Activities and events in St Ives during September

We can’t quite believe that September is upon us, the summer holidays may be over, but September in St Ives is one of the most exciting months yet!

St Ives September Festival

Commencing mid-September, the town is set to host a fantastic array of entertainment, covering all aspects of St Ives’ arts heritage whilst inviting guests on a global scale. There will be music, films, workshops, comedy, poetry, theatre and so much more.

Where to look and where to book?

To have a comprehensive list of all the wonderful goings on throughout the festival we would recommend heading directly over to the St Ives September Festival website. There will be live music, theatre, films, poetry, Open Studios, exhibitions, workshops, walks, talks and of course, St Ives late-summer sunshine! For the kiddies, there is also children’s literature events with guest authors appearing (we are rather excited about that!) Plus the Circus is coming to town!


You’re able to purchase online tickets directly from the St Ives September Festival website or through the Cornish Riviera Box Office.

The Visit St Ives Information Centre located at the St Ives Library on Gabriel Street also has tickets for the events throughout the festival. If you’re passing through any stops en-route to St Ives, you’re able to purchase tickets from tourist offices in places such as Penzance, Truro and Falmouth.

If you’re feeling particularly spontaneous, some tickets will be available to purchase on the door!

When and where is it happening?

Throughout the festival fortnight 11-25 September 2021, St Ives will be more alive than ever. Galleries, pubs, bars and workshops dotted throughout St Ives open their doors to performers and you’re invited to explore, observe and even join in.

Enjoying the Autumn views

 The weather in Cornwall during September can be stupendous, a real Indian summer treat but, being the British Isles, it can also be just as unpredictable as mid-summer!

To ensure the wonderful views of St Ives can be enjoyed, whatever the autumnal weather, we have comprised a list of some restaurants with our favourite views (you may spot a beach theme…).

Porthminster Café

By truly living up to its name, Porthminster Café is nestled on the edge of Porthminster Beach. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner, you’re able to enjoy the glorious views throughout the day. With exceptional views of the beach and sea, no matter the weather, you’ll feel like you’re making the most of your surroundings.

Porthgwidden Café

Porthgwidden Beach is tucked away in a cosy corner, behind the Island. The café and terrace are consequently privy to the best views of the beach, the bay and even Godrevy Lighthouse. Offering a perfect hideaway to watch the storms and a covered and heated terrace for those sunny yet breezy days.

Porthmeor Beach Café

Whatever the weather, we’d recommend Porthmeor Beach Café. With indoor seating and the coolest selection of outdoor booths, it’s a great location all year round. If you’re dressed for the weather, the sheltered booths are the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view and food, whilst being provided with blankets and heaters you can snuggle round and watch the surf, feeling pretty toasty too!


The Sea in September

Believe it or not, September is apparently the warmest time of year to go for a dip in the sea!

The beaches in St Ives are lifeguarded until the end of September, so with the water getting a little warmer (apparently…) and the beaches a little less full, it’s a great time to strap on your wetsuit and go for a dip.

Autumn is also one of the best times of year to hit the water with a surfboard. The St Ives Surf School, based at Porthmeor Beach is a brilliant team of experienced teachers and surfers. They’re able to accommodate for all abilities and not just with surfing. Head over to their website to explore all the great ocean activities they host – from coasteering to kayaking!

Shopping in September

As the streets become a little less crowded, and the new season stock arrives, you’ll find the beautifully cobbled Fore Street and surrounding shops open for business. Whilst strolling along this quaint little street you’ll come across all things lovely and all things St Ives.

A common theme you’ll spot among the street is a selection of small, sweet, timeless fudge shops. In Cornwall, fudge is a must, so we’d definitely recommend popping into one you stumble across during your strolls throughout St Ives.

Of course, there is more than just the bakeries, fudge shops and food (although they are up there with the best). You’ll also find a number of fashion outlets to browse through. From Timberland and Joules, to all the quirky surfer shops!

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