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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!

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

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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.

keep in touch whilst on holiday. If you need to print, this facility is also available. We have a photocopying service for all. We offer a Left Luggage facility, available during our opening hours.

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.

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.

Accommodation. We offer an advance booking service for hotels, bed & breakfast establishments, campsites 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, go to! Facilities. We have public internet access, so you can



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 be purchased by cash only. We are sorry we are not able to accept debit or credit cards for this facility.



Barclays Bank High Street, TR26 1RT (Cashpoint) Nat West Bank Closed from May ‘18 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 Smile Dentalcare Tregenna Hill Dental Surgery, TR26 1SF 01736 796260 Carbis Bay Dental Practice St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2SF 01736 793090

Pharmacies Boots High Street, TR26 1RS 01736 795072 Leddra Fore Street, TR26 1AB 01736 795432 Boots Stennack Surgery, TR26 1RU 01736 795047 Carbis Bay Pharmacy St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, TR26 2FZ 01736 799025 Boots Pharmacy West Cornwall Shopping Centre TR27 5LX 01736 756843

Cinema Royal Cinema Royal Square, TR26 2ND 01736 796843

Council Offices St Ives Town Council The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol TR26 2DS 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, TR26 1RU 01736 793333

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

Hospitals The Stennack Surgery Minor injuries unit. TR26 1RU, 01736 793333 West Cornwall Hospital St Clare Street, Penzance TR18 2PF 01736 874000 Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro TR1 3LQ 01872 250000

Post Office Main Post Office 11 Tregenna Hill, TR26 1SE 01736 795004

Sub Post Office 4 Chy An Chy, TR26 1LH 01736 795986


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

Places of Worship The Vine Elim Carbis Bay Memorial Hall, TR26 2TA 01736 795677 Church of England St Ives Parish Church, St Andrew’s Street TR26 1AH 01736 796404 St Johns in the Fields Parc an Stamps TR26 2FB 01736 796404 St Anta Church Porthrepta Road, Carbis Bay TR26 2LD 01736 796206 Towednack Parish Church Towednack TR26 3AZ Catholic Church Sacred Heart & St. Ia Tregenna Hill, TR26 1SE 01736 362619 Salvation Army St Ives Corps, Wharf Road, TR26 1LF 01736 797746 Fore Street Methodist Church TR26 1HW 01736 798530 United Methodist Church Bedford Road TR26 1RP Hellesveor Methodist Chapel Hellesveor TR26 2HN Bible Christian Methodist Church St Peters Street TR26 1NN Chy an Gweal Methodist Church St Ives Road, Carbis Bay TR26 2RS Carbis Bay Wesley Methodist Church St Ives Road, Carbis Bay TR26 2SF 01736 796285 Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion Zion Community Church, Fore Street TR26 1HE



THINGS TO DO St Ives is situated in an Area of Outstanding

Horse Riding

Natural Beauty and has several Sites of

There are various riding stables catering for

Special Scientific Interest nearby. With the

novices and experienced riders. Call Penhalwyn

area’s rugged coastline, sweeping sandy

Trekking Centre & School 01736 796597.

beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks, you may think these are the main attractions.

Sail, Surf and Ski in St Ives Bay

However, there is much more to see and do.

Porthmeor, Porthminster and Carbis Bay beaches all have excellent water sports facilities

Fishing and pleasure trips depart from the

- sailing, surfing, water-skiing, wind & kite surfing

harbour which is the centre of the town’s social

are all available locally.

activity. Treat yourself to a trip out to Seal Island, a “fun for all the family” fishing trip out in the bay,


or try a high powered speedboat trip. If dry land

There are several outstanding coastal links

is more your scene the harbourside has a large

and parkland courses in the surrounding areas,

selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

as well as pitch and putt and short course facilities. There are two in particular you could

St Michael’s Way

try. Tregenna Castle’s Golf course, a challenging

This beautiful 12.5 mile walk runs coast to coast

par 3, 18 hole academy course, surrounds the

from Lelant to St Michael’s Mount. (See page 32

hotel and is one of the most scenic courses

for the article on “Walking” for further info).

in the country, enjoying award-winning views



over St Ives and the surrounding coastline.

