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Visitor Information


Things To Do


St Ives History


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Art In St Ives


Unique St Ives


St Ives Beach Guide


The Surrounding Area of St Ives


Walking Around St Ives


St Ives Town Map


Eating Out


Getting Married in St Ives






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St Ives, aside from a choice of lovely beaches, offers a wealth of interesting Shops, Restaurants, Galleries and Museums, as well as acting as a base for many walks in and around the area.


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Above all, a friendly welcome awaits you. Have a good holiday!   Cllr. Colin Nicholls Mayor of St Ives 0905 252 2250


WELCOME TO ST. IVES Located in the far west of Cornwall, this

characters – it hosts a rare and eclectic fusion of

internationally renowned town is a magnetic

influences and people.

place. People come here from all over the world, whether it’s for the adrenalising

Here, the team at St. Ives Visitor & Information

sports and surf scene, its pristine sands

Centre has tried to deliver to you the best of St.

and tropically clear waters, the historic and

Ives and its surrounding area in an effort to give

modern arts scene, or fine dining and quality

you a taste of the vibrancy, beauty and history of

award winning hotels – the town and its

this ancient town.

surrounding areas are a rich and diverse holiday hotspot.

St. Ives Visitor & Information Centre (VIC) was reopened in June 2011 by the St. Ives Town Council.

From The Tate to a string of private galleries and

The VIC is solely self funded and is dependent on

art dealers, St. Ives hosts a vast array of creative

volunteers who help to keep it open. We want

outlets and events, annually staging numerous

to ensure that no matter what the reason for

festivals within the literary, food, film, theatrical,

your visit to St. Ives, everyone has a relaxing and

surfing and musical realms. Linked with famous

rewarding experience. We will be delighted to see

figures from our artistic heritage such as Barbara

you and help you get the most from your time

Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis to a

here. So, please do visit us - we look forward to

tally of modern musicians, poets and sporting

meeting you!




The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS - 0905 252 2250* You will find our office in The Guildhall,

we can also assist you with this. We offer a Left

situated in Street-an-Pol. We are open all

Luggage facility, available during our opening hours.

year round. Our helpful and friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to share with you their


wealth of local knowledge and information.

We offer the chance to book your Eden Tickets in advance thus saving valuable [queuing] time and

We stock a large selection of ordnance survey

money. Tickets can be purchased in advance by

maps, walking books, tide tables and excellent

cash only. We are sorry we are not able to accept

books on many Cornish topics. Please call us for

debit or credit cards for this facility. The tickets

details and we can arrange for items to be posted

are not dated so if you change your plans or the

to you via our mail order service.

weather changes, you are still able to use your tickets.

Accommodation. We offer an advanced booking service for hotels,

During the year we will also sell tickets for various

bed & breakfast establishments, camp sites

local events. These may include Culdrose Air Day,

and self catering accommodation. To avoid

the St. Ives September Festival, and ‘one off’

disappointment at busy times, why not use this

events held here in our Guildhall. In the past these

service to book your holidays? Please do not

have included Phil Jupitus, Wishbone Ash and

hesitate to call us for further information.

Kernow King. We also act as a Box Office agent and sell all tickets from Cornish Riviera Box Office.

Facilities. We have public internet access, so you can keep in touch whilst on holiday. If you need to print, this facility is also available. We have a photocopying

*Calls are charged at 20p per minute (plus standard network charges), callers must obtain bill payers permission and be aged 16 or over.

service for all visitors and if you need to send a fax


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St Ives始 largest venue with concerts, theatre, shows, choirs and bands throughout the year Find out what始s going on at The Guildhall from and at the St Ives Visitor Information Centre where you can buy tickets too Home to St Ives Farmers始 Market, St Ives Roller Disco, craft and collectibles fairs and markets. The Guildhall rooms are for hire for 5 to 500 people and licensed for marriages and civil ceremonies. Choose from the wood panelled Council Chamber, Mayor始s Parlour, Balcony Room or the Main Hall. Enquiries to

01736 797840



Colin Sanger

THINGS TO DO St. Ives is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has several Sites of Special Scientific Interest nearby. With the area’s rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks, you may think these are the main attractions. However, there is much more to see and do. Fishing and pleasure trips depart from the harbour which is the centre of the town’s social 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 is more your scene the harbourside has a large selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. You can also visit the St. Ives Town Museum where you can step back in time and discover the history of St. Ives. The museum is open from the Monday before Easter through to the end of October and is run entirely by volunteers. Sail, Surf and Ski in St. Ives Bay Porthmeor, Porthminster & Porthgwidden, and Carbis Bay beaches all have excellent water sports facilities - sailing, surfing, water-skiing, wind & kite surfing are all available locally.


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St. Michael’s Way This beautiful 12.5 mile walk runs coast to coast from Lelant to St Michael’s Mount. (See page 33). Horse Riding There are various riding stables catering for novices and experienced riders. Call Penhalwyn Trekking


World Heritage Site Gateway


Centre & School 01736 796461 Golf There are several outstanding coastal links and parkland courses in the surrounding areas, as well as pitch and putt and short course facilities. Child-Friendly Play Areas and Amenities Discover World Heritage Site Exhibitions Explore beautiful botanical gardens Indulge at the Red River Café Marvel at inspirational arts, crafts & creativity Go wild in the biggest adventure playground in Cornwall

Ayr Playing Field, Alexandra Road, St. Ives Sitting Area - Picnic Area - Football field Skate Park, Off Penbeagle Lane, St Ives Skate Park - Childrens Play Area - Football Field Trewartha, Carbis Bay

Just minutes off the A30 in Pool, nr Camborne. Sat Nav: TR15 3QY

Childrens play area - Football Pitch Richmond Way, Carbis Bay Childrens Play Area - Picnic Area

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Lelant Anne’s Wood, Station Road. (A small, natural wooded area owned by The Woodland Trust). Studi o

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Leisure Centre Located at Trenwith Car Park, 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 visit St. Ives Library Situated on the crossroads of Tregenna Place with Gabriel Street, the library runs a variety of events including Bounce & Rhyme for Babies, Story Time & Crafts and Yoga. For further

OpEn 7 dayS a wEEk www.leachpotter 01736 799703 Higher Stennack, St Ives, TR26 2HE

information call 0300 1234 111. And don’t forget our glorious, local beaches!

On the B3306


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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. Twenty years old in 2014, Kidz R Us is 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 our focus is always on what our young people can achieve. Our home is the 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, Registered charity number: 1071443



ST IVES - A BRIEF HISTORY Excerpts by Valerie Hurry

St. Ives - a place chosen for it’s beautiful

from mining minerals and dust .This eliminated the

beaches, scenic views, quirky alleyways, gift

need for packaging and the contaminated crust

shops, surfing, art and good food. Yet the town

could be discarded.

was not always such a salubrious place to The pilchard industry was especially profitable.


