St Ives in Cornwall – A breath of fresh air
Simple, serene, clear air and incredible climate – not the kind of words you would see in the same sentence describing a single place. As implausible and fanciful as it seems, St Ives in Cornwall proves that it is possible after all! St Ives, on the coast of the Celtic sea, with its beautiful beaches and scenic surroundings has been the recipient of the Best UK Seaside Town award from the British Travel Awards twice in the last 5 years, and not without reason.
St Ives – Turning back time
According to legends, St Ives owes it origin to the Irish saint Ia of Cornwall who arrived there in the 5th Century and the parish church along with the town itself was named after her. The town was, in the past, known for and dependent on fishing. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the town accounted for the export of nearly 120-900 million fish. Unfortunately, with decline in catch, the town had to move to other viable commercial trades. With the St Ives Bay Branch Line, the new seaside resort came into being and the 19th and 20th centuries have transformed this queer and quiet town into a complete tourist attraction.
Getting to St Ives
St Ives is accessible via road, rail, coach and air. The Newquay airport is connected to a variety of UK airports while it is a 6 hour drive from London and the routes A30 and A38 lead you to Cornwall via the Tamar Bridge. The St Ives Branch Line will get you to the town within a quarter of an hour from the St Erth Station. It is also connected via coaches from a number of cities through Bristol and Plymouth. Travel within the town is simple with numerous bus services.
Accommodations and outdoors
There are quite a number of choices when it comes to in-town stay. The Queens hotel, Blue Hayes Private Hotel ( http://www.bluehayes.co.uk/ ), Primrose Valley hotel, St Ives Harbour hotel and Spa ( http://www.stives-harbour-hotel.co.uk/ ) , Boskerris Hotel and more offer great deals for those who wish for fine-dine and luxurious accommodations.
If you are the getting-one-with-the-nature type, the Ayr Holiday Park, Trevalgan Touring Park, Hellesveor Farm, Penderleat Caravan and Camping Park and the Polmanter Touring Park are perfect for camping.
Sports enthusiasts can look forward to the leisure centre, Ocean sports Carbis Bay, Golf, Coasteering and Surf School while guided and coastal walks provide a great way to take in the beauty and serenity of the town. With coast guard watches, fishing trips, boat rides and bird watching, nature lovers are also assured of a great time.
Partake in Festivals and Celebrations
St Ives is known for its art scene. Literature, art and culture are an integral part of the town. If words captivate you, then the St Ives Festival of Literature should be a great treat for your senses. The festival that usually takes place during the 2nd week of May includes book launches, workshops and readings from guest writers and poets.
The St Ives September Festival is perfect for all art lovers, be it music, art or literature. From an eclectic variety of musicians spanning genres like jazz, blues, classical, folk etc, to gallery exhibitions, poetry and literature readings and workshops, the festival that is organized in mid September, lasting 2 weeks, has it all.
The incredible fireworks and fancy dress show to ring in the new-year has become well known world over. Along with great food and craft fairs and Christmas related competitions, December is a great month to visit the town.
Palate and Shopping
From traditional to contemporary, St Ives offers its visitors a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants. The Golden Lion, The Castle Inn, The Croft and the Lifeboat Inn are some of the famous pubs of St Ives and Pels, Rum & Crab Shack, Porthmeor Beach-Cafe Bar and Ti21 Bar & Bristo are some of the most interesting cafes and bars in town. From locally sourced food to international cuisine, restaurants like Seagrass, The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, The Beach and Seafood Cafe offer a fantastic range to satisfy your taste buds.
Want to take back a little something that would remind you of St Ives apart from the fantastic memories? The Fore Street, Tregenna Place and High Street are home to varied shops that cater to clothes and designer wear, sports and art shoppers.
The sunlit beaches, clear air and a remarkable opportunity to be one with nature along with easy access to the luxuries of the modern world – St Ives offers this and more!