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St Ives Guide THE OFFICIAL

AND SURROUNDING AREA

2017 visitstives.org.uk


“St Ives, is the “Jewel in the Crown”; the beaches are stunning with beautiful, golden sands and three beaches were awarded Blue Flags in 2016.“ www.visitstives.org.uk


ST IVES MAYOR WELCOMES YOU Your heart will be captivated when you first glimpse the beautiful harbour either from the road or by train. St Ives retains the charm of an historic seaside resort but at the same time offers contemporary accommodation of the highest standards. St Ives is home to fine restaurants and cafes, shops and galleries, many of which use or sell local products. The natural beauty of St Ives and its easy charm were the inspiration for the artists’ colony that developed in the 19th century and has continued to inspire and encourage artists from all over the world.  Our local studios and workshops exhibit and sell art that is a record of our history from those early days to the influence of Tate St Ives today. St Ives, in my opinion, is the “Jewel in the Crown”; the beaches are stunning with beautiful, golden sands and three beaches were awarded Blue Flags in 2016. St Ives Times & Echo

I welcome you to St Ives and know you will enjoy your stay and will embrace the essence of St Ives that will stay as a memory that will be forever cherished. Nyns yw unn tavas nevra lowr (translated from Cornish to English “One language is never enough”).

Cllr. Linda Taylor Mayor of St Ives


WELCOME TO ST IVES Located in the far west of Cornwall, this internationally renowned town is an enchanting place. People come to St Ives from all over the world to enjoy the invigorating sports and surf scene. With pristine sands, tropical clear waters, the historic and modern arts scene, fine dining and quality award winning hotels, the town and its surrounding areas are a rich and diverse holiday hotspot. From The Tate to numerous private galleries and art dealers, St Ives hosts a vast array of creative outlets and events. The town annually stages numerous festivals which include food, literature, arts and the well established September Festival. Associated with famous figures from our artistic heritage such as Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis to a multitude of modern musicians, writers and poets, it boasts a rare and eclectic fusion of influences and people. The team at Visit St Ives Information Centre deliver the best of the town and its surroundings in an effort to give you a taste of the vibrancy, beauty and history of this ancient town. Visit St Ives Information Centre was reopened in June 2011 by the St Ives Town Council. The Centre is solely self funded and is dependent on our loyal team of volunteers who help us to remain open to help all our visitors. We want to ensure that no matter what the reason for your visit to St Ives, everyone has a relaxing and rewarding experience. We will be delighted to see you and ensure that you get the most from your time here. So, please do visit us - we look forward to meeting you!

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CONTENTS Welcome Visit St Ives Information Centre Useful Information Things To Do Coastwatch A Brief History of St Ives St Ives Archive St Ives Museum The Artists and St Ives Unique St Ives St Ives Town Map St Ives Beach Guide Eating Out St Ives St Ives Surrounding Area Walking Around St Ives Getting Married in St Ives Where to Stay A-Z of Advertisers

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Back row: Volunteers Jacqui, Linda and Carol. Front Row, Assistant Manager, Julie, Manager, Andy and Volunteer Shirley

The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS  01736 796297 | info@visitstives.org.uk

VISIT ST IVES INFORMATION CENTRE You will find our office in The Guildhall, situated in Street-an-Pol. We are open all year round. Our helpful and friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to share with you their wealth of local knowledge and information. We stock a large selection of ordnance survey maps, walking books, tide tables and excellent books on many Cornish topics. Please call us for details and we can arrange for items to be posted to you via our mail order service. Accommodation. We offer an advanced booking service for hotels, bed & breakfast establishments, camp sites and self catering accommodation. To avoid disappointment at busy times, why not use this service to book your holidays? Please do not hesitate to call us for further information. You can also book your accommodation on our website too, go to visitstives.org.uk! Facilities. We have public internet access, so you can

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keep in touch whilst on holiday. If you need to print, this facility is also available. We have a photocopying service for all visitors and if you need to send a fax we can also assist you with this. We offer a Left Luggage facility, available during our opening hours. Tickets. We offer the chance to book your Eden Tickets in advance thus saving valuable [queuing] time and over 10% off the walk in prices at Eden Project. The tickets are not dated so if you change your plans or the weather changes, you are still able to use your tickets. During the year we will also sell tickets for various local events. These may include Culdrose Air Day, the St Ives September Festival, and ‘one off’ events held here in our Guildhall. In the past these have included Phil Jupitus, Wishbone Ash and Kernow King. Tickets that are sold through Cornish Riviera Box Office can only be purchased by cash only. We are sorry we are not able to accept debit or credit cards for this facility. www.visitstives.org.uk


USEFUL INFORMATION Banks

Dentists

Barclays Bank High Street, TR26 1RT (Cashpoint) HSBC High Street, TR26 1RX (Cashpoint) Lloyds High Street, TR26 1RY (Cashpoint) Nat West Bank, Tregenna Hill, TR26 1ST (Cashpoint) Yorkshire Building Society High Street, TR26 1RS (No Cashpoint)

Pearly Whites Dental Surgery 2 Tregenna Hill, TR26 1SF 01736 798463 Poznansky J.B. & Zbos Dental Surgeons Tregenna Hill, TR26 1SF 01736 796260 Carbis Bay Dental Practice St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 1SF 01736 793090

Pharmacies Boots High Street, TR26 1RS 01736 795072 Leddra Fore Street, TR26 1AB 01736 795432 Boots Stennack Surgery, TR26 1RU 01736 795047 Boots Pharmacy West Cornwall Shopping Centre 01736 756843

Cinema Royal Cinema Royal Square, TR26 2ND

Council Offices St Ives Town Council The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol 01736 797840 Cornwall Council One Stop Shop, The Library, Gabriel Street, TR26 2LX 0300 1234 100

St Ives Harbour Master Smeatons Pier, TR26 1LP 01736 795018

If you have a dental emergency, call the NHS Dental Helpline on 01872 354375 and an answerphone message will provide you with information on how to obtain emergency dental treatment.

Doctors The Stennack Surgery Stennack, 01736 79333

Emergency Services Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard Dial 999 - on a landline or dial 112 - on a mobile phone

Equipment Hire Star Equipment Hire Cots, Stair Gates, Wheelchairs, etc 01736 791685

Hospitals The Stennack Surgey Minor injuries unit. West Cornwall Hospital St Clare Street, Penzance TR18 2PF 01736 874000 Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro 01872 250000

Library St Ives Library, Gabriel Street, TR26 2LX 0300 1234 111

Post Office Main Post Office 11 Tregenna Hill, TR26 1SE Sub Post Office Fore Street, TR26 1LH

Places of Worship The Vine Elim, Carbis Bay Memorial Hall, 01736 795677 Church of England St Ives Parish Church, Market Place 01736 796404 St Johns in the Fields The Stennack 01736 796404 St Anta Church Porthrepta Road, Carbis Bay 01736 796206 Towednack Parish Church Towednack Catholic Church Sacred Heart & St. Ia Tregenna Hill 01736 796412 Salvation Army St Ives Corps, Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF 01736 795605 Fore Street Methodist Church 01736 798530 United Methodist Church Bedford Road Hellesveor Methodist Chapel Hellesveor Bible Christian Methodist Church St Peters Street Chy an Gweal Methodist Church St Ives Road, Carbis Bay Carbis Bay Wesley St Ives Road, Carbis Bay Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion Zion Community Church, Fore Street, St Ives

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Sail, Surf and Ski in St Ives Bay Porthmeor, Porthminster and Carbis Bay beaches all have excellent water sports facilities - sailing, surfing, water-skiing, wind & kite surfing are all available locally. Golf There are several outstanding coastal links and parkland courses in the surrounding areas, as well as pitch and putt and short course facilities. One in particular you could try is Tregenna Castle’s Golf course, a challenging par 3, 18 hole academy course. It surrounds the hotel and is one of the most scenic courses

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in the country, enjoying award-winning views over St Ives and the surrounding coastline. The course is open year round to guests and non-residents.

