Things to Do

Events for 2017/2018

St Ives Feast Day 5th Feb
Soul Weekend 7-9 July 2017
St Ives Beer and Cider Festival 26-28 August
St Ives September festival - from 9th September.
St Ives Feast Day 5th Feb 2018

Beaches St Ives

Harbour - the harbour beach is right in the centre of town, perfect for taking in the great views, with all the shops and facilities only yards away. See picture above.

Porthminster - Porthminster beach is a generous stretch of pale yellow sand conveniently situated almost directly below St Ives railway station in South West Cornwall. If you're planning a car-free beach day, Porthminster has just about everything you need. The white building you can see in the far corner of the beach is Cornwall's renowned Porthminster Beach Cafe, which serves superb food with a view to match. If you tire of the beach, you can walk into town in about five minutes.

Porthmeor - This is Porthmeor Beach which, as you can see, is a popular choice in mid-summer, but also provides year-round entertainment for surfers. Behind and above you is Tate St Ives which was opened in 1993. As well as permanant displays by local artists including Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Sir Terry Frost and Barbara Hepworth, the gallery has a programme of exhibitions showcasing the work of prominent modern and contemporary artists.

Porthgwidden - The sheltered sandy cove of Porthgwidden is the smallest of the main St Ives beaches. It's only a couple of minutes walk from town and there is a small car park. Encircled by smart beach huts and with an excellent beach cafe and restaurant it has an air of chic European sophistication about it.

The Tate St Ives

Home of post-war British Modernism, St Ives provides the artistic foundations for Tate St Ives. The gallery was built to celebrate the Modernists as well as the surroundings and atmosphere that inspired them. The St Ives Modernists included such artists as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost and Sandra Blow.

Situated above stunning Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives unique architecture recalls the 'White Relief' works of the artist Ben Nicholson, as well as the unexpected twists and turns of the town of St Ives itself. Opening in 1993, the gallery offers a varied exhibition and events programme of international modern and contemporary art within the unique cultural context of St Ives including works from the Tate Collection.

Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. 01736 796226   Tate St Ives website

Published on  September 25th, 2017

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