro College Jazz Orchestra - 8th May.
  • Abram Wilson - 22nd May.
  • Edgar Macias - 19th June.
Full details of all gigs are on:

Details of live music and other events in St Ives can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Wednesday 4 April 2012

St Ives Community Play - Help Needed

St Ives Community Play - In Rehearsal At The Guildhall

St Ives Community Play are currently in rehearsal for their production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

Their production team are also working on costume and set design - and the theme is Elizabethan Punk!

For costumes they need clothing, fabrics and costume jewellery. They are asking the people of St Ives for help. If you can let them have any of the following please get in touch with the team. Call  07861 718 625 or email  and they will organise either picking it up, or where you can drop it off.:

Leather jackets and coats.
Large white men's shirts.
Wedding dresses.
Ball gowns - particularly pink, purples, orangey browns.

Velvets, brocades, taffeta, silky fabric, lace, cotton.
These can be old curtains, sheets, upholstery fabric, anything in tones of pinks, purples, blues, oranges, reds, browns, gold & greys.

Costume Jewellery:
Necklaces, chains, beads, large ear-rings etc.

Performances will be outdoors on The Island in August and September. More info about performances and how you can get involved on:
Rough Coast Community Arts - Website

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Easter Holidays - Kids Activities in St Ives

Kids Activities - Easter Holidays - SIves

There is lots going on for kids and young people over the next couple of weeks.

Rollers Roller Disco at St Ives Guldhall:
Today - Family Skate - 3.00 pm.
Today - Under 18s - 5.30 pm.
Thursday 12th - Family Skate - 2.30 pm.
Friday 13th - Under 18s - 5.30 pm.

ClayDays For Children at Leach Pottery:
Today - 2.00 pm.
Wednesday 4th - 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.
Tuesday 10th - 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.
Wednesday 11th - 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.

Squashbox Theatre - Stones and Bones - at St Ives Guildhall:
Wednesday 4th - 2.00 pm.

Juggling Club - at The Island Centre.
Wednesday 4th - 7.00 pm.
Wednesday 11th - 7.00 pm.

Kidz R Us - Seussical The Musical - at St Ives Theatre.
Wednesday 4th - 7.30 pm.
Thursday 5th - 7.30 pm.
Friday 6th - 7.30 pm.
Wednesday 11th - 7.30 pm.
Thursday 12th - 7.30 pm.
Friday 13th - 7.30 pm.

Kids Activities - at St Ives Library.
Bounce and Rhyme for Toddlers - Thursday 5th - 10.30 am.
Story Time and Crafts - Monday 9th - 3,30 pm.
Workshop - Magic Key Rings - Tuesday 10th - 11.00 am.
Bounce and Rhyme for Toddlers - Thursday 12th - 10.30 am.

There's lots more going on - for all ages - during Easter and over the coming weeks -  check out:
St Ives Cornwall - Whats On

Friday 30 March 2012

Exhibition - Mother & Son - Sally & Sam MacCabe

Sam and Sally MacCabe

An interesting new exhibition - Mother & Son - opens on Sunday (1st April 2012) - at The Crypt Gallery St Ives

For the first time, Sally and Sam MacCabe are holding a joint exhibition of their work which they say has been a challenging, but exciting collaboration.

Sally MacCabe has become well established in St Ives as a mixed media artist who is known for her use of a subtle blue, grey and neutral palette of colours. Her textured paintings often feature applied papers and ephemera.  These range from large canvases with a grid formation of design, to small six inch studies worked with acrylics on board. Her work extends across various media and she also produces papier-mâché vessels and sculptures, delightful art dolls, individual artist’s books and intriguingly detailed wall hangings.

This is the first time that Sam MacCabe has shown is work. He has produced a body of paintings that are loosely based on the theme of ‘identity’ and so feature striking portraits that are both engaging and disturbing.  He uses two quite separate techniques: large, bold and colourful canvases that are spray-painted and stencilled in a very contemporary ‘street art’ style; and small black and white pieces that are intensely detailed and worked with a fine black pen on canvas.

