When you think of things to do in Cornwall, sun, sea and sand spring to mind — but sometimes...
With the beautiful seaside town of St Ives on your doorstep, why not leave your car at your home from home for the day, or even the week? With a plethora of activities and pursuits within easy reach, you can do your bit for the environment and for your back pocket.
Here are five of our top tips for things to do in and around St Ives:
Pack up a picnic or order a scrumptious hamper from The Allotment Deli in St Ives and head down to the beach. Take inspiration from what you can find on our stunning Cornish beaches and have a sand sculpture competition, loser buys the ice creams!
Take the 300 ‘Cornwall Explorer’ open top, double decker bus around the West Cornwall peninsula. Jumping on and off as much as you like, visiting Lands End, Sennen, Porthcurno and many other quaint Cornish villages. You will get the chance to peep over hedgerows and view this spectacular corner of Cornwall like never before.
It’s impossible to come to St Ives without taking in some of its famous art. Why not follow the art trail around the town, including the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery. There is also a great array of free galleries to pop in and out of, and if all this art has inspired you, how about joining one of the art classes run by the St Ives Art Club?
The great rock pool safari! Pack your bucket, net and swimming cossie and jump on the train to Penzance. Walk around the harbour stopping off at Bag O Rags, a pirate ship moored in the Harbour. A minute’s walk away is Battery Rocks, at low tide there is some fantastic rock pooling to be had. Check out our wildlife section on our website to see what species to lookout for. During the summer months the saltwater filled Jubilee swimming pool is open, located next to the rocks, with a very popular café which offers luscious lunches.
St Ives is home to the popular surf beach: Porthmeor. This amazing stretch of golden sand offers a surf school, cafe and restaurant, and throughout the summer season is supervised by RNLI Lifeguards. Zip up your wet-suit and head into the surf, then round off the day by watching the unbelievable red sunset with a glass of wine and beach barbecue.
St Ives and Carbis Bay offer a wide range of holiday cottages in West Cornwall, ideal for a car free holiday. First Great Western offering frequent trains directly into nearby St Erth and often to Carbis Bay and St Ives itself.