Activities

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.

St Ives Farmers' Market

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.

Details

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

Ad Minolitibiosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush

Artist Ad Minoliti draws on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America and presents alternative universes influenced by feminist and queer thought. The exhibition will also feature Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, transforming part of the gallery space into an active classroom.

Details

28 May 2022 to 30 October 2022
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

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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Details

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2022

at Porthminster Beach, St Ives, TR26 2EB

Jubilee weekend

There will be a host of activities and events happening throughout the extended weekend to mark the Queen's Jubilee.

Would you like to mark the occassion and be in St Ives? Check out our availability.

Details

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, at St Ives

Swellboard Shootout 22

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

Details

To be advised, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.

St Ives Biathlon

The St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club Biathlon 2022 is 2km run race from St Ives to Carbis Bay followed by a 1.5km open-sea swim back.

Details

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

St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Day

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.

Details

Thursday 4th August at RNLI Lifeboat Station, Wharf Road, St Ives TR26

St Ives September Festival

10th - 24th September 2022 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.

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.

Christmas in St Ives

St Ives e-bikes offer eBike rental by the day or week, meaning your guests can explore St Ives and the Penwith peninsula without the burn! St Ives e-bikes offer free delivery for multi-day rentals. They also have a shop in town and, as part of our service, will also be offering guided tours.

New Year's Eve in St Ives

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

Our changeover day for the New Year week, is Thursday 29th December to Thursday 5th January 2022, you will need to select the normal changeover date for the property either Friday 24th December to Friday 31st December or Saturday 25th to Saturday 1st January. 

St Ives Feast Day

Monday 6 February 2023, 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.

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May Day

Monday 1st May 2023 (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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