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

Art Holidays in Cornwall

12th January 2016

Carbis Bay Holidays

We all know Cornwall is a bright and vibrant place to visit but where is the best place to visit for Art Holidays in Cornwall. But if you want to add even more colour to your holiday in Cornwall, you might want to consider hitting the art trail to experience the fabulous art for which this location is renowned. With its rich artistic heritage and inspirational scenery, there are few holiday destinations better suited to art fans. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced artist, aspiring painter or simply wish to soak up the artistic atmosphere, Cornwall presents a culture infused with great art.

Explore Fine Art in St Ives

You can’t wander far in any town in Cornwall without stumbling across an art gallery or souvenir shop selling paintings, prints, photographs and crafts celebrating the Cornish landscape and lifestyle. In some locations the creative work of local artists literally spills out on to the streets. This is especially true in St Ives which has inspired artists and visitors for generations.

In fact some of the earliest tourists visiting Cornwall were artists, drawn by the fantastic sea vistas and superb natural light in St Ives. Famous painters Turner, Sickert and Whistler were all known to have visited the area in the 19th Century and in 1920 the internationally renowned potter Bernard Leach set up studio in St Ives. It is possible to see works of this great potter, plus artists who have followed in his footsteps, at the Leach Pottery museum (http://www.leachpottery.com/).

Other artists followed and mingled with locally born painters such as Alfred Wallis to form a community of artists, who made St Ives famous worldwide. The British painter Ben Nicholson joined the St Ives collective when he moved here with his wife Barbara Hepworth at the outbreak of the second world war in 1939. Nicholson later left but Hepworth lived and worked as a sculptor in the town at Trewyn Studios until her death in 1975. It is possible to see many of her great works and visit the studio where she worked at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum).

Many art schools were established in St Ives at the time and in the decades that followed. Today you can join painting, drawing and sculpting classes while on holiday in the area. St Ives is so important to the British art scene that in the early 1990s the Tate organisation built and opened Tate St Ives (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives ) to showcase noteworthy local and international exhibitions. It remains a must-see attraction if you’re staying in this part of Cornwall.

Experience Spectacular Art in Newlyn

Nearby Newlyn has had an equally rich artistic history. Like St Ives, it became the location for a important artists’ colony known as the Newlyn School. Much smaller than St Ives, Newlyn was, and still is, a thriving fishing village providing much inspiration to visiting and resident artists. Big names in the movement included Lamorna Birth and Stanhope Forbes.

Today you can see some of the fine art produced during that period and the work of contemporary artists in galleries, including the Newlyn Art Gallery (http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/). If you fancy participating in some art classes, you can learn from local artists at the gallery itself or at the Newlyn School of Art (http://www.newlynartschool.co.uk/).

Find Up-And-Coming Art in Falmouth

Falmouth is another town which has attracted artists over the centuries, thanks to its wonderful seascapes and narrow bustling streets. Soaked in maritime history, Falmouth is a huge natural port littered with sailing boats of all sizes and colours. It’s little wonder that painters and artists used these wonderful scenes as inspiration for their artwork.

The best place to visit for art lovers is the Falmouth Art Museum (http://www.falmouthartgallery.com/), which has fine collection of 19th and 20th century art plus contemporary exhibitions by Cornish artists. It is also possible to catch the works of up-and-coming artists in the boutique galleries around the town or at end-of-year shows at the Falmouth School of Art (http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/falmouth-school-of-art), which attracts talented students from all over the UK and overseas.

Witness a Wealth of Art in Fowey

Heading further east on the Cornwall art trail leads you to the small artists enclave of Fowey, which seems to be bursting at the seams with galleries and craft shops. Located on the Fowey estuary, amid yet more stunning Cornish scenery, the town is also bathed in a glorious natural light which is a constant source of inspiration and fascination for local artists.

One of the best places to head for great art is the Fowey River Gallery (http://www.foweyrivergallery.co.uk/), which hosts an ever-changing display of exhibitions and new works by prominent local artists. There are dozens of other great art galleries and crafts shops to explore in the town, including outlets for Cornish glassware artist Jo Downs. Also worth a visit is the Toe in the Water Gallery which showcases and sells art and crafts inspired by the sea and coastline.

More Great Art in Padstow

This outpost of Cornish art on the rugged North Coast is a picturesque fishing town located on the colourful Camel estuary. Padstow and the surrounding area is home to many notable artists who draw inspiration from the rocky coastline, sandy shores and deep blue sea. Among these is the superb contemporary artist David Pearce who regularly exhibits his modern sea scenes at shows worldwide and locally at Padstow Fine Art (http://www.padstowfineart.co.uk/).

Like all the other locations on the Cornish art trail, the streets of Padstow are lined with galleries, art shops and craft stores selling paintings and art objects of all standards, for all budgets. One of the newest galleries in Padstow, the Drang Gallery (http://www.thedranggallery.com/), caters to the upper end with its display of exciting works by established British artists, previously including Damien Hirst and Sir Terry Frost.

Get Set for Your Art Holiday in Cornwall

If you’re into art, you will not be disappointed by the treasure trove of historic and contemporary art in Cornwall. Whether you want to admire great works, pick up a memento or immerse yourself in the creative process, the Cornish art trail will lead you through some of the most beautiful, culturally rich locations Cornwall has to offer. If you want to soak up the art scene in St Ives and explore Cornwall’s arty side, visit Carbis Bay Holidays (http://www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk/) for self catering holiday accommodation in the town and the surrounding area.

By: Jessica Colliver On:12th January 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Things to Do
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