Popular events in St Ives

St Ives boasts a diverse full calendar of events to suit everyone. This does range from ancient traditions to more adrenaline flowing events. There are also several festivals dotted throughout the year, these do include the Food and Drink Festival and September Festival. We have listed the key events in St Ives below.

Farmers' Market in St Ives

St Ives Farmers' Market

Every Thursday, at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS

St Ives Farmers’ Market is a community venture, which brings fresh local produce to St Ives Cornwall. The market runs every Thursday throughout the year at The Guildhall in St Ives from 9.30am until 2pm.

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St Ives Literature Festival

St Ives Literature Festival

12th - 19th May 2018, various locations throughout St Ives

The festival is organised by poet and artist Bob Devereux in association with a number of Cornwall and West Country publishers.

There are a host of events each day during the eight days of the festival - readings, book launches, talks, walks, workshops and performance and poetry in Norway Square everyday plus free speech at Cafe Art.

Writers, readers, poets and musicians welcome. Afternoon and evening events follow every day at The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives Arts Club and The Mariners Gallery.  

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Patrick Heron - Tate St Ives

Patrick Heron

19th May to 30th September 2018

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Celebrate one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work

The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings.

Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.

Supported by the Patrick Heron Exhibition Supporters Group

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Swellboard Shootout VIII on Porthmeor Beach

Swellboard Shootout VIII 

24th June 2018, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.

St Ives Surf School's annual Swellboard Shootout event is back again this year!  For inspiration, take a look at their promotional video.

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St Ives Biathlon

St Ives Biathlon

30th June 2018, starts from the Harbour, St Ives.

The St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club Biathlon 2018 is 2km run race from St Ives to Carbis Bay followed by a 1.5km open-sea swim back.

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 St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Day

St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Day

23rd August 2018 at RNLI Lifeboat Station, Wharf Road, St Ives TR26

This is a very important day for the St Ives Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild. The RNLI is a charity that provides 24-hour life saving around the UK with volunteer crews, giving up their time to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions. The aim of our Lifeboat Day is to raise as much money as possible to keep our Lifeboats afloat and for families both local and visitors to come and meet the crew, look at the lifeboats as they will both be on display and browse the stalls.

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St Ives September Festival

8th - 22nd September 2018 at various locations throughout St Ives.

With over 300 events planned for this year, there will be something for everyone, so come to our beautiful town and join our St Ives September Festival celebrations – two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and poetry.

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Christmas in St Ives

Christmas in St Ives 

Throughout December, at various locations in St Ives.

Christmas in St Ives is a magical time- stroll along the Wharf to see the fishermen's lights and back along quaint, cobbled Fore Street, St Andrews' Street, the High Street and Tregenna Place for their inspiring window displays. Beautiful trees are lit at the Fishermans' Lodge, the Parish Church, the Guildhall and Royal Square.

Do you want to spend Christmas in St Ives? Our changeover is Saturday 22nd  December, why not check out our availability?

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

31st December from 6pm till late. Throughout St Ives Town area. Fireworks at midnight.

Come along and join the celebrations to welcome in the New Year in true St Ives style!  Fancy dress parade along the harbour front and Fore Street, restaurants and bars filled with party atmosphere, live music, good cheer and a grand finale of fireworks at midnight over the harbour.

And no excuses; if you haven't time to create your own costume you can hire your outfit from the St Ives Theatre opposite the cinema on December 31st from 11 am to 4pm!

New Year celebrations in St Ives are challenging the likes of Manchester and London. Why not check out our availability?

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Hurling the silver ball

St Ives Feast Day

Monday 4th February 2019, starting at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DY

The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball.

The feast day falls on the first Monday after February 3rd and starts off at 9.30 a.m with the mayor’s civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach, followed by the start of the boisterous hurling of the silver ball when participants attempt to win the ball off each other around the town. Whoever returns the ball to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall on the stroke of midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are proffered from the balcony by town councillors to the waiting children on the Guildhall forecourt.

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Dancing round the May pole

May Day

Monday 6th May 2019 (TBC) at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS

Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago.

At midday at the Guildhall the Grand Bard and Mayor choose the May Queen and King and their attending Prince and Princess, in a ceremony known bizarrely as the “pee whip”. The St Ives Guisers, dressed in their traditional black and white "mock formal" make an appearance, horn blowers herald the start of spring and there’ll be May sticks. At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can watch May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music. Various local choirs and brass bands perform by the harbour throughout the day.

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St Ives Food and Drink Festival 2018

St Ives Food and Drink Festival 

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019 (TBC), at Porthminster Beach, St Ives, TR26 2EB 

Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer and see some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations in one of the best food and drink destinations anywhere in the UK. Taking place on the iconic Porthminster Beach, this year promises even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. Now in its seventh year, we have lined up a wonderful range of artisan producers that will tickle your taste buds and keep your appetite stoked. There will be a fantastic range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family.

With everything from beer and cider producers, to chocolate and cheese makers, fruit and vegetable growers and meat, chutney and bread you’ll find plenty to delight your taste buds. 

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