DID YOU KNOW? St. Ives’ location meant it was a (relatively) safe area to live in during the Second World War. The many people who flocked there found a established, and flourishing, art scene, which encouraged more artists to stay there once the war was over. It is also the town that received delivery of the first lifeboat used in Britain in 1840. But forget all that; in 2014, a ceremony was held to make St. Ives the sister town of California’s Laguna Beach. The Real Orange County is closer to home than you think.
DO SAY: “Up north” to correctly identify almost anywhere else in the UK that isn’t Land’s End.
DON’T SAY: “Giss on!” – unless someone is really chatting absolute breeze.
WHAT TO WEAR: That will depend on your activity of choice. Wetsuits and surfboards are a must for taking advantage of the coast. Otherwise, laid-back summer looks are ideal for beachside walks and seafood lunches; check the weather before you go, but it’s a safe bet to assume it’s going to be the warmest part of our little island. You’ll find everything you need on Fore Street, the main shopping street, where you will also find a little store called Jack Wills. Would recommend 😉
BEST VANTAGE POINT: It would be a sin not to sit on the beach with a bottle of Cornish sparkling wine (yes, it’s a thing) and watch the sunset over the Atlantic before dinner.
WHAT TO DO: Go to The Tate’s St. Ives outpost, which overlooks the sea. Take a leisurely stroll along the coastal path. Book a lesson at Surf School. Watch out for seagulls swooping for your cone.
DIARY DATE: For 10 days from 22 April, the Roseland Festival brings cultural entertainment to the Cornish Peninsula – music, food, theatre and more – in various locations. Until September, The Tate St. Ives plays host to The Studio and The Sea, exhibitions about ceramics studios, the ocean and the landscape.
WHO/WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE: Dolphins in the bay, possibly. Falmouth University students in the pub, definitely. Lauren Conrad, probably not.
WHAT TO EAT: New season crab and lobster. Ice cream from one of the rather amusingly named ice cream parlours: either Willy Wallers or The Moomaid of Zennor gets our vote. Cream tea with clotted cream is also a must, but the decision to be jam or cream first is made at your own risk.
WHAT TO DRINK: The aforementioned Cornish sparkling wine, or locally brewed beer and cider. You’ll need a good pot of tea if you take up the cream tea option too.
HOW TO GET THERE: Trains serve St. Ives via a change at St Erth, which sits just south of the town. You can also drive there, but good luck finding a parking space in peak summer. The Park & Ride at Lelant station is a more stress-free option.
You’ll find us here: Ground Floor, 1-2 Chy-an-Chy, Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LH