St. Ives had around 300 seine boats which netted Early Industries

millions of pilchards that were then salted and

During the 1800s, it was a prosperous fishing and

pressed into barrels. These were predominantly

mining town: the pilchard industry was at its height

exported to Italy where they were the most

and the town was surrounded by tin and copper

popular dish to eat on Fridays and during Lent

mines. The noise of the mine engines reverberated

when meat was forbidden.

through the town as coal was unloaded in the harbour and transported up to the mine engines at

St. Ives has always had a history of being

the top of the Stennack (‘place of tin’) and on to

something of a drinking town. A popular drink was

Wheal Trenwith (where the leisure centre and car

called Mahogany - a mix of gin and black treacle,

park are now located).

and you can still buy Shrub - a kind of herbal mix which was used to mask the taste of rum and

Miners required on-the-go food that would offer

other spirits that had been tainted by saltwater

maximum convenience and stomach-filling

when being smuggled from ship to shore.

nutrition. Creation of the “Cornish Pasty” was the perfect solution. The traditional equivalent of

Smuggling was thought to have originated as a

today’s takeaways, they were the ideal dish to take

result of the taxing of salt. As salt was the main

down the mines. The thick crust was for the miners

method of food preservation, such tax was greatly

to grasp, preserving the edible body of the pasty

resented leading to the smuggling of not only salt


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but goods on which tax was levied and therefore an illegal profit could be made…perfumes, silks, spices and of course alcohol. Knill A leisurely stroll up to Worvas Hill takes you to Knill’s monument. John Knill was the customs officer in St Ives from 1762 to 1782. Some claim that he erected the Knill’s Steeple as a landmark for the smugglers. Something undisputed was his lasting financial legacy whereby provisions were stashed to ensure that every five years on St James’ Day, ten girls all under the age of ten would be paid to dance around the steeple and sing the hymn All People That on Earth Do Dwell. This ceremony continues today, seeing hundreds flocking to the site to commemorate Knill’s partisan tradition.

in a fire in 1975 is now renovated and is a museum with a beautiful garden containing many of her

19th Century to Date. The arrival of the railway in 1877 led to the biggest


change the town has seen, enabling tourism to

The Arts Club on Westcotts Quay was opened

develop in St. Ives.

in 1890 and still has a vibrant membership with

The Great Western Railway heavily marketed the Cornish Riviera and bought the Tregenna Castle Hotel, providing people with a convenient place to stay.

art exhibitions and shows being staged upstairs, which has barely changed in over a hundred years. It is quite magical to sit and watch a performance whilst hearing the waves breaking in the background.

During the late 1800’s the artists who flocked to St. Ives each year used to hire a complete train carriage to take their paintings to London for the annual Royal Academy exhibition.

Nowadays, the St Ives Society of Artists, the Penwith Society and the School of Painting all exist with individual and fascinating histories of their own, continuing to portray the spirit

With its remote location, one would imagine St. Ives to have been a peaceful place during the

and senses of a town so steeped in history and character.

Second World War. However, it was in fact the site for the Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre as well as a contingent of American GIs. The mid 1900’s saw St. Ives gain its reputation as an artistic centre with the arrival of creative artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Ben Nicholson. That reputation was later maintained by the likes of Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Sir Terry Frost. Barbara Hepworth’s former home where she died

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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 only a few

We have at least 20,000 photographs of

metres from the Parish Church, has a

the town, as well as maps, legal documents,

wonderful collection of written, photographic

correspondence, catalogues and books. St. Ives

and oral material that covers every subject

has had its own newspapers since 1889, which

you can imagine, and its friendly volunteer

provide a remarkable record of day to day living

staff welcome visitors from all over the world

and these can be viewed on microfilm. The

throughout the year.

advertisements are just as interesting as the articles themselves. You can also listen to voices

Are you interested to find out more about

from the past. Interviews conducted in the 1960s

your family? Would you like to know what has

were with people who were born in the middle

happened to the fishing and mining industries over

of the nineteenth century, and their stories and

the years? What difference did the St. Ives branch

memories can open our eyes to life in a small

line make to the town when it first opened in 1877?

Victorian fishing town.

What did the local residents think about the large numbers of artists who have lived and worked

Keep an eye out for events that the Archive

in the town over the past one hundred and forty

organizes. There are monthly coffee mornings

years? What effect did the First and Second World

at the Western Hotel, each one specializing on a

Wars have on everyone? Would you like to know

particular subject. Recent displays have included

about the smugglers, the shipwrecks and the local

children from the 1930s, St. Ives Rugby Club, local

legends surrounding this small sea-side town?

people who were on the ‘Titanic’, the St. Ives born


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classical composer George Lloyd and all those

the most of their trip. St. Ives, being surrounded on

men who have served in the R.N.L.I and saved

three sides by sea, is not easy to navigate. We hope

many lives. A number of these subjects have

that by introducing you to the town’s main historic

been included in publications produced by the

features you will be encouraged to return again for

volunteers themselves and are available for sale

a longer visit.

at the Archive. There are also talks and film shows which are publicized at the Visitor and Information

The Archive, which is a charitable organization,


opened in 1996 and can be found on the first floor of the Parish Rooms, just off St Andrew’s Street. It

2014 will see the Archive taking part in

is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00 until 4.00

remembering St. Ives during the First World War.

throughout the year, except for the Christmas and

The beautiful War Memorial close to the Archive

New Year period. If you want to look at a specific

is a testament to the numbers who perished

subject in detail we strongly suggest that you

between 1914 and 1918. One of the treasures of

make contact with us first so that you can talk

the Archive is a collection of letters written by a

to one of our volunteers who specializes in that

local teacher to a young lady about his wartime

subject. We look forward to seeing you.

experiences while stationed at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, as well as the time he subsequently spent at the Front, prior to his untimely death. 2014 will also see a new production – A Town Trail. Many visitors come to St. Ives for only a day, and in the short time they are here they need to make

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BE INSPIRED IN ST IVES TATE ST IVES Explore our current exhibition with the help of a guided tour, then relax in the Tate St Ives café with spectacular views over Porthmeor Beach.

BARBARA HEPWORTH MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Be inspired by the home of Barbara Hepworth and the unique garden she created for her sculptures. Please visit for admission details and opening times


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Please note that Tate St Ives will be closed from 27 January to 16 May 2014 The Barbara Hepworth Museum will be open daily during this time Photo © Tate Barbara Hepworth Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969 Tate © Bowness, Hepworth Estate, photo: Marcus Leith © Tate


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ART IN ST IVES All Image copyright Tate St Ives

THE ARTISTS AND ST IVES Artists have been frequenting St Ives since the

Wallis were all considered part of this pioneering

early 1800’s. Turner arrived in 1811 on a mission

art community.

to capture the essence of our beautiful and rugged South West. He did so with his usual

What Pink Light?

impressionists’ aplomb and succeeded in

St Ives is world renowned for its light. We are

capturing the unique pink light that St Ives is

blessed with our geographic location on the ‘Toe’

blessed with.

of Britain; surrounded on three sides by the sea and washed gently by the temperate Gulf Stream. This,

Little did he know that his masterpieces would

coupled with the crystal clear waters, unpolluted

be the inspiration for thousands to make the

air and our mineral rich, slightly pink sand work

same pilgrimage in search of that same pink light,

together to produce a magnificent light display.

and that he would be the catalyst in creating the vibrant and influential art colony of St Ives.

