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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":118,"Name":"St Ives","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur Guide to St Ives Holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith award after award under its belt, the harbour town of St Ives is frankly gorgeous. Crowned (and quite rightly too we think) the best destination for a family holiday by that clever lot at Coast magazine, St Ives is home to golden sandy beaches, sleepy boats bobbing in the harbour and some of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s prettiest scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFamed for its brighter than bright natural light, the town\u0026rsquo;s always attracted artists keen to take advantage and capture the scenery, and that\u0026rsquo;s given St Ives a friendly character that makes it easy to slow down, relax and embrace Cornwall life for a few days. St Ives holidays are all about visiting some of the county\u0026rsquo;s best-loved attractions, long lazy days enjoying the beaches, and walking miles of dramatic coastal footpaths.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re travelling to St Ives by train then prepare to be impressed even before you step onto the platform\u0026hellip;the St Ives Bay line is one of the most scenic stretches of train line we\u0026rsquo;ve ever come across, and you can play \u0026ldquo;spot the fishing boats\u0026rdquo; on the way!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in St Ives\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSt Ives holidays may be perfect for those of you in need of some time out and relaxation, but there are plenty of ways to get out and about and enjoy the resort while you\u0026rsquo;re there. Firstly, there\u0026rsquo;s the chance to hop aboard a boat and head for the horizon and a slice of adventure, well a few miles off the coast to Seal Island at least. Home to (yep, you guessed it) a colony of Grey Atlantic seals, pleasure boats ferry lucky visitors across the bay for a spot of seal watching throughout the summer, and as the seals are used to visitors coming to say hello they\u0026rsquo;ll carry on just as they were while you watch.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there are the beaches. One of our favourite things to do in St Ives is absolutely nothing, and to do it on the beach. The four main stretches of sand to choose from during your St Ives holiday are Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour beach, Porthminster \u0026ndash; and Porthminster\u0026rsquo;s the place to head if you\u0026rsquo;re hoping to catch some waves. With views right across the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse and a golden arc of sand to tempt you, Porthminster Beach has fluttering palms, a mild climate and safe swimming\u0026hellip;what more do you need in life? One of Trip Advisors top 10 beach destinations in Europe, Si Ives is a haven for beach bums who love nothing more than to lie back on the sand and listen to the waves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSt Ives attractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow for the St Ives attractions\u0026hellip;we\u0026rsquo;ve got to start with Tate St Ives. With a setting overlooking Porthmeor Beach, the Tate St Ives hosts some of the most influential exhibitions in the world of art, and we couldn\u0026rsquo;t think of a more fitting location for it. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is also managed by Tate St Ives, and if you\u0026rsquo;re going to be visiting both attractions you can buy a ticket that includes admission to them both.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGodrevy Lighthouse is another St Ives attraction, and pleasure boats ferry visitors across the bay to get a closer look. Made famous by Virginia\u0026rsquo;s Woolf\u0026rsquo;s novel \u0026lsquo;To the Lighthouse\u0026rsquo;, the lighthouse was built to safeguard ships from the perils of Stones Reef. If you hop aboard one of the boat trips to the lighthouse the skipper will make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing. You\u0026rsquo;ll pass quiet coves once used by smugglers after nightfall, shipwreck sites and \u0026ndash; if you\u0026rsquo;re really fortunate \u0026ndash; even a dolphin or two.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, stand beside the harbour and you\u0026rsquo;ll see the Sloop Inn, a fourteenth century inn still popular with visitors and locals, and if you wander behind it you\u0026rsquo;ll find what we\u0026rsquo;d say is the \u0026lsquo;real St Ives\u0026rsquo;. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way between historic buildings, and one of them houses St Ives Museum, another of the town\u0026rsquo;s attractions. Right in the heart of the town\u0026rsquo;s historic fishing area (known as Downlong), the museum building started life as a pilchard curing cellar, but these days it\u0026rsquo;s packed with artefacts that tell the story of the region\u0026rsquo;s history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRestaurants in St Ives\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSo, where to eat when you\u0026rsquo;ve had your day of discovery in and around St Ives? Well, our Laura and her husband Ben recommend The Red River Inn, which you\u0026rsquo;ll find in the village of Gwithian nearby. This is the kind of Cornwall pub where everyone\u0026rsquo;s welcome, so you\u0026rsquo;ll find surfers fresh from the waves, dog walkers relaxing after a good long walk, and families enjoying an al fresco meal in the beer garden.