Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year From St Ives


Its been a wonderful Christmas in St Ives.

I hope that you enjoy this short film - compiled over the holiday period.

A very Happy New Year to all of my blog followers.

More great films - news - and other content - coming in 2014.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas From St Ives



A very Happy Christmas to one and all from St Ives Cornwall.

Thank you to all of my blog readers over the last year.

More coming in 2014 - for now I hope that you enjoy my film -
A Year In St Ives Cornwall.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Farmers Markets in St Ives



Christmas and New Years Eve Markets - St Ives Cornwall
Christmas and New Years Eve Markets - St Ives


Tomorrow (Thursday 19th December 2013) sees the last regular Farmers Market of the year at St Ives Guildhall.

But - there are two more special markets to come.

On Saturday (21st) there will be a Christmas Food Market - with some wonderful festive food and entertainment. Open from 10,00 am to 4.00 pm.

Then - a chance to stock up for your celebrations at the New Years Eve Farmers Market. Open from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm.

The regular markets will then continue - every Thursday all through 2014.

More information - for both shoppers and potential stallholders - can be found on:
St Ives Farmers Market - Website

You can also follow the market - and get the latest news on:
St Ives Farmers Market - Facebook

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all customers and stallholders !

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Film - St Ives Harbour - Christmas Lights




Here is a short film of the Christmas Lights around St Ives Harbour.

Filmed last week.

Enjoy !

Monday, 16 December 2013

What's On In St Ives - This Week

Christmas In St Ives Cornwall
Christmas In St Ives Cornwall


As Christmas approaches - there is lots going on in St Ives.

For art lovers - exhibitions to visit today and open all week:
  • Aquatopia - Tate St Ives
  • Winter Exhibition - Coasters - Cafe Art
  • Christmas Exhibition - Mariners Gallery
The wonderful Christmas Tree Festival at Fore Street Methodist Church also continues - open every day from 11.00 am.

On Tuesday (17th December 2013) St Ives Jazz Club are hosting their annual Christmas Party Gala Night - at The Western Hotel from 8.00 pm.

On Wednesday (18th) there is a Christmas Carolaire - at The Stennack Surgery from 7.30 pm.

On Thursday (19th)  St Ives Farmers Market is open from 9.30 am at The Guildhall. They are also holding a special Christmas Food Market on Saturday (21st).

On Friday (20th)  its Rollers Roller Disco Christmas Party at The Guildhall. Three sessions - under 12s at 5.00 pm - Teen Skate at 6.30 pm - Over 18s from 8.30 pm.

The above is just a selection - full listings of events this week - plus what's happening over Christmas and New Year - can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Plus - if you want a glimpse of St Ives In December - I've been around town taking photos - so take a look at these Facebook galleries and enjoy ( and please "Like" !):

Thursday, 12 December 2013

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID)

St Ives BID
St Ives BID


St Ives BID is a proposal to raise money from a compulsory 2% business rates levy - to be paid by all businesses with a rateable value of £5000 or more.

The money raised will then be spent on a series of projects - scheduled over 5 years - that aim to improve the business environment in town. This is estimated at £150,000 per year.

A good idea ? Opinions in town vary - but all businesses affected will get a chance to vote for or against the proposal in May 2014. The proposal will only proceed if the majority vote in favour.

So the important thing is to be informed and make use of your vote - if you have one - next year.

More information on:
St Ives BID - Official Website

A chance to have your say on a Facebook page - set up by an independent group of local businesses - some of whom clearly have concerns:
The BID Debate - St Ives

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tate St Ives - Winter Festival

Aquatopia - Tate St Ives
Aquatopia - Tate St Ives


Tomorrow night (Thursday 12th December 2013) - Tate St Ives are hosting a Winter Festival.

Music from local choirs and shanty singers Stamp & Go.

Food and drink available in the Tate Cafe.

Plus - a chance to see the excellent Aquatopia exhibition.

Doors open from 4.30 pm - free entry.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Walkabout St Ives - An Interactive Guide

Walkabout St Ives


Walkabout St Ives is an Apple i-Phone and i-Pad app that uses a mixture of archive film, art, photography and storytelling to explore St Ives' social history and cultural heritage.

Local artist Naomi Frears and fifth generation St Ives fisherman Chris (Bish) Care provide a narrative, sharing their memories and stories from living and working here.

Archive film across the years - some from as early as 1904 - brings to life moments in history mapped to locations around the town. The app was developed with help from St Ives Archive and other local arts and history organisations.

The smart bit is that it is "location aware" - using GPS to match features to your location. An interactive map or a visual guide can take you to the next place of interest - or you can wander around at will.

If you are not in St Ives - "browse mode" provides a virtual tour - you can browse through the content at home or anywhere else - and see the locations without actually being there.

It costs just £1.99 and can be downloaded from:
Walkabout St Ives - The App Store

More information about the app can be found on:
Walkabout St Ives - Features

Monday, 9 December 2013

What's On In St Ives - This Week

Christmas Lights - St Ives Harbour
Christmas Lights - St Ives Harbour


Something to enjoy every day in St Ives this week as Christmas festivities continue.

Open on Monday - and all week:
  • Christmas Exhibition - St Ives Society Of Artists
  • Christmas Tree Festival - Fore Street Methodist Church.
On Tuesday evening Friends Of St Ives Library are hosting Christmas Words and Wine.

On Wednesday you could do some early Christmas shopping at St Ives Guildhall - Fair Wednesday Craft & General Market.

On Thursday its Tate St Ives Winter Festival - free entry to the excellent Aquatopia exhibition - plus Christmas carols and festive art activities for all ages.

On Friday - well worth a visit - Winter Exhibition at Cafe Art.