The light is particularly apparent during the ‘golden hour’ - the first hour after sunrise and the last hour

During the 1880’s the likes of Whistler arrived from

before sunset, when the sun is low enough in the

New York and Anders Zorn from Sweden. It fast

sky to create this phenomenon, bathing our town

became THE place to paint, with no reputable

in a beautiful pink glow.

artist’s portfolio being complete without a St Ives piece being part of it.

Art Space gallery has a

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, Leach, Gabo and

constantly refreshing display of high quality, original work. We feature the strikingly varied output of our seven members on our walls as well as handmade jewellery, sculpture, prints, cards & sketches. Info. Open daily 10.00-5.30 (10.30-4.00 in Winter.) The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1PU. Tel. 01736 799744. ww



UNIQUE ST. IVES St. Ives Feast Day - “Hurling the Silver Ball” - 9th & 10th February 2014

the ball to the Mayor on the steps of the Guildhall on the stroke of midday receives a silver coin.

An ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish

In the afternoon, pennies are thrown from the

Church of St. Ia in 1434 and offers a rare chance

balcony by town councillors to the waiting children

to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a

on the Guildhall forecourt.

centuries old form of rugby.

St. Piran’s Day - March 5th 2014 Monday begins with the Mayor’s procession for the

Although St. Michael and St. Petroc have, in

blessing at St. Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach with

ancient times, been named as Cornwall’s Patron

participants wearing ivy and handing out oranges

Saints, there is no doubt that in more recent times,

en route.

the Cornish have taken St. Piran to their hearts and it is his flag which is now the Cornish symbol. St.

This is followed by the start of the boisterous

Piran is the patron saint of tin-mining and is said

hurling of the silver ball, one of Cornwall’s oldest

to have discovered tin when noticing that white

customs dating back at least a thousand years.

tin flowed from a black fire stone when hot - an

The game involves much rough and tumble as

early example of tin smelting. The St. Piran’s flag, a

each side (traditionally the ‘countrymen’ and

white cross on a black background, represents the

‘townsmen’ of a particular parish) tries to keep

white tin and the black rock.

possession of a cricket ball-sized ball made favourite participant, some of whom dive into the

Celtic Media Festival – April 2nd to April 4th 2014

chilly sea to escape with the ball. Whoever returns

For the last 33 years Celtic Media Festival’s aim

of apple wood coated in silver. Cheer for your


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has been to promote the

dressed in their traditional

languages and cultures of the

black and white “mock formal”

Celtic countries on screen and

make an appearance, with horn

in broadcasting. The Celtic

blowers heralding the start of

Media Festival is supported

spring. At 1pm there’s a parade

by broadcasting, film, cultural

to the harbour where you can

and economic development

enjoy May pole dances, Cornish

organisations throughout the

dancing and traditional music

Celtic countries. The Festival is

with various local choirs and

an annual three-day celebration

brass bands performing by the

of broadcasting, film talent and

harbour throughout the day.

excellence from Scotland, The Isle of Man, Ireland, Cornwall,

Throughout the day there’s a

Wales and Brittany.

fish barbeque by the harbour and a lively local market where

Good Friday Sail Boats, Consols Pond - April 18th 2014

you can stock up on some of the

For over a century the families tradition of sailing model boats

St Ives Food and Drink Festival 17th and 18th May

at Consols Pond on Good Friday.

Last year’s festival saw over

The tradition began in the early

8,000 people visit the food

1900’s, when fishermen and

and drink producers event on

children sailed model boats in

Porthminster Beach over the 2

the town’s harbour. It is thought

days that it was held.

of St. Ives have enjoyed the

region’s produce.

to be a gesture to the old seafaring communities which

This year – having been in

used to launch miniature boats

discussion with the nationally

in the hope of ensuring safe

acclaimed Porthminster Beach

passage for mariners.

Café, the organisers plan to place the focus of the weekend

St. Ives May Day

festival on the beach itself, with a

Celebrating the end of winter

number of marquees, events and

and the coming of spring is a

activities taking place there on

tradition that stretches back

the 17th and 18th May. Taste, try,

hundreds of years.

meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall

At midday at the Guildhall,

has to offer, see some of the

the Grand Bard and Mayor

best chefs in the county giving

choose the May Queen and

cooking demonstrations and

King in a ceremony known as

enjoy everything that St Ives has

the “pee-weep”. (Pee-weeps

to offer, including some of the

are whistles made from young

best food and drink destinations

tree branches and blown on

anywhere in the UK.’

May Day). The St. Ives Guisers,

EVENTS CALENDAR At A Glance February St. Ives Feast Day - 9th & 10th February

March St. Piran’s Day - 5th March

April Celtic Media Festival - April 2nd - April 4th Good Friday Sail Boats, Consols Pond - April 18th

May St. Ives May Day Literature Festival - 10th May - 17th May St. Ives Mayor Choosing - 19th May St Ives Food & Drink Festival - 17th & 18th May

August St. Ives Harbour Day - 3rd August (TBC) St. Ives Lifeboat Day - 7th August St. Ives Raft Race Day - 8th August (TBC)

September St. Ives September Festival 13th - 27th

December St. Ives in December - Whole of December Full details of all events are on our website



St. Ives Mayor Choosing 19th May 2014

St. Ives Harbour Day 3rd August 2014 Sunday (TBC)

The ceremony dates back to the creation of

Fun for all the family, various activities around the

the Borough of St. Ives in 1639, with disputing

harbour, stalls, BBQs, live music plus plenty more.

councillors making peace by drinking from a the incoming mayor gives a speech about their

St. Ives Lifeboat Day 7th August 2014

intentions for the next year. Following the civic

The Lifeboat station hosts a fun packed day with

ceremony, the Loving Cup (presented by Sir Francis

lots of stalls and a BBQ, plus a chance to see the

Bassett in 1640) is taken outside the Guildhall

RNLI Lifeboats on display and in action on the

where local school children queue to drink from it

water in a joint demonstration with one of the

and are given Saffron buns by the councillors.

Search & Rescue helicopter crews from RNAS

“Loving Cup”. The outgoing mayor gives thanks and

Culdrose! The mayor of St. Ives is always addressed as Mr. Mayor regardless of sex – a tradition vigorously

St. Ives Raft Race - (Date TBC)

upheld by the lady mayors!

St Ives annual raft race hosts fun and fancy dress entries - as well as a few hardcore competitors

St. Ives Literature Festival 10th to 17th May (TBC)

committed to winning.

