St Ives is one of the most picturesque resorts in Cornwall with the ever-changing combination of magnificent coastal views and narrow streets which wind their way between quaint granite fishermen’s cottages. Throughout the town there are fascinating individual shops, craft markets, museums and art galleries. St Ives, has for many years, been famous for its artists’ colony and now boasts its own Tate Gallery which was opened by Prince Charles in 1993 and has recently undergone a large refurbishment and extension. This spectacular building overlooking Porthmeor Beach, houses paintings, sculpture and pottery by distinguished local artists and also stages exhibitions of works from the Tate’s international collections. The Leach Pottery is only a short walk from Wheal Trenwith and is considered by many to be the birthplace of British studio Pottery. One of the great figures of 20th Century Art, Bernard Leach, played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters across the World. The restored Leach Pottery site includes a museum, exhibition, gallery and shop. Courses are also available from a half day taster session to 3-5 day courses. St Ives has FIVE beautiful sandy beaches to choose from – Porthminster Beach, Harbour Beach, Bamaluz Beach, Porthgwidden and Porthmeor. The golden sands and the stunning colour of the sea are really special and it is not surprising that visitors return year after year. The town boasts some of the best restaurants in the Country and offers everything from fine dining to excellent Pub Meals. Fresh fish and seafood is abundant in most eateries and the choice of dining includes Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese and of course traditional Fish and Chips is a must! You can enjoy a meal along the Harbour looking out to sea or watch the sunset from several other Beach Restaurants which offer outstanding food in a relaxed atmosphere. The coastline around St Ives is breathtaking and there are many wonderful walks along the coast path or just browsing around the town, the choice is yours. There are numerous boat and fishing trips available daily from the Harbour. In September, St Ives holds a two week Music and Arts Festival which draws music lovers from all over the Country for a whole host of events from outdoor poetry and song, to Celtic Music in the Guildhall and earthy Blues in the Western Hotel. There are also guided walks, open studios where you can see Artists at work, free exhibitions and live music in many of the Pubs giving a really terrific atmosphere. Over the years, there have been many famous faces appearing at the Guildhall – Elkie Brooks, Georgie Fame, The Fishermen’s Friends, Chris Jagger to name but a few. St Ives has become “the place to be” for New Year when the streets are full of locals and visitors in fancy dress enjoying a fun packed New Years’ Eve. At Midnight a spectacular firework display from Smeaton’s Pier signals the beginning of the New Year.