Things to do in St Ives
With a huge art culture in St Ives, there are dozens of art galleries and artist studios lining the cobbled streets, you can even view local artists at work. Located on the site of the former gas works, the iconic Tate Gallery features international, modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The Barbara Hepworth Museum showcases inspiring sculptures, paintings and drawings. If you would prefer to get a more hands-on experience, you can book an art course with the St Ives School of Painting, or try one of their drop-in life drawing sessions.
With an array of quirky, independent shops throughout the town, shopping in St Ives is unlike shopping anywhere else. Purchase local produce, handmade goods and local artwork, alongside perusing the more well-known shops such as Cath Kidson, Fatface and Superdry.
Boat trips run regularly from the harbour throughout the summer, where you can enjoy the views from a different angle. If you're lucky you may even see one of the 'resident' seals or view the dolphins at play.
Surfing & Watersports
In Cornwall, one of the most popular pastimes is surfing, and if you fancy giving it a go, you can learn to surf at the St Ives Surf School based at Porthmeor beach. Alternatively, you could try out paddleboarding or kayaking at Porthminster beach. If you’re already a keen surfer, you’re sure to find some waves somewhere on the coast in Cornwall during your stay.
When choosing a self-catering holiday cottage, you have the flexibility to eat in or eat out during your stay. With so many eateries in St Ives, there’s plenty of choice for everyone, including locally caught fish and chips, seafood restaurants, gourmet burgers, Italian restaurants and a selection of excellent pubs. If, however, you choose to eat in, you can purchase local produce from The Allotment Deli and the Norway Stores.