St Ives September Festival

LINDISFARNE, the legendary folk rock pioneers with unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, will headline the opening night of the 2022 St Ives September Festival at The Guildhall on Saturday, September 10. SOLD OUT

THE GUILDHALL line-up will also feature Emily Barker with Lukas Drinkwater, Dr Feelgood, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, Peggy Seeger, Tir ha Tavas, Laurence Jones Band, ‘Queen Live’ tribute show, The Countrymen, FOS Brothers, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band on their farewell tour and the return of the Fleetwood Mac Songbook. Click here to BOOK TICKETS and see further information for all Guildhall shows.


SETH LAKEMAN GOES TO CHURCH! The West Country folk star (right), who sold out The Guildhall for the opening night of the 2018 St Ives September Festival, has done it again as he returns  on Sunday September 11 for the biggest muscial event ever held at St Ia Church

St Ia Church’s fantastic Festival line-up also includes Voice winner Molly Hocking (left), Winter Mountain, Bailey Tomkinson, Suzie Mac, Bryher’s Boys, Will Keating and John Dowling, Our Atlantic Roots, Twin Harmony, Johnny Cowling, Toby Webb, Claude Bourbon The Hummingbirds, Cornish Roots Big Band, Cornwall Concert Orchestra, Four Lanes Choir, Helston Town Band’s Last Night of the Proms and more. Click here to BOOK TICKETS and see further information for all St Ia Church shows.

JOHN OTWAY and WILD WILLY BARRETT return to St Ives Theatre with another evening of musical mayhem on the Festival’s opening night (Saturday, Sept 10). Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Kidz R Us adults are presenting their summer show CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL at St Ives Theatre on both Tuesday nights of the September Festival. For more info and to book tickets go to the Festival Venues page and click on St Ives Theatre. 

Pianist REBECCA HUNT premieres WAVEFORMS – Piano Compositions Inspired By The Art of Dame Barbara Hepworth at the Penwith Gallery on Thursday, September 15. For more information go to the Festival Venues page and click on Penwith Gallery. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

FESTIVAL FILMS: The Royal Cinema in St Ives is bringing a special presentation of new Cornish-based film The Long Way Back to our Festival on Tuesday, September 12- with a Q&A session with director Brett Harvey and his producer brother Simon. Tickets
Another special “film guest” will be Chris Jagger – brother of Rolling Stone Mick – who will perform a few songs following the screening of Newlyn resident Diana Taylor’s film Helen Feiler Circles In The Stones at St Ives Arts Club on Monday, September 12.  Penwith Gallery will show As I Was Going To St Ives, an experimental art documentary on a continuous loop throughout the Festival. See the Films Page for full info on these and other Festival films.

Saturday September 10th will be a special day for St Ives. The festive atmosphere generated in the streets by the opening of the September Festival will once again extend out across the water into the harbour and bay.
The St Ives Jumbo Association are to revive ‘Boats in the Bay’ – their annual gathering of traditional boats – to celebrate the anniversary of a very special visitor to the town. The fishing lugger Barnabas, built in St Ives in 1881, is to pay a courtesy visit to the town. During her visit she will be returning to Porthgwidden – the very beach from which she was launched an incredible 140 years ago


A heritage plaque to celebrate the writer Virginia Woolf and her connection with St Ives will be unveiled at Talland House, Albert Road, St Ives, on Sunday, September 11 (3pm). The unveiling will be followed by readings by Professor Maggie Humm from her novel Talland House. Advance booking essential. See the Latest Changes Page for full details.

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HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported, helped with and attended the 2021 St Ives September Festival of music and arts as we returned following 2020’s unavoidable cancellation.
Many difficulties had to be overcome to get our show back on the road with the 2021 Festival being organised in a much shorter timescale and with a greatly-reduced team following all the Covid lockdowns and restrictions – but we were proud to have made it!

All our sponsors – Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resort, St Ives Town Council, St Ives BID, Aspects Holidays, St Ives Rotary, A1 Cars and Greenwood Wilson accountants. If your company or organisation would like to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring the St Ives September Festival please email us at and we’ll get someone to talk to you.
All our volunteers without whom the St Ives September Festival would not take place.
And, especially, all Festival-goers from near and far who support our Festival. We hope to see you all again this year.

The dates for future years’ September Festivals are:
2022: 10th – 24th, 2023: 9th – 23rd, 2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th

Message from Cllr Kirsty Arthur, Mayor of St Ives:

I am so delighted to welcome the September Festival back to St Ives for another year. St Ives is famous for many things, with art and culture being at the very top!
The St
Ives September Festival brings together all the very best mediums of expression, from music to poetry, from crafting to history talks, there is something for everyone and you’ll find it all here in St Ives.
As ever, I must take this opportunity to thank the event organisers and their band of volunteers, who are so passionate about bringing this glorious event to the town,  for all their hard work and dedication. And to the patrons, artists, bystanders who come to enjoy the Festival – I wish you all the very best time here in beautiful St Ives.

A message from our Arts Patron:

The Leach Pottery is honoured to support the St Ives September Festival as their Arts Patron. Since our foundation in 1920, we have supported the creative arts in St Ives. It is especially fitting that we can renew our historic connections and come together once again to champion our shared values of artistic collaboration and exchange. We invite everyone to join in with our Leach 100+ celebrations and visit us.
Libby Buckley, Leach Pottery Director