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St Ives

About St Ives


There are plenty of things to do in St Ives, including beautiful beaches, a packed calendar events, fantastic art exhibitions, independent shops, family attractions and much more. No wonder it’s earned so many plaudits, including best family holiday destination and best seaside town amongst others!

One of St Ives’ biggest attractions is undoubtedly its climate with mild winters and warm summers. Most people head to the water when looking for things to do in St Ives. The town’s beaches offer ideal conditions for surfing, paddling fishing or just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

Known for its artistic heritage, you will find plenty of artistic attractions including the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Find what to do in St Ives with our holiday articles below. And if you’re feeling inspired, you can also take a look at some lovely holiday cottages there too!

Inspire: St Ives Holiday Articles


Golf Courses in Cornwall

Golf in Cornwall is an absolute delight. Not only do you have grand sea views and gorgeous green links but there are also plenty of inland courses to hone your skills.

With plenty of other attractions to enjoy, including some of Britain’s best pubs and restaurants to review the day’s play, there’s everything for experts and keen amateurs.

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What to do in Cornwall when it’s Raining

With so much to see and do, Cornwall allows you to plan your holiday perfectly. There are beautiful beaches, amazing activities and so many things to do that you won’t possibly fit them in to a single break.

But the one thing you can’t control is the weather! Despite having the mildest and sunniest climate in the UK, when the heavens do open in Cornwall they can put a dampener on visiting some of its most iconic sights.

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Cycling in Cornwall

Cycling in Cornwall is a delight. The region’s rural beauty and its network of cycle trails offer plenty for experienced riders or families looking to stretch their legs in the countryside.

There are coastal routes, woodland trails, peaks, valleys and everything in-between. In fact there’s something to meet the needs of every single cyclist – regardless of age and ability.

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Surfing Cornwall - The best beaches for boarding

Cornwall was made for surfing. The full force of the Atlantic bears down on this rugged coastline all year round, unleashing epic waves that rank among Europe’s best. But couple these wild conditions with a mild climate, grand coastal scenery and pristine beaches and you have something truly special - a breathtakingly beautiful location where everyone can find a surfing spot to match their skill.

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Best Beaches

In the far south west of Britain, the county of Cornwall is blessed with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK...and literally hundreds of beautiful beaches. To the north, golden sands are dominated by cliffs and Atlantic rollers, whilst the south coast enjoys calmer coves, harbours and estuaries.

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Fine Dining

Gorgeous scenery, local culture and fine weather are always important in a destination, and Cornwall offers them all. Today though, more and more people are looking to add great food to that list of essential holiday ingredients. So, how does this popular corner of England measure up?

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Finest Festivals

There’s nothing the people of Cornwall like better than a good old fashioned festival. And we’re not talking about fairy wings and legal highs here – Cornish festivals are a riot of tradition, culture, music, dancing, food and drink, making them some of the most colourful events on the British summer calendar.

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Family Friendly Activities in Cornwall

It’s sometimes hard to believe that Cornwall is part of Britain. It’s warmer than the rest of the country; it has nicer beaches than anywhere else in England; and the food is in a league of its own. Yet it’s just a few hours’ drive from your front door.

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Cultural Cornwall

World-renowned for sand, surf and summer holidays, Cornwall also enjoys a fantastically thriving, international arts scene which can happily be enjoyed, whatever the weather.

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