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about st ives

St Ives History.

After the demise of the tin mining industry – relics of which can still be seen today scattered around the countryside – Cornwall turned its attention to its beautiful and spectacular coastline. During the early part of the last century, many artists tried to capture the natural quality of light reflected from the beaches and granite cottages. The fishing industry has also left its reminders. Cornwall’s shoreline was once crammed with fishing boats and the beaches heaved under the strain of millions of pilchards, herring and mackerel.

St. Ives is unique in its history – still to be seen are the engine houses of its mines; the fishing boats sail in and out of the harbour; the fishermen’s granite cottages and tiny iced-fish stores – all vying for position amongst narrow cobbled streets.

St Ives Geography.

Nestling into the meandering coastline of four beaches, St. Ives holds great variety for the visitor; the stunning white soft sand of Portminster, the harbour, Porthgwidden and Porthmeor beaches for sunbathing and safe swimming; many varied inns and restaurants; fishing trips and motorboat hire; nightlife; refreshing walks in the rugged countryside on the outskirts of town or just exploring its quaint nooks and crannies.

In the heart of the harbour, Premier, Chy Mor and Chy an Chy Apartments provide the perfect base from which to explore the ‘Gem of the Cornish Riviera’.

If you prefer hotel accommodation you may wish to consider the Blue Hayes Hotel or the Primrose Valley Hotel. Should you prefer to stay in Carbis Bay, the Rotorua Apartments may be what you are looking for.

Art in St Ives.

For art lovers there are visits to the Barbara Hepworth Gallery, the Leach Pottery, and ‘jewel in the crown’, the new Tate Gallery.

Tate St Ives is an art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, UK, exhibiting work by modern British artists, including work of the St Ives School. The three story building, designed by architects Evans and Shaleff, lies on the site of the old gas works overlooking Porthmeor Beach. It was opened to the public in 1993, the second regional gallery in the Tate Gallery network.

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives, Cornwall preserves the 20th century sculptor’s studio and garden much as they were when she lived and worked there. The studio, known as Trewyn Studio, was purchased by Hepworth in 1949, and is typical of the stone-built houses in St Ives. Her living room is furnished as she left it, while the workshop remains full of her tools and equipment, materials, and part-worked pieces. The sculptures featured at the museum (mainly in the secluded garden) were some of her favourites. Her workshop also includes a queue of uncut stones that one visitor has described as “still waiting for their moment in the shadow of her workshop”.

St Ives Attractions, Activities & Facilities.

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Leisure / Gym


Relaxation / Treatment


ARCHIE BROWNS GALLERY – Bread Street, Penzance. Monday-Sat 10.00am – 4.00pm

AVALON ART GALLERY – West End, Marazion 01736 710161

THE BOOK GALLERY, ST. IVES – Bedford Rd, St. Ives 01736 793545. Mon.-Fri. l0am-5pm Sat l0am-2pm

GOLDSITHNEY GALLERY – Fore St. Goldsithney, Penzance 01736 711129. Open every day l0am – 5pm

THE GREAT ATLANTIC MAPWORKS – West Place, St. Just 01736788911. Open Tues. – Sat. 11.30-4.30 http://www.greatatlantic.co.uk

MARINERS GALLERY – Norway Square, St Ives. 01736 795582

The MILLPOOL STUDIO – Mill Lane, Mousehole. 10.30am – 5.30pm 01736 731115

NEWLYN ART GALLERY – Gallery and shop are open Mon-Sat l0am – 5pm. Admission. Free, but donations are welcome 01736 363715

THE NEW MILLENNIUM GALLERY – Street-an-pol, St Ives. 01736 793121

NOEL BETOWSKI GALLERY – Bread Street, Penzance. 01736 810291. Mon-Fri. l0am – 3.30pm Sat. 10.30am – 2.00pm

PENLEE HOUSE GALLERY & MUSEUM – http://www.penleehouse.org.uk Penlee House, Morrab Rd. Penzance 01736 363625 Cafe open 10.30-4.30 Mon. – Sat.