Eight days of literary events featuring book

The race around the harbour involves teams

launches, poetry readings, live music, comedy acts

launching from the Sloop slip, taking a golden

and creative writing workshops.

token from nearby Smeaton’s Light and then picking up their own team mermaid from the

For nominal admission fees you can hear some of

Lifeboat slip. An enjoyable experience seeing all

the UK’s established and upcoming authors and

different shapes and sizes of rafts in the harbour.

poets reading extracts from their work. At drop in start your own writing ambitions. Venues are close

St. Ives September Festival 13th September - 27th September 2014

to the town centre and In Norway Square you can

Started in 1978, the St. Ives September Festival

listen to poetry and music for free every day.

lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music,

workshops, you can learn more about how to kick-

arts and literature events in locations throughout And did you know? Virginia Woolf spent her

the town, attracting visitors from far and wide.

childhood holidays in Talland House, St Ives in the late 1800s. Godrevy Lighthouse across the bay is

With a full program of exhibitions, music, concerts,

said to be the inspiration for her famous novel, To

poetry, walks, talks, workshops, comedy, theatre,

the Lighthouse, published in 1927.

plays, stories and film, you can expect an eclectic


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mix of performers and artists on the guest list

There are food markets, craft displays, buskers,

which in the past have included some of the

and one of the train carriages on the St. Erth

U K’s top singers and bands such as Fairport

branch line hosts a Children’s Christmas party on

Convention, Barbara Dickson, Seth Lakeman,

6 trains every Saturday (up to the 24th) on one of

George Melly and Elkie Brooks.

the best 12 minute rail journeys in the country.

There are lots of free entry art exhibitions along

There are offers available throughout the town in

with dancers, musicians, shanty crews and

many of the cafés and restaurants so there are

performers who entertain in the town’s streets and

plenty of places where you can stop and refuel.

pubs. Locally themed plays and musical shows

You can take part in the (free) town treasure hunt

are put on in the theatre, walking tours taking

and vote for which window display you like best in

in the area’s history take place throughout the

the town’s shop window competition.

festival and there are drop-in art classes led by professional artists in media such as textiles and

And we’ve not even mentioned our famous New

life drawing.

Year’s Eve – the BIGGEST fancy dress party in the country, followed by fireworks at midnight.

Events at the Tate and art talks at the Leach

Here in St. Ives we don’t take December lightly and

Pottery and Hepworth Gardens give a real insight

you never know, you may well spot Santa surfing.

to St Ives as one of the world’s leading centres

After all, where else is he going to take a short

for art. The guided walking tours reveal the area’s

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good measure.

December is simply magical!

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

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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 are 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 the town and the big

Christmas light switch on, with many residents getting involved in the new Christmas lights competition.

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ST IVES AREA BEACH GUIDE One of St Ives most outstanding features is its beaches, with fine golden sand and crystal clear water.

One of St Ives most outstanding features is

has more than its fair share of beaches and for

its beaches, fine golden sand and crystal clear

fifty miles along the length of Cornish Coastline

water. Awake to gulls’ cries, dress quickly and

there are magnificent open stretches of silky white

jog down the cool granite streets for a solitary

and glowing sands. They are clean too; following

early morning walk along the beach - all a very

the completion of the £100 million ‘clean sweep’

long way from the busy rush of working life.

scheme for Mounts Bay, St Ives and Hayle, the

Pick a different location each day; with seven

West Cornwall area can probably boast the

beaches within 3 miles of St Ives you will be

cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe. We have

spoilt for choice.

award winning beaches such as Porthmeor and Porthminster (both of which were awarded “Blue

You can expect to see seals in the harbour and

Flag” status in 2013) plus Porthgwidden and nearby

dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks in the Bay.

Carbis Bay. Today the West Cornwall beaches

Explore the undersea world of shrimps, crabs and

measure up to the European Commission guidelines

anemones in the many rock pools. St Ives Bay

through South West Water’s ambitious programme.


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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

Porthminster Beach A sheltered beach boasting almost half a

Lifeguard on Duty during summer season Dog friendly beach all year round Seasonal dog ban applies Sunday before Easter until 30th September

mile of golden sand with calm sea conditions; ideal for families. Porthminster has café and restaurant facilities. There is a scenic cliff walk

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.

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. Dog ban in place from April 13th to 30 September.

Porthkidney Sands 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.

Carbis Bay

The Harbour

Carbis Bay has a large sandy privately

Our tidal sandy bottomed harbour is still a

owned beach with very safe bathing and

working port where you can watch the local

almost always calm conditions. It is a lovely

fishermen land their daily fresh catches of

spot for children and has good facilities

locally caught seafood. It is also very sheltered

including café and toilets. The branch line

and a perfect suntrap in the heart of town.

train station is above the beach and there

There are toilets in the Sloop Car Park and

is convenient parking. The cliff path walk

behind the lifeboat station on West Pier plus

to nearby Porthkidney Sands or St. Ives

all the facilities you may need nearby. Dog ban

starts just above the beach and is well

between 8am and 7pm from 13th April to 30th





Porthmeor Porthgwidden Porthmeor is our Blue Porthgwidden is a delightful

Flag Atlantic Ocean family

small sandy cove and sun

and surfing beach with

trap with safe bathing

surf school, fine golden


(but keep inside the line of

sand, good sunbathing

A tiny cove well hidden on

buoys). It has beach huts

by day and spectacular

the walk from the harbour

for hire and handy toilets.

sunsets. During the

to Porthgwidden, this is one

The brilliant white terrace

summer, trained lifeguards

of two beaches in St. Ives

is home to the relaxed

ensure the bathing is as

where you can take dogs all

Porthgwidden Café and

safe as possible. There

year round. With the old pier

there’s a kiosk for coffee

are restaurant and café

to the right, you can sit and

and snacks. Porthgwidden

facilities right on the beach;

relax whilst watching the

is an ideal beach to catch

toilets and beach huts on

fishermen cast their nets as

the morning sun and stay

the terrace behind with the

the world goes by.

all day.

Tate Gallery overlooking.


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Porthmeor Beach

- breakfast, tapas, sunsets, gin and tonics, fresh juices all served on the beach




ST IVES SURROUNDING AREA A journey around the St Ives local area and points of interest Zennor

A footpath from the village leads down to the

The pretty village of Zennor lies five miles from St.

dramatic Zennor Head whilst above the village lie

Ives along the winding B3306 coast road. Although

the rocky slopes of Zennor Hill. At the south end is

just a short drive away, it is close enough for the

Zennor Quoit, a prehistoric burial chamber with a

more energetic to take a bracing walk along the

massive sloping capstone.

coastal path or over the fields from St. Ives. Lying on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, this granite

The remarkable granite church, dedicated to St.

village nestles between the high, rocky cliffs and

Senara, houses the famous carving of a mermaid

the rugged boulder-strewn hills and moors.

on an old bench end. Legend has it that Matthew

Nearby is Zennor Head Quarry which was worked

Trewhella who was singing with the choir fell in

before the mid 19th century; its granite was used

love with a mermaid who overheard him whilst

to build much of St. Ives and Falmouth Harbour

attending the Church. The mermaid enticed him

walls and also the nearby Towednack Church.