St Ives is situated in an Area of Outstanding

Child-Friendly Play Areas and Amenities

Natural Beauty and has several Sites of

Ayr Playing Field, Alexandra Road, St. Ives

Special Scientific Interest nearby. With the

Sitting Area - Picnic Area - Football field

area’s rugged coastline, sweeping sandy

Skate Park, Off Penbeagle Lane, St Ives

beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks,

Skate Park - Childrens Play Area - Football Field

you may think these are the main attractions.

Trewartha, Carbis Bay

However, there is much more to see and do.

Childrens play area - Football Pitch Richmond Way, Carbis Bay

Fishing and pleasure trips depart from the

Childrens Play Area - Picnic Area

harbour which is the centre of the town’s social activity. Treat yourself to a trip out to Seal Island,

Lelant

a “fun for all the family” fishing trip out in the bay,

Anne’s Wood, Station Road. (A small, natural

or try a high powered speedboat trip. If dry land

wooded area owned by The Woodland Trust).

is more your scene the harbour side has a large selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Leisure Centre Located at Trenwith Car Park, the Leisure Centre

St Michael’s Way

offers a wide variety of activities. In addition to an

This beautiful 12.5 mile walk runs coast to coast

extensive swimming programme, the Centre has

from Lelant to St Michael’s Mount. (See the

a well-equipped Gym and offers a wide choice

article on “Walking” for further information).

of exercise classes. For further details contact on 01736 797006 or visit www.tempusleisure.org.uk

Horse Riding There are various riding stables catering for

St Ives Library

novices and experienced riders. Call Penhalwyn

Situated on the crossroads of Tregenna Place

Trekking Centre & School 01736 796597.

with Gabriel Street, the library runs a variety of

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No stay in St Ives is complete without catching a show by the extraordinary Kidz R Us. We’re an award-winning youth theatre company that stages unmissable musicals during half-terms and holidays, and a traditional family panto at Christmas. Founded in 1994, we’re dedicated to getting young people involved in the performing arts and behind-thescenes crafts, to support their development and the wider community. Rave reviews and standing ovations are a bonus! Our Patron is Sir Tim Rice and our Director, Phil Barnett, received a British Empire Medal in 2012. But the focus is always on what our young people can achieve. Our home is St Ives Theatre, in the heart of St Ives. There’s usually something going on here, even if it’s not one of our shows, so keep an eye on our website for what’s on.

St Ives Theatre, Lower Stennack, St Ives TR26 1QG 01736 797007, info@kidzrus.net www.kidzrus.net

Registered charity number: 1071443

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events including Bounce & Rhyme for Babies, Story Time & Crafts and Yoga. For further information call 0300 1234 111. The Guildhall A lively venue for markets, and its spacious concert hall is often filled with a varied range of traders and producers. The Collectors’ Market on Mondays (April-October) is a great place to find books, china, old post cards and other items. Fair Wednesday (April-December) boasts a great variety of local craft stalls. The award-winning Farmers’ Market runs throughout the year on Thursdays, with all sorts of tempting, tasty, local foods on offer. Every market has a cafe selling good-value refreshments. All in all, a great place to visit come rain or shine. The markets are part of a busy programme of events, live shows and exhibitions taking place in the Guildhall throughout the year. For more information, please contact the St Ives Visitor Information Centre.

Markets

at St Ives Guildhall Collectors Market Mondays 9:30am - 4:00pm April - October Post cards, jewellery, books and more

Fair Wednesday Wednesdays 10:00am - 4:00pm Easter - December Arts, crafts, clothing and general items

Farmers’ Market Thursdays 9:30am - 2pm All year round Fresh local produce from Cornwall www.stivesguildhall.co.uk Street-an-Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS

And don’t forget our glorious, local beaches.

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COASTWATCH

NCI ST IVES

The National Coastwatch Institute is situated on the north-east side of “The Island”. The Island was originally named “Pendinas” which means a hill within a town. It was a fortified headland for centuries. Parish records state that the site was fortified in 1638, playing a major part in local defence. The records suggest that there were fifteen guns present. The granite battery walls to the south of the lookout were erected in 1860 against a possible French invasion by Napoleon III. These fortifications show clear evidence of three large cannon positions together with armouries. The cottage to the south was originally the barracks. The guns were dismantled in 1895 and shortly

afterwards St Nicholas Chapel, to the southwest of the Station which had been used as a store, was demolished. It was later rebuilt and opened in 1911. HM Coastguard built and operated an enclosed lookout station within the battery until 1994 when government authorities decided that many local watch stations should close. The NCI St Ives was formed in 1999 as a voluntary organisation and now leases the site from the local council. With public support, they maintain, equip and operate the Station in order to safeguard the lives of sea and coastal users.

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ST IVES HISTORY

ST IVES - A BRIEF HISTORY St Ives – a place renowned for beautiful beaches, scenic views, cobbled streets and alleyways, surfing, art and good food. Yet the town was not always such a salubrious place to visit.

before being taken on to Wheal Trenwith, the local mine where the leisure centre and main car park are now located. Wheal is the Cornish word for mine and Trenwith is believed to be the name of the family that owned the mine.

Origins St Ives takes its name from the Irish princess and missionary St Ia who, according to legend, sailed from Ireland to Cornwall in the 5th century on a leaf, subsequently building an oratory on what is now the site of our parish church. Construction of the church began in the early 1400s during the reign of King Henry V as the population of the town grew with the expansion of the fishing trade, taking 16 years to complete.

Success of the local fishing industry was based on catching pilchards (better known as sardines) with around 300 boats operating locally at its peak, netting millions of fish every year. These were salted and pressed in barrels before being exported to the southern Mediterranean where they were a popular dish to eat on Fridays and during Lent when consumption of meat was forbidden. The traditional method of catching the fish was by use of “seine” nets, a method of dragnet trawling which remained common locally into the 20th century but has now all but died out.

Early Days From the Middle Ages onwards, St Ives was a small but thriving and growing town based on the traditional trades of mining and fishing, reaching a peak in the 19th century with world-wide demand for locally caught pilchards as well as tin and copper, both of which were extensively mined nearby. Coal needed to drive the mine engines arrived in the harbour and was transported by horse drawn carts to the Stennack (meaning “place of tin”)

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The Cornish Pasty, although apparently existing since the 14th century, became commonplace in the 1700s as an affordable but wholesome food for poor working families. Traditional ingredients of potato, swede and onion were cheap. Meat, being more expensive, was only added on rare occasions. The reason for the pasty’s traditional www.visitstives.org.uk


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shape and crust remains hotly disputed. St Ives has always had something of a reputation as a drinking town. A popular local drink was called Mahogany, a mix of gin and black treacle which was used as a type of herbal mix to mask the taste of smuggled rum which had been tainted by saltwater during its transfer from ship to shore. Mahogany can still be purchased under the name of Shrub. John Knill Situated just outside of the town at the top of Worvas Hill stands the curious three-sided pyramid-like granite structure known as the Knill Monument. John Knill, after whom the building is named, served as Mayor of St Ives in 1767 before moving to London. He erected the monument as his intended burial place but he was in fact interred in the capital. He did however provide the town with funds to establish a 5-yearly tradition whereby ten local girls dance for a quarter of an hour around the mausoleum to the tune of the hymn “All People That On Earth Do Dwell”. This ceremony continues even today. The metal chest said to have contained the legacy monies provided by Knill to the town can still be seen in the St Ives Town Museum (see page 17). 19th Century To Date Although St Ives had been a destination for luminaries such as the artist J M W Turner since the early 1800s, it was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1877 which led to arguably the biggest change the town had ever seen, enabling the development of tourism.