The exhibition runs from Sunday 1st April until Friday 6th April - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily - admission is free.

You can view all the work online at:

For further information please telephone Sally on 07885 079 902.

Saturday 21 January 2012

St Ives - What's On This Weekend

St Ives School Of Painting

As ever lots happening in St Ives this weekend. Here is a selection.

Today (Saturday 21st January 2012) :
Tomorrow (Sunday 22nd January 2012) :
I've noticed a few posts and comments around The Net that seem to indicate that some people think that St Ives is pretty much shut down for the winter. In case you're thinking of visiting - the town is very much alive ! All of the pubs and most of the restaurants are open - and there is loads going on.

More than 50 events are listed for the next week alone on:

Also - looking ahead - there are already many events scheduled for:
St Ives September Festival

Have a great week in St Ives or wherever you are . More local news here soon.

Thursday 19 January 2012

Textile Art Workshops In St Ives

Workshop - Upcycle Your Wardrobe - Jo McIntosh

My wife Jo is running another series of Textile Art Workshops and Craft Evenings in St Ives. Great fun- a chance to be creative and learn something new.

The first is Upcycle Your Wardrobe - this Saturday (21st January 2012) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm - cost is £25.00 for the day. Learn how to transform your old clothes into something new.

There are still places available - so if you'd  like to book or want to know more - get in touch with Jo now:
01736 797 122

Workshops and Craft Evenings running over the coming weeks include:
  • Making Buttons From Fimo
  • Rag Rugging
  • Papermaking
  • Feltmaking
More details and dates are on Jo's website:

Tuesday 17 January 2012

St Ives Community Play 2012

St Ives Community Play 2010 - Much Ado About Nothing

St Ives Community Play will be back this summer - with a production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

To be staged outdoors on The Island St Ives in August and during the September Festival.

Rough Coast - who are managing the production - want to get as many local people involved as possible.

If you're interested in either performing or helping out backstage - here are some dates for your diary:
  • Sunday 22nd January - 6.00 pm -  The Queens Hotel - Film Show and Information.
  • Tuesday 31st January - 7.00 pm - The Guildhall - Actors Workshop.
  • Tuesday 7th February - 7.00 pm - The Guildhall - Actors Workshop.
  • Sunday 12th February - 2.00 pm - The Island Centre - Auditions.
All are welcome - so do go along if you're interested.

More information is on:

Wednesday 11 January 2012

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise Today

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise - The Malakoff

Woke to a particularly beautiful morning today - and headed out to get some photos of the sunrise.

Hope you like the one above - taken from The Malakoff at 7.30 am.

More sunrise photos - from 2009 to 2012 - are on my St Ives FaceBook page:
St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise

I'll be adding more photos as the year and seasons progress.

Sunday 8 January 2012

Misty Winters Day In St Ives

St Ives Cornwall - Mist Over The Harbour

A New Year Resolution - I'm going to try to compile a St Ives Photo Diary for the whole of 2012.

I may not get a picture every single day - but I'll try to capture various aspects of St Ives on a regular basis

I know how much many readers of my blog enjoy my pics - and thanks for all the nice comments.

I've started a photo album on FaceBook:
St Ives - Landscapes

I'll also continue to add to:
St Ives - Sunrise Gallery

Looking forward to another great year in St Ives.

Saturday 7 January 2012

St Ives - Wonderful Start To 2012

 New Year 2012 - Fireworks - St Ives Cornwall

The New Year in St Ives got off to a wonderful start- with a fantastic firework display on St Ives Harbour.

Organised by St Ives Chamber Of Commerce and funded by donations from local businesses - including a substantial amount from St Ives Harbour Hotel.

The display was intended as a Thank You to the people of St Ives for all the support that they've given to local businesses over the last year.

The Chamber also raised funds for and organised the Christmas trees and lights along Fore Street and through to Tregenna Hill.

I'm a member of the Chamber committee - and can tell you that we've already started planning for next Christmas and New Year - hoping to organise even bigger and better events for the town.

Plus one or two other events during 2012 - more news here in due course.