St. Ives is one of Britain's most enigmatic resorts, at once a haven for artists who come to enjoy its magnificent light and seek inspiration in its distance from the hustle and bustle of modern life and at the same time a magnet for large numbers of summer visitors. Despite its popularity, it somehow manages to retain its old-world charm with an enchanting maze of narrow streets and lanes, hemmed in by picturesque granite buildings. There are innumerable small craft and antique shops, art galleries, pubs and cafés. Porthmeor Beach provides surf and excitement whilst the quieter beaches at Porthminster and Carbis Bay provide more sheltered bathing. In between are rocky headlands and the delightful harbour. Our hotel is situated in Carbis Bay, with its lovely wooded coves and sandy beach, about two miles from the heart of St. Ives, which is easily accessible by train.
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St Ives is a myriad of steep, winding cobbled streets lined with an array of quaint cottages. It is also a magnet for artists, who flock here to catch the town's unique light and there are several galleries dotted around town. The town's beaches are extensive, safe and clean, with Porthmeor beach providing the surf and excitement whilst the quieter beaches at Porthminster and Carbis Bay provide more sheltered and relaxed bathing. The Trewyn Gardens, found just outside the heart of the town, offer welcome respite from the bustling pedestrianised streets and regularly win Britain in Bloom awards for their incredible floral displays. St Ives Mayday Festival A weekend of concerts, guided walks and exhibitions culminating in a grand May Day parade with maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen and King. St Ives September Festival A two week celebration of the musical and artistic heritage of St Ives with art, poetry, jazz and folk music. Www. Stivesseptemberfestival. Co.
UkNewlyn Fish Festival Held in August, a unique festival which includes auctions, cookery exhibitions and numerous stalls and craft sales. Newlynfishfestival. Org. UkGolowan Festival takes place in June in Penzance and offers a week of world music and diverse entertainment. Farmers Markets are held in Penzance every Friday and sell a range of fresh and locally produced goods. Penzancetowncouncil. The children are dressed all in white. The region surrounding St Ives is delightful and intriguing. There are lovely coves and picturesque fishing villages such as Port Isaac, setting for the popular television series, Doc Martin.
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The Cornish tin industry provided the setting for a much earlier television series, Poldark, and there are many fascinating sites for those with an interest in industrial archaeology. The Lizard is the most southerly point on the British mainland and is both beautiful and unique. Small whitewashed villages hug the rugged coastline and colourful fishing boats, resting on the beaches are reminders that this region still depends largely on the sea for its livelihood. The area is rich in wildlife, including many rare species of animals and plants and the temperate local climate ensures a year-round abundance of sub-tropical vegetation and floral colour. Thelizard. UkNewquay is Cornwall's premier tourist centre. Its eleven magnificent beaches, amongst the best in Europe, offer a range of activities from surfing to sunbathing. The town boasts all the amenities of a major resort, including swimming pools, golf, bowling and tennis, as well as excellent shops and atmospheric pubs. Visitnewquaycornwall.
UkPenzance and Land's End provide all the ingredients for a fascinating day out. Stroll around the pretty harbour in Penzance then visit Land's End, the 'first and last point of England', which is one of the country's top tourist attractions. Landsend-landmark. UkEden Project Tel: 56776 866966 Without doubt one of the most spectacular modern attractions in Britain, its striking architecture and its amazing collection of plants from around the world will enthral enthusiasts and non-gardeners alike. Edenproject. ComMinack Theatre Tel: 56786 865686 A unique open-air theatre its high quality performances are presented on an open stage against a stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs and turquoise skies. Minack.
ComHeligan Gardens Tel: 56776 895655 With Italian, walled and water gardens, as well as a famous ‘Jungle’ it is little wonder the gardens attract a record-breaking quarter of a million visitors every year. Heligan. ComSt Michael's Mount Tel: 56786 765557 Perched on a volcanic rock, this romantic castle/house dates from the 67th Century and features sub-tropical hanging gardens, some so steep that gardeners have to abseil down to tend to them! . Stmichaelsmount. UkMarazion is one of the oldest towns in Britain, with origins dating back to the Roman occupation. Set on the shores of Mount's Bay and separated from St Michael's Mount by a causeway, its clean sandy beaches and breathtaking views towards the Lizard and Land's End have established Marazion's place on the tourist map.
Isles of Scilly are easily accessible by ferry which leaves Penzance daily (crossing is just over 7½ hours). Key features of the islands, of which only five are inhabited, are crystal clear seas, dazzling white beaches, unspoilt marine scenery and an abundance of historical and archaeological remains.