With its remote location, one might imagine that St Ives would have been able to pass the Second World War relatively untouched. In fact it suffered two air raids, was the site for the Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre and was home to a contingent of American GIs prior to D-Day. The mid-1900s saw St Ives’ reputation as an artistic centre flourish with the arrival of world renowned modern artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Ben Nicolson. That reputation was maintained later by the likes of Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Barbara Hepworth’s former home and studio, where she died in a fire in 1975, is now renovated and can be visited as a museum with a beautiful garden containing many of her sculptures. The Arts Club on Westcott’s Quay opened in 1890 and still has a vibrant membership staging art exhibitions and shows throughout the year. The premises have barely changed in over 100 years and it is quite magical to watch a performance whilst hearing the breaking of waves in the background. Nowadays, the St Ives Society of Artists, the Penwith Society and the School of Painting all co-exist with individual and fascinating histories of their own, whilst the Tate Gallery provides a breathtaking focus point for modern art throughout the South West.

The GWR invested heavily in the fledgling tourist trade, marketing the Cornish Riviera and buying the Tregenna Castle hotel in St Ives as a convenient place to stay : an early example of the package holiday! During the later 1800s, artists began to flock to St Ives, hiring a train once a year to transport their works back to London in time for the annual Royal Academy exhibition.

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All Images copyright St Ives Archives Centre

ST IVES ARCHIVE

Would you like to know more about the fascinating history of the town and local area? The St Ives Archive, which is now based in Carbis Bay, has a wonderful collection of written, photographic and oral material that covers every subject you can imagine, and its friendly volunteer staff welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year. We have at least 20,000 photographs of the town as well as maps, legal documents, correspondence, catalogues and books.  St Ives has had its own newspapers since 1889, which provide a remarkable record of day to day living and these can be viewed on microfilm.  The advertisements are just as interesting as the articles themselves.  You can also listen to voices from the past.  Interviews conducted in

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the 1960s were with people who were born in the middle of the nineteenth century, and their stories and memories can open our eyes to life in a small Victorian fishing town. Keep an eye open for Archive events.  Recent events have included World War 1, the Wreck of HMS Wave, St Ives Lifeboat, Carbis Bay and Women in Industry. We also give talks and film shows which are publicised at the Visit St Ives Information Centre. Our new “Discover St Ives” map, which costs £2, is a guide to the historic heart of the town and is very popular. You can buy the Discover St Ives Map at Visit St Ives Information Centre along with our St Ives Map which is sold at £1 per copy. The Archive, which is a

charitable organisation, opened in 1996 and can be found in the Wesley Methodist Church on the main road in Carbis Bay. It is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00 until 2.00 throughout the year except for the Christmas and New Year period. (It is advisable to phone first to check their opening hours).  If you want to look at a specific subject in detail, we suggest that you contact us first so that you can talk to one of our volunteers who specialises in your subject.  We look forward to seeing you. St Ives Archive Research Centre, Wesley Methodist Church St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2SF info@stivesarchive.co.uk Tel: 01736 796408

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ST IVES MUSEUM

ST IVES MUSEUM Take a step back in time!

Located on the far side of the harbour at Wheal Dream, St Ives Museum houses a wealth of history and artefacts to showcase the heritage and its surrounding area. The ground floor was originally a Pilchard Cellar and during recent excavations, the 175 year old corbelled pressing ledge was revealed. Now, original artefacts such as hogsheads (barrels), pressing stones and nets show many facets of the pilchard fishing industry. Many subsidiary industries were associated with fishing – boat builders, rope, net and sail makers – and the implements they used can be seen on display. Mining also forms a very important part of the area’s heritage and tools are on display alongside photographs illustrating the harsh working conditions. Farming implements and the skills of the blacksmith as a farrier are recognised in another

section, as almost all goods were transported through the town’s narrow streets by horse and cart. Local man, Sir Edward Hain, founded the Hain Steamship Company in 1878. The fleet all bore the Cornish prefix “Tre” – Trewidden, Tregenna, Trelyon – and sailed all over the world. Models and photographs show many of these vessels. In the main room, there are displays of Victorian costume, Leach pottery, the Torrey Canyon disaster, memorabilia from both World Wars as well as models of sailing and fishing boats. John Knill, a former Mayor and Customs Officer, is also remembered here. The Parlour and Cornish Kitchen displays give an insight into home life more than a century ago. The Museum is staffed by a loyal group of volunteers who have a wealth of knowledge ready to share with you.

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BE INSPIRED IN ST IVE S TAT E S T I V E S We reopen on 31 March 2017 with The Studio and The Sea and the new transformed Tate St Ives opens in Autumn 2017. Explore the gallery with a guided tour then relax in the café with spectacular views over Porthmeor Beach. B A R B A R A H E P WO R T H M U S E U M AND SCULPTURE GARDEN The magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth, is a hidden oasis in the very centre of bustling St Ives. Open daily from 10.00 Visit tate.org.uk/stives for more information stivestate @tate_stives Tate St Ives © Tate. Photo Ian Kingsnorth Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden © Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

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ART IN ST IVES

THE ARTISTS AND ST IVES Artists have been frequenting St Ives since the early 1800’s. Turner arrived in 1811 on a mission to capture the essence of our beautiful and rugged South West. He did so with his usual impressionists’ aplomb and succeeded in capturing the unique pink light that St Ives is blessed with. Little did he know that his masterpieces would be the inspiration for thousands to make the same pilgrimage in search of that same pink light and that he would be the catalyst in creating the vibrant and influential art colony of St Ives. During the 1880’s, the likes of Whistler arrived from New York and Anders Zorn from Sweden. It fast became THE place to paint, with no reputable artist’s portfolio being complete without a St Ives piece being part of it.

Leach, Gabo and Wallis were all considered part of this pioneering art community. What Pink Light? St Ives is world renowned for its light. We are blessed with our geographic location on the ‘Toe’ of Britain, surrounded on three sides by the sea and washed gently by the temperate Gulf Stream. This, coupled with the crystal clear waters, unpolluted air and our mineral rich, slightly pink sand work together to produce a magnificent light display. The light is particularly apparent during the ‘golden hour’, the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset, when the sun is low enough in the sky to create this phenomenon, bathing our town in a beautiful pink glow. Image copyright Tate St Ives

During the 1930’s a new breed of artist began to arrive; a younger, more bohemian set who brought with them many new ideas and challenged the established artists’ perception of what art should, or indeed, could be. It was not altogether a simple or smooth transition but they did drive change and today they are responsible for St Ives being recognised as a vibrant, modern art colony. Names such as Hepworth, Nicholson,

