Holidays in St Ives
A famous town of sandy beaches and cobbled streets, St Ives has won numerous awards as a great holiday destination. The beautiful beaches provide great family days out, plus ideal conditions for everything from swimming and surfing to boat trips to Seal Island. With a working harbour, fresh seafood is abundant in many of the town’s acclaimed restaurants.
As a popular destination, there’s no shortage of fantastic events held in St Ives. September Festival is a celebration of music and the arts, attracting artists from around the world, and St Ives Literature Festival features performances from many writers and poets. Feast Day celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Church of St Eia and features the ancient custom of Hurling the Silver Ball, in which a ball is thrown down the streets between participants attempting to win it from each other, as the person who returns in to the mayor it midday receives a silver coin.
Rich history and a lasting connection to the arts are obvious throughout the town. The Saint Ives Museum showcases much of this history, from mining to maritime. Tate St Ives is one of only four Tate art galleries in the world, and recognises Cornwall and St Ives’ importance to the international art community. There are also museums here dedicated to the works of Barbara Hepworth and Bernard Leach, and Godrevy lighthouse was the inspiration behind Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. The beautiful scenery continues to inspire artists and writers today. A town with so much to offer, a visit to St Ives is not to be missed.