St Ives - Have you experienced the magic?
Recently named ‘best seaside town of 2007’ by the Guardian, a St Ives holiday excursion will amply reward you after the easy 15 minute drive from your Kenegie Manor holiday cottage.
With St Ives renowned for the quality of its light, its no surprise that leading artists (including Turner and the sculptor Barbara Hepworth) have flocked here. Or that The Tate Gallery, St Ives opened in 1993 to combine the history of twentieth-century art in the town with the exciting contemporary works.
St Ives highlights
- Excellent sandy beaches (Porthminster, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Harbour beach).
- The narrow, winding St Ives streets - barely wide enough for walking
- Charming stone cottages make an artist’s and photographer’s paradise
- A wide-range of shopping: gift shops, galleries, crafts, surf shops and more....
- Delicious dining for all tastes and budgets
St Ives beaches
A warm welcoming Mediterranean atmosphere awaits St Ives beach lovers and surfers. With its very mild climate you may well be basking on soft pale beaches...
Each of St Ives beaches offer its own charm and appeal. Try the world-class blue flag Porthmeor beach with its surf school, sunbathing, water sports and spectacular sunsets. Or sample the delights of sheltered blue flag Porthminster beach, ideal for families with its half a mile of golden sands. If you prefer small sandy coves then try Porthgwidden beach, a local sun trap. By contrast, watch the local fisherman as they land freshly caught seafood at the Harbour beach.
Why not take a 20 minute stroll from St Ives to blue flag Carbis Bay beach, and enjoy safe bathing and predominantly calm conditions on this wonderful family friendly beach.
Eating out in St Ives Cornwall
St Ives has a wealth of restaurants pleasing all tastes - sample Mediterranean style food at tasty eateries such as Pizza Patio and Alfresco Restaurant. Top class restaurants such as the Tregenna Castle Hotel, and The Mermaid Seafood Restaurant (one of Cornwall’s finest) provide an exceptional dining experience. And as you’d expect, delicious fish comes straight from the quay - with lobster a St Ives speciality.
St Ives September Festival
If you’re visiting in autumn, don’t miss the St Ives September Festival. As one of the UK’s longest running, and widest ranging, arts festivals, the event encompasses music for all tastes, poetry, film, talks and books. Many local artists also open their studios to the public during the 15-day event.
Watch out for Billy the cockatoo
And finally, when you fancy a change from St Ives, what could be more fun than a visit to nearby Paradise Park at Hayle. Family members of all ages will enjoy the spectacular bird displays and Free Flying Bird Show - watch out for low-flying Billy the cockatoo as he swoops into the crowd to collect money!