St Ives September Festival

It’s that time of year again...

The St Ives September Festival is here so we’ve decided to answer the three questions on most people’s lips “what’s it all about, when is it and woz on?”


What’s it all about?
First starting in 1978, the festival was founded by a group of locals who wanted to close the summer season in style with a 2 week celebration of arts and culture in the town. To this day the festival is one of the most popular times of the year in St Ives with the town filling with live music, theatrical performances, comedy, poetry, art and so much more.

With events held in over 20 different venues and locations the beauty of the festival is that even if you don’t feel like booking tickets ahead of time you can simply stroll through the streets on any given night with your eyes and ears open and pop into whatever venue or music filled pub takes your fancy.

When is it? 
The now 47 year old festival takes places the middle two weeks of September.

Woz on? 
With a line-up that rarely disappoints, the festival has certainly pulled out the big guns this year with performers such as the internationally renowned acoustic band Show of Hands accompanied by Miranda Sykes and the BBC Folk Award winners Cara Dillon and Sam Kelly.

If all the amazing art on display through the many galleries and studios throughout the town stokes your creative side there are a whole host of workshops, courses and lessons from painting, pottery, printing, crafting and even band-style T-shirt designing.

And for those who would love to learn more about St Ives there are some truly unmissable guided tours on the town’s history, environment, architecture, comedy and even ghost walks.

For ticket purchases and information, including a full calendar of events visit

Street performer in St Ives

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