Richmond Way, Carbis Bay TR26 2JY

The course is open year round to guests and

Children’s Play Area - Picnic Area

non-residents. West Cornwall Golf Club is one of the finest links courses in Cornwall. It has a magnificent setting and has been moulded around the natural contours of the sand dunes that form part of the Hayle Estuary and Porth Kidney Sands. There are panoramic views from almost every hole with St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse forming a memorable backdrop to this gem. The 18 hole golf course and its restaurant are open all year-round and to visitors. Child-Friendly Play Areas and Amenities Ayr Playing Field, Alexandra Road TR26 1DZ Sitting Area - Picnic Area - Football field Skate Park, Off Penbeagle Lane TR26 2HS Skate Park - Children’s Play Area - Football Field Trewartha, Carbis Bay TR26 2TQ Children’s play area - Football Pitch

The Guildhall A lively venue for markets, 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 postcards and other items. Art & Craft Market (April- December) has a variety of handmade art, ceramics, jewellery and clothes stalls. Wylde Wednesday (April-December) has a great variety of local craft stalls. The awardwinning 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.




CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS Lelant Anne’s Wood, Station Road TR26 3DS. (A small, natural wooded area owned by The Woodland Trust).

There’s so much to do while visiting St Ives. One of the newest and coolest businesses is the Coco Kitchen, which offers Chocolate Workshops for All and a fabulous café. A cosy space with funky urban décor,

Leisure Centre Located at Trenwith Car Park (TR26 1DD), the Leisure Centre offers a wide variety of activities. In addition to an extensive swimming programme, the Centre has a well-equipped Gym and offers a wide choice of exercise classes. For further details contact on 01736 797006 or

here you can make your own souvenirs and treats using the chocolate of your choice. It’s unique, and a great chance to try something deliciously different and creative. The business is very much a family affair,


helped by ‘Team Coco’, a small group of

St Ives Library

Andrea Parsons, one of the partners.

Situated on the crossroads of Tregenna Place with Gabriel Street (TR26 2LX), the library runs a variety of events including Bounce & Rhyme for Babies, Story Time, Crafts and Yoga. For further

dedicated chocolate people. We spoke to

“It wasn’t our idea to start running chocolate workshops, it was our customers. We had so many requests

information call 0300 1234 111.

we thought we’d give it a go. And it was

Don’t forget our glorious, local beaches (see

just for the kids, but quickly realised

great fun. For a while we ran workshops

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the whole family wanted to take part, even

like chocolate shoes and handbags for

the teenagers and grandparents! These

Mothers Day, Valentine Hearts or Easter eggs.

days it’s a real family affair with tweenies

Popular with couples, these adult chocolate

and octogenarians alike. The techniques

workshops run all year round.

are simple enough for all but can produce incredible results. And we’ve really

If you’d like to have a go (and what’s not to

developed. This year we moved into a brand

like?), you can book a Chocolate Workshop

new purpose built workshop space right in


the middle of St Ives, with a café attached serving up amazing coffee and the best hot chocolate in town. You can watch all the goings-on from the café, so those who don’t want to take part don’t feel too left out. And the chocolate cake is to die for. For dedicated chocoholics we also run more technical Adults Workshops, producing fresh cream truffles as well as seasonal items

Chocolate Workshops

Workshops for all ages Make your own chocolate treats and souvenirs to take home

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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.



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 south-west 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.



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”)



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


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 10). 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.

All Images copyright St Ives Archives Centre



Visit St Ives Information Centre is situated within the Guildhall on Street an Pol. The Information Centre provides a warm welcome to visitors with staff and volunteers who can guide you to get the very best out of your holiday. Come browse our wide range of locally made and sourced gifts, maps, books and loads more. Visit St Ives Information Centre offers a range of services such as:

01736 796297 The Guildhall Street an Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS



• Left Luggage facility • Accommodation booking service • Ticket office facilities for shows and concerts • National Express • Eden Project tickets • Internet Access point with printing facilities



West Cornwall is renowned for its concentration of ancient sites. These range from Bronze Age stone circles which are believed to be places of worship, ceremony or ritual, to Quoits which were prehistoric tombs. There are far too many to list but we have chosen a small selection of the most well known to give you a flavour. For those who want more in depth information we have a selection of books on the subject available in the Visit St Ives Information Centre.