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seen again. Outside the porch is a slate memorial

The railway led to the development of the area

to John Davey of Boswednack, said to be the last

as a holiday destination and residential area.

person to speak Cornish when he died in 1891.

Carbis Bay is still a stop on the St. Ives Branchline

Visitors to the village must not miss the fascinating

and makes a perfect choice to stay given its

Wayside Museum, an old mill with local displays

closeness to St. Ives. There is a huge selection of

on domestic farming, milling, mining, quarrying

accommodation –from the prestigious Carbis Bay

and smithing themes from early history to the mid

Hotel right on the beach, to the many guesthouses

20th century. Outside you can see the Plague Stone

and self-catering accommodation.

which dates back to the 17th century. After spending time on the golden sands, why not The village has a welcoming café at The Old Chapel

discover the network of footpaths here including

and a nearby pub for anyone needing to refuel.

a walk up Worvas Hill to the Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve and the Knill Monument? (See “A


Brief History of St. Ives”).

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

A charming area located 2.5 miles from St. Ives,

built the village laying out the houses and inn on a

Lelant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the

garden city plan. Each house had just a small plot

Hayle Estuary. The Estuary and nearby marshes

of land, not enough for growing market garden

form an RSPB reserve which draw birdwatchers

produce, but enough to encourage the residents to

from far afield to look at the wealth of birdlife

vote for him as he wished to be the only Member

including rare, migratory species. Lelant has the

of Parliament returned for the borough of St. Ives.

beautiful beach, Porthkidney Sands, with its

As the population increased, a small private school

backdrop of sand dunes and golf course. The

was opened by 1840 and around this time the

pretty church of St. Uny is nearby, with sweeping

Wesleyan and Bible Christian Chapels were built.

views across St.Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse.

Located on higher ground, its campsites, holiday

Lelant was a seaport in the middle ages but lost

cottages and riding schools offer fantastic views

its trade to St. Ives when the Estuary silted up. It is

and wonderful light. An ideal location to simply

served by two stations on the St. Ives Branchline,

get away from it all with the benefit of being just a

Lelant Saltings for the Park and Ride and the

short drive from the town and beaches of St. Ives.

lesser used Village stop.

The Halsetown Inn is an ideal spot for the thirsty, hungry traveller offering a warm welcome and

The village offers a number of restaurants, pubs,

tasty food.

bed and breakfasts (including the beautifully located Old Quay House) and self-catering

Carbis Bay

accommodation making it a lovely base to either

Carbis Bay lies one mile south east of St. Ives.

enjoy the immediate locality or to explore West

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

Rosamund Pilcher, the famous author, was born in

to St. Ives branch line and named it so because of

Lelant in 1924.She is best known for her novel, The

its proximity to Carbis Valley. Carbis means “cart-

Shell Seekers, which was also made into a film in

bridge” and in olden days there was a small stone

1998 on location at Land’s End, Lamorna Cove,

bridge over the stream here. Why not stroll here

St Ives and Marazion. Her works are extremely

along the coast path from St. Ives to explore the

popular in Germany.

area, just a leisurely 30 minute walk.



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St Ives Jumbos St. Ives’ Jumbos have a unique connection with the

St. Ives has an inshore “D” class lifeboat plus the

town and during a visit here you may be fortunate

Mersey Class “Princess Royal” in action. With the

enough to see these beautiful craft at sail in the

location of the Lifeboat Station, if she is called

Bay. They are easily spotted with their brown sails.

out then a tractor is used to transport the boat

The original craft were developed here for inshore

to a launch position. She is due to be replaced,

fishing during the 1880’s. Today’s Jumbos are

hopefully in 2014, with a £2 million all weather

replicas, researched and built by Jonny Nance to

Shannon Class lifeboat which will be powered

the lines of an original draft by the renowned boat

with water jets, not propellers. This is dependent

builder, William Paynter. The Jumbo Association

upon the town raising the £1 million required

has also reintroduced the traditional St. Ives punt to

to cover the cost of the Launch and Recovery

the harbour to ferry crews to and from the Jumbo

Vehicle (LRV).

moorings. Through a series of Scully Days, they have taught the art of the old technique of propelling

Many fund-raising events including coffee

them using just one oar over the stern. Look out

mornings take place throughout the year and your

for these iconic craft at “Boats in the Bay” Day. You

trip to St. Ives may well coincide with one of these.

may even decide to have a go yourself! Check out

The shop’s summer opening hours are Monday to

the local press or website in

Saturday 11 am to 4pm. In winter it opens Tuesday,

case there’s a Scully Race during your stay.

Thursday and Saturday.

St Ives Lifeboat

Visit the RNLI website at; A key date

The Lifeboat Station is situated on the edge

for your diary is 7th August, 2014, RNLI day. The

of West Pier at the Harbour. There has been a

Lifeboat Station will host a fun-packed day with

lifeboat presence in the town for over 165 years.

many stalls and a BBQ plus a chance to see the

During that time, the station has had a remarkable

RNLI Lifeboats in action on the water with a joint

history of bravery with over 55 awards for gallantry

demonstration with one of the Search and Rescue

being presented. However, it has also had its fair

Helicopter crews from RNAS Culdrose!

share of tragedy with seven lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others at sea.


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St.Ives Walks Led by local historian Tony Farrell BA TOWN WALK—Tuesdays at 11.00am from the guildhall. St. Ives through the ages. Walk lasts 1hour and 45mins. Cost £5.00 ENVIRONS OF THE TOWN WALK—Fridays at 11.00am from the guildhall. A 3 mile walk around the outskirts of the town. THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WEST PENWITH—A customised walk exploring the archaeological sites of the West Penwith Moors. Prior booking essential. To book a walk or for further information contact Tony: 0044(0)1736 793692 Mobile:0044(0)7881674878 tonyfarrell@st.ives



WALKING AROUND ST IVES Welcome to some of the best walking that Cornwall has to offer. A gentle stroll around St. Ives town. Meander

walking guides. We will be happy to charge

along the coast path to Carbis Bay. If you

your credit card and post them out to you. Just

fancy something a little more strenuous, walk

telephone us for more information on 0905 252

along the coastal path to Zennor, a pretty


village with its ancient church famous for the legend of ‘The Mermaid of Zennor.’ Or perhaps

Whatever your choice - walking the coast path,

venture up onto the Penwith moors with

enjoying the countryside, exploring the ancient

their standing stones and stone circles. West

history up on the moors or the iconic mining

Cornwall has it all!

heritage of West Cornwall - then the footpaths around St. Ives and the surrounding area are

Please call into the Visitor & Information Centre

waiting for you.

where we stock an extensive range of maps and walking guides. Our friendly and knowledgeable

South West Coast Path

staff and volunteers, (many of them keen

The ‘Jewel in our Crown’ is obviously the 630

walkers), will be happy to offer help and advice on

mile South West Coast Path. The Cornish section

how to get the best from your visit.

covers some 431 km (269 miles) and stretches from north of Bude, around Land’s End and on

However, should you wish to plan your walks

to Saltash in the east. However, with its rugged

ahead of your visit, we can supply maps and

cliffs and picturesque harbours, we think that the


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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. During summer the number 300 “open-top” bus provides a circular ‘hop on / hop off’ service around the West Cornwall coastline. This enables you to walk as far as you like and then catch the bus home.