PENWITH GALLERIES – Back Road West, St. Ives 01736 795579

PENZANCE SOCIETY OF ARTISTS – Bakehouse Gallery, Chapel St. Penzance

Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm daily. Admin. Free Tel. Mobile 04031 62957

PLUMBLINE GALLERY – Barnoon Hill, St. Ives. Tel. 01736 797771

RAINYDAY GALLERY – 116, Market Jew St. Penzance. Tel: 01736 366077 rainyday@macunlimited.net Open 10.00-5.00 Mon.- Sat.


SANCREED HOUSE – Last Sat. of the month Performance: Music, Poetry. 01736 810409

SCHOOLHOUSE GALLERY – The Schoolhouse, Morvah, Cornwall, TR20 8YT 01736 787808 www.morvah.com

TATE GALLERY, St. IVES – http://www.tate.org.uk/ For new Gallery opening times and further information Tel. 01736 796226

THE SCHOOL HOUSE, MORVAH – 01736 787808 or 788161. Open Sat.-Tues. 1.30-5.00 Wed.-Fri. 10.00-5.00

THE ST IVES SOCIETY OF ARTISTS GALLERY – Old Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives. 01736 731823 Exhibitions Usualy open March until end October. 10am – 4.30pm Mon – Sat

STEAM POTTERY, PENDEEN – 01736 788070 Pottery + Gallery open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm Sun l0am-5pm

In and around the local area we are blessed with some really great theatre locations. Whether its Hamlet or Macbeth at the Minack or The Barron Knights at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro there is something to suit all tastes

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Acorn Theatre, Parade Street, Penzance

Penlee Open Air Theatre, Morrab Road Penzance

Kids R Us, Youth Theatre Company, St Ives

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

St. Ives Museum, Porthmeor Beach – Open from end of May to September.
Holds a fascinating insight to over 200 years of the towns history. The building is situated between Portgwidden Beach and the Harbour in Wheal Dream and easily accessible from the town centre. Browse at your leisure through literally hundreds of photos, memoirs and treasures on view portraying St. Ives history of fishing, tin mining and its Lifeboat service amongst many other interesting items.

Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre – www.shipwreckcharlestown.com

National Maritime Museum – www.nmmc.co.uk

Locally we have many traditional and community events, which are mainly run over the summer period, listed are just a selection of the most popular ones:

Golowan Festival in Penzance – Mid to late June Huge traditional festival over seven days, including the Mazey Day street parade, fireworks and street theatre.

Lafrowda Festival in St. Just – Mid July A week’s cultural events culminating in a day of street parades, stalls, and continuous music, dance and theatre.

Newlyn Fish Festival – Late August Music, craft stalls and other entertainments.

St. Ives Festival – September 3 week festival of art, literature and music at various locations around St. Ives, with an additional fringe festival. – www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Porthmeor Beach is the surfing beach in St. Ives.

Porthmeor Beach Café and Surf Centre for lessons etc.
Tel: 01736 793366

St. Ives Surf School, Porthmeor Beach. BSA approved school.
Tel 0966 498021

There are numerous surf shops selling or hiring wet suits.

The Royal Cinema, Royal Square, St. Ives. Tel: 01736 796843

3-screen cinema showing selection of current releases.

Tregenna Castle Hotel Golf Course
A parkland course set in the magnificent grounds of Tregenna Castle Hotel with narrow fairways, small greens and fabulous views of St. Ives Bay.

West Cornwall Golf Course, Lelant
Cornwall’s oldest course overlooking St. Ives Bay is a true links course with numerous natural qualities and fine turf.

Innovations – St. Ives Rugby Club – Fully qualified fitness instructor
Temporary Membership – Pay per session. Tel 01736 798077
St Ives Leisure Centre, Trenwith Burrows, St. Ives. Tel 01736 797006
Offering 25m main swimming pool, childrens pool, gym and sports café.

The Attic Cellar, Street-an-Garrow, St. Ives Tel: 01736-799396
Alternative & Traditional Massage therapies, genuine Finnish Sauna (seating 6 persons) Revitalising Aromatherapy Steam Capsule
Advanced Professional Beauty Therapy (facials, waxing, Dermalogica skincare)

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