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Lakeside Cabin Caf\u0026eacute;\u0026rsquo;s the most popular spot for something to eat in St Ives according to those of you who\u0026rsquo;ve taken to Trip Advisor\u0026hellip;and who are we to disagree? There\u0026rsquo;s a cosy feel to this little cabin caf\u0026eacute; in Lelant that makes it a pleasure to sit for a while come rain or shine, and its biggest draw is that everything\u0026rsquo;s homemade from scratch.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Hidden Kitchen \u0026amp; Dining may be tucked quietly in the older area of St Ives, but it\u0026rsquo;s still up there with the most popular eateries. If you\u0026rsquo;re after a meal with just a hint of luxury and a unique setting to boot, this is perfect. The menus reflect the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s setting, serving up the freshest seafood and the real tastes of the region in the form of meat dishes with the wow factor, and everything\u0026rsquo;s presented so beautifully we deft you not to snap your plate for Instagram before you tuck in!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"st-ives","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/St Ives.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthgwidden Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003ePorthgwidden Beach is found to the east of Porthmeor and is more of a sandy cove than a beach \u0026ndash; but that only adds to its charm. Thanks to its soft golden sands and its sheltered position the beach is a favourite with families, and if you love a sun trap head to this east-facing gem in the morning when the rays are at their best.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecause the cove is sheltered, swimming at Porthgwidden is safe but bear in mind that there\u0026#39;s no lifeguard service at this one.\u0026nbsp; This beach has the best of both worlds, as its sheltering cliffs give it an isolated feel yet it\u0026rsquo;s served by a range of facilities, and it\u0026rsquo;s close to the centre of St Ives too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWalk from the beach to the nearby headland known as St Ives Island as this is one of the best vantage points for views in St Ives (and that\u0026#39;s no small claim). If you walk around the headland take an anti-clockwise direction and you\u0026#39;ll end up at Porthmeor Beach and then the Tate St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe car parks at this beach can become busy on a warm day so we\u0026#39;d recommend walking from the town centre if you can. There\u0026#39;s a seasonal dog ban at Porthgwidden between Easter and October, and there are cafes and toilets by the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2172,"LocationLongitude":-5.47628,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/porthgwidden-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthmeor Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eJust outside the Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s worthy of one of the paintings within the gallery. This is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives (probably because its so close to the town) and the waves are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers. Whether your choice of beach fun is a relaxing day with the family or hitting the waves with your surfboard, you\u0026rsquo;ll find everything you need at Porthmeor Beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhilst you might fancy venturing to one of the area\u0026#39;s other beaches for your full day on the sand, this one makes a great picnic spot as you can get everything you need in town and then just walk the few minutes to the beach. As this is such a long sandy beach it\u0026rsquo;s rarely difficult to find space, and there\u0026#39;s a seasonal dog ban. It can be tricky to park close to the beach so it\u0026rsquo;s best to walk if you can.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePorthmeor Beach has a Blue Flag Award in recognition of its high standards, and if you visit out of season you can walk the sand and watch the surf set enjoy the rollers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2157,"LocationLongitude":-5.48248,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMEOR BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/porthmeor-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMEOR BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Carbis Bay Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Carbis Bay Beach just a mile from St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the Blue Flag beaches that make Cornwall so popular. The beach has had a Blue Flag since 2010, and with a mile of silver sands welcoming those on beach holidays in St Ives it\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why. Carbis Bay is one of a series of beaches that make up St Ives Bay, and you don\u0026rsquo;t have to just take our word for how pretty it is \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s even listed by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organisation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach has its own car park, toilets and nearby refreshments, so it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for families and beach bums. It\u0026rsquo;s not often you\u0026rsquo;ll