stunning, affording views of both St Ives Bay and Mounts Bay. Situated beside the B3315 Penzance to Lamorna road is one of the most well-known stone circles, the Merry Maidens. There are two large standing stones nearby known as the Pipers. According to legend, the Pipers played the music for the Maidens who were dancing on a Sunday and all were turned to stone. The iconic Men-an-Tol, situated on open

Many of the sites are located in remote areas and

moorland inland from the village of Morvah,

for the visitor relying upon public transport they

comprises a circular, holed stone flanked by two

can be a little challenging to access. However,

small standing stones. Its true purpose is lost to

those who are happy to walk some distance will

history but folklore suggests that by passing a

not be disappointed. On the same note, parking

sufferer through the hole, children could be cured

near the ancient sites is often quite limited for

of rickets, infertile women could conceive and

anyone using their own vehicle so some walking

those afflicted with scrofula would be returned

will be necessary.

to health without the need to seek out and touch the clothes of the monarch !

One of the closest longstones (men-hyr in the Cornish language) to St Ives is the 3 metre

Lanyon Quoit, situated off the Morvah to

standing stone, “Beersheba”. It is situated on St

Madron road, is probably the most accessible

Michaels Way in a field north of Trencrom Hill.

and well photographed of all local quoits, but

The stone has an equinox sunset alignment over

unfortunately the least authentic, suffering storm

the Twelve O’Clock rock on neighbouring Trink

damage in 1815. When re-erected in 1824 the

Hill and an energy line running on to Carn Brea.

capstone was placed on only three lower upright

The view from the top of Trencrom Hill is simply

support stones.



All Images copyright St Ives Archives Centre


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



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 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 Tel: 01736 796408


UNIQUE ST IVES St Ives Feast Day – “Hurling the Silver Ball” 5th February 2018 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 participants, 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 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 2018 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 30th March 2018 For over a century the families of St Ives have enjoyed the tradition of sailing model boats 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 2018 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 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 Date to be confirmed 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 12th & 13th May 2018 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 8th September – 22nd September 2018 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 programme of exhibitions, music, concerts, poetry, walks, talks, workshops, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and film, you can expect an eclectic mix of performers and artists on the guest list which in the past has included some of the UK’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 areas 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 area’s 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.

After all, where else is he going to take a short break from all his December duties? Visit 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 in case there’s a Scully Race during your stay.

There are food markets, craft displays, buskers, and one of the train carriages on the St Erth branch line hosts a Children’s Christmas party on 6 trains every Saturday (up to the 24th) on one 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.



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BE INSPIRED IN ST IVE S TAT E S T I V E S ‘One of Britain’s most beautiful galleries’ The Telegraph Discover our new display dedicated to Modern Art and St Ives, showcasing the artists that lived and worked in the town. Relax in our café with spectacular views over the beach. B A R B A R A H E P WO R T H M U S E U M AND SCULPTURE GARDEN A hidden oasis in the very centre of bustling St Ives. Closed until Spring 2018 for conservation work

Tate St Ives © Tate. Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden © Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth



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THE ARTISTS AND ST IVES Artists have been frequenting St Ives since the early 1800s. 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 1880s, 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 1930s 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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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 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 2017). 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.


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.



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.



Porthkidney Sands

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 links. 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.




updates on events and places to eat. The website also features accommodation search and online booking, acting as a one-stop shop for all.

A new destination website for St Ives was launched in January 2017 and it’s packed full of handy information to help plan your next visit to the number one destination in Cornwall. The St Ives Business Improvement District, Tourism Association and Visitor Information Centre have worked together to create the website which showcases over 390 businesses in the seaside town including hotels, shops and restaurants. You can use the website to find useful information, regular

The website has been designed by St Ives based Meor Design, who have created a clean and fresh website design that shows the town’s character and beauty. The site has been designed to be easy to navigate and will feature regular seasonal content ideas. Visit the site on and follow us on Facebook – Visit St Ives and Twitter @ visitstives.