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UNIQUE ST IVES St Ives Feast Day – “Hurling the Silver Ball” 6th February 2017 An ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Ia in 1434 and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries old form of rugby. The day begins with the Mayor’s procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach with participants wearing ivy and handing out oranges en route. This is followed by the start of the boisterous hurling of the silver ball, one of Cornwall’s oldest customs dating back at least a thousand years. The game involves much rough and tumble as each side (traditionally the ‘countrymen’ and ‘townsmen’ of a particular parish) tries to keep possession of a cricket ball-sized ball made of apple wood coated in silver. Cheer for your favourite participant, some of whom dive into the chilly sea to escape with the ball. Whoever returns the ball to the Mayor on the steps of the Guildhall

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on the stroke of midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are thrown from the balcony by town councillors to the waiting children on the Guildhall forecourt. St Piran’s Day – March 5th 2017 Although St Michael and St Petroc have, in ancient times, been named as Cornwall’s Patron Saints, there is no doubt that in more recent times, the Cornish have taken St Piran to their hearts and it is his flag which is now the Cornish symbol. St Piran is the patron saint of tin-mining and is said to have discovered tin when noticing that white tin flowed from a black fire stone when hot - an early example of tin smelting. The St Piran’s flag, a white cross on a black background, represents the white tin and the black rock. Good Friday Sail Boats, Consols Pond 14th April 2017 For over a century the families of St Ives have enjoyed the tradition of sailing model boats www.visitstives.org.uk


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at Consols Pond on Good Friday. The tradition began in the early 1900’s, when fishermen and children sailed model boats in the town’s harbour. It is thought to be a gesture to the old seafaring communities which used to launch miniature boats in the hope of ensuring safe passage for mariners. St Ives May Day 1st May 2017 Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years. At midday at the Guildhall, the Grand Bard and Mayor choose the May Queen and King in a ceremony known as the “pee-weep”. (Pee-weeps are whistles made from young tree branches and blown on May Day). The St Ives Guisers, dressed in their traditional black and white “mock formal” make an appearance, with horn blowers heralding the start of spring. At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can enjoy May pole dances, Cornish dancing and traditional music with various local choirs and brass bands performing by the harbour throughout the day. Throughout the day there’s a fish barbeque by the harbour and a lively local market where you can stock up on some of the region’s produce. St Ives Literature Festival 13th to 20th May 2017 Nine days of literary events featuring book launches, poetry readings, live music, comedy acts and creative writing workshops. For nominal admission fees you can hear some of the UK’s established and upcoming authors and poets reading extracts form their work. At drop in workshops, you can learn more about how to kick-start your own writing ambitions. Venues are close to the town centre and In Norway Square you can listen to poetry and music for free every day. St Ives Food and Drink Festival 13th & 14th May 2017 Last year’s festival saw over 5,000 people

visit the food and drink producers event on Porthminster Beach over the 2 days that it was held. The Food and Drink Festival has a number of marquees, events and activities taking place over the weekend. An opportunity to taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer. See some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations and enjoy everything that St Ives has to offer, including some of the best food and drink destinations anywhere in the UK. Midsummer Eve Bonfire This old custom was revived by the St Ives Old Cornwall Society and takes place on Carnstabba Hill, where the mayor lights the fire. With echoes of a very ancient rite, flowers and herbs are thrown by the ‘Lady of the Flowers’ into the hilltop blaze. The gathering is blessed by the vicar and prayers are said in Cornish. St Ives Raft Race Date to be confirmed St Ives annual raft race hosts fun and fancy dress entries - as well as a few hardcore competitors committed to winning. The race around the harbour involves teams launching from the Sloop slip, taking a golden token from nearby Smeaton’s Light and then picking up their own team mermaid from the Lifeboat slip. An enjoyable experience seeing all different shapes and sizes of rafts in the harbour. St Ives September Festival 9th September – 23rd September 2017 Started in 1978, the St Ives September Festival lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout the town, attracting visitors from far and wide. With a full program of exhibitions, music, concerts, poetry, walks, talks, workshops, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and film, you can expect an eclectic mix of performers and

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artists on the guest list which in the past have included some of the U K’s top singers and bands such as Fairport Convention, Barbara Dickson, Seth Lakeman, George Melly and Elkie Brooks. There are lots of free entry art exhibitions along with dancers, musicians, shanty crews and performers who entertain in the town’s streets and pubs. Locally themed plays and musical shows are put on in the theatre, walking tours taking in the area’s history take place throughout the festival and there are drop-in art classes led by professional artists in mediums such as textiles and life drawing. Events at the Tate and art talks at the Leach Pottery and Hepworth Gardens give a real insight to St Ives as one of the world’s leading centres for art. The guided walking tours reveal the areas’ social history with a few local ghosts thrown in for good measure. St Ives in December St .Ives isn’t just for the summer: in December it’s magical! We have a fabulous festival of events which take place throughout the month ranging from Santa arriving in St Ives by RNLI lifeboat through to puppet shows, pantos, treasure hunts and more Christmas trees round the town than you can imagine. St Ives is a fabulous place to be in the winter; the beaches are quiet, the air is warm and there’s (usually) plenty of parking spaces! It’s also the perfect place to shop for Christmas presents. The St Ives in December festival is all about making the most of this time of year. Carollers can be seen on the beach and in local venues, accompanied by mince pies and hot chocolate (as well as pianists). Santa’s arrival is celebrated with a parade throughout town and the big Christmas light switch on, with many residents getting involved in the new Christmas lights competition.

of the best 12 minute rail journeys in the country. There are offers available throughout town in many of the cafés and restaurants so there are plenty of places where you can stop and refuel. You can take part in the (free) town treasure hunt and vote for which window display you like best in the town’s shop window competition. And we’ve not even mentioned our famous New Years Eve – the BIGGEST fancy dress party in the country, followed by fireworks at midnight. Here in St Ives we don’t take December lightly and you never know, you may well spot Santa surfing. After all, where else is he going to take a short break from all his December duties? Visit www.stivesindecember.co.uk for all details and listings. December is simply magical! ST IVES JUMBOS St Ives’ Jumbos have a unique connection with the town and during a visit here you may be fortunate enough to see these beautiful craft at sail in the Bay. They are easily spotted with their brown sails. The original craft were developed here for inshore fishing during the 1880’s. Today’s Jumbos are replicas, researched and built by Jonny Nance to the lines of an original draft by the renowned boat builder, William Paynter. The Jumbo Association has also reintroduced the traditional St. Ives punt to the harbour to ferry crews to and from the Jumbo moorings. Through a series of Scully Days, they have taught the art of the old technique of propelling them using just one oar over the stern. Look out for these iconic craft at “Boats in the Bay” Day. You may even decide to have a go yourself! Check out the local press or website www.stivesjumbo.com in case there’s a Scully Race during your stay.

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ST IVES JAZZ CLUB

ST IVES JAZZ CLUB Every Tuesday since June 1998 you’ve been able to hear top drawer modern jazz here in beautiful St Ives. Shortlisted twice for and winning in 2015 the Parliamentary Jazz Awards as Jazz Venue of the Year, St Ives Jazz Club is ‘officially’ one of the best jazz clubs in the UK! Operating from the Western Hotel in Royal Square, the club features some of the finest international and UK musicians. Don’t be surprised if you see the same names advertised here as you see at Ronnie Scott’s! They also feature first class players from around the South West, promising young talent and college bands, all within a varied programme, open to all ages, and at a reasonable price!

If you’re in St Ives looking for something special to do on a Tuesday night, the place to go is St Ives Jazz Club - it’s the last jazz club before New York!