find surf at this beach but that\u0026rsquo;s welcome news for families with young children. In fact it makes the waters ideal for swimming, and if you fancy a wander along the east side of the beach (when the tide\u0026rsquo;s out) you\u0026rsquo;ll find your way to Porth Kidney Sands and their RSPB bird sanctuary. This is one of the area\u0026rsquo;s most significant habitats for wildlife and it\u0026rsquo;s a peaceful spot to spend some time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCarbis Bay Beach is privately owned by a nearby hotel and it operates a seasonal dog ban, although dog walkers are permitted to walk their pets between 5am and 8am so you\u0026rsquo;re free to watch the sun rise while you walk your best friend throughout the summer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.1976,"LocationLongitude":-5.46553,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000014365986XXXLarge.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"hayle/st-ives/carbis-bay-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000014365986XXXLarge.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"St Ives Harbour Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003ePeer over the sturdy harbour wall in St Ives at low tide and you\u0026rsquo;ll see a golden sandy beach. This central beach is a brilliant sun trap and it\u0026rsquo;s a safe choice for those with children who just want to enjoy the clear waters and create sandcastles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHarbour Beach is a smaller St Ives beach, but it\u0026rsquo;s right in the centre of the town, so it\u0026rsquo;s easy to reach and well-served by the nearby shops and facilities. There\u0026rsquo;ll be no trek for an ice cream at this well-located sandy spot as the surrounding streets are lined with parlours and shops. Harbour Beach is sandy, and there\u0026rsquo;s a dog ban between May and September so it\u0026rsquo;s great for small children during the summer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDue to the cobbled charm of St Ives it can be easier to walk than try to drive and find a parking space. The harbour is right in the midst of St Ives so the beach and its surroundings bustle with activity. Don\u0026rsquo;t forget that Si Ives remains a working fishing port, and part of the charm of this beach is the chance to sit and watch the fishermen as they land their catches of the day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe nearby Lifeboat Station has been running for more than a century and it\u0026rsquo;s open to visitors.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2152,"LocationLongitude":-5.47741,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/st ives harbour istock.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/st-ives-harbour-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/st ives harbour istock.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Porthminster Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDescribed by The Telegraph as \u0026quot;an urban beach at its finest\u0026quot;, Porthminster Beach in St Ives is all about golden sands and clear waters - and it\u0026#39;s the longest beach in the area. With sands that roll on for half a blissful mile, the beach is ideal for those on bucket and spade beach holidays, and as it\u0026#39;s naturally sheltered it\u0026#39;s also a favourite with those of you who just love some time out in the sun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis beach comes recommended by our trusty friends at The Good Beach Guide, and you get to enjoy the balmy atmosphere and palms of a secluded cove with all the benefits of being close to town. Make sure you take your sunglasses along for this beach visit as the rays bounce straight off the clear waters with dazzling results!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sea around Porthminster Beach is calmer here than at some of the others in St Ives, so don\u0026rsquo;t confuse it with Porthmeor which has great surf! As with all beaches in St Ives there is a seasonal dog ban, and don\u0026rsquo;t miss a visit to the Porthminster Beach Cafe while you\u0026rsquo;re there. Parking can be a bit of a problem at this spot, but the branch line station is just 50 yards from the sand and the views are gorgeous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.2087,"LocationLongitude":-5.47591,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMINSTER BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/porthminster-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/PORTHMINSTER BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Seal Island","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLess than four miles offshore from St Ives lies a spectacular St Ives attraction, Seal Island. There are regular boat trips available from St Ives to this rocky outcrop and it\u0026rsquo;s home to a seriously cute colony of Grey Atlantic seals. The trips enable visitors a close up view of its resident seals, and at times there are up to forty to be seen enjoying the safety of the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBoat trips have been ferrying eager visitors to Seal Island since the 1930s so the seals are more than used to the sight of humans passing by. Most trips include around twenty minutes of watching the seals as they go about their business (usually sunning themselves) and tickets can be purchased from Derek who\u0026rsquo;s usually outside the lifeboat station in St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis trip is one of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s most popular, and it\u0026rsquo;s extremely rare for a boat not to see at least a few seals. The Seal Island boat trip lasts for around an hour and is a great trip for adults and children. The boat trips leave from various different areas of the harbour, depending on the tide. Keep your eyes peeled during the trip, as there\u0026rsquo;s even the odd basking shark to be spotted.