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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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Non-Indépliables, nues, 2010/2020. Drying racks, light bulbs, cable, zip ties, terminal strips. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Nick Ash.

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractions 

24 October 2020 to 3 May 2021

Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractions Exhibition

This exhibition brings together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting. Haegue Yang is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials. Her sculptures and installations often use industrially made objects, interwoven with labour-intensive and craft-based processes. These processes reflect pagan cultures and their deep connection with various seasonal ritualsin relation to natural phenomena.

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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 Tuesday 22nd December, why not check out our availability?

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New Year Fireworks

New Year's Eve in St Ives

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

Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic St Ives BID along with St Ives Town Council and Cornwall Council have announced that they have CANCELLED the firework display at midnight on New Year's Eve. We would assume that all restaurants will be taking bookings only. A suggestion has been made that Pubs consider ticket only entrance which would have been purchased in advance. This will allow for the safe use of track and trace and rule of 6. There will be no normal St Ives New Year celebration in the town this year, it will be like any other night. The Town Council have advised there won't be any road closures this year.

Our changeover day for the New Year week, is Tuesday 29th December to Tuesday 5th January 2021, you will need to select the normal changeover date for the property either Friday 25th December to Friday 1st January 2021 or Saturday 26th to Saturday 2nd January. 

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Hurling the silver ball

St Ives Feast Day

Monday 8 February 2021, starting at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DY (Subject to change due to the Covid-19 restrictions)

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.

The itinerary for the day can be found on St Ives Town Council's website, here.

Want to experience this unique event in St Ives? Check out our availability!

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Dancing round the May pole

May Day

Monday 3rd May 2020  at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS (subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic)

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.

Want to experience May Day in St Ives? Check out our availability.

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St Ives Food and Drink Festival

St Ives Food and Drink Festival 

Friday 14th, and Saturday 16th Mayy 2021, 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. 

Would you like to be in St Ives whilst the food festival is underway? Check out our availability.

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St Ives Literature Festival

St Ives Literature Festival

8th - 15th May 2020 (TBC), 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 every day 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.  

Would you like to be in St Ives whilst the literature festival is underway? Check out our availability.

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Swellboard Shootout IX on Porthmeor Beach

Swellboard Shootout 21

To be advised, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.

St Ives Surf School's annual Swellboard Shootout event is back again this year! 

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St Ives Biathlon

St Ives Biathlon

To be advised, starts from the Harbour, St Ives.

The St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club Biathlon 2020 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

To be advised  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

11th - 25thSeptember 2021at 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.

Calendar of events for the September Festival

Seen something you want to attend and need somewhere to stay? Check out our availability for the first week, availability for the second week and availability for both weeks.

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