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St Ives September Festival

Show of Hands

Type: Festival

Started in 1978, the St Ives September Festival lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout the town, attracting visitors from far and wide.

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 art talks at the Leach Pottery and Hepworth Gardens give a real insight to St Ives as one of the world’s leading centres for art and the guided walking tours reveal the areas’ social history with a few local ghosts thrown in for good measure.

Contact Details

Venues around the town
St Ives
TR26 2BS

Tel: 0905 252 2250

Opening Times

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Event Facilities

  • Booking Advised

Key Features

  • In town/city centre


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access - (some venues)
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - (some venues)

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Road Directions

Follow the A30 looking for signs A3074 to St Ives. Take the A3074 through Lelant and Carbis Bay once arriving in the town of St Ives there are several car parks to choose from.

Public Transport Directions

By Train: The nearest station is St Ives. There are frequent regular connecting services from St Erth (on the London to Penzance mainline to St Ives).

By Bus: The main bus station is situated only five minutes walk from the St Ives Guildhall.