Seeing the New Year in at St Ives is a unique experience which you will never forget.

As the sun goes down on December 31st, the small cobbled streets of St Ives begin to fill.

Superman, Donald Trump, Chewbacca and Minions start appearing around every street corner. Some might think this is a plot for a new Hollywood movie, those in the know will recognise that it’s St Ives on New Year’s Eve.

The quaint Cornish seaside town comes alive to provide a party platform for families, couples and groups. It’s definitely one for your bucket list.

About the festivities in St Ives

One of the great things about St Ives on New Year’s Eve is it offers something for every generation.

The celebration starts early. Roads around the town centre and harbour front will close to traffic from 6 pm, allowing the early bird revellers to take to the streets.

Parents with young children or big families tend to take the first sitting, appearing early on in their costumes.
During the early evening, the local shops, pubs and bars are very welcoming towards families, offering a safe, fun filled experience for everyone.

As evening turns to night, families begin to move on, as the fun and excitement takes a tired toll on the children.

Is Dressing up obligatory to join St Ives New Year’s Eve Celebrations?

Whilst it’s not obligatory to get your fancy dress outfit on, it is the perfect opportunity to be a little outrageous.
Most people do, so you certainly won’t feel like the ‘odd one out’.

There are many charity shops in St Ives selling second hand clothes, an ideal way to help a charity and get your costume together.

If you want to be really original, then take a visit to the local charity shops, who are bound to have hidden treasures, combine that with your own imagination and voila!

You’re looking the part.

Where are the best places to be?

The celebrations are spread throughout the St Ives town, but the harbour front is where you’ll find the core of the activity.
Away from the harbour, you can meander through the winding streets where the bars and clubs will be enticing you in with a lively atmosphere.

Live music is popular in the bars, with music ranging from traditional folk to modern covers.

If weather permits, then even the beach becomes a gathering point. Lit up by the St Ives Christmas lights, you can group together with your fold up chairs. Just remember to bring a blanket, after all, we are talking mid-winter.

Where to eat in New Year’s Eve in St Ives?

For those who prefer to relax and be a voyeur, booking one of the seafront restaurants is a great choice.

There are several restaurants perched right on the seafront. Many are two stories, providing views across the entire St Ives beachfront and down onto the streets where you can judge and comment on your favourite fancy dress outfits. Book in advance though, as the best viewpoints get very busy.

For those who prefer a less formal meal, a wide choice of the best local fish and chips shops, takeaways and of course Cornish pasty bakeries are on hand and food stalls can be found dotted around.

St Ives will be busy on New Year’s Eve, so expect to wait longer than normal if eating out.

Those who don’t want to wait would be wise to eat first at their Cornish holiday home or apartment.

Where is the best place to see in the New Year?

At midnight, with the night in full flow, the majority head to the harbour front.

As the final seconds ticks by, everyone is in full voice, collectively counting down to the New Year. At midnight everyone averts their gaze towards the pier, where the fabulous firework display lights up the entire town, starting the New Year off in style.

New Year’s Day in St Ives

The day after the night before. New Year’s Day in St.Ives can only be described as ‘peaceful’.

Cafe’s and bars start to open mid-morning, allowing you to grab a much needed coffee.
The fresh sea breeze does, however, do its job. Clearing the foggiest of heads.

By: Tony Townsend On:13th November 2017
Categories:Blog,New Year Holidays,Seasons

Looking for family friendly holidays ideas for the February half term? If you are searching for inspiration and aren’t sure what to do, then why not consider packing the family up and making the trip to St Ives.

Located in Cornwall, this stunning seaside town is a hidden gem, with incredible beaches, award winning restaurants, boutique shops, galleries and a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages to enjoy.

So what does Cornwall and St Ives have to offer this February half term?

World class beaches – picture deserted golden sands, azure waters, rocky headlands and foamy wavesand your family running along them! St Ives boasts Porthminster, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Bamaluz, Harbour Beach, Carbis Bay Beach, Porthkidney Sands and multitude of coves to explore. For the more adventurous perhaps enjoy a day surfing or coasteering with St Ives Surf School, based on Porthmeor or Porthminster beaches.

Beach in Cornwall

Water water everywhere – you can’t go far in Cornwall without being by the sea, whether it is rock pooling, or crabbing off a pier or more adventurous water sports and activities then there is somewhere in Cornwall that will cater to all your needs.

Castles and Dragons – Cornwall is an ancient community which has had prominence through history and it boasts castles and dwellings that have remained throughout the ages from the Bronze Age through to the present day. Explore these fascinating places such as Chysauster Bronze Age village, Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, Llanhydrock House and Gardens, Tintagel with its Arthurian legends and St Micheals Mount with a stunning monastery and home on top of it’s own tidal island.

13th – 17th February 2017 (10.30am – 3.30pm)

Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in the Tudor fort of Pendennis this half term.  Warm up by the roaring fire in the castle keep as you help the Tudor cooks to prepare a feast for the banquet before you step outside to try your hand at sword drills and jousting.

English Heritage members: free/ Adult: £7.90 Child: 5 – 15 years: £4.70 Concession: £7/ Family: £20.50

Expand your horizons – Do you fancy planning your first mission to space this February half -term and getting up close to our solar systems amazing stars and planets?  There’s now an actual space portal in Falmouth!  Or perhaps visit the futuristic biomes at the Eden Project, enjoy the rainforest or perhaps a trip down the largest zip wire in the UK, or maybe ice skate on their purpose built winter rink or maybe let you imagination run wild with Story Fest over the half term.

Visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and voyage through space with Space Odyssey Plane.

1 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017: Tickets: Adults: £12 Children (under 18s): £5 Under 5s: Free

Eden Project near St Austell: Family tickets – £69 save 10% if you buy in advance online.

Eden Project

Get Creative – St Ives is renowned for its quality of light and centre for the boho art scene, enjoy a day exploring the galleries and shops in and around St Ives cobbled streets or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is an unmissable spot and makes for an unforgettable afternoon. The Barnoon Workshop offers activities which are inspired by the beautiful surroundings from felt making, to beach mosaics and fine art workshops.

Alternatively, the town of St Ives itself holds myriad charms, with quaint shopping, great bars and friendly nightlife that make it an ideal place to share a romantic holiday.

At Carbis Bay Holidays, we’re proud to offer memorable St Ives holidays to thousands of families every year in over 150 luxury self-catering coastal properties. Why not consider a self-catering holiday in Cornwall? A family holiday to Cornwall does away with the stresses of going abroad, is often easier on the pocket and for many becomes a yearly pilgrimage and something to remember for generations.

By: Jessica Colliver On:8th February 2017
Categories:Blog,Family Friendly
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