GREAT MUSIC from 8.30pm

EVERY TUESDAY 2015 JAZZ VENUE OF THE YEAR Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Group and student discounts Food served until 8.15 01736 796082 www.stivesjazzclub.com

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Award winning golden sands, crystal clear waters & perfect views. No wonder St Ives is part of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. One of St Ives’ most outstanding features is its beaches of fine golden sand and crystal clear water. Awake to gulls’ cries, dress quickly and jog down the cool granite streets for a solitary early morning walk along the beach - all a very long way from the busy rush of working life. Pick a different location each day; with seven beaches within 3 miles of St Ives you will be spoilt for choice. You can expect to see seals in the harbour and dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks in the Bay. Explore the undersea world of shrimps, crabs and anemones in the many rock pools. St Ives Bay (which has been recently voted the best view in the United Kingdom) has more than its fair share of beaches and for fifty miles along the length of Cornish Coastline there are magnificent open stretches of silky white and glowing sands. They

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are clean too; following the completion of the £100 million ‘clean sweep’ scheme for Mounts Bay, St Ives and Hayle, the West Cornwall area can probably boast the cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe. We have award winning beaches such as Porthmeor, Porthminster and nearby Carbis Bay (which were awarded “Blue Flag” status in 2016) plus Porthgwidden (awarded ‘Blue Flag’ status in 2015). Today the West Cornwall beaches measure up to the European Commision guidelines through South West Water’s ambitious programme. Each beach has its own charm and appeal; there are busy family beaches, popular water sports venues, wide-open flat sands and tucked away hidden sun traps. Most of the beaches have RNLI employed, fully qualified lifeguards during the summer months. www.visitstives.org.uk


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Key to beach facilities: Parking Toilet Beach Shop Café Dog friendly beach all year round Seasonal dog ban applies Sunday before Easter until 30th September Dog ban between 8am and 7pm Dogs are not permitted on Carbis Bay beach except between 5am and 8am only, to allow for early morning dog walking. Lifeguard on Duty during summer season

Porthgwidden Porthgwidden is a delightful small sandy cove and sun trap with safe bathing (but keep inside the line of buoys). It has beach huts for hire and handy toilets. The brilliant white terrace is home to the relaxed Porthgwidden Café and there’s a kiosk for coffee and snacks. Porthgwidden is an ideal beach to catch the morning sun and stay all day.

Porthminster Beach A sheltered beach boasting almost half a mile of golden sand with calm sea conditions; ideal for families. Porthminster has café and restaurant facilities. There is a scenic cliff walk to Carbis Bay on the South West Coast Path, a putting green, beach huts for hire, toilets and level access to the town centre. The St Ives branch line (park and ride service from Lelant Saltings) draws up at the top of the steps.

The Harbour Our tidal sandy bottomed harbour is still a working port where you can watch the local fishermen land their daily fresh catches of locally caught seafood. It is also very sheltered and a perfect suntrap in the heart of town. There are toilets in the Sloop Car Park and behind the lifeboat station on West Pier plus all the facilities you may need nearby.

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Bamaluz A tiny cove well hidden on the walk from the harbour to Porthgwidden, this is one of two beaches in St Ives where you can take dogs all year round. With the old pier to the right, you can sit and relax whilst watching the fishermen cast their nets as the world goes by.

Carbis Bay Carbis Bay has a large sandy privately owned beach with very safe bathing and almost always calm conditions. It is a lovely spot for children and has good facilities including café and toilets. The branch line train station is above the beach and there is convenient parking. The cliff path walk to nearby Porthkidney Sands or St Ives starts just above the beach and is well recommended.

Lambeth A small, rocky tidal beach which sits between Westcotts Quay and the Harbour beach.

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Porthmeor is our Blue Flag Atlantic Ocean family and surfing beach with surf school, fine golden sand, good sunbathing by day and spectacular sunsets. During the summer, trained lifeguards ensure the bathing is as safe as possible. There are restaurant and café facilities right on the beach; toilets and beach huts on the terrace behind with the Tate Gallery overlooking.

Porthkidney Sands is a vast expanse of sand backed by sand dunes and the golf course. It’s five minutes walk from the parking area by Lelant Church to the beach. At low tide it can be almost a mile to the water’s edge so beware as the tide can come in very quickly across the flat sand. This beach is never overcrowded but lacks facilities so bring a packed lunch and take your litter home.

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EATING OUT

Just wander down through the cobbled streets into the heart of the town where you will find every culinary delicacy that your taste buds can desire. From the humble, perfect Cornish pasty to a cream tea in one of the beautiful harbour tea rooms, simple fresh fish and chips or fine-dining in award winning restaurants, you will find everything that your palette desires. Informal or formal, our marvellous chefs are waiting to tempt you with their original menus using freshly caught fish and locally sourced meats and vegetables. Cornwall produces show stopping ingredients. The catch of the day arrives at the harbour :- lobster, crab, bass, mackerel – all freshly landed for you to enjoy with the individuality and flair of our many restaurants and cafes. There is an abundance of dining choice around the harbour, beaches and side streets. Whilst watching a perfect sunset al fresco you can

enjoy a romantic dinner for two or a memorable family moment. Why not accompany this with our locally produced wines and beer. It will be an experience you will remember for many years.

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A journey around the St Ives local area and points of interest Zennor The pretty village of Zennor lies five miles from St Ives along the winding B3306 coast road. Although just a short drive away, it is close enough for the more energetic to take a bracing walk along the coastal path or over the fields from St Ives. Lying on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, this granite village nestles between the high, rocky cliffs and the rugged boulder-strewn hills and moors. Nearby is Zennor Head Quarry which was worked before the mid 19th century; its granite was used to build much of St Ives and Falmouth Harbour walls and also the nearby Towednack Church. A footpath from the village leads down to the dramatic Zennor Head whilst above the village lie the rocky slopes of Zennor Hill. At the south end is Zennor Quoit, a prehistoric burial chamber with a massive sloping capstone. The remarkable granite church, dedicated to St Senara, houses the famous carving of a mermaid on an old bench end. Legend has it that Matthew Trewhella who was singing with the choir fell in love with a mermaid who overheard him whilst attending the Church. The mermaid enticed him

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into the sea at nearby Pendour Cove; he was never seen again. Outside the porch is a slate memorial to John Davey of Boswednack, said to be the last person to speak Cornish when he died in 1891. The village has a welcoming cafĂŠ at The Old Chapel and a nearby pub for anyone needing to refuel.

Halsetown Halsetown is a village two miles to the west of St Ives. James Halse MP owned a nearby tin mine. As his workforce numbers grew in the 1830s, he built the village laying out the houses and inn on a garden city plan. Each house had just a small plot of land, not enough for growing market garden produce, but enough to encourage the residents to vote for him as he wished to be the only Member of Parliament returned for the borough of St Ives. As the population increased, a small private school was opened by 1840 and around this time the Wesleyan and Bible Christian Chapels were built. Located on higher ground, its campsites, holiday cottages and riding schools offer fantastic views and wonderful light. An ideal location to simply get away from it all with the benefit of being just www.visitstives.org.uk


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from far afield to look at the wealth of birdlife including rare, migratory species. Lelant has the beautiful beach, Porthkidney Sands, with its backdrop of sand dunes and golf course. The pretty church of St Uny is nearby, with sweeping views across StIves Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Lelant was a seaport in the middle ages but lost its trade to St Ives when the Estuary silted up. It is served by two stations on the St Ives Branchline, Lelant Saltings for the Park and Ride and the lesser used Village stop. a short drive from the town and beaches of St Ives. The Halsetown Inn is an ideal spot for the thirsty, hungry traveller offering a warm welcome and tasty food.