Lots more on all through the week - and if you already have Christmas overload - and fancy something without a seasonal theme -  there is plenty to choose from every day. Pub Quiz at The Castle Inn (Mon) - Knitting Group at Cafe Art (Tue) - Guided Tour Of St Ives (Wed) - St Ives Farmers Market (Thu) - Rollers Roller Disco (Fri) - lots more on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Film - St Ives Harbour - Peaceful Winters Day



Its been a lovely weekend in St Ives - quiet and peaceful - which is nice before the Christmas and New Year rush starts in a couple of weeks.

Here is a short vide to to enjoy - filmed yesterday - simply the tide and waves washing into St Ives Harbour on a Winter afternoon - with nothing but the sound of surf and seagulls. Enjoy.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

St Ives Cornwall - Christmas Lights

St Ives Cornwall Harbour - Christmas Lights 2013
St Ives Cornwall Harbour - Christmas Lights 2013


St Ives is all lit up for Christmas and looking beautiful.

I was out in town last night taking photos - around the harbour, Fore Street and at the Christmas Tree Festival at Fore Street Methodist Church.

You'll find photos - with more to be added all through December - on my Facebook page:
Christmas and New Year in St Ives

Any comments and posts of your own photos welcome !

Friday, 6 December 2013

St Ives Cornwall - What's On This Weekend

Christmas Tree - Royal Square - St Ives
Christmas Tree - Royal Square - St Ives


Lots on in St Ives this weekend - with a Christmassy theme around town - here is a selection.

Tonight (Friday 6th December 2013):
  • Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall - 5.00 pm.
  • Christmas Lights Switch On - St Ives Parish Church - 6.30 pm.
  • Christmas Tree Festival - Fore Street Methodist Ch. - 6.30 pm.
Saturday (7th):.
  • Christmas Card Making - Uys Gallery - 10.00 am
  • Christmas Craft Fair - St Ives Guildhall - 11.00 am.
  • Christmas Bazaar - St Ives Theatre - 11.00 am.
  • Puppet Show - Boathouse Theatre - 4.00 pm.
Sunday (8th):
  • Children's Art Workshop - St Ives School Of Painting - 10.00 am.
  • Stories Of The Sea - Tate St Ives - 2.00 pm.
  • Christmas Words & Music - St Ives Arts Club - 7.30 pm.
Lots more - more than 30 events listed - on:

Looking forward to a great weekend ahead in St Ives !

Thursday, 5 December 2013

St Ives - Christmas Lights Switch On

St Ives Christmas Tree - Royal Square - 2012
St Ives Christmas Tree - Royal Square - 2012


The St Ives Christmas Tree Lights Switch On will be at St Ives Parish Church this year - not in Royal Square as in 2012 or St Ives Guildhall as in previous years.

Tomorrow (Friday 6th December 2013) - carols with Kruners Choir from and tree lights switched on at around 6.30 pm.

There is no "official" late night Christmas shopping this year - but some shops may choose to open for the evening.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

St Ives Guildhall - 2014 Programme

St Ives Guildhall - What's On - 2014
St Ives Guildhall - What's On - 2014


I've been updating the St Ives Guildhall website this week - after a large number of gigs were confirmed.

It looks like 2014 is going to be a great year for live music and other entertainment in town.

Here are the gigs listed so far:
  • Oye Santana - Saturday 11th January.
  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Saturday 8th February.
  • Phil Beer - Sunday 16th February.
  • The Rollin' Clones - Thursday 27th February.
  • Tango In The Night - Saturday 8th March.
  • Motown & Northern Soul - Saturday 29th March.
  • Stackridge - Sunday 6th April.
  • The Three Belles - Saturday 12th April.
  • Johnny Cowling - Wednesday 23rd April.
  • Sgt. Peppers Only Dart Board Band - Saturday 3rd May.
  • St Ives Blues Festival - Sunday 4th May.
  • Who's Who - Saturday 10th May.
  • Martin Turners Wishbone Ash - Saturday 17th May.
  • Richard Digance - Wednesday 25th June.
  • The Alter Eagles - Sunday 27th July.
  • The South - Friday 26th September.
  • Hawkwind - Saturday 27th September.
  • Curved Air - Saturday 18th October.
Lots to look forward to and tickets are already on sale for many of these. More details and box office links are on:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On

You'll find a navigation bar at the top of the page which will take you to listings month by month. As ever - things can change - so keep coming back to the website for the latest news. We'd advise you to double check before making travel plans or booking accommodation.

We also have two pages on Facebook - please "Like" us:
St Ives Guildhall - Venue Page
St Ives Guildhall - Group Page

If you're interested in booking the venue for your gig - or any other event - details are on:
St Ives Guildhall - Booking Page

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Festivities In St Ives

St Ives In December
Christmas Festivities In St Ives


Christmas festivities in St Ives are now well underway - with Fair Mo at St Ives Parish Church on Saturday - the traditional start to celebrations here.

I had a wonderful day in town on Saturday - visiting the fair, beach combing on Porthmeor Beach and meeting Santa's elf outside his grotto on Fore Street - see pics above. You can see more photos on:
Christmas and New Year in St Ives - Facebook Page

Events continue this week - starting tonight (Sunday 2nd December 2013) with the Community Carol Service at St Ives Guildhall - doors open  at 7.15 pm.

On Tuesday (3rd)  a Christmas Celebration at the parish church starting at 6.30 pm. Carols and music - with local schools and St Ives Community Choir.

On Thursday (5th) a chance to do a bit of early Christmas shopping at St Ives Farmers Market - open from 9.30 am. The usual great selection of local produce - and please note that the market returns on the 12th and 19th. There are also two special seasonal markets on Saturday 21st December and on New Years Eve.

