Enjoy a self catering holiday in Carbis Bay and take advantage of having immediate access to beautiful coastal path walks which lead left to the vibrant town of St Ives and right to Lelant and Hayle. As well as being a stone’s throw from St Ives, Carbis Bay is also close to Hayle and the beautiful beaches of Gwithian. By choosing a self catering holiday in Carbis Bay you can enjoy your stay in a peaceful location, whilst being ideally placed to visit many of the wonderful attractions Cornwall has to offer.
Staying in Carbis Bay means that you are just a short walk from the stunning Carbis Bay beach. Calm waters mean it's family-friendly, and watersports such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding are on offer. The four beautiful beaches of St Ives are close by to the West and to the East, Hayle Towans offers a long expanse of sands backed by sand dunes. For more information and more of our favourite beaches in the area check out our blog post on Sandy Beaches in West Cornwall.
Visit Scarlet Wines just down the Road from Carbis Bay in neighbouring village Lelant for a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet products. Perfect for a picnic at the beach or stocking up your self catering holiday cottage.
St Ives is only a 30 minute walk along the coastal path and can also be reached on one of the most memorable and scenic train rides in the UK. Visit the thriving coastal town of St Ives and soak up the atmosphere on the harbour front. With a huge selection of restaurants, shops, galleries, and home to 4 stunning beaches, St Ives offers the perfect day out. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in St Ives or retreat to Carbis Bay to relax in the comfort of your own home-from-home.
A few miles from Carbis Bay, the Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary is home to over 650 birds, including parrots, flamingos and toucans, plus lots more wildlife such as red pandas, otters and red squirrels. Open all year round, Paradise Park is a great place to spend the day with the kids.
St Michael's Mount
Take a short drive to the opposite coast and visit the iconic landmark of St Michael’s Mount. Cross the causeway by foot at low tide, or climb aboard the 'St Michael' amphibious vehicle at high tide. Described as 'the jewel in Cornwall's crown', St Michael's Mount really is a must see.
West Cornwall Golf Club
Regarded as one of the finest links courses in Cornwall, almost every hole provides panoramic views of St Ives Bay, and with a variety of weather conditions at different times of year, you can be sure to test your abilities! Enjoy a post-round drink and meal at the clubhouse, which overlooks the first tee. Find out more about West Cornwall Golf Club.
With St Ives close by, why not leave the car at home, and take the 20 minute walk into town, enjoying the views along the way? This gentle walk is a must at least once during your stay.
For nature lovers, the Steeple Woods Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and plants where you can explore the 40 acre space which overlooks St Ives. Check out our blog post on the Steeple Wood Stroll for more information.
For a slightly more adventurous walk, the St Michael's Way is a 12.5 mile trek starting at nearby Lelant, and finishing up at the stunning St Michael's Mount in Marazion. You'll need to refuel when you arrive so we've put together a Guide to eating out in Marazion to help you decide where to go. If the long walk back doesn't seem too appealing, you can always ride the open-top bus all the way home!
With so much to do within easy reach of Carbis Bay, you'll find plenty to keep yourselves entertained on a self catering holiday in Carbis Bay.
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Held on the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, Feast Day offers visitors to witness - and even join in with - some centuries-old traditions. A morning precesison led by the Mayor to bless the Well of St Eia. Following this, the Mayor will 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into a crowd of children who assemble on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon the Mayor then throw pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall for children to collect.
5th February 2018
The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!
20th - 22nd April 2018
Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.
12th - 13th May 2018
Golowan Festival is an annual community arts event that celebrates local culture and the social and natural environment. 'Mazey Day' takes place on the Saturday of the festival and guarantees to be a very colourful affair!
15th - 24th June 2018
A three day event celebrating Cornwall's Maritime heritage, with traditional sailing vessels, live music, and craft and cookery demonstrations. Profits donated to local charities.
13th - 17th July 2018
A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the Search & Rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose!
TBC August 2018
Newlyn Fish Festival is the biggest and best of its kind in the UK. Taste some of the finest seafood on offer and enjoy cookery demonstrations, live music and arts and crafts. Local fishmongers take part in the The Cornish fishmonger of the year competition and the popular 'Fishy Trail' is perfect to keep the kids entertained.
TBC August 2018
Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.
8th - 22nd September 2018
Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year.
16th December - 6th January 2017
The tradition of Tom Bawcock comes from the feast or famine lifestyle of Cornwall. The story goes that it was just before Christmas; there had been no fish for weeks, the boats couldn’t get out into the raging storm, the village was starving. One man, Tom Bawcock, dared to take his boat out of the harbour’s safety. He returned with enough fish to make fish pie for the whole village.
Today, a festival takes place each year to celebrate Tom Bawcock's bravery. During the festival, Star Gazey pies are eaten in memory of this famous event.
23rd December 2018
Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea.
Sunday 31st December 2018
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Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.