Carbis Bay Carbis Bay lies one mile south east of St Ives. It has a most beautiful beach which in itself is enough reason to visit. It inherited its name in 1877 when Great Western Railway opened its St Erth to St Ives branch line and named it so because of its proximity to Carbis Valley. Carbis means “cartbridge” and in olden days there was a small stone bridge over the stream here. Why not stroll here along the coast path from St Ives to explore the area, just a leisurely 30 minute walk. The railway led to the development of the area as a holiday destination and residential area. Carbis Bay is still a stop on the St Ives Branchline and makes a perfect choice to stay given its closeness to St Ives. There is a huge selection of accommodation –from the prestigious Carbis Bay Hotel right on the beach, to the many guesthouses and self-catering accommodation.

The village offers a number of restaurants, pubs, bed and breakfasts (including the beautifully located Old Quay House) and self-catering accommodation making it a lovely base to either enjoy the immediate locality or to explore West Cornwall. Refreshments and meals are also available at No. 19, located at West Cornwall Golf Club and just yards from the South West Coast Path. Rosamund Pilcher, the famous author, was born in Lelant in 1924.She is best known for her novel, The Shell Seekers, which was also made into a film in 1998 on location at Land’s End, Lamorna Cove and Marazion. Her works are extremely popular in Germany.

Carbis Bay

After spending time on the golden sands, why not discover the network of footpaths here including a walk up Worvas Hill to the Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve and the Knill Monument? (See “A Brief History of St Ives”).

Lelant A charming area located 2.5 miles from St Ives, Lelant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hayle Estuary. The Estuary and nearby marshes form an RSPB reserve which draws birdwatchers

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Welcome to some of the best walking that Cornwall has to offer. Take a gentle stroll around St Ives town. Meander along the coast path to Carbis Bay. If you fancy something a little more strenuous, walk along the coastal path to Zennor, a pretty village with its ancient church famous for the legend of ‘The Mermaid of Zennor.’ Or perhaps venture up onto the Penwith moors with their standing stones and stone circles. West Cornwall has it all! Please call into the Visit St Ives Information Centre where we stock an extensive range of maps and walking guides. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, (many of them keen walkers), will be happy to offer help and advice on how to get the best from your visit.However, should you wish to plan your walks ahead of your visit, we can supply maps and walking guides. We will be happy to charge your credit card and post them out to you. Just telephone us for more information on 01736 796297.

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Whatever your choice - walking the coast path, enjoying the countryside, exploring the ancient history up on the moors or the iconic mining heritage of West Cornwall - then the footpaths around St Ives and the surrounding area are waiting for you.

South West Coast Path The ‘Jewel in our Crown’ is obviously the 630 mile South West Coast Path. The Cornish section covers some 431 km (269 miles) and stretches from north of Bude, around Land’s End and on to Saltash in the east However, with its rugged cliffs and picturesque harbours, we think that the stretches around St Ives and the far west are by far the finest (But we are biased!). The path can be easily split into manageable legs of approximately 6 to 10 miles to suit all abilities and many can be accessed by public transport. www.visitstives.org.uk


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St Michael’s Way Another favourite, St Michael’s Way, is thought to date back to prehistoric times and to have been used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers to avoid sailing the treacherous waters around Land’s End. Stretching some 20km (12.5 miles), it starts at Lelant with its delightful 12th century church and goes along the coast path towards St Ives, before

turning inland to climb past ‘Knills steeple’ and the ‘bowl rock’ (said to have been used by the giant who lived at the iron age fortress at the summit of Trencrom Hill when he was throwing stones at the giant who lived on St Michael’s Mount). The walk passes through woodland and fields and gives panoramic views of both coasts, then as you near the end you will be rewarded with the magnificent vista of Mount’s Bay and the Mount itself. Sitting just offshore, St Michael’s Mount is accessible by a causeway at low tide and has in its history been a fortress and a priory and, since 1647, the home of Lord St Levan and the St Aubyn family. Now managed by the National Trust, a visit makes a fitting end to a wonderful walk. This guide is available from the Information Centre for just 50p, or for a more detailed, illustrated booklet for £3. For more information on walking around St Ives call into the Visitor Information Center. Or call us on: 01736 796297

GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF ST IVES

THE STORY OF ST IVES Take a leisurely walk with your friendly Tour Guide and learn about the rich history of the town - our mining heritage, the pilchard fishing industry, the artists, religion, smuggling, lighthouses, Cornish names and pasties.

ART IN ST IVES Gain a fascinating insight into the world of the artists who lived and worked in this famous art colony. Hear about Porthmeor Studios, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Tate St Ives, to name just a few.

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THURSDAYS (Mar to Oct)

No need to book - just drop-on to one of our enjoyable and informative walking tours. All tours begin at 11.00am outside the Guildhall and last 90 minutes. Price: £5 per person, kids go free. Call Dawn on 07816 180639 for further information or to book a private tour. www.guidedtoursofstives.co.uk

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GETTING MARRIED IN ST IVES

Your Wedding Day is the most special day of your life and deserves the very best of settings. Location, Location, Location! Your Wedding Day is the most special day of your life and deserves the very best of settings. Azure blue seas, shimmering white sands and perfect light will provide the most stunning backdrop to make your day simply perfect. Your friends and family will not just enjoy your “big day�. They can enjoy the beautiful scenery and all that St Ives and Cornwall has to offer too. There are many locations here that you can choose to hold your wedding and the following is just to give you a flavour of some of the options...

The Guildhall in Street An Pol is the home of St Ives Town Council. It is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and with a choice of rooms can accommodate a small, intimate affair or a much larger party. And the concert hall can

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be transformed into a beautiful space for your wedding reception. Take a look at their website www.stivestowncouncil-cornwall.gov.uk

Old Quay House Situated right on the RSPB Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve, the Old Quay House offers a unique location for your wedding. Ceremonies can take place either indoors or outside on the Azura Deck Summer House overlooking the beautiful estuary. Parties of up to 80 can be accommodated. See www. quayhousehayle.co.uk/weddings-events/ for further information. St Ives Harbour Hotel has a dedicated Wedding team to make all your dreams come true. It is the 3rd largest wedding venue in Cornwall so whatever size your party, you will be superbly looked after along with your guests. Take your vows against the great sweep of www.visitstives.org.uk


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St Ives Bay and celebrate afterwards on the beautiful terrace. Visit www.stives-harbour-hotel. co.uk/weddings/

Tregenna Castle is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships throughout the year that can accommodate from two to 160 people. The wedding itself takes place in the form of a traditional registry ceremony which normally takes about 20 minutes. From May to September outdoor ceremonies take place in the beautiful pavilion set in the picturesque gardens with panoramic sea views. Up to 120 guests can enjoy this lovely scene. They also have a dedicated Events Team where they can make your wedding day, perfect! www.tregenna-castle.co.uk/ weddingsincornwall/ Or you may choose the beautiful venue of Carbis Bay Hotel with its unique setting offering uninterrupted views across the golden sands of Carbis Bay beach. They too have a Wedding coordinator to help plan your perfect day down to even the smallest detail. Once again, all size of party is catered for with your ceremony tailor made to suit your needs. www.carbisbayhotel. co.uk/html/weddings.html will tell you all you need know.

Are you looking for a wedding photographer? Contact Limelight Studio www.limelight-studio.co.uk or 07951 647039 who will be happy to capture your special day.

For a smaller, intimate ceremony, The Old Vicarage, a historic building set in beautiful grounds, is licensed as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies. See www.oldvicarage.com/ weddings.php With so many staggeringly beautiful locations for your photographs – the Harbour and the many wonderful beaches – you will be spoilt for choice. And your memories will be timeless!