St Ives Society Of Artists have a Christmas Exhibition running all week and through December. Open daily from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

On Friday (6th) its the big St Ives Christmas Lights Switch On - with carol singing from 6.30 pm. This year - for reasons that are unclear - the organisers have moved the event to St Ives Parish Church (according to the notice in St Ives Times & Echo) . Last year it was in Royal Square - and in years previous it was at St Ives Guildhall - both venues seemed to work pretty well.

However - a large Christmas tree has mysteriously appeared in Royal Square over the weekend - so if plans change I'll post news here and on my Facebook page.

Two other things on Friday that you might enjoy - especially if you have kids. Rollers Roller Disco are at St Ives Guildhall as usual. Skating sessions for under 12s at 5.00 pm and Teen Skate at 6.30 pm. The wonderful Christmas Tree Festival opens at Fore Street Methodist Church.

Other things that you might enjoy this week - albeit without a Christmassy theme:
  • Bot Man Exhibition - Cafe Art - open daily.
  • Aquatopia Exhibition - Tate St Ives - open Tue - Sun.
  • St Ives Jazz Club - Tuesday.
  • Guided Tour Of St Ives - Wednesday.
  • Penwith Film Society - Wednesday.
  • Tea & Tate - Thursday.
  • St Ives Poetry Circle - Friday.
Plus - for parents with small children:
  • Story Time for Children - Monday.
  • Toddle Tate St Ives - Wednesday.
  • Story Time & Crafts for Toddlers - Thursday.
  • Bounce & Rhyme for Parent & Baby - Thursday.
Worth noting - only three of the many events listed above are featured in the December booklet circulating around town. For comprehensive listings of things to do in St Ives (which you can print out yourself if you wish) - visit:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Tonight - Rollers Philippines Fundraiser

Roller Disco - Philippines Fundraiser
Roller Disco - Philippines Fundraiser


Tonight - at St Ives Guildhall - Rollers Roller Disco and Fore Street Methodist Church are hosting an Open Roller Disco from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Tickets are £5.00 per person.

Then at 7.00 pm Nathan Thomas is getting his head shaved ...all for the purpose of sending funds for aid to the outer islands in the Philippines.

The organisers want to raise at least £2000 for Nathan's hair. If you can't make it to The Guildhall you can donate in collection buckets at Keebunga (Wharf), St. Eia Cabin (Harbour Front) and Streetlife Skates (Ayr).

From 7:45pm those getting sponsored can take part in a Roller Marathon - pledging to skate 15km or 30km. If you want to take part and want a sponsor form please contact Nathan on 07525 219 463.

There will be home made cakes and refreshments as well as good tunes and good times - so spread the word and get down there to skate. Or at least come for 7.00 pm to see one painful hair cut!

100% of the money raised going to Hopelink - Charity Reg. No. 1141534.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

September Festival 2014 - Gig Announcements

St Ives September Festival - Hawkwind - The South
St Ives September Festival - Hawkwind - The South


Three major gigs have already been scheduled for 2014 -
more to follow but this is the news so far.

Tuesday 16th September - St Ives Theatre - Steve Knightley.
A great opportunity to see his solo show in an intimate setting.
For ticket info - call St Ives Theatre Box Office - 01736 797 007.

Friday 26th September - St Ives Guildhall - The South.
Former members of The Beautiful South return - after 20 years, 10 studio albums, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans.
Tickets - £20.00 (plus booking fee) from:
Ents 24 - The South

Saturday 27th September - St Ives Guildhall - Hawkwind.
With the legendary Lord of space rock Dave Brock at the helm, ex Gong synthesiser player Tim Blake on keyboards and theramin , Mr Dibs on bass , long serving drummer Richard Chadwick and Niall Hone on guitar - Hawkwind bring their unmissable , spectacular show , featuring dancers , stiltwalkers , psychedelic lighting and projections to St Ives. A fantastic festival closing party.
Tickets: £TBA

I'll be posting further news here and on:
St Ives September Festival - Facebook Page

Thursday, 21 November 2013

St Ives Guildhall - A Big Weekend

St Ives Guildhall - What's On


A big weekend ahead at St Ives Guildhall.

On Friday (22nd November 2013) a chance to do some early Christmas shopping at the St Ives WI Christmas Bazaar. Doors open at 11.00 am.

On Friday evening the regular Rollers Roller Disco - three sessions - 5.00 pm Families and Kids - 6.30 pm Teen Skate -8.30 pm Over 18s Roller Disco Party.
Rollers Roller Disco - Website

On Saturday night Sold as Soul are staging an evening of Tamla Motown and Northern Soul - starting at 8.00 pm. Tickets are just £5.00 (advance) / £6.00 (door) - available online via CRBO,and  from St Ives Visitor Information Centre. More information on:
Sold As Soul - Facebook

Looking ahead - a special Roller Disco Marathon has been scheduled for Thursday (28th November) - a fundraiser for disaster relief in The Philippines. Doors open from 5.00 pm.

More coming up next month as the festive season gets underway - starting with a Carol Concert on Sunday 1st December. Details on:
St Ives Guildhall In December

To get the latest new - straight to your mailbox - subscribe to:
St Ives Guildhall - Newsletter

Monday, 18 November 2013

St Ives Poetry Circle


St Ives Poetry Circle


St Ives Poetry Circle  meet on the first Friday of each month at St Ives Library at 1.30 pm.
This session is best described as ' Poetry for Pleasure '. You are invited to bring your own poems or those that you like written by others, and read them for everyone to enjoy. If you prefer just to listen that's fine too.