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.2129,"LocationLongitude":-5.47958,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/seals.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/seal-island","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/seals.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Tate St Ives","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe beautiful light found in St Ives has long made it a magnet for art lovers and artists alike, and it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect place for the Cornwall version of The Tate gallery. \u003ca href=\"http://www.tate.org.uk/stives/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Tate St Ives\"\u003eTate St Ives\u003c/a\u003e exhibits international and contemporary art in a family-friendly style, so it\u0026rsquo;s a great family attraction in St Ives \u0026ndash; no matter how much you know about art (or not). It\u0026rsquo;s not just what\u0026rsquo;s inside the gallery that makes this Cornwall attraction special though, step outside and you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourself right on Porthmeor beach, so it\u0026rsquo;s a fascinating place to visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are engaging exhibitions which change frequently, as well as guided tours, family events and a cafe. The Tate St Ives is linked to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden too, so you can buy a joint ticket for both attractions. The museum is just a 10 minute walk from the gallery so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to do both in the same day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSt Ives is a laidback kind of resort, and its gallery is no different. If you visit during school holidays you\u0026rsquo;ll find seasonal events that help get children engaged and excited about art, and they\u0026rsquo;re great fun \u0026ndash; just check the website for details before your holiday. You\u0026rsquo;ll find hands on activities for the children throughout the year, so they\u0026rsquo;ll get as much from their visit as mum and dad. You can hire an ipod touch for just \u0026pound;3, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to wander around at your own pace and enjoy a multimedia tour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.2149,"LocationLongitude":-5.48257,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/tate.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"carbis-bay/st-ives/tate-st-ives","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/tate.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s an attraction that\u0026rsquo;s guaranteed to put a smile on your face - Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary in Helston. The sanctuary is just a 40 minute drive away from beautiful St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s well worth the journey. Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates seals, and visitors can meet the seriously cute collection of grey and common seals housed within its pools.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sanctuary\u0026rsquo;s focus is on rehabilitation, so most of the seals stay at the sanctuary until they\u0026rsquo;re ready to return to the sea. Because of the nature of the attraction we can\u0026rsquo;t promise which seals you get to meet, but there are always recovering pups and seals on hand to welcome friendly faces on any given day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are also sea lions, otters, penguins and a selection of farm animals, and many are surprised to learn that dogs are welcome throughout the sanctuary on leads. In fact it\u0026rsquo;s been names by Cesar as a leading dog friendly attraction. The Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary is open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are talks and feeds throughout each day so visitors can see up close just how much work goes into caring for the seals so that they can return to the wild.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.0952,"LocationLongitude":-5.20585,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/seals.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"hayle/st-ives/cornwall-national-seal-sanctuary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/seals.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Blas Burgerworks","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBlas Burgerworks is a gourmet burger restaurant with a heart. Championing good food over fast food, this St Ives restaurant serves up mouth-watering gourmet burgers with imaginative toppings created using local ingredients. All meat is 100% Cornish and there are so many options on the menu that there\u0026rsquo;s a flavour and relish to suit every kind of burger lover.