Written by Molly At Cherished!
Every year, summer in the beautiful town of St Ives flies by with the influx of transient friends of our very special little harbour town on the gorgeous coast of west Cornwall. This summer, St Ives will play host to new events and old traditions, and with everything crossed that the sunshine of 2018 will return, I have put together a list of ten of my favourite experiences for you to enjoy and tick off.
1.Train Ride to St Ives
If your cosy Cherished Down-a-long property doesn’t include parking do not fret as arriving at your destination by train can be an experience in itself. The 12-minute coastal link service from St Erth to St Ives is as much an attraction as the town at the end of the line. Sit back and relax in transit as the train skims along the tide at Lelant Saltings, offers panoramic views over the white sands of Carbis Bay and then along the cliff arriving at Porthminster beach and the quaint town centre of St Ives.
A priority, no doubt. You’ll find plenty of options to get some yummy grub in St Ives, try Talay Thai on the harbour front for a flavourful Thai street food experience or the multi award winning Porthminster Café with exquisite views of St Ives harbour and food to match.
For ice cream or pastry heavy snacks bimble along the harbour front and take your pick from those selling local produce. But beware, eating chips or a Cornish pasty on the harbour front should be considered a challenge, rather than a tranquil experience. The seagulls in our part of the county are the size of dogs and will certainly tussle you for your food. Plus, there will always be giggling spectators to witness your misfortune should you not have eyes in the back of your head…
On Saturday 3rd August the Island plays host to a day and night of merry making fit for foodies, boozers and music lovers too. The small peninsula is the perfect setting for the annual summer shindig!.
4. Get out on the water
Whether it’s practicing to make perfect or trying something new, there are opportunities galore to get in or on the water in St Ives. Both St Ives Watersports on Porthminster beach and St Ives Surf School round the coast on Porthmeor beach have plenty of opportunities to get salty with activities run by skilled instructors.
If you don’t fancy getting your hair wet, then why not take a boat trip to Seal Island. Head down to the harbour front and scout out the boat for you and head off into the deep blue of St Ives Bay.
5. Sunset at Porthmeor beach
After a long day in the water at this beautiful Blue Flag beach, what could be better than huddling up and watching the sunset. Add the potential of a fleeting visit from a pod of dolphins and that sounds pretty idyllic to us! To make your evening even more perfect, grab a sour dough pizza and beer from Porthmeor’s West Beach Bakery or some Tapas sat up at Porthmeor Beach Café and there really is nothing better. We do recommend you book the latter so not to miss out, and you simply must try one of their outside booths, warmed by hot-lamps to add to the fun of alfresco dining while gazing out to sea!
St Ives has long been considered a hub for art in the Southwest, with legacies such as Tate St Ives, The Barbara Hepworth Museum and the world famous Leach Pottery forging the way for a whole host of independent galleries scattered across the cobbled streets. Be sure to make your way round the exhibitions at each on your trip down to our patch of the county.
7. St Ives to Zennor Walk
A firm favourite on a sunny day, but not to be underestimated, is the coastal walk to Zennor with it’s stunning sea views. After a hefty 6 miles of rambling along the coastal path, the Tinners Arms is no mirage! Post pint, there is the short cut option to walk across the fields back to St Ives or if your feet are failing you, take the short bus ride home (and bring your pooch along too!).
8.Pint in the Sloop
On that note, The Sloop Inn is another iconic watering hole right on the harbour front at which you can quench your thirst. Grab a beverage and if you’re lucky a bench to sit on and watch the world go by. Cheers!
9. Guildhall Farmers Market
Open between 9:30am and 2:00pm every Thursday throughout the year, at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives in the town centre. The market offers a space for local farmers to sell seasonal produce from the county. Head on down to check out what’s on offer and support local trades.
10. St Ives Festival
To round off the bucket list and the summer season is the ever-popular St Ives September Festival. A two week long celebration of music and the arts, with events across the town starting on Saturday 14th September. With poetry readings in the little squares of downalong, art classes and musical acts playing live, this cultural event attracts art fans from all around the world.
Now that you’ve got your summer bucket list sorted, head to the list of all our beautiful holiday homes to find your perfect Cherished Cottages base for your St Ives retreat. Any questions or for more advice, please call the office on 01736 490 640. Happy holidaying!