St Ives Poetry Forum meet on the third Monday of each month at St Ives Library at 1.30 pm.
The first part of the session writers are welcome to bring a poem they have written, perhaps not too long, with 6 copies to hand out (there is a photocopying facility in the Library). After due consideration the poem will be discussed, any questions answered and if necessary suggestions made in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. The second part needs pen and paper for short exercises to inspire future poems with a theme set by a member of the group.

New members are very welcome. More information is on:
St Ives Poetry Circle - Facebook

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Scully Racing - St Ives Harbour

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


Scully Racing has become a new spectator sport for St Ives and the next race is on Saturday (16th November 2013).

Specators are advised to gather on the foreshore opposite the Sloop Inn.

New participants are also welcome. The event begins at 2.00 pm with a training session. Additional punts and expert tuition will be available for the benefit of novice sculliers.

The St.Ives Boatmen, the reigning champions, will be defending their title against a challenge from Newquay from 3.00 pm.

Teas for the participants will be provided at the Rose Lodge.

Prizes, donated by Marco Amura of St Ives Brewery, will be presented by the Mayor at about 6.30 pm in the Castle Inn - where you can enjoy a range of fine Cornish real ales and a warm welcome.

More Scully Races are planned for next year as this becomes a regular event in the St Ives sporting and social calendar.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

St Ives Guildhall In December

St Ives In December - The Guildhall
St Ives In December - The Guildhall


I manage the website for St Ives Guildhall - and I'm working alongside St Ives Town Council to help promote the venue and events there.

Our aim is to make it a popular place to hold events of all types - maximise ticket sales - and so to ensure its long term financial viability. An asset for the whole town and another attraction for our visitors.

You may have seen events listings for December - around town and online. Unfortunately - and I'm sure unintentionally - some of these contain a few errors and omissions. So I just want to update everybody on what is actually happening at St Ives Guildhall in December 2013.

The Town Carol Concert - as every year - is on the first Sunday of the month - which this year falls on 1st December. Organised by local churches and a fundraiser for Edward Hain Hospital. Its NOT on Friday 29th November.

Friday 29th November sees our regular Rollers Roller Disco - which rolls on every Friday through December - with three sessions -  for kids, families, teenagers and adults - starting from 5.00 pm.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th see a Christmas Craft Fair - local arts and crafts. No details yet of stallholders and entertainment - .these will be posted when known.

On Saturday 14th something new - comedy from Headluv and Passman - Cornish Rapppers.

On Saturday 21st - there is a Christmas Food Market - organised by St Ives Farmers Market. But please note that the regular market continues on Thursdays 5th, 12th and 19th. Plus - there is a special New Years Eve Farmers Market.

Full details are on:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On In December

For regular updates you can sign up to:
St Ives Guildhall - Newsletter

Finally - some good stuff is already booked for January and February - tribute bands Oye Santana and The Rollin' Clones.  Plus - September Festival patron and one half of Show Of Hands - Phil Beer.

Have a great Christmas and New Year in St Ives !

Monday, 11 November 2013

St Ives September Festival 2014 - Dates

St Ives September Festival
St Ives September Festival


Dates have been confirmed for St Ives September Festival 2014.

The festival will open on Saturday 13th September and run through to Saturday 27th.

Planning for next year is underway - with some acts already pencilled in for St Ives Guildhall.

More news about gigs and tickets will be posted here when confirmed.
You can subscribe to this blog by email - use the box in the right hand column.

For the latest - plus some great films and photos of the 2013 festival - you should also follow:

St Ives September Festival - Facebook

St Ives September Festival Twitter

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Bonfire Night In St Ives - Fireworks




Porthminster Beach St Ives - 5th November 2013.

Firework display - organised by St Ives Football Club.

Another wonderful film by:
St Ives Community TV

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Week Ahead In St Ives

St Ives Cornwall - Bonfire Night - Porthminster Beach
St Ives Cornwall - Bonfire Night - Porthminster Beach


As the half term holidays come to an end St Ives gets quieter for a few weeks - but as ever - still lots going on.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with two firework displays - subject to the weather. Carbis Bay Beach - Monday (4th November 2013) at 5.30 pm. Porthminster Beach - Tuesday (5th) at 7.00 pm. Drinks and food available at both events.

St Ives Guildhall is hosting something every day - including markets, Rollers Roller Disco and a Barn Dance. Listings on:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On

St Ives Arts Club has a new exhibition - Textile Art and Mixed Media - Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread. Open daily - 10.30 am to 4.30 pm - until Saturday 16th November.
St Ives Arts Club - What's On

Guided Tours Of St Ives continue through the winter on Wednesdays - meet outside The Guildhall at 11.00 am.
Guided Tours Of St Ives

Tate St Ives has an exhibition - Aquatopia - The Imaginary Of The Ocean Deep. Open daily - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Also a special tour of the exhibition - with St Ives art historian Janet Axten - on Thursday (7th) at 3,30 pm.
Tate St Ives - Aquatopia

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

I've also added a new - experimental - page to my website - a poster board for local events - a sort of online version of the noticeboard at The Guildhall. If you'd like your poster on the board - visit the page and email your event.
St Ives - Community Noticeboard

Finally - a new page for St Ives In December - Christmas - New Year. What (I think) is the most comprehensive What's On guide for the festive season. Again - email if you want your event featured.
St Ives In December - What's On

Have a great week in St Ives - more news coming soon.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Exhibition Opening - St Ives Arts Club - Today


Textile Art Exhibition - St Ives Cornwall
Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread


Today at St Ives Arts Club - the opening of an exciting new exhibition - Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread - Textile Art and Mixed Media by
 Jo McIntosh and Carolyn Saxby.

Both Jo and Caroline have spent weeks producing many beautiful and original pieces.

Opens at 4.00 - wine - nibbles - all welcome.

Hope to see you there !

