St Ives is made up of winding cobbled streets that lead the way down to its harbour. Fisherman’s cottages dot the streets and budding artists paint its views. The Tate St Ives gallery looms behind the sandy Porthmeor Beach and families paddle in the clear waters. Sound idyllic? That’s because it is.
The Cornish town of St Ives has always attracted artists, those who love literature and those with an eye for a stunning landscape – and it comes into its own every year for the St Ives September Festival. The festival is divided into three sections, Music and Performance Events, Arts and Literature Events and Film Season. Whichever area of the festival takes your fancy the programme is always packed with hundreds of events that take place in venues throughout the town.
The St Ives September Festival runs for two weeks each (yes, you guessed it!) September, and celebrates the arts in one of the South West’s most inspirational spots. The Guildhall hosts many of the biggest music and performance events, and the town’s pubs and clubs host many of the others.
The programme includes themed talks, poetry, plays, workshops, open studios, films and comedy – so whether you fancy going along to something different during your St Ives holiday or you go each year then you can expect to enjoy a friendly atmosphere and a huge choice.
Culture and the arts sit at the heart of St Ives, and the festival has been a huge part of its annual diary for decades. The committee of volunteers who manage the event try to make sure that it has something for all ages, visitors, residents and appreciators of art from all walks of life – so if you get the chance to join the fun then don’t miss out.