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.

For more information on walking around St Ives call in to the Visitor Information Center. Or call us on: 0905 252 2250





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EATING OUT IN ST IVES Just wander down through

and locally sourced meats and

this with our locally produced wines

the cobbled streets into the

vegetables. Cornwall produces

and beer. It will be an experience

heart of the town where

show stopping ingredients.

you will remember for many years.

you will find every culinary delicacy that your taste buds

The catch of the day arrives

can desire.

at the harbour :- lobster, crab, bass, mackerel – all freshly

From the humble, perfect

landed for you to enjoy with

Cornish pasty to a cream tea

the individuality and flair of

in one of the beautiful harbour

our many restaurants and

tea rooms, simple fresh fish and

cafes. There is an abundance

chips or fine-dining in award

of dining choice around the

winning restaurants, you will

harbour, beaches and side

find everything that your palette

streets. Whilst watching a

desires. Informal or formal, our

perfect sunset al fresco you

marvellous chefs are waiting

can enjoy a romantic dinner

to tempt you with their original

for two or a memorable family

menus using freshly caught fish

moment. Why not accompany


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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! Azure blue seas,

along with your guests. Take your vows against

shimmering white sands and perfect light

the great sweep of St. Ives Bay and celebrate

will provide the most stunning backdrop to

afterwards on the beautiful terrace. Visit www.

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.

Or you may choose the beautiful venue of

Ives and Cornwall has to offer too.

Carbis Bay Hotel with its unique setting offering uninterrupted views across the golden sands

There are many locations here that you can

of Carbis Bay beach. They too have a Wedding

choose to hold your wedding and the following is

coordinator to help plan your perfect day down

just to give you a flavour of some of the options…….

to even the smallest detail. Once again, all size of party is catered for with your ceremony tailor

The Guildhall in Street An Pol is the home of

made to suit your needs. www.carbisbayhotel.

St. Ives Town Council. It is licensed to hold will tell you all you

civil ceremonies and with a choice of rooms

need know.

can accommodate a small, intimate affair or a much larger party. And the concert hall can

For a smaller, intimate ceremony, The Old Vicarage

be transformed into a beautiful space for your

Hotel, a historic building set in beautiful grounds, is

wedding reception. Take a look at their website

licensed as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.


St. Ives Harbour Hotel has a dedicated Wedding

With so many staggeringly beautiful locations for

team to make all your dreams come true. It is the

your photographs – the Harbour and the many

3rd largest wedding venue in Cornwall so whatever

wonderful beaches – you will be spoilt for choice.

size your party, you will be superbly looked after

And your memories will be timeless!



WHERE TO STAY Book with Confidence The majority of accommodation

body. All complaints to inspecting bodies must be

establishments advertised in the St Ives

put in writing.

Places to Stay guide have either been inspected under the National Quality

Types of Accommodation

Accommodation Schemes operated by Quality

These pages are colour coded to help you find the

in Tourism (QiT) the AA or a local recognised

type of accommodation you require

scheme such as Quality in Cornwall.

Self Catering - Self catering properties are now

If you are looking for a hotel, guesthouse, self-

awarded one to five stars based upon overall

catering cottage or holiday park, you will be

quality of facilities provided. Properties with the

guaranteed quality accommodation.

highest star ratings may provide additional facilities

If they have not been inspected they will not

Hotel Accommodation - Hotels are awarded one

display any accreditation logos in the advertisers’

to five stars based upon overall quality, range of


facilities and level of service provided

How to Book

Guest Accommodation - Guest houses, bed

Contact the establishment direct to make your

and breakfasts, inns and farmhouses are awarded

booking and be advised to check the price when

one to five stars based upon service, hospitality,

making your enquiry. Please ensure you mention

cleanliness, bedrooms, bathrooms, and food.

the St Ives V&IC. St Ives V&IC offers an advance booking service for hotels, bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation. Please ring 0905 252 2250 for details. Alternatively you can book online at

Complaints In the first instance please take up any complaint with the owner or manager of the establishment concerned. If you are still not satisfied with the outcome please contact the relevant inspecting


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Cornish Riviera Holidays Carefully selected fisherman’s cottages and harbourside flats all in the heart of St Ives, famous for its picturesque town and five golden sandy beaches, turquoise water and clear light. Call for a brochure or an owner’s pack 01736 797891

Holiday cottage in the heart of old St. Ives. Sleeps 5

Close to beaches and restaurants. Tripadvisor recommended. Full details at or contact Charles Harmer on +44 (0) 7710649980 email:

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In beautiful St. Ives Bay

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A-Z OF ADVERTISERS Places to Stay Amie B&B H H H QiT Spernen Close, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2QT - 01736 797643 Bed & Breakfast Carlill H H H H QiT 9 Porthminster, Terrace, St Ives TR26 2DQ - 01736 796738 Bed & Breakfast Carlyon Guest House H H H QiT 18 The Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BP 01736 795317 Bed & Breakfast Chy An Gwedhen H H H H QiT St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2JN - 01736 798684 Bed & Breakfast Chy Conyn H H H H AA 8 Ayr Terrace, St Ives TR26 1ED 01736 798068 Bed & Breakfast Chy Karenza 5 Ventnor Terrace, St Ives TR26 1DY 01736 600008 Bed & Breakfast Cornerways H H H H QiT 1 Bethesda Place, St Ives TR26 1PA 01736 796706 Bed & Breakfast Green Apple H H H AA St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives 01736 600 020 Bed & Breakfast Lamorna Lodge H H H H Gold AA Boskerris Road, Carbis Bay St Ives TR26 2NG - 01736 795967 Bed & Breakfast Little Leaf H H H H AA 16, Park Avenue, St Ives TR26 2DN - 01736 795427 Bed & Breakfast Mustard Tree H H H H AA St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2JX - 01736 795677 Bed & Breakfast Old Quay House QiC Griggs Quay, Hayle TR27 6JG 01736 753 445 Bed & Breakfast Rivendell H H H H AA 7 Porthminster, Terrace, St Ives TR26 2DQ - 01736 794923 Bed & Breakfast