More details of the exhibition here:
Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread

The exhibition is open daily - 10.30 am to 4.30 pm - until Saturday 16th November.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Exhibition - Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread

Textile Art Exhibition - Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread
Textile Art Exhibition - Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread


An exciting new exhibition opens next week at St Ives Arts Club.

Sew ... A Needle Pulling Thread features textile art and mixed media work by St Ives artists Jo McIntosh and Carolyn Saxby.

The exhibition opens with a private view on Sunday 3rd November at 4.00 pm. Meet the artists over drinks and nibbles.

It is then open daily - 10.30 am to 4.30 pm - until Saturday 16th November.

Work will be for sale at a range of affordable prices.

You'll find more information about Jo and Carolyn on:

Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One

Carolyn Saxby - Love Stitching Red

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Rollers Roller Disco

Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall
Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall


No fewer than five Rollers Roller Disco sessions at St Ives Guildhall this week.

Thursday 31st October - Halloween Monster Roller Disco.
Families and Under 18s - 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm.

Friday 1st November - Cornwall Roller Derby Fundraiser.
Under 11s - 5.00 pm.
Over 11s Teen Skate - 6.30 pm.
Over 18s Roller Disco party - 8.30 pm.

Tickets are available on the door or online from:
Rollers Roller Disco Website

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

St Ives September Festival 2014


Festival Chair Alan Shepherd Reviews The 2013 Festival

I've very much enjoyed - and am enjoying - the role of Social Media Manager for St Ives September Festival.

The festival committee are already planning for the 2014 festival - with a couple of major acts already "pencilled in".

Naturally nothing can be announced until acts are confirmed - but watch this space.

I aim to keep people involved and informed via the festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

As soon as there is any news I'll be posting it there. In the meantime - I'll be posting some photos from the 2013 festival - plus some wonderful short films by Alban Roinard - St Ives Community TV.

If you have any photos - please do past them on the festival Facebook page. We'd love to share them.

The main festival website will also be updated in due course.

Here are the links - please "Like" and "Follow" us to get all the latest news as it happens.

St Ives September Festival - Facebook

St Ives September Festival - Twitter

St Ives September Festival - Website

Monday, 28 October 2013

St Ives Guildhall - November

St Ives Guildhall - November 2013
St Ives Guildhall - November 2013


A varied mix of entertainment and shopping at St Ives Guildhall in November.

Events include:
  • Mind Body & Spirit Fayre
  • Table Top Sale
  • Barn Dance
  • Christmas Bazaar
  • Vintage Fleamarket
  • Northern Soul
  • Rollers Roller Disco
  • Craft & General Market
  • St Ives Farmers Market
More details - including dates, times and tickets are on:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On - November

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Half Term In St Ives - Kids Activities

St Ives - Holiday Activities For Children
St Ives - Holiday Activities For Children


With the half term holidays upon us (already!) - many kids (and parents) will be looking for exciting and interesting things to do.

Here are some ideas:

Sunday (27th October)  - Skateboard and Scooter Competition.
St Ives Skate Park - Penbeagle.

Monday (28th) - Story Time and Crafts.
St Ives Library.

Tuesday (29th) - Family Art Workshop.
St Ives School Of Painting.

Wednesday (30th) - Art Base.
Tate St Ives.

Thursday (31st) - Monster Halloween Roller Disco.
St Ives Guildhall.

Friday (1st November) - Craft Workshop - Make Pom Poms.
St Ives Library.

Jo McIntosh - who runs the kids workshops at St Ives Library - can run craft workshops for families and children - also creative activities for birthday parties. Details here:
Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One - Kids Workshops

A perfect way to end to your day - The Mex Restaurant St Ives has a special offer for kids. Open daily from 5.30 pm.
All week - free desserts with every kids meal. Get your voucher here:
The Mex St Ives - Half Term Offer

Details of times and tickets - plus many more events for children and families - can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Friday, 25 October 2013

What's On In St Ives - This Weekend

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


As ever lots on in St Ives this weekend and next week.

Highlights for the weekend include two contrasting events at St Ives Guildhall:
  • Rollers Roller Disco - Tonight.
  • The Three Belles - Saturday.
Full listings for the weekend, next week and through November are on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

This includes lots of activities for families and children during half term week.

Looking ahead - you can find comprehensive event listings for Christmas and December here - something to enjoy every day right through the month to New Years Eve:
St Ives Cornwall - December

Have a great weekend in St Ives !

Thursday, 24 October 2013

St Ives - Hidden History

St Ives Cornwall - History
St Ives Cornwall - Hidden  History - Women In Industry


Tomorrow at The Western Hotel -
St Ives Archive are hosting a special event -
Hidden History - Women In Industry.

St Ives is well known for its fishing, mining, artists and tourists, but for about forty years it was the home of a vibrant textile industry based in former pilchard cellars near to The Island. The industrial manufacture of textiles is not usually associated with a seaside town in Cornwall.

The majority of the employees were women who went into the factories when they left school at the age of fourteen. Maybe for this reason the work that they did has almost been forgotten. The Town Council, by the 1970s, had removed all traces of industry from the centre of St Ives and transferred it to new industrial estates. The buildings themselves were demolished to make way for luxury accommodation to expand the tourist industry.

Tomorrow (Friday 25th October) - between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm - volunteers from the Archive will be hosting an event and workshop. As many employees as possible are invited from the various textile companies located Downlong between the 1930s and 1970s: Crysede, Hamptons, Flawns, Berketex and Fryers. 

Members of the public and visitors to the town are very welcome to see this display of St Ives Hidden History.

One of the key events will be an opportunity for everyone to assist in the making of a ‘camouflage net’ of memories. These nets were originally made at home, during the war, by young women and children. On this occasion, strips of calico with individual memories and images will be sewn into the net and these will be a lasting reminder of this chapter of St Ives history.

