St Ives Feast Day
One of St Ives’ oldest traditions, Feast Day is a celebration of St Ives Parish Church’s consecration in 1434 AD. To this day it carries such local significance that the schools allow children to take the day off. Well, almost…
The day starts with a procession from the Guidhall to Venton Ia Well at the bottom of Porthmeor Hill where a band leads local school children as they perform a dance through the streets.
After this, the Mayor will make their way to the rear of the Parish Church and ‘hurl’ a silver ball to the beach below where a crowd of children wait to partake in what could be described as an ancient form of Rugby. There is only one rule in this game; return the ball to the Mayor at the Guildhall by midday.
After Hurling of the Silver Ball, the Mayor will also throw new pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall to the young children below. These days, what with inflation, one can’t but help the denomination of coin should be increased a little. At least 5 pence pieces…?
Historically, the local hunt has set off from Royal Square on Feast Day, but, as of 2019, the Town Council has ruled that this practice is now out-dated and inhumane so the hunt have not been invited to attend.
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Every year, on May 8th, Helston celebrates Flora Day. Thousands of people line the streets to watch the dances that take place over 4 miles. It takes some 20 minutes for the processions to pass any single spot along the way. Flora Day is an ancient festival that was once celebrated to welcome in a prosperous harvest, nowadays the town is beautifully decorated with spring flowers, garlands and bunting from the local countryside. There are 4 dances to enjoy; children from the local schools all dress in pristine white attire whilst the ladies can be seen in spectacularly bright and flamboyant ball gowns and the gentleman in traditional morning suits
Celebrations begin at 7am and continue throughout the day and evening with food, drinks, stalls and a fair. Entry is free but you will need to park outside of the town and walk in.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
St Ives plays host to its very own Food & Drink Festival on Porthmister beach. Offering up food, drink and live music to tantalise your taste buds and your ears, all set up on the golden sands of one of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches.
“From wine, cider and beer producers, to chocolate and cheese makers, fruit and vegetable growers and meat, chutneys, curry and bread produced in Cornwall, the food producers market at the St Ives Food & Drink Festival 2019 is sure to delight the taste buds”
Open Studios Cornwall
Visit artists and crafts people in their places of work, discover parts of the county that you may not otherwise see and meet the most interesting of folk in the form of this Cornwall clever creatives!
This unmissable annual event allows one to browse and buy works direct from the artists themselves. Top tip – cash is often king if you want to take the work home on the same day.
St Just is a place bursting with community spirit and every year the whole village comes together to sing, dance, eat, drink and be merry together. With plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy, Lafrowda Day is as traditionally Cornish as you can get.
Surfhouse Summer Island Disco
This event is fun for all the family. Taking place on the Island in St Ives for the second year, with even more live music and food & drinks available this year.
Early bird tickets were available last year selling at just £5.00 for adults, with kids U10 going free.
Image courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Fitz Marine Photography
Falmouth week is a real spectacle to behold. One of the most prominent sailing Regattas in the South West, Falmouth Week sees over 6 days of match racing, yacht sailing and traditional crafts in and around Falmouth Harbour. The whole of Falmouth comes alive for a week of activities both on and off the water, live music, food, drinks and more.
St Ives Lifeboat Day
Hosted by the RNLI to raise awareness and funds for the incredible crew that are on call 24-hours a day to provide search and rescue services in Cornwall. As well as stalls and entertainment, the lifeboat station on the harbour front in St Ives will be open for all to visit and you can chat to the crew about the vital work they, and their impressive lifeboats, do to keep us safe while enjoying the Cornish seas.
Don’t forget, if you’re unable to make it to St Ives for the event you’ll still be able to see what’s going on via our HD webcam of St Ives Harbour