St Ives is regularly mentioned as one of the most scenic locations in the UK. Nestled on the South West coastal path, the Festival offers St Ives visitors the chance to join in with a range of guided walks in and around the area. We offer an exquisite setting and September is one of the best weather months in the calendar, so if you enjoy outdoor pursuits and the glory of the Cornish coastline, come and join us.
Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Tuesday 17th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Tuesday 24th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th September
St Ives Town Walk with Tony Farrell
11am, £5 (no booking required), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
A walk that includes places of historical and cultural significance in the town. The development of the town and the significance of mining and fishing in the past are explored through the townscape. The growth of tourism and the arts are examined. Visit to the Fishermen’s Lodge is included. 2 hours.
Sunday 15th, Thursday 19th, Sunday 22nd, Thursday 26th September
The History of St Ives with Hugh Trevarthen
2pm, £5 (no booking required), meet at The Malakoff.
Hugh Trevarthen, Bard of Gorsedh Kernow and Blue Badge Guide will inspire and entertain you with his knowledge and fascinating stories. Walk lasts 1-1 1/2 hours. Proceeds to St Ives Archive.
Sunday 15th, Sunday 22nd September
St Ives Storywalk
6pm, £7 (no booking required), meet at Westcott’s Quay.
Love St Ives through its stories. With professional storyteller and local historian Shanty Baba. From the historic to the comic; from the tragic to the abstract; from folklore and superstition to custom. Nothing tells you more about a town than its stories.
Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th, Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th September
The Story of St Ives with Dawn Bright
11am, £7.50 (no booking required, children under 12 free), The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
Step back in time and discover how St Ives became what it is today. The tour will offer a wonderful foundation for any visit to St Ives and will cover our fishing history, mining heritage, the artist colony, religion, smuggling, tourism, coastal walks, Cornish names and even pasties!
Monday 16th, Friday 20th, Monday 23rd, Thursday 26th September
The Archaeology of West Penwith with Tony Farrell
Tickets via Event Organiser. These are customised trips to visit the ancient monuments of West Penwith. The moors of West Penwith contain fine examples of megalithic chambered tombs (locally known as quoits), stone circles, entrance graves, cliff castles and prehistoric villages. By arrangement. Limited spaces available. Advance booking essential. Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org www.stiveswalks.co.uk 01736 793692/07881 674878. http://stiveswalks.co.uk/
Tuesday 17th, Tuesday 24th September
Tate Around Town Guided Art Tours
11am, £5, meet at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, Barnoon Hill.
90-minute art-focused walking tour of St Ives, bookable £5. Tickets are available to buy in advance at Tate St Ives Gallery ticket desk, the Barbara Hepworth Museum or by calling 01736 791177. Tours are limited to a maximum of 20 people. www.tate.org.uk/stives
Wednesday 18th, Wednesday 25th September
St Ives Fishing Industry with John McWilliams
11am, £5 (no booking required), meet outside St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
John McWilliams, an expert on Cornwall’s maritime history, will lead a tour of some of the sites associated with the vanished fishing industry, including the fishermen’s lodges, and ending at the historic fish cellars at Porthmeor.
Wednesday 18th, Wednesday 25th September
Lantern Ghost Storywalk
9pm, £7 (no booking required), meet at Westcott’s Quay.
As an eerie darkness falls over the town, come with master storyteller, Shanty, as he lights his lantern, to tell you captivating, gruesome and haunting stories of ghosts, smugglers, dark deeds and other spirits of the night! It will be a night that will haunt you for a very long time!
Wednesday 25th September
Environs of St Ives Walk with Tony Farrell
10:30am, £8 (no booking required) The Guildhall, Street an Pol.
This walk explores the landscape around the outskirts of St Ives, visiting Knill’s monument and examining evidence of Medieval open cast mining in Tregenna Woods. The walk includes part of the Pilgrim’s Way and a visit to the old mining village of Halsetown. 3 hours.