The day will be filmed and refreshments will be served. It is hoped that the resulting camouflage net will be on permanent display, ensuring that this important period of St Ives history is never forgotten.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Boats In The Bay

St Ives Cornwall - Boats In The Bay 2013
Boats In The Bay 2013


Tomorrow - Saturday 7th September 2013 - Boats In The Bay returns to St Ives Harbour.

Luggers great and small will present a spectacle that will be familiar to many through the work of artists such as Alfred Wallis.  Meanwhile ashore, members of St Ives Jumbo Association will be manning their stall opposite the Sloop Inn. Anyone wishing to experience sailing a Jumbo or enter the Scully Race should present themselves there.

At around 4.30 pm a gun will signal the start of a race between the two Jumbos - Celeste and William Paynter. The race starts from moorings at the harbour entrance and continues out into  St Ives Bay. The finish line is between the two pierheads and so an excellent view can be enjoyed from Smeaton's Pier.

This will be followed (at about 6.30 pm) by a new addition to the programme - the Grand Scully Race. This spectator-sport has been recently introduced to St.Ives by the Jumbo Association and features their replica St.Ives Punts. The relay-race will be a return match between the St.Ives Boatmen and the Rest of the World.

Prizegiving will be at 7.30 pm on the plat outside the Shore Shelter with The Mayor, Cllr. Colin Nicholls and BBC presenter and Down'long celebrity, Janette Eathorne.

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

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Big Bank Holiday Weekend - St Ives Guildhall

August Bank Holiday - St Ives Guildhall
August Bank Holiday - St Ives Guildhall


A full programme of entertainment at St Ives Guildhall over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd - Rollers Roller Disco. Thursday - 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm - Family Skate. Friday - 5.00 pm Family Skate - 6.30 pm Teen Skate - 8.30 pm Roller Disco Party
More Info and Tickets ......

On Saturday 24th - The Music Of John Denver - a tribute by Chris Bannister - 8.00 pm.
More Info and Tickets ......

On Sunday 25th - Kernow King - stand up comedy - 7.00 pm.
More Info and Tickets ......

On Monday 26th - The Secret Policeman's Ball - fundraiser for Amnesty International - 8.00 pm.
More Info and Tickets ......

The Guildhall programme then continues into September with The West End Experience - live music with Chantel McGregor - music, theatre and comedy at St Ives September Festival.
More Info and Tickets ......

Listings for other events in town - over the weekend and through September - can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

St Ives Lifeboat Day

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


Tomorrow (Thursday 15th August 2013) is Lifeboat Day in St Ives.

Great fun - and an important fundraiser for a good cause.

There will be stalls, food and the chance to view the lifeboats.

Plus entertainment including music from Bagas Porthia.

The fun starts from 10.00 am at The Lifeboat House on St Ives Harbour.

Monday, 12 August 2013

St Ives Allotment Blog

Allotment With A Sea View - St Ives Cornwall
Allotment With A Sea View - St Ives Cornwall


A few months ago I started a new blog:

Allotment With A Sea View - St Ives Cornwall

A diary of my growing efforts on my plot - out below the Penwith Hills to the west of St Ives. A beautiful location - and my blog has some lovely photos to enjoy. Plus what I hope are some interesting posts about growing through the seasons in Cornwall.

Take a look - any feedback is welcome.

You can also follow on Facebook:
Allotment With A Sea View - Facebook

Friday, 9 August 2013

St Ives - What's On This Weekend

What's On In St Ives This Weekend


I can't believe how quickly time and Summer are passing - its nearly mid-August already. September and relative calm approach - but a busy Summer season is in progress in St Ives and as ever - Lots On!

Tonight (Friday 9th August):
Rollers Roller Disco - St Ives Guildhall - three sessions for all ages - 5.00 pm Family Skate - 6.30 pm Teen Skate - 8.30 pm Over 18s Roller Disco Party. St Ives Raft Race - on the harbour - starts at 7.00 pm.

Saturday (10th) - various art exhibitions including Tate St Ives, St Ives Arts Club and St Ives Society Of Artists. Barefoot Boogie at Lelant Village Hall.

Sunday (11th) - Puppet Show at Boathouse Theatre, Music and Performance evening at St Ives Arts Club.

Some highlights for the week ahead - Markets at St Ives Guildhall, Guided Tours, Clay Days for children at Leach Pottery, Beach Workshops with Tate St Ives and a Pop-Up University on Porthmeor Beach.

More events - more info - dates - times on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

See my earlier St Ives Blog post for:
Summer In St Ives -  Activities For Children

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

St Ives Arts Club - August Events

St Ives Arts Club - August
St Ives Arts Club - August


Lots on at St Ives Arts Club this summer.

A new comedy night opens today - The Dhynamo Show - starring local performer Dhyano with his bizarre, witty and surreal comedy. Special guests are also promised. Doors open at 8.00 pm and tickets are £6.00 - or £5.00 for club members. Available from St Ives VIC and Cafe Art. The show returns on Wednesdays 21st and 28th August.
More Info ......

Next Wednesday - 14th August - a new theatre production -
Imago Theatre - On The Terrace.
'In the setting of a top girls' boarding school we observe the lives of five sophisticated and elegant upper-school pupils who, being prefects, enjoy special privileges, such as the use of the terrace as their own private space. From here they exert authority over the rest of the school and punish those who transgress.'
Sounds interesting. Doors open at 7.00 pm and tickets are £6.00 - or £5.00 for club members.
More Info .....

On the visual arts front - an exhibition of work by Kathryn Loveluck is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily until Saturday 17th August. Karen Taffinder and Archa Robinson are also exhibiting alongside Kathryn.

