It started as the locals celebration of the end of the holiday season, a way to kick back and celebrate whilst the sun carries on shining, but it grew and grew and is now one of the most popular periods of the year to visit.
The festival runs for the middle two weeks of September every year with events hosted in venues, squares and beaches across the town. From poetry readings, jazz, blues, traditional music, art exhibitions and all sorts of other quirkiness you can’t miss it when wandering St Ives network of cobbled streets.
This year there will be over 300 events as well as the chance to delve into the world of St Ives resident artists through the open studio program.
Each year many of our guests return for the same weeks and inevitably it has become a really busy period, so we recommend booking both accommodation and tickets to the bigger events well in advance.
September is more than our Indian summer…
Seth Lakeman - Guildhall, 8th September
West Country folk singer and songwriter has been touring the UK with Robert Plant playing as part of his band and also opens the shows with his own set. Before joinging the tour in the US, Seth is gracing the stage at Guildhall. TICKETS
Fisherman's Friends - Guildhall, 10th September
These lifelong friends are normally found singing traditional songs of the sea in their native Port Isaac. In 2010 they become the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album and have since been the subject of an ITV documentary. TICKETS
Hackney Colliery Band - Guildhall, 15th September
They’ve played with Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 called them ‘One of the greatest live bands we have in this country’ and you’ll remember them from the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. It promises to be a fantastic night! TICKETS
The New Jersey Boys- Guildhall, 20th September
Get ready for some real nostalgia as four fine gentlemen take you through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times – The Four Seasons. Expect comedy, amazing harmonies and support from tribute band ‘Showaddywaddy’. TICKETS
Delve into the world of local artists in St Ives, with many opening their working environment to members of the public this is a great opportunity to talk to and buy local artworks direct from the artist.
Poetry & Readings
Norway Square is a great place to go on a sunny lunch time, tucked behind Mariners Gallery in Downalong, St Ives this is a place of interesting readings, casual gatherings and lunchtime sun during the September Festival.
Get to know St Ives like a local and sign up for a guided walk around town, there so much unknown history in our little town, we’d be proud to point you in the right direction.
EXPLORE THE ARTS
Pull a screen print, paint a picture or just browse one of the many galleries
St Ives and West Cornwall are brimming with creatives, artists, sculptors and everyone in between. The scene is thriving with oodles of exhibitions, workshops, courses, taster days and festivals, just dip in and out as you please. From the well known pieces featured at Tate, St Ives to the local artists who have built reputations, you won’t struggle to find a varied selection of works in Cornwall.
What’s more, the Hawkes Point penthouses feature original artworks to inspire you from the time you arrive. If you need some advice of where to go, a course to attend or a studio to see then let us know, we’re here to help.