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Back to School, Back to the Seaside!

Featuring an array of arts, literature and live music, St Ives September Festival takes place Saturday 8th to Saturday 22th September 2012. The small fishing town is really brought to life by the spectacular array of bands, events and spontaneous gigs, alongside exhibitions, talks, walks, comedy, theatre, cabaret and street entertainment. You name it, you’re sure to find it at St Ives this month.

Started in 1978, the festival featured an array of events celebrating the local area. Today, it has evolved and offers fifteen days of music, arts and literature throughout the town, attracting visitors from all over the world. St Ives was last year voted Best UK Seaside Town at the British Travel Awards, and if you’ve never visited before, this could be the perfect time. With the sea at its warmest, beautiful sunsets and generally fantastic atmosphere around the town, the festival really brings the place alive. Last year saw the busiest turnout since it began, and this year already looks to build on that success.

Saturday 8th September marks the opening of the festival with wonderful free entertainment creating a carnival theme with lots of dancers, musicians and performers in the streets pubs, and at the Tate St Ives loggia, including, Steve Jones and The Castle session, Bagas Porthia, Bridge the Gap, the Ginger Fiddlers, Seef Saffah, Penzance Morris, Stamp and Go, Falmouth Shout, Swing ‘Em Fair and many others. The event kicks off outside Mountain Warehouse, Fore Street at 10.00am.

There are multiple free exhibitions including the St Ives Arts Club Members Exhibition. Established in 1890, they are the oldest arts society in St Ives, hosting a year round programme of art and performance events. The show of members’ features paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs and textiles. Also worth checking out is the New Craftsman Gallery on Fore Street, who this September are celebrating their 50th Year. Featuring Matthew Lanyon’s solo show alongside an exhibition of Jack Doherty and Leach Pottery, and jewellery by Cornelius Jacob Van Dop - perfect if you’re after some unique holiday gifts!

The festival features regular drop-in life drawing events, community theatre and workshops. Don’t miss Tim Rich and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical, Evita, at St Ives Theatre, performed by Kidz R Us. Also featuring a collection of four choirs showcasing the range and diversity of the local ‘choral scene’ in Cornwall. Workshops across the month include, Meditation with Isabelle in St Ives Library; Lanyon’s Landscape at St Ives School of Painting with St Ives artist Peter Lanyon; and Creating Your Holiday Journal in Pen, Ink and Wash with Nicola Higgins in Mariners Gallery. Also worth checking out, Late Night Drawing Cabaret produced by Cornish Cream and Crackers at the famous St Ives School of Painting, where you will be invited to get involved with the chance to donate your work to the sketch sale the following day.

If you’d like to catch up on some local history during your visit, be sure not to miss the walking tours taking place throughout the festival, featuring a few local ghosts stories to keep you guessing!

For the full programme click here.

If you’re looking for Holiday Parks in Cornwall to stay during your visit, why not check out our Liskey Hill Holiday Park, a mere forty minute drive from St Ives.

Hope to see you there!


Best Wishes,
Vale Holiday Parks