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St Ives September Festival

Age group: 6+

Location: WEST Cornwall


Contact: St Ives

TEL: 01726 879500 (Box Office)


Since 1978 people have been coming to St Ives in September to celebrate and enjoy two weeks of live music, literature, fine local produce and occasionally some lovely warm sunshine!


With a full program of exhibitions, concerts, poetry, walks, talks, workshops, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and film, you can expect a varied mix of performers and artists on the guest list which in the past have included Barbara Dickson, Seth Lakeman, George Melly and Elkie Brooks.


There’re lots of free entry art exhibitions along with dancers, musicians, shanty crews and performers who entertain in the town’s streets and pubs. Locally themed plays and musical shows are put on in the theatre, walking tours taking in the area’s history take place throughout the festival and there are drop-in art classes led by professional artists in mediums such as textiles and life drawing.


St Ives provides the perfect backdrop to this well established festival that has simply dozens of events for visitors to enjoy. The numerous art classes are a great way to learn something new from some of the country’s leading artists, an eclectic mix of live music from some of the UK’s top singers and bands along with upcoming comedians will keep you entertained.


The September Festival is an important event in the life of St Ives and west Cornwall, attracting visitors outside of the peak holiday period. Many visitors to the town are from elsewhere in the UK and even abroad. The event is also a catalyst for the local community to get involved with something that they can feel immensely proud of, especially as all the people who help are actually unpaid volunteers.


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