Seabreeze H H H H QiT 5 Higher Trewidden Road The Belyars, St Ives TR26 2DP 01736 797549 Bed & Breakfast The Old Count House H H H HAA 1 Trenwith Square, St Ives TR26 1DQ - 01736 795369 Bed & Breakfast The Old Vicarage H H H H AA Parc-an-Creet, St Ives TR26 2ES - 01736 796124 Bed & Breakfast The Regent H H H H AA Fernlea Terrace St Ives TR26 2BH 01736 796195 Bed & Breakfast Thurlestone Guest House H H H H AA St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2RT - 01736 796369 Bed & Breakfast Villamorva 5 North Terrace, St Ives TR26 1QL - 01736 795666 Bed & Breakfast Westcliff Guest House QiC Beach Road, St Ives TR26 1JY 01736 797708 Bed & Breakfast Wheal-e-mine H H H H Gold AA 9 Belmont Terrace St Ives TR26 1DZ - 01736 795051 Bed & Breakfast Ayr Holiday Park H H H H H AA Higher Ayr, St Ives TR26 1EJ 01736 795855 Camping & Caravans Beachside Holiday Park H H H H QiT Phillack, Hayle TR27 5AW 01736 753080 Camping & Caravans Polmanter H H H H H AA H H H H H QIT Halsetown, St Ives TR26 3LX 01736 795640 Camping &Caravans St Ives Bay Holiday Park H H H H QIT 73 Loggans Road, Upton Towans Hayle TR27 5BH - 0800 317713 Camping & Caravans

St Ives Campers Covering St Ives 01736796020 Camper Van Hire The Old Chapel Backpackers The Old Chapel,Zennor, St Ives TR26 3DA 01736 798307 Hostel Boskerris Hotel H H H QiT Boskerris Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2NQ 01736 795295 Hotel Carbis Bay Hotel H H H AA H H H QiT Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2NP 01736 795311 Hotel Longships Hotel QiC 1 - 2 Talland Road, St Ives TR26 2DF 01736 798180 Hotel St Ives Harbour Hotel H H H AA The Terrace, St Ives TR26 2BN 01736 795221 Hotel Blue Hayes Private Hotel H H H QiT Trelyon Avenue, St Ives TR26 2AD 01736 797129 Private Hotel 1 Island Square H H H H QiT St Ives TR26 1NX (0)7710 649980 Self Catering Aspects Quality Accredited Agency (QiT) The Wharf, St Ives TR26 1PU 01736 754242 Self Catering Blue Chip Holidays Quality Accredited Agency (QiT) A self catering agency covering StIves 08447 048552 Bluewater H H H H QIT 34 Back Road East, St Ives TR26 1PF - 07828812479 Self Catering Brunnion Barns H H H H QiT Lelant Downs TR27 6NT 01747 828170 Self Catering Carbis Bay Holidays H H H H / H H H H H QiT Riverside, St Ives Road Carbis Bay TR26 2RT 01736 630015 Self Catering



Cherished Cottages Covering St Ives 0844 809 9170 Self Catering Agency Cheriton Self Catering H H H / H H H H QiT Market Place, St Ives TR26 1RZ 01736 795083 Self Catering Chymor, Premier & Chy An Chy Appts H H H QiT Harbour Front, St Ives TR26 1QA 01736 798798 Self Catering Coastguard View H H H H QIT 2 Stones Court, Albert Road St Ives TR26 2EH 07739753327 Self Catering Cornish Gems H H H H / H H H H H QiT A self catering agency covering St Ives - 01872 241 241 Self Catering Cornish Riviera Holidays Quality Accredited Agency (QiT) Westcotts Quay TR26 2DY 01736 797891 Gonwin Manor Farm H H H H H QiT Gonwin, Farmhouse Gonwin Manor Dr, Carbis Bay TR26 3GN 01736 798858 Self Catering Gran’s Cottage H H H QiT 93A Back Road East, St Ives TR26 1PF 01872 560644 Self Catering Langridge 56 Back Road East, St Ives TR26 1PF - 07729 633 869 Self Catering Molly Beach Chalet 2 Gwithian Sands, Upton Towans, Gwithian, Hayle TR27 5BL - 01736 796 100 Self Catering Morveren QAA QiT 2 Gallinas Point, Talland Road St Ives TR26 2FD 01736 754242 Self Catering Powells Cottages St Andrews St, St Ives, TR26 1AH 01736 794024 Self Catering St Ives Holidays High Street, St. Ives TR26 1RS 01736 794686 Self Catering St Nicholas Court H H H / H H H H QIT


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The Island, St Ives TR26 1SZ 023 8026 7939 Self Catering Stargazy Quality in Cornwall 8 The Meadow, St Ives TR26 1HX 01797 229668 Self Catering Surf Break Quality in Cornwall Bishops Road, The Belyars 01736 793114 Self Catering The House with a Garden Upstairs H H H QiT 9 Ayr Lane, St Ives TR26 1JL 020 8870 3228 Self Catering Trecillian Barn QiC An Jue Green, Near Trevalgan St Ives TR26 3BJ 07732 037630 Self-Catering Tremedda & Leeze 5* QiT Wheal Venture Road St Ives TR26 2PQ 01736 753779 Self Catering Trevalgan Holiday Barns H H H H QiT Trevalgan Farm, St Ives TR26 3BJ - 01736 756252 Self Catering Trevalgan Holiday Farm H H H H QiT Trevalgan, St Ives TR26 3BJ 01736 796529 Self Catering Una St Ives Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 3HW 01637 317007 Self Catering Watersedge Self Catering Quality in Cornwall Riviere Towans, Phillack, Hayle TR27 5AF - 07967973696 Self Catering Wheal Trenwith H H H H AA 1 Trenwith Square, St Ives TR26 1DQ 07976 380672 Self Catering Zennor Studio QiC Towednack, St Ives TR26 3AY 01736 794304 Self Catering St Ives Tourism Association Registered Address; PO Box 4, St Ives TR26 1AA.

Activities & Attractions Alexandra Dickens Gallery Back Road West, St Ives TR26 1NL - 01736796288

Ancient Stones of Kernow St Ives TR26 1BB - 01736 797312 Art Space The Wharf St Ives TR26 1PU 01736 799744 Back Road Artworks Back Road East, St Ives TR26 1NP - 01736 791571 Belgrave 22 Fore Street St Ives TR26 1HE 01736 794888 Boathouse Theatre Carn Glaze Place, Bethesda Hill TR26 1PB - 07985261 181 Desiree Hope Gallery Unit 2, Harbour Galleries, Wharf Road TR26 1LF 01736 793456 Dolly P Wharf Road TR26 1LF 0777 300 8000 English + Ayr TR26 1EQ - 01736 799213 Farmers’ Market Guild Hall Street, An Pol TR26 2DS - 01736 795387 Guided Tours of St Ives Guildhall Street An Pol TR26 2DS - 07816 180639 Heartlands Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool TR15 3QY 01209 722320 Kernow Coasteering Penzance TR18 4SX 07734 343954 Kidz R Us Lower Stennack, TR26 1QG - 01736 797007 Leach Pottery Higher Stennack TR26 2HE - 01736 799703 Marine Discovery of Penzance Penzance Harbour TR18 2LL 07749 277110 New Street Gallery Penzance TR18 2LZ 01736 361222 Penhalwyn Trekking Centre & School Goon Mine, Mellyn, Halsetown TR26 3AW - 01736 796461 Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road Penzance TR18 4HE - 01736 363625 Shanty Baba Westcotts Quay 0905 252 2250


