St Ives is a beautiful town in the far west of Cornwall, world famous as a centre for modern art, during its peak rivalling London and New York. For such a small town this is an incredible achievement. What was it that drew famous artists to this tiny harbour in the far-west of Cornwall? – The same reason that so many tourists visit each year - the superb quality of light, beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline.
An aerial photo showing the position of each beachshack property please click on the name for further details
The original old town of St Ives, the down-long area, was formed on what appears almost to be an Island, a peninsula that juts out into the sea, this gives the town it’s amazing sense of light as the town is surrounded on 3 sides by water.
The legacy of the town as a centre for the modern movement is still strongly in evidence today, with the world renowned;
Leach Pottery and a wide selection of good quality smaller galleries showing an ever changing display of art from post war up to the present time. Music is also an important feature of the town. Throughout the year the pubs and the Guildhall play host to various bands from local to world music.
21 June – 15 July
The Eden sessions begin with Dizee Rascal & final act Elbow
Penzance 21 June – 29 June
Penzance's community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts and theatre. Events include a fireworks display on the prom, Mazey Day, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment
Penzance Literary Festival
Penzance 16 July – 20 July
The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too.
All of these artistic achievements are celebrated during the St Ives September festival, which runs from 13 to 27 September 2014, a popular draw for both UK and international visitors.
St Ives boasts a number of good quality restaurants, bars, delicatessens and a popular farmers market held every Thursday in the Guildhall.