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFavourites include the blackbean burger with corn salsa and guacamole, the classic collection of Cornish beef burgers and the award-winning Halloumi Stack with caper aioli. There\u0026rsquo;s always a new surprise on the menu for those who have been before, and those that haven\u0026rsquo;t should prepare to fall back in love with the burger.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOk so those are the fact, now for the reviews. The restaurant\u0026rsquo;s accolades include the Best for Burgers Award from the Sunday Telegraph, inclusion in The Good Food Guide 2013, a Green Tourism Gold award and more. All meat for the burgers is reared naturally, the furniture diners enjoy them on is created using reclaimed materials and even the electricity in the restaurant is green. All burgers are chargrilled, and all produce is as fresh as possible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2115,"LocationLongitude":-5.47898,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/gourmet-burger.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/blas-burgerworks","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/gourmet-burger.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Seagrass","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFor a fairly new restaurant, Seagrass has more than its share of raving TripAdvisor reviews. Head Chef Lee Groves shot to fame in 2010 when he reached the \u0026lsquo;Masterchef the Professionals\u0026rsquo; semi finals, and he now creates contemporary dishes using local produce and ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSt Ives is the hub of the art world, so it\u0026rsquo;s fitting that the dishes in its favourite restaurant look fantastic too. The menu is always one step ahead of the diners, bringing the best from the season and turning it into an inspiring meal that they\u0026rsquo;ll remember for a long time. All produce is sourced locally and all meals are created right on the premises.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re a fan of shellfish you\u0026rsquo;ll love the Oyster and Shells menu, and it includes a whole selection of shells right from the Cornish coast. Choices like oysters, razors, mussels and langoustine always leave diners struggling to choose just one dish \u0026ndash; and don\u0026rsquo;t even get us started on the Fruit\u0026nbsp; de Mer! Why not order your meals in advance to ensure you get just the dish you want?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a modern experience and fine food, put this one on your \u0026lsquo;to do\u0026rsquo; list during a stay in St Ives accommodation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2153,"LocationLongitude":-5.47889,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364662303.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_poi_logo/2013/03/1364662345.JPG/poi_logo.jpg","Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/seagrass","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364662303.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Harbour Fish \u0026 Chips","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAlthough it\u0026rsquo;s something of a magnet for bohemians and the cultured, St Ives still has its seaside charm to maintain \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s lucky it boasts Harbour Fish \u0026amp; Chips. Third in the TripAdvisor ratings for eateries in St Ives, this choice serves up unforgettable (and quite fancy!) fish and chips. It\u0026rsquo;s family friendly, and great value too \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for lunch or dinner during a family holiday in St Ives.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHarbour Fish and Chips takes the fresh catch of each day and serves it up, simply cooked and just the way you like it. Choose from battered or grilled fish, and if you\u0026#39;re watching the waistline you can swap the chips for one of the house salads. 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The six mile stretch that joins the lesser known surf town of Hayle with the art centre that\u0026rsquo;s St Ives is a nice one for dog owners, and you\u0026rsquo;ll follow the Hayle Estuary which is known for its bird life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walk starts at the Hayle harbour Swing Bridge, which dates back more than one hundred years, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass along St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Way \u0026ndash; following the footsteps of pilgrims who once made the journey to Spain.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for Porth Kidney Sands along the way, as dogs are allowed on this stretch of beach all year round and the lack of parking nearby means it\u0026rsquo;s often deserted. 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Both St Ives and Penzance are well connected, so you\u0026rsquo;ll have no trouble getting back to your starting point or heading home once you complete the journey, and the route has a grading of easy. In fact, this is one of the most scenic areas of the South West Coast Path, and the route has a lovely feeling of remoteness.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path winds its way along a wild landscape, passing some of the sites that helped shape Cornwall. The route also picks up the Granite Coast, taking walkers past the Levant Mine and Beam Engine, as well as the ruined engine houses of Botallack. Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, visitors can see this restored engine in action, so steam enthusiasts should leave time to explore this iconic location. You\u0026rsquo;ll pass the jutting Cape Cornwall as you go, and until 200 years ago it was thought to have been Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s most westerly point.