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Holidays in St Ives

Experience a holiday in St Ives and you’ll never want to leave. Spend your days meandering through the cobbled streets, exploring artists’ studios, sampling local produce and relaxing on the many beautiful beaches.

One of the best things about a holiday in St Ives is that you don’t have to leave the seaside town during your stay. With several stunning beaches all within St Ives; from the golden bay of Porthminster, to the Blue Flag Beach at Porthmeor, there’s no need to pack up the car; simply stroll down to any one of the nearby beaches.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, other than taking a dip in the turquoise waters, why not have a go at surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking? Alternatively, you might have a more relaxing holiday in mind, imagine sunbathing on the beach, harbour-watching from your holiday home, spa days at the local hotel and sipping coffee in quaint cafes.

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When planning a day at the beach, check out our webcams to see where the weather looks best!

Beaches in St Ives

With your holiday cottage located in St Ives, you’ll be perfectly placed next to several stunning beaches, including Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden. With each beach boasting its own charm and appeal; you'll find something for everyone, with family friendly beaches, popular watersports venues, wide-open flat sands and hidden rock pools.

Things to do in St Ives

Art Galleries

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.

Shopping

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

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. 

Dining Out

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.

Wish you were here?

Watch our St Ives harbour webcam, which shows the views of the beautiful harbour from our office in St Ives!

What's on in St Ives

Holidays in St Ives are popular all year round. Whether enjoying a family summer holiday or an out-of-season break, there's usually something happening in St Ives.

Christmas & New Year's Eve in St Ives

Visit during the festive period and you can watch Santa arrive on an RNLI lifeboat, admire the magical lantern parade and join in with the big light switch on. Soak up the atmosphere on New Year's Eve in St Ives, where everyone dresses in fancy dress, and the evening ends with a spectacular firework display. Be warned though, it gets extremely busy so be sure to book tables in advance for pubs and restaurants to avoid disappointment. Read more about New Year's Eve in St Ives >

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Held on Porthminster beach in the middle of May each year, the St Ives Food and Drink festival is the UK's only festival of this type to take place on a beach. Enjoy live music, a wide range of products from Cornwall's finest food producers, and demonstrations from some of the country's best chefs. Held across two days, this event attracts both locals and visitors alike.

September Festival

Running for two weeks each September, St Ives hosts the increasingly popular September Festival. The festival includes live music, theatrical performances and comedy sketches, with something suitable for the whole family. Browse the dozens of artist studios, take part in a theatrical workshop or just simply soak up the atmosphere on the harbour front.

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Events

St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

26th July - 7th August 2021

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

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 HM Coastguard helicpoters!

TBC 2021

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St Ives September Festival

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.

11th - 25th September 2021

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

17th - 19th September 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

Featuring more than 20 sea shanty groups and with sailor and pirate themed fancy dress, this year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal. It'll take place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.

19th - 20th November 2021

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

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. 

31st December 2021

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

TBC February 2022

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Getting around

In St Ives the best way to get around is, of course, on foot. However, if you wish to explore more of West Cornwall, there’s a train station in St Ives, which takes you on the most beautiful coastal train journey to St Erth station, from which you can catch connecting trains to Penzance, Truro and further afield. Alternatively, by car, you could take the stunning coastal road from St Ives across to Penzance and onto Land’s End.

Stay in St Ives

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Mermaid's Rest

Mermaid's Rest, St Ives

From £623 - £1450
Sleeps 4

The Porthole

The Porthole, St Ives Town

From £448 - £1180
Sleeps 4 + cot

8 The View

8 The View, Porthminster

From £1102 - £2900
Sleeps 6 + cot

Bethany, Celtic Corner

Bethany, Celtic Corner, St Ives Town

From £465 - £1350
Sleeps 4 + cot

Chapel House

Chapel House, Downalong

From £423 - £1100
Sleeps 2 + cot

Snuggle Cottage

Snuggle Cottage, St Ives Town

From £418 - £1143
Sleeps 5 + cot

1 Cordyline Croft

1 Cordyline Croft, Porthminster

From £474 - £1590
Sleeps 4 + cot

Harbour Reach

Harbour Reach, St Ives Town

From £473 - £1390
Sleeps 5 + cot

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue, Downalong

From £708 - £1990
Sleeps 5 + cot

Lobster Pot, Crab Rock

Lobster Pot, Crab Rock, The Warren

From £474 - £1360
Sleeps 4

Octopus House

Octopus House, Downalong

From £494 - £1300
Sleeps 4 + cot

Mary's Place

Mary's Place, Porthmeor

From £393 - £966
Sleeps 2

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