SIMPLY TIMELESS wedding photography

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WHERE TO STAY

For your convenience, the accommodation in this guide has been divided into four sections:

Hotels - Guest Accommodation - Self Catering - Holiday Parks & Camping Single / Family Occupancy Please note that most establishments may reduce the charge for single occupancy and increase charges for family rooms. We advise you to check before confirming your booking.

One Night breaks A number of of accommodation providers do not accept one night bookings at weekends or during the height of the summer season. For more details contact Visit St Ives Information Centre on 01736 796297.

Cancellations Should you need to cancel your booking, there may

be a cancellation charge. This will vary dependent on the accommodation provider and needs to be confirmed when booking. Cancellation and holiday insurance is widely available and recommended.

Facilities We try to ensure that each entry for accommodation in this brochure is as accurate and easy to understand as possible and, for this reason, have kept the use of symbols to a minimum. We recommend that whether booking via Visit St Ives or direct with the establishment, you check your own requirements carefully.

How to Book Contact the establishment direct to make your booking and be advised to check the price when making your enquiry. Please ensure you mention the Visit St Ives Information Centre. Visit St Ives Information Centre offers an advance booking service for hotels, bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation. Please ring 01736 796297 for details. Alternatively you can book online at www.visitstives.org.uk

EXPERIENCE... ...panoramic views across Porthminster beach, St Ives Harbour Hotel is the perfect place for al fresco dining with locally sourced food and cocktails in The Terrace Bar & Restaurant, pampering and serenity in the luxury coastal spa, and saying your vows against the great sweep of St Ives Bay.

For more details or to book please call 01736 795221 or visit www.stives-harbour-hotel.co.uk

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Tents, Touring Caravans, Flats Houses and Holiday Caravans

book online at

www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk

The Garrack

Self Catering, Touring Caravan and Camping Holidays in St Ives, Cornwall. Ayr Holiday Park is the only Holiday Park in St Ives itself, less than half a mile from the beaches, town centre and harbour. St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ

The Garrack is situated high above St Ives in well-tended private gardens, within easy reach of the town and its beaches, but above the hustle and bustle. • Bed & Breakfast & Dinner bed & breakfast accommodation • 2 AA Rosette Restaurant serving evening meals 6.30-9pm and Sunday Lunch 12.30-2.30pm • Indoor Pool & Café Bar with decked area and canopy, enjoying the panoramic views in all weathers

01736 796199 www.thegarrack.co.uk

Tariff From £100

based on 2 people sharing in mid & high season

Parties, Functions & Bespoke Weddings catered for

Tel: 01736 795855

email: recept@ayrholidaypark.co.uk

www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk

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Tregenna Castle has a huge range of facilities and amenities that make it a great choice for a perfect holiday whatever the time of year. Just a 15 minute walk from St Ives town and the golden beaches, Tregenna is in the ideal location. • 81 rooms to include an abundance of spacious family rooms • 70 unique self catering properties located on the 72 acre estate • Castle Kids activities club and nursery rated outstanding by Ofsted 2015 • Excellent Leisure facilities • Ideal location to explore all of Cornwall’s fantastic attractions all year round

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GREAT BREAKFASTS SPECTACULAR VIEWS

2 MINUTES FROM TOWN 01736 795427

hello@littleleafguesthouse.co.uk littleleafguesthouse.co.uk

CARLILL

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Highly recommended 4 star licensed B&B. Stylish, modern ensuite rooms, Seaviews Central. Wifi. Parking. www.carlillguesthouse.co.uk 9 Porthminster Terrace. St.Ives. Cornwall. TR26 2DQ Tel: 01736 796738

Key to Symbols  Car parking  Continental Breakfast Only  Cards Accepted  Disabled Facilities

 Family Friendly  Lift  Pet Friendly  Wi-Fi  Sea Views

Book your accommodation online www.visitstives.org.uk

The Belmont 01736 793401

Town centre accommodation, quality ensuite rooms, free parking. Couple of minutes to train and bus station. Close to bars, restaurants, and beaches.

www.thebelmontstives.co.uk

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Kick back and relax in our exclusive coastal retreat. Enjoy total peace and seclusion just ten minutes stroll along the coastal path from St Ives and Carbis Bay. With two bedrooms (sleeping 5), gardens with stunning views, parking for two cars and private indoor swimming pool. holidays@atlantabreeze.co.uk | 07951 647039 www.atlantabreeze.co.uk

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St Ives H lidays With Hundreds of quality properties in the St Ives Area giving you spectacular beaches, walks, fun for the kids and one of the most recognised and loved harbours in the UK.

www.StIvesHolidays.com

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The St Ives Holiday Makers

Over 50 hand-picked cottages in and around St Ives

Visit our St Ives office on St Andrew’s Street

01736 794024

www.cornishhorizons.co.uk

We make holidays happen...

Cornish Riviera Holidays www.cornishrivieraholidays.co.uk 01736 797891 - TR26 2DY

We are a family run, St Ives based agency (est 1984) and offer a personal and efficient service. We manage a carefully selected choice of 70 cottages and flats all in the heart of St Ives.

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Trevalgan Holiday Farm

www.trevalgan.co.uk 01736 796529 www.trevalganbarns.co.uk 01736 756252 • • • • • • •

4 Star accommodation on our family farm. Coastal and countryside scenery on the doorstep. One small dog by arrangement. Toddlers playbarn. Childrens playground. Farm trail to clifftops and South West Coastpath. Just 2 miles from St Ives centre.

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Calling all local businesses! Don’t miss out on advertising in the next year’s guide! To book early email: info@visitstives.org.uk

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5* camping within walking distance of St Ives

Generous pitches, modern facilities

Heated outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor play areas

+44 (0)1736 795640 reception@polmanter.co.uk www.polmanter.co.uk Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3LX

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Stay right on the beach

Chalets Caravans Camping 0800 317713 www.stivesbay.co.uk

Calling all local businesses! Don’t miss out on advertising in the next year’s guide! To book early email: info@visitstives.org.uk

In beautiful St. Ives Bay

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HAYLE CORNWALL Tel: 01736 753080

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A-Z OF ADVERTISERS

A-Z OF ADVERTISERS Places to Stay Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation 3 Porthminster Porthminster, Terrace, TR26 2DQ 01736 796516 Amie B&B Spernen Close, Carbis Bay, TR26 2QT 01736 797643 Beachside Guesthouse Porthmeor Square, TR26 1ND 07810127812 Carlill Porthminster Terrace, TR26 2DQ 01736 796738 Chy An Gwedhen St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2JN 01736798684 Cornerways Bethesda Place, TR26 1PA 01736796706 Crest-o-Wave Beach Road, TR26 1JY, 01736 795786 Glanmor The Belyars, TR26 2BX 01736 795613 Green Apple B&B St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2SX 01736 600020 Harbour View Parc Avenue, TR26 2DN 01736 796102 Lamorna Lodge Boskerris Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2NG 01736 795967 Little Leaf Park Avenue, TR26 2DN 01736 795 427 No.4 St Ives Taland Road, TR26 2DF 01736 794910 Old Count House Trenwith Square, TR26 1DQ 01736 795369 Old Vicarage Parc-an-Creet, TR26 2ES 01736 796124 Oystercatcher B&B St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2SF 01736 797499 Portarlington Parc Bean, TR26 1EA 01736 797278 Rivendell Porthminster Terrace, TR26 2DQ 01736 794923 Sea Breeze Higher Trewidden, TR26 2DP 01736 797549 The Belmont The Terrace, TR26 2BL 01736 793401