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake your time in this spot as there are clear views out to the Brisons, and on a very lucky day you can see all the way to Scilly Isles. This area of the coastline is a haven for birdwatchers, as Peregrine falcons, Cornish Chough and many more bird species are common sights. Other highlights of this walk include the Minack Theatre, the fishing port of Mousehole and St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.2152,"LocationLongitude":-5.47777,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1367419412.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/walking-st-ives-to-penzance","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1367419412.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"St Michael\u0027s Way","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis twelve mile stretch was named after the patron saint of high places, and given some of the cross country terrain it covers that\u0026rsquo;s pretty fitting. St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Way runs for twelve miles between St Ives, Lelant, Penzance and Marazion and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the recently rejuvenated pilgrim walks. This route is full of quirky landmarks and stunning scenery and it starts at the church of St Uny in Lelant.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll follow the route inland from Lelant before reaching the curious Knill\u0026rsquo;s Steeple. John Knill was once the collector of customs for St Ives, and he built the structure as his mausoleum. He died in 1872 but was never buried there as the ground wasn\u0026rsquo;t consecrated, but it still looms high above St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. Look out for Bowl Rock as you walk on from the steeple too, as local legend has it that it was placed there by a giant many years ago...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs you reach the National Trust area of Trencrom Hill bear in mind that this unexcavated spot is believed to house sixteen hut circles and axe heads have been found on the lower section of this hill that date all the way back to 3500 BC. When you reach Ludgvan you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose between two routes, and both are thought to have been used by medieval travellers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can either make your way through marshes to St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount or wander the country lanes to Gulval. The church at Ludgvan once served as a gathering point for the pilgrims following the path, and it would have been a welcome sight to the weary keen to reach St Michael\u0026rsquo;s Mount.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.1887,"LocationLongitude":-5.43634,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1367421548.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cornwall/st-ives/st-michaels-way","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1367421548.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Gwithian Academy of Surfing","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWith its slow breaks and gently sloping nature, St Ives Bay is a lovely place to learn to surf. There\u0026rsquo;s great surf all year round, the waters tend to be warmer than at many other surfing spots and the surf isn\u0026rsquo;t too daunting for first time surfers. The surf forms and breaks slowly in St Ives Bay, so it\u0026rsquo;s a safe area to learn before trying some of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s more dramatic waves. The Gwithian Academy of Surfing is based in St Ives and takes full advantage of the bay\u0026rsquo;s qualities, and this friendly surf school makes learning the sport great fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEvery coach at Gwithian Academy of Surfing is qualified in surf coaching, lifeguarding and first aid, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be in safe hands throughout the experience. In fact, two of them have even coached the British Junior Surfing Team so you\u0026rsquo;ll be learning from the best. They make sure that learners of all levels have fun during every lesson, and they\u0026rsquo;re carefully designed to be rewarding for all ages. The school os one of only three in Britain that\u0026rsquo;s accredited by the Academy of Surfing Instructors, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it right on the northern tip of St Ives Bay in Gwithian.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beachside surf school has comfortable changing facilities, a classroom for teaching surfing theory and offering video analysis to help you learn, and there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of parking. Lessons are available for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers who just want to brush up on their skills. 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Stand in the Tate St Ives and look outside and you\u0026rsquo;ll see this sandy beach with its clear waters \u0026ndash; in fact the sight will inspire the artist in you even if you\u0026rsquo;ve never picked up a paintbrush.