This is followed by The Affordable Art Show - work in various media by Arts Club members at bargain prices. Open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm from Sunday 18th - Saturday 31st August.

Looking further ahead - St Ives September Festival opens on Saturday 14th September - with events at the club every day. These include a members exhibition, lunchtime arts talks, live music, poetry, comedy, and a season of horror films. You can book tickets online via the Arts Club website.
More Info ......

Details of other events across town - through August and through the year - can be found on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

St Ives September Festival - Latest News

St Ives September Festival 2013
St Ives September Festival 2013


Tickets are almost sold out for Show Of Hands with Miranda Sykes - St Ives Guildhall - Saturday 21st September. If you want to catch this gig - best to move fast:
Tickets - Show Of Hands

A new addition to the line-up at St Ives Guildhall that has already generated a lot of interest - and nostalgia.
Mr Peggotty's Disco Revival - Friday 20th September. Featuring some of the original DJs from this iconic St Ives club. Tickets are just £5.00 - on sale now from Oates Travel - or call 01736 795 857.
More Info ......

Another recent addition - Camborne Town Band - Festival Proms Night. Thursday 26th September - £10.00:
Tickets - Camborne Town Band

The Arts & Literature Programme continues to grow - with more events than ever this year. For the first time you can buy tickets for most events online. You cans also download your own copy of the programme:
Tickets - Arts & Literature
Programme - Arts & Literature

You can also buy tickets online for the main Music & Performance Programme with gigs at St Ives Guildhall - The Western Hotel - St Ives Theatre:
Tickets - Music & Performance

I'm managing Social Media for the festival - so you can catch the latest festival news as it happens here:
St Ives September Festival - Facebook
St Ives September Festival - Twitter

Monday, 5 August 2013

St Ives Guildhall - August Events

St Ives Guildhall - August Events
St Ives Guildhall - August Events


St Ives Guildhall has a full programme of events through August including theatre, stand up comedy, concerts, roller discos and three weekly markets.

Squashbox Theatre have three shows for children:

Tuesday 6th August - 3.00 pm - The Sea Show.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

Tuesday 13th August - 3.00 pm - Skillywidden.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

Tuesday 20th August - 3.00 pm - Curious Creatures.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

Every Thursday and Friday throughout August -
Rollers Roller Disco.
Family Skate - Thursdays - 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm.
Family Skate - Fridays - 5.00 pm.
Over 11s Teen Skate - Fridays - 6.30 pm.
Over 18s Roller Disco Party - Fridays - 8.30 pm.
Buy Tickets - Rollers Roller Disco

The month ends with three events over the bank holiday weekend:

Saturday 24th August - The Music of John Denver.
Sunday 25th August - Stand Up Comedy - Kernow King.
Monday 26th August - The Secret Policeman's Ball.
More details and tickets on:
St Ives Guildhall - What's On - August

Plus - three markets to visit weekly:
  • Mondays - Collectables Market
  • Wednesdays - Fair Wednesday - Craft and General Market
  • Thursdays - St Ives Farmers Market
More events are scheduled right through to December - details on:

St Ives September Festival will be staging some major gigs - including Fairport Convention, Show Of Hands and John Otway. Full details and tickets on:

If you'd like to advertise our local business - attracting Guildhall visitors to your gallery / restaurant for a pre-show or post-show visit check out:
St Ives Guildhall Advertising

Finally - the venue is now run by St Ives Town Council and so booking for your event is easy and relatively cheap. As well as entertainment and markets the hall can host weddings, business meetings and other events. Get in touch for more info:
St Ives Guildhall - Contact Us


Friday, 2 August 2013

Scully Day - St Ives Harbour

Scully Day - St Ives Harbour


St Ives Jumbo Association are holding another Scully Day on St Ives Harbour on Sunday 4th August - starting at 2.00 pm on the Old Slipway.

These are free events for the family which were introduced two years ago to  encourage as many people as possible to 'scully' - the traditional method of propelling a small boat using a single oar over the stern.

An opportunity of acquiring a new skill which, only recently, was a 'rite of passage' for any St.Ives boy yet is now at risk of being forgotten. In St Ives, at least, the art of scullying is being revived.

Also on the harbour will be St Ives Pilot Gig Club - newcomers to gig racing will be offered a chance to try their hand at rowing the gig 'Defiance'.

Scully Races will then begin at 4.30 pm.  It has been proposed that St Ives Boatmen should take on the Rest of the World!  Contestants are eagerly sought to help bring scully racing back to St.Ives.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Summer In St Ives - Activities For Children

Summer Activities For Kids In St Ives
Summer Activities For Kids In St Ives


The summer holidays are here - and so I thought I'd highlight some fun and creative activities for children in St Ives.

St Ives Library - kids creative workshops with Jo McIntosh. Thursday 1st August at 2.00 pm - Sea Treasures. Monday 5th August at 2.00 pm - Making Books. Monday 19th August at 2.00 pm - Felt Brooches. Each costs £3.00 per child. Advance booking is advised - visit the library or call 0300 123 4111.

Tate St Ives - Beach Workshops on Porthmeor every Monday and Tuesday through August at 10.00 am, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Cost is £4.00 per child, parents free. To book call 01736 796 226 or email stivesticketing@tate.org.uk

Leach Pottery - creative Clay Days for children and parents. Every Tuesday and Wednesday through August at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm. Cost is £5.00 per child, parents free. Advance booking is advised - call 01736 799 703 or email office@leachpottery.com

St Ives Guildhall - Rollers Roller Disco - Family Skate every Thursday at 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm, every Friday at 5.00 pm. Teen Skate - every Friday at 6.30 pm. Tickets are £5.00 - on the door or you can book via the website.