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The Mustard Tree St Ives Road, TR26 2JX 01736 795677 The Old Quay House Lelant, TR27 6JG 01736 753445 The Olive Branch Porthminster Terrace, TR26 2DQ 01736 795363 The Organic Panda Pednolver Terrace, TR26 2EL 07733397528 Thurlestone Guest House St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2RT 01736 796369 Villamorva North Terrace, TR26 1QL 01736 795666 West By Five Clodgy View, TR26 1JG 01736 794584 Westcliff Beach Road, TR26 1JY 01736 797 708

Camping Ayr Holiday Park Ayr, TR26 1EJ 01736 795855 Beachside Holiday Park Hayle, TR27 5AW 01736 753080 Polmanter Touring Park Halsetown, TR26 3LX 01736 795640 St Ives Bay Holiday Park Hayle, TR27 5BH 01736 752274

Hostels Cohort Hostel The Stennack, TR26 1FF 01736 791664

Hotels Blue Hayes Trelyon Avenue, TR26 2AD 01736 797129 Carbis Bay Hotel & Spa Carbis Bay, TR26 2NP 01736 795311 Carlton Hotel Fistral Beach, Newquay, TR7 1HL 01637 872658 St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa The Terrace, TR26 2BNÂ 01736 795221 The Garrack Burthallan Lane, TR26 3AA 01736 796199 Tregenna Castle Trelyon Avenue, TR26 2DE 01736 795254

Self Catering 1 Island Square TR26 1NX 07710649980 2 West Pier The Wharf, TR26 1LF 07899 917972 Anchor Cottage North Place, TR26 1NH 07769695448 Aspects Holidays Hayle Business Park, Hayle TR27 5JR 01736 754242 Carbis Bay Holidays St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2RT 01736 630015 Cherished Pannier Lane, Carbis Bay, TR26 2RF 01736 490640 Chy An Veor Alexandra Road, TR26 1BX 01736 795260 Chy Mor, Premier & Chy An Chy Appts Wharf Road, TR26 1LG 01736798798 Cornish Horizon St Andrews Street, TR26 1AH 01736 794024 Cornish Luxury Holidays Brush End, Lelant, TR26 3EF 01736 753084 Cornish Riviera Holidays Westcotts Quay, TR26 2DY 01736 797891 Grans Cottage Back Road East, TR26 1PF 01872 560644 Langridge Holiday Cottages Back Road East, TR26 1PF 01858 535384 Morveren Gallinas Point, TR26 2FD 01872 241241 Pednolver Apartments Pednolver Terrace, TR26 2EL 01736 795210 St Ives Holidays High Street, TR26 1RS 01736 794686 St Nicholas Court The Island, TR26 1SZ 02380 267939 Star Gazy The Meadow, TR26 1HX 01797 229668 Surf Break The Belyars, TR26 2BY 01736 793114 Trecillian Barn Trevalgan, TR26 3BJ 01736 795132

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Trevalgan Holiday Barns Trevalgan, TR26 3BJ 01736 756252 Trevalgan Holiday Farm Trevalgan, TR26 3BJ 01736 796529 Trevethoe Farm Cottages Lelant, TR26 3HG 01736 753279 Wheal Trenwith Trenwith Square, TR26 1DQ 01736 795369

Activities and Attractions Alexandra Dickens Gallery Back Road West, TR26 1NL 01736 796288 Art Space The Wharf, TR26 1PU 01736 799744 Back Road Artworks Back Road East, TR26 1NW 01736 761571 Barbara Hepworth Barnoon Hill, TR26 1AD 01736 796226 Barnoon Workshop Off Clodgey View West, TR26 1JG 07900 095203 Belgrave St Ives Fore Street, TR26 1HE 01736 794888 Boathouse Theatre Carnglaze Place, TR26 1PB 07985261181 Cornwall Gold Redruth, TR16 4HN 01209 203280 Desiree Hope Gallery Harbour Galleries, Wharf Road, TR26 1LF 01736 793456 Dru Meditation Various locations in St Ives TR26 3HW 07757810844 Flambards Helston, TR7 1RA 01326 573404 Hardy Exotics Gilly Lane, Penzance, TR20 8BZ 01736 740660 Heartlands Pool, TR15 3QY 01209 722320 Kernow Coasteering Covers West Cornwall 07734343954 Kidz R Us Lower Stennack, TR26 1QG 01736 797007 Lands End Cycle Hire Penzance, TR19 7SY 07885 452997 Leach Pottery Higher Stennack, TR26 2HE 01736 799703

Marine Discovery Penzance Harbour, TR18 2LL 07749 277110 Ocean Sports Carbis Bay Beach, TR26 2NP 07533695031 Paradise Park Hayle, TR27 4HB 01736 751020 Penhalwyn Trekking Centre Halsetown, TR26 3AW 01736 796461 Penlee House Gallery & Museum Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 2QP 01736 363625 Porthcurno Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, TR19 6JX 01736 810966 St Ives Arts Club Westcotts Quay, TR26 2DY 01736 799320 St Ives Farmers Market The Guildhall, TR26 2DS 01736 795387 St Ives Jazz Club Western Hotel, TR26 2ND 01736 796082 St Ives Society of Artists Norway Square, TR26 1NA 01736 795582 St Ives Surf School Porthmeor Beach, TR26 1JZ 01736 793938 Tate St Ives Porthmeor Beach, TR26 1TG 01736 796226 Western Discoveries Covers West Cornwall 01736 362763 Yew Tree Gallery Keigwin, TR19 7TS 01736 786425

Guided Tours Guided Tours of St Ives Outside the Guildhall 07816 180639 St Ives Stadtfuhrung Outside the Guildhall 07837 852276 St Ives Walks Outside the Guildhall 07881 674878

Health & Beauty C Bay Spa Carbis Bay, TR26 2NP 01736 795311 St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa The Terrace, TR26 2BN 01736 795221 St Ives Skin Care Street an

Garrow, TR26 1SG 01736 799889

Shopping

Colenso Gabriel Street, TR26 2LU 01736 796711 Crowan Crafts Market Place, TR26 1RZ 01736 796285 I Should Coco Fore Street, TR26 1HE 01736 798756 Jo Downs Market Place, TR26 1RZ 01736 791555

Places to eat Brewhouse café & St Ives Brewery Trewidden Road, TR26 2BX 01736 793488 Carbis Bay Hotel Restaurant Carbis Bay TR26 2NP 01736 795311 Halsetown Inn Halsetown, TR26 3NA 01736 795583 No 19 Restaurant West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant, TR26 3DZ 01736 753319 Rajpoot Gabriel Street, TR26 2LU 01736 795307 St Ives Harbour Hotel Restaurant The Terrace, TR26 2BN 01736 795221 The Bean Inn St Ives Road, Carbis Bay TR26 2RT 01736 795918 The Digey Food Room The Digey, TR26 1HR 01736 799600 The Garrack Restaurant Burthallan Lane, TR26 3AA 01736 796199 Tregenna Castle Restaurant Trelyon Avenue, TR26 2DE 01736 795254

Letting Agency Lanhams High Street, TR26 1RS 01736 794686

Linen & Equipment Hire Star Linen Hire & Laundry Services Penbeagle Industrial Estate, TR26 2JH 01736 791685

Wedding Services Limelight Studio St Ives 07951 647039

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Visit St Ives 2017  

The official St Ives, Cornwall guide for 2017, provided by Visit St Ives Information Centre.

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