St Ives holidays evoke images of surfing on blue seas, picnicking on the beach and painting in the golden light of St Ives Bay. This old fishing town has been a busy port since the middle ages and has always been famed for its art associations. When you visit St Ives, you'll find that the town has a huge selection of art galleries and art workshops as well as a number of wonderful shops selling locally hand-made goods and fantastic clothes and craft items to discover during your time in West Cornwall.
The town is a true epicentre of arts and crafts in the South West thanks to the world famous Tate Gallery alongside the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens. With exhibitions all year round with varying subject topics and the chance to take a piece of art home with you from the gift shop you can keep your holiday memories alive when you head home.
A member of ‘The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club’ St Ives, with its two sandy beaches, offers a fantastic place to enjoy your Cornwall holiday. Accompany that with easy access to other surfing beaches and great walks along the cliff paths there are many ways to enjoy time in and around St Ives.
Alongside its beautiful beaches St Ives also has some pretty amazing gardens to walk around. The area has won awards for its greenery and has a number to choose from as well as the many pretty hanging baskets adorning the streets. Take a walk around Trewyn Gardens in the centre of the town, or reminisce at the Memorial Gardens or for a nautical theme go and see the Malakoff, which is a boat filled with flowers and raised beds.
For nature lovers you can also head up to the Eden Project and spend the day in the sub-tropical domes learning about their range of plants.
September’s two week music, art and literacy festival provides and The Hurling the Silver Ball event make St Ives an ever more quirky and fascinating place to take your holiday in Cornwall.
Just outside of St Ives you also have Carbis Bay, the only place in Cornwall to enjoy a blue flag awarded beach. Walk along the coastline to St Ives or jump on the bus or train into town.
A member of ‘The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club’ St Ives, with its two sandy beaches, offers a fantastic place to enjoy your Cornwall holiday
Kids R Us Theatre Group is a youth drama group from St Ives who perform regularly throughout the year with new shows to entertain you during your holiday. Head along and support this long running charity while having an enjoyable evening all at the same time.
If you are considering taking your Cornwall holiday in St Ives, check out our selection of accommodation from camping and caravans to hotels and B&Bs, you will find something to suit every holiday.