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust outside the Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives and it\u0026rsquo;s not only beautiful but it\u0026rsquo;s another Cornwall beach that suits everyone. Whether your choice of beach fun is a relaxing day with the family or hitting the waves with your surfboard, you\u0026rsquo;ll find everything you need.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe break at Porthemor Becah is a friendly one, so the area usually attracts beginner and intermediate level surfers. When some of the more exposed beaches in Cornwall are being battered by strong south westerlies and generating daunting waves Porthmeor enjoys a smaller wave height and shelter that makes it comfortable for many. When the north coast is blown out you\u0026rsquo;ll find the surfing community head to Porthmeor, and whether you join them or not they make a fantastic sight as they ride the waves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePorthmeor Beach has half a mile of firm sand, a cafe right on the beach and a seasonal dog ban. The TripAdvisor reviews are full of visitors who return year after year from all over the world, and they surf, body board, collect shells, sunbathe and just relax in their own way. There\u0026rsquo;s always lots of space no matter what you fancy doing, and we\u0026rsquo;d recommend walking if you\u0026rsquo;re staying close enough as parking can be tricky. 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The Tate St Ives gallery looms behind the sandy Porthmeor Beach and families paddle in the clear waters. Sound idyllic? That\u0026rsquo;s because it is.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Cornish town of St Ives has always attracted artists, those who love literature and those with an eye for a stunning landscape \u0026ndash; 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe St Ives September Festival runs for two weeks each (yes, you guessed it!) September, and celebrates the arts in one of the South West\u0026rsquo;s most inspirational spots. The Guildhall hosts many of the biggest music and performance events, and the town\u0026rsquo;s pubs and clubs host many of the others.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe programme includes themed talks, poetry, plays, workshops, open studios, films and comedy \u0026ndash; 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCulture and the arts sit at the heart of St Ives, and the festival has been a huge part of its annual diary for decades. 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There are also paintings and drawings on display throughout the house as well as archive materials that will fascinate any Barbara Hepworth fan.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara lived and worked on the site of the museum (then Trewyn Studios) from 1949 until she died in 1975 and she left much of her work to the Tate Gallery so that art lovers could continue to enjoy it. The bronze sculptures that stand in the garden today were created right there, and Barbara used the area to showcase her finished pieces as well as to work on them in the fresh air. 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It\u0026rsquo;s little surprise then, that the resort\u0026rsquo;s art scene is vibrant, fresh and ever filled with enthusiasm. Just a stone\u0026rsquo;s throw from Porthmeor Beach and the Tate St Ives you\u0026rsquo;ll find Porthminster Gallery, a new gallery that hosts regular exhibitions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHoused in a building once used as a pilchard warehouse, the gallery is an atmospheric spot to lose yourself in art for awhile, and the curator places a strong emphasis on local artists. The quayside gallery is warm and welcoming, and its exhibitions change regularly, focusing on British and St Ives artists. 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A St Ives holiday is all about watching artists capture the views, wading in clear waters and checking out the art work in the Tate St Ives, and what better place to lie back and forget the world than Sail Lofts Ocean Spa?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOpen from Monday to Friday, this day spa offers rejuvenating treatments to get you in holiday mode. The Sail Lofts Ocean Spa Sensations treatment is a revolutionary way to let go, and treats customers to an hour of contrasting sensations to leave them feeling relaxed and fresh.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eClose your eyes as the cleansing facial mist warms the room, feel those niggles melt away as the body is scrubbed and then welcome a massage that uses Thai herbal compresses for a unique experience. 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The influence of its Australian chef brings a little flavour of Sydney to every visit and the menu\u0026rsquo;s quirky creations have their own local following.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;If you\u0026rsquo;ve yet to sample tapas food art then your visit to St Ives should be just the excuse, and Cameron\u0026rsquo;s dishes include Cajun squid, courgette and manchego fritters and sardines on toast topped with salsa verde \u0026ndash; the menu is full of dishes that we\u0026rsquo;d never think of trying otherwise but trust us, they work!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDiners can choose between sitting indoors or taking to one of the converted beach hut pods outside. Even if there\u0026rsquo;s a bit of a sea breeze the heaters and blankets mean customers can stay and enjoy the views for as long as they want. 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