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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

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



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 St Ives 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





Hayle is a fascinating coastal town best known for its three miles of golden sands and industrial heritage, but hidden at the heart of the town is a wonderful wildlife haven. Hayle is justly proud of its ‘jewel in the crown’, the most southwesterly estuary in Great Britain, where the mild climate ensures it remains frost-free most years. When cold weather invades the rest of the country, this nature reserve is a sanctuary for thousands of birds that cram onto its mudflats. Acquired by the RSPB in 1992, the estuary is one of the Society’s most important reserves for migrating and wintering birds, a first and last staging post for wading birds and ducks that use the area to rest and feed. Although much of the area has been lost for development, the remaining sections attract birds from all over the world. With each season, visitors to the estuary will have a different experience. Winter is when the highest number of birds can be found. At low tide, you can enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of teal and wigeon feeding on the algae-covered mudflats. Wading birds like oystercatcher, curlew and redshank also feed from the mudflats but they probe the mud with their long bills for worms and shellfish. At the end of each day, look out for golden plover and lapwing as they come down off the surrounding farmland to roost and bathe. The main bird migration happens during spring and autumn and visitors can see new birds arriving on the estuary every day, some staying for

just a few minutes and others staying for months. The start of the summer is always a quiet time on the reserve as, in common with all British estuaries, our wildfowl and wading birds leave the UK to breed in the Arctic and northern Europe. Shelduck, however, stay on and nest in disused rabbit burrows in the nearby sand dunes, later bringing their brood down the streets of Hayle to reach the safe waters of the estuary. By the end of June, waders and terns start moving south again and often stop off on the estuary, finding refuge in a muddy corner of Carnsew Pool or Copperhouse Creek. Facilities: the Eric Grace Memorial Hide overlooks the saltmarsh and lagoon at Ryan’s Field. There is a circular walk around Ryan’s Field and a public footpath around Carnsew Pool. Copperhouse Creek can be accessed from the public highway; there is a footpath at the eastern end and good views from the north shore from the King George V Memorial Walk.




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.



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.


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. A guide is available from the Information Centre for just 50p, or 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


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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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.




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. The concert hall can be transformed



into a beautiful space for your wedding reception. Take a look at their website www.

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. 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 St Ives Bay and celebrate afterwards on the beautiful terrace.


Tregenna Castle is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships throughout the year and 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!

civil ceremonies. See 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!

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 sizes of party are catered for with your ceremony tailor made to suit your needs. For a smaller, intimate ceremony, The Old Vicarage, a historic building set in beautiful grounds, is licensed as a venue for weddings and

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

SIMPLY TIMELESS wedding photography

Dawn & David Bright 07951 647039



WHERE TO STAY For your convenience, the accommodation in this guide has been divided into:

Hotels - Guest Accommodation - Self Catering - Holiday Parks & Camping

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.


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.

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.

One Night breaks

How to Book

Single / Family Occupancy

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

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

Key to Symbols  Car parking  Continental Breakfast Only  Cards Accepted  Disabled Facilities  Family Friendly  Lift  Pet Friendly  Wi-Fi  Sea Views


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


2 MINUTES FROM TOWN 01736 795427





At Cohort Hostel we believe that budget should never be a barrier to experiencing St Ives in all its glory and you really don’t need to spend a fortune to get the most out of this beautiful place. Here’s our quick fire, top 5 things to do on a budget: 1. Walk the spectacular SW coast path from St Ives to Zennor; stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and it won’t cost you a penny. Walk back inland via the coffin trail or bus it back for just a few £s.

catch which are cleaned and gutted for you ready to eat. Grab a disposable BBQ and cook up a feast on Porthmeor Beach or bring it back to the hostel and use our self-catering kitchen.

2. Don’t pick and choose your culture. Buy an Art Pass for £15 and experience unlimited Tate, Barbara Hepworth and Leach Pottery for 7 days.

5. Want to splash about in the ocean but not sure about surfing? Hire a wetsuit and body board. At £12 for 2 hours it’s a cheap (and warm) way to have fun in the ocean.

3. Visit the St Ives Museum; for just £3 you can lose yourself in this treasure trove of St Ives history. 4. Want fresh fish? Book onto a local fishing trip; not only do you get a great half day out on the water but you get to keep all the fish you

01736 791664 The Stennack, TR26 1FF

Stylish, relaxed hostel in the centre of St Ives; minutes from all beaches, Tate, coast path, surf, restaurants, bars and shops. Everyone welcome.

