Events in or around St Ives


Annual Events in St Ives

St Ives Feast Day and Hurling of the Silver Ball
Every February on Feast Monday

Ancient custom in St Ives which is held annually on Feast Monday. The Feast Day falls on the first Monday after February 3rd.

Begins with a civic procession from the Guildhall lead by the St Ives Guisers and featuring local schoolchildren and other organisations.

The procession goes through the town for a blessing at St Ia Well, near Porthmeor Beach and back to the Parish Church gardens where the ancient hurling of the silver ball is re-enacted at around 10.30pm. Whoever returns the ball to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall at midday receives a silver coin.

At around 11.30am on the steps of the Guildhall, the Mayor will distribute pennies to children under 7 years old.

At midday the Silver Ball will be returned to the Mayor at The Guildhall, and pennies will be distributed to children aged 7 years and above.

For more information: Tel: 01736 797840


St Ives Food and Drink Festival
Every May

A celebration of Cornish food & drink. Taste, try, meet, buy - enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer, see some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations. Porthminster Beach,
St Ives, Cornwall.

For more information: Tel: +44 (0)1736 368886 or visit St Ives Food and Drink Festival Website


St Ives Literature Festival
Every May

8 days of literature in St Ives with book launches, poetry readings, workshops and open air events.

St Ives Literature Festival


St Ives May Day
Every May

St Ives May Day - a celebration of Spring rooted in the ancient customs of the town.

At midday at the Guildhall the Grand Bard and Mayor of St Ives choose the May Queen and King and their attending Prince and Princess, in a ceremony known as the “pee whip” The St Ives Guisers appear and horn blowers herald the start of spring.

At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can watch May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music. Various local choirs and brass bands perform by the harbour throughout the day.

St Ives Guildhall, West Pier,
The Harbour & Rosemerryn, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NH

St Ives May Day

For further details Tel: 01736 448066


St Ives Biathlon
Every July

For more information and entry forms go to St Ives Surf Life Saving Club website


St Ives September Festival 2019
Every September

Music, Visual Arts, Poetry, Literature, Cinema and Theatre.
St Ives, Cornwall.
For more information:


Etsy Makers Cornwall Christmas Fair
Every late November/earlyDecember

Fri 30th November to Sun 2nd Dec

Fri - 6pm -9pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun 10am - 4pm

Guildhall, Street-An-Pol, Saint Ives Cornwall TR26 2NE


St Ives in December
Every December

Join in the family fun and festivities around St Ives throughout December. There's something for everyone.

Fri 1st to Sun 3rd Dec
Etsy Made Cornwall Christmas Fair
Fri - 6pm -9pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 10am - 4pm
Guildhall, Street-An-Pol, Saint Ives TR26 2NE

Sat 2nd Dec
Fair Mo
10am - 5pm
St Ia's Church, St Andrew's St, Saint Ives TR26 1AH

Sat 2nd Dec
Food Trail
12pm - 6pm

History Walks on the 2nd, 16th & 31st Dec 12pm - 1.30pm

Sat 2nd Dec 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Visit Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland Grotto at Salvation Army Hall, The Wharf, St Ives.

Sat 2nd Dec 5pm - 8pm
Kidz R Us Christmas Bazaar
St Ives Theatre, The Stennack, St Ives

Sat 2nd Dec 6pm - 7pm Take part in the amazing St Ives Lantern Parade through the streets to the Wharf and on to Market Square, High Street and Tregenna Place into Royal Square.

Tue 26 Dec
BOXING DAY SWIM – 12pm - 1pm
Brave the waves or cheer on the swimmers at Porthminster Beach, Saint Ives TR26 2EA

Sun 31st Dec
NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA - take part in Cornwall's biggest Fancy-Dress Party as the streets fill with revellers and musicians. Celebrate the start of 2018 as St Ives BID's spectacular Firework Display lights up the sky over the harbour.

Daily: Town Treasure Hunt and Shop Window Display Competition.

St Ives in December – it’s the only place to be!

See all the events, dates and times on St Ives in December


Extra Annual Event Info

St Ives Literature Festival

St Ives Literature Festival is held annually in May.

St Ives September Festival

St Ives September Festival is held every September with a huge programme of over 200 events including:
Visual Arts

St Ives will be buzzing, when artists and visitors from around the world converge on the town to join the local community for one of the biggest arts
festivals in Cornwall. The festival has a huge range of events covering all tastes - there really is something for everybody.

You can listen to a well known artist talk about their work, view leading edge contemporary art, have a beer at a traditional pub gig, see movies,
indulge your passion for Jazz, knit on the beach, enjoy a gourmet meal or take a lantern-lit walk with ghost stories.

During the few moments when this storm of culture pauses you can chill out on one of four beaches and enjoy the stunning views across the sea.

The events are spread across the town with some taking place on the harbour front and streets. Many are free, others are modestly priced.

The festival web site contains everything you need to know about the festival -Events, Venues, Artists and Tickets.

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Fixtures, matches and games links.



Car Boot Sales in St Ives

Flea Market and Collectables. St Ives Guildhall Every Monday from 10th April (09.30-4pm). Books, Jewellery, Postcards, Militaria etc. The market runs from April to end of October. Tel: 01736-850532


Car Boot Sales in St Ives

'Fair Wednesday' is a craft and general market which runs every Wednesday at St Ives' Guildhall from Easter week until December. Food stalls, art, jewellery, clothing, bric-a- brac, books, palmistry and Tarot readers etc. Stalls are normally £13.50. First time traders £7. Doubles £24. Unloading from 7.30am, trade from 10am-4pm. Parking is at the railway station or Leisure Centre. For further details call Esther on 01872-223735


Farmers Markets in St Ives

Farmers' Market The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives Every Thursday From 9.30am to 2pm Community-run market selling a range of fresh local food all year round. Contact: Tim Andrews 01736 795387



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