Shopping Colenso 2A Gabriel Street St Ives TR26 2LU - 01736 796711 Crowan Crafts Cheriton House, 11 Market Place TR26 1RZ - 01736 796285 I Should CoCo 39 Fore Street TR26 1HE 01736 798756 Red Hot Sal Cyril Noall Square, 46 Fore St, TR26 1HE - 01736 799808

St Ives Framing 15-16 St Andrews Street TR26 1AH - 01736 793 617

Places to Eat Burger Blas The Warren St Ives TR26 2EA - 01736 797272 Halsetown Inn Halsetown TR26 3NA 01736 795583 Mermaid Seafood Restaurant 21 Fish Street TR26 1LT 01736 796816 Oven Door Tregenna Pl St Ives TR26 1SD - 01736 793323 Porthgwidden Beach & Café Porthgwidden TR26 1PL 01736 796791 Porthmeor Beach & Café Porthmeor TR26 1JZ 01736 793 366 Porthminster Beach & Café Porthminster TR26 2EB 01736 795352 Rajpoot 6 Gabriel St, St Ives TR26 2LU 01736 795307 Seagrass Restaurant Fish Street TR26 1LT 01736 793763 St Ives Brewery Mushroom Farm, Halestown TR26 3LZ 01736 793488 The Albatross Chapel Street TR26 2LR 01736 798 492 The Balancing Eel 10 Back Lane TR26 1LR 01736 796792 The Bean Inn St Ives Road CARBIS BAY TR26 2RT - 01736 795918 The Digey Food Room 6 The Digey, TR26 1HR 01736 799600 The Mex Gabriel Street St Ives TR26 2LU 01736 796711

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St Ives TR26 2DY 01736 799267 Shore Surf School St Ives Bay, Holiday Park 73 Loggans Road, Loggans TR27 5BH 01736 755556 St Ives in December Events throughout St Ives St Ives Archive Upper Parish Rooms, St Andrews St TR26 1AH - 01736 796408 St Ives Museum Wheal Dream, TR26 1PR 01736 796005 St Ives Jazz Club The Western Hotel, Royal Square TR26 2ND 01736 796082 St Ives Surf School Porthmeor Beach St Ives TR26 1JZ 01736 793 938 St Ives Town Council Guildhall Street An Pol TR26 2DS - 01736 797 840 St Ives Walks Guildhall Street An Pol TR26 2DS - 0788 167 4878 Tate St Ives & Barbara Hepworth Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG - 01736 796226 Treasure Park Tolgus Mill, Near Redruth TR16 4HN - 01209 203 280 Tremenheere Nr Gulval, Penzance TR20 8YL 01736 448 089 Western Discoveries New Mill, Penzance TR20 8XW 01736 362763

Letting Agents Lanhams High Street, St. Ives, TR26 1RS 01736 798841

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Taxi Carbis Bay Private Hire Covers the area 07919 596 403




Country Trains. If you require

throughout summer months).

any additional information on By Car

train times and services then

An aeroplane service to the

Leave the M5 motorway just

contact National Rail Enquiries

Isles of Scilly (St Marys)is

after Exeter at junction 31 and

(08457 48 49 50). The final

also available on the Isles of

join the A30. The journey to St.

leg of the train journey to St.

Scilly Skybus from Land’s End.

Ives will take approximately

Ives will include a change at

For travel enquiries contact

2 hours. Continue on the

St. Erth Station to join the

0845 7105555 or visit www.

A30 bypassing Hayle, take

picturesque coastal branch line.

the second exit at the next

The train leaves St. Erth and

roundabout and go straight on

stops at Lelant Saltings, Carbis

Travel Conatcts

at the first mini-roundabout.

Bay and St. Ives.

FlyBe (0871) 700 5000

If you want to drive into town, turn left at the second mini

Park and Ride

roundabout, following the

With car access to the town

signposts. Alternatively use

centre restricted and sometimes

the Park & Ride Train service

very difficult, especially in


summertime, why not leave your car at Lelant Saltings and

By Coach

let the train take the strain?

Long distance scheduled coach

Located here is a Park and Ride

services within the county

to St. Ives by train. Enjoy the 3

and beyond are operated

mile journey to St. Ives on one

as commercial concerns by

of the frequent trains along the

National Express. The town’s

most scenic line in Cornwall.

bus station is at the Malakoff.

You arrive within easy walking

National Express tickets are

distance of the town centre,

available from the Visitor &

harbour and beaches.

Information Centre. The trains run approximately By Rail

every 30 minutes throughout the

There are regular train services

day and into the evening.

from London Paddington and if you don’t want to miss a day

By Air

of your well earned break then

Newquay Airport is

why not travel on the overnight

approximately 50 minutes

Riviera sleeper operated

drive from St. Ives. At the time

by First Great Western.  If you

of going to print, year-round

are travelling from the North

destinations include Gatwick,

or Midlands the main line

Manchester and the Isles of

services are operated by Cross

Scilly (with additional routes


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EasyJet Newquay Cornwall Airport 01637 860600 SkyBus 08457 105555 National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 National Express 08717 818178 Traveline 0871 2002233 Western Greyhound 01637 871871 First Bus 0845 600 1420 Cornwall Public Transport 0300 1234 222 0905 252 2250



Council Offices

Barclays Bank High Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RT (Cashpoint) HSBC 5 High Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RX (Cashpoint) Lloyds High Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RY (Cashpoint) Nat West Bank, Tregenna Hill, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1ST (Cashpoint) Yorkshire Building Society 11 High Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RS

St Ives Town Council The Guildhall, Streetan-Pol, St Ives 01736 797840

Pharmacies Boots High Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RS 01736 795072 Leddra Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1AB 01736 795432 Boots Stennack Surgery, The Old Stennack School, Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RU -01736 795047 Boots Pharmacy West Cornwall Shopping Centre, on the A30 near Hayle 01736 756843

Cornwall Council One Stop Shop, The Library, Gabriel Street, St Ives TR26 2LX 0300 1234 100

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

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

Royal Cinema Royal Square St Ives

Doctors The Stennack Surgery Stennack, St Ives

01736 793333 www. thestennacksurgery. Minor injuries unit. West Cornwall Hospital (Penzance), St Clare Street, Penzance TR18 2PF T: 01736 874000 Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro - 01872 250000

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

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

Veterinary Service St Ives Veterinary Service, Trenwith Lane, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1DA 01736 798333

Places of Worship The Vine Elim St Ives Infants School, The Burrows, 01736 796 628 www.thevine-stives. Church of England St Ives Parish Church Market Place 01736 796404 St Johns in the Fields The Stennack 01736 796404

www.achurchnearyou. com/sjif/ St Anta Church Porthrepta Road, Carbis Bay 01736 796206 Towednack Parish Church Towednack Catholic Church Sacred Heart & St. Ia Tregenna Hill, Tel: 01736 362 619 Salvation Army St Ives Corps, Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF Tel: +44 (0)1736 795605 Email: st.ives@ Fore Street Methodist Church Fore Street, St Ives 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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St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ

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