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Top and tail your day at Cohort Hostel with free tea and coffee in the morning and local craft beers during Social Hour every evening. Staff at reception will be delighted to recommend all manner of cheap and cheerful activities for during your stay.

p.n Beds from £22 p.p.e 10am

Free tea and coffee


• Facilities for walkers, cyclists and surfers including dry room, outdoor shower, cycle and surf racks.

• Ideal for independent travellers, walkers, artists, families, activity groups, wedding guests and school trips.

• Self-catering kitchen, unique dorm rooms, private rooms, bar, courtyard, free WiFi, TV room and large lounge.

• Exclusive use available.

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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.

Stay right on the beach

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Chalets Caravans Camping 0800 317713

In beautiful St. Ives Bay

HAYLE CORNWALL Tel: 01736 753080 38


Set in two acres of private gardens and with spectacular ocean views, our hidden hotel feels secluded – but is really just a pebble’s throw from the Cornish beaches and town. At The Garrack you can enjoy quality Cornish produce, presented beautifully, and served with the most stunning backdrop you can imagine. With swimming pool and Café Bar If you prefer a more informal meal. Both places welcome non-resident diners as well as hotel guests. Tariff from



01736 796199

Burthallan Lane, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3AA * Based on 2 people sharing in mid & high season

With stunning views across one of the world’s most iconic bays, our panoramic sea view takes in Porthmeor Beach, St Ives Bay and 30 miles of Cornish coastline. We offer luxury holiday caravans, self-catering apartments, and touring and camping pitches with some of the best views and facilities you will find.

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND 01736 795855

Alexandra Road, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ39


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

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Cornish Riviera Holidays 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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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.

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GETTING TO ST IVES Travel Contacts Great Western Railway 0345 7000 125 FlyBe 0371 700 2000 Newquay Cornwall Airport 01637 860600 SkyBus 01736 334220



National Rail Enquiries 03457 48 49 50 National Express 0871 781 8181 Traveline 0871 22 22 33 First Bus 01872 305950 Cornwall Public Transport 0300 1234 222Â

Getting to St Ives  By Car Leave the M5 motorway just after Exeter at junction 31 and join the A30. The journey to St Ives will take approximately 2 hours. Continue on the A30 bypassing Hayle, take the second exit at the next roundabout and go straight on at the first mini-roundabout. If you want to drive into town, turn left at the second mini roundabout, following the signposts. Alternatively use the Park & Ride Train service (signposted).

 By Coach Long distance scheduled coach services within the county and beyond are operated as commercial concerns by National Express. The town’s bus station is at the Malakoff. National Express tickets are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.  By Rail There are regular train services from London Paddington and if you don’t want to miss a day of your well earned break then why not travel on the overnight Riviera sleeper operated by Great Western Railway.  If you are travelling from the North or Midlands the main line services are operated by Cross Country Trains. If you require any additional information on train times and services then contact National Rail Enquiries (08457 48 49 50).  The final leg of the train journey to St

Ives will include a change at St Erth Station to join the picturesque coastal branch line.  The train leaves St Erth and stops at Lelant Saltings, Carbis Bay and St Ives.

  Park and Ride With car access to the town centre restricted and sometimes very difficult, especially in summertime, why not leave your car at St Erth and let the train take the strain? Located here is a Park and Ride to St Ives by train. Enjoy the 3 mile journey to St Ives on one of the frequent trains along the most scenic line in Cornwall. You arrive within easy walking distance of the town centre, harbour and beaches. The trains run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day and into the evening.

 By Air Newquay Airport is approximately 50 minutes drive from St Ives. At the time of going to print, year-round destinations include London Gatwick, Manchester and the Isles of Scilly (with additional routes throughout summer months). An aeroplane service to Isles of Scilly (St Marys) is also available on the Isles of Scilly Skybus from Land’s End. For travel enquiries contact 0845 7105555 or visit


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Visit st ives guide 2018  
Visit st ives guide 2018  

The official St Ives, Cornwall guide for 2018, provided by Visit St Ives Information Centre.