St Ives Guildhall - Squashbox Theatre are staging weekly shows for children. Tuesday 6th August - The Sea Show. Tuesday 13th August - Skillywidden. Tuesday 20th August - Curious Creatures. All shows start at 3.00 pm and tickets are £5.00 - available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre or you can book via the website.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

St Ives September Festival - Arts Programme

St Ives September Festival - Arts Programme
St Ives September Festival - Arts Programme


The full Arts and Literature Programme for September is now available - featuring dozens of events at venues including St Ives Arts Club, St Ives Society Of Artists, St Ives Library and St Ives School Of Painting.

The full programme is on:
St Ives September Festival - Website

This year - for the first time - you can book and pay for tickets online for most events via Cornish Riviera Box Office:
St Ives September Festival - Arts and Literature Programme - Tickets

You can also get tickets online for the main Music & Performance Programme:
St Ives September Festival - Music and Performance Programme - Tickets

Tickets are already selling well and many of the smaller events sell out in advance - due to limited numbers. If you're planning to visit the festival - it might be worth getting your tickets now.

Monday, 15 July 2013

St Ives Guildhall - July Events

St Ives Guildhall - Summer Events
St Ives Guildhall - July Events


St Ives Guildhall has a full programme of events through July including concerts, roller discos and three weekly markets.

The music programme starts this week with two choral concerts:

Thursday 18th July - 7.30 pm - The Academia Musica Choir.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

Saturday 20th July - 7.30 pm - A Festival Of Choirs.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

On Friday - and every Friday throughout July and August -
Rollers Roller Disco. Three sessions:
Under 11s and Families - 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm.
Over 11s and Families - 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm.
Over 18s Roller Disco Party - 8.30 pm - 11.00 pm.
Buy Tickets - Rollers Roller Disco

The music continues on Tuesday 30th July with:
Poniente - Spanish Song and Flamenco.
Buy Tickets - Cornish Riviera Box Office

Plus - three markets to visit weekly:
  • Mondays - Collectables Market
  • Wednesdays - Fair Wednesday - Craft and General Market
  • Thursdays - St Ives Farmers Market
More events are scheduled from August through December - details on:

St Ives September Festival will be staging some major gigs - including Fairport Convention, Show Of Hands and John Otway. Full details and tickets on:

If you'd like to advertise our local business - attracting Guildhall visitors to your gallery / restaurant for a pre-show or post-show visit check out:
St Ives Guildhall Advertising

Finally - the venue is now run by St Ives Town Council and so booking for your event is easy and relatively cheap. As well as entertainment and markets the hall can host weddings, business meetings and other events. Get in touch for more info:
St Ives Guildhall - Contact Us

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

St Ives Loves Architecture - Sandcastle Competition

St Ives Loves Architecture
St Ives Loves Architecture - Sandcastle Competition


This weekend in St Ives - on Saturday 29th June - there will be a sandcastle building competition - plus lots more - as part of St Ives Loves Architecture on Porthminster Beach.

The fun starts at 12.00 midday and you can register a team for the competition from 11.30 am in the following classes:
  • Kids and Young People (16 and under).
  • Families and Friends.
  • Architects Build (professionals from around Cornwall).
  • Open (businesses and all other teams).
St Ives Mayor Colin Nicholls will present the prizes at 4.00 pm.

Other activities include:
  • If Buildings Could Talk - Storytelling.
  • Make and Fly a Mini-Kite.
  • Beautiful Buildings - Model Making with Tate St Ives.
  • Planning For Real - Neighbourhood Plan - St Ives Town Council.
The event is being organised and hosted by St Ives Architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole.

All activities are free and open to all - so get down to the beach for a fun afternoon!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

What's On In St Ives This Weekend

Rollers Roller Disco and The Mex St Ives
Rollers Roller Disco - The Mex St Ives

As usual - lots to see and do in St Ives this weekend - including art exhibitions, music and theatre.

Events include:

Friday - Lunchtime Concert - Laura Nicholas.
St Ives Parish Church - starts at 12.30 pm.
More Info ....

Friday - Rollers Roller Disco.
St Ives Guildhall - three sessions for all ages from 5.00 pm.
The Mex St Ives have a Special Offer - 10% Off for ticket holders.
Rollers - More Info and Tickets ....
The Mex St Ives - Special Offer ...

Saturday and Sunday - The Taming Of The Shrew - Kings Shakespeare Company.
St Ives Guildhall.- doors open at 7.00 pm - performance at 7.30 pm.
More Info and Tickets ....

Sunday - Music and Performance Evening - The St Ives Busker.
St Ives Arts Club - starts at 7.30 pm.
More Info ....

Exhibitions include Bob Wilcox at Cafe Art, Ultramarine Studio at St Ives Arts Club and Members Summer Show at St Ives Society Of Artists.

More events through this weekend, next week and through the Summer on: St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Monday, 1 April 2013

St Ives September Festival - Tickets On Sale

St Ives September Festival 2013
St Ives September Festival 2013


Tickets for most of the St Ives September Festival Guildhall and St Ives Theatre gigs are now available to buy online.

These include:
  • Miracle Theatre - Waiting For Godot.
  • Jamie Smith's Mabon.
  • The Manfreds.
  • Johnny Cowling.
  • John Cooper Clarke.
  • Show Of Hands.
  • Davey Arthur.
  • Arthur Smith & John Otway.
  • James Taylor Quartet.
  • The Wurzels.& Mad Dog McCrea.
  • Livewire AC-DC & The ZZ Tops.
To get your tickets now visit:
CRBO - St Ives September Festival Tickets

Prices for a few events have not yet been confirmed - online ticketing for these will be available in due course.

There are also more events to be added - latest news will be posted on:
St Ives September Festival - Facebook
St Ives September Festival - Twitter