St Ives, the most famous of Cornish holiday towns, loved for generations, is easy to reach by road or by air and easy by train, too, along one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Britain to crystal blue waters, golden sands and a warm welcome.
Life here is cradled around the harbour where boats still land good catches of freshest fish for the local restaurants to nourish you with. Brought ashore on the ancient granite quays, the catch is of the highest quality for your dinner plate or for the tables of some of Britain's finest restaurants.
A maze of tiny cobbled streets to wander through, lined by fishermen's cottages, with a breathtaking seaside vista to greet you at the end of each one.
Tate st ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London, is a stunning building with a varying exhibition of local and national works, well worth a visit.
St Ives Shanty Town Weekend
An unforgettable weekend of sea shanty singing, from some of the best groups in the land
Twenty five of the best sea shanty groups in the land are set to descend on St Ives later this month for the 4th St Ives Shanty Shout on 22nd and 23rd November.
Coordinated by St Ives group Bamaluz Bootleggers with support from local businesses, this year’s Shout promises to be bigger and better than ever. Seven local venues, all an easy walk from each other and from the picturesque working harbour of St Ives, will host performances from Friday afternoon to late on Saturday.
The Castle Inn, the Golden Lion, the Surf Shack, the Pilchard Press, the Queen's Hotel, Beer and Bird and Bier Huis will resound with rousing tunes and magical melodies weaving lyrical stories of the sea.
In all, over 200 singers from Cornwall and beyond will be welcomed to the town, thanks to the generosity of the venues. Visitors to the Shout can expect to be captivated by adventures in the days of sail and by modern songs of work and love in seaside towns.
The powerful and poignant harmonies of Kimber's Men (all the way from Halifax, thanks to sponsorship from St Ives Holidays and St Ives BID) will once again shape enduring memories. Many favourite groups from previous years are returning including Falmouth Shout, Figurehead and Cadgwith Singers, while new groups to the festival include Lytham St Anne’s Shanty Crew and the newly formed Foghorn Three from Zennor.
Entry to all the venues is free, but every year the Shout raises money for charity (over £1600 for Cornwall Air Ambulance last year), so visitors shouldn’t be surprised to see collection buckets for this year’s nominated charity: Penhaligon’s Friends