The St Ives September Festival began in a back kitchen in Teetotal Street in September 1977 bringing together the diverging interests of several arts and music professionals. The first Festival, which ran from 14th to 24th September 1978 was already ambitious in its scope and covered folk music, dance, fine arts, chamber music, poetry, arts & crafts and theatre, and even featured a very young Nigel Kennedy.
The festival kicks off around midday with free street entertainment. A variety of street entertainers will be helping to get everyone in a Festival mood with performances around the town. Sunday 11th September there will be another free event in CAFÉ ART, The Drill Hall, Royal Square from around 2pm. This is a fabulous, fulsome mix of acoustic fun, four-part harmonies, guitar and fiddle … fresh takes on old favourites known and unknown. Each day throughout Festival there is so much going on, check it out.
Buying Tickets Online.
Tickets can be booked online through the Cornish Riviera Booking Office website. Alternatively, buy in person from the St Ives Visitor & Information Centre, Street-an-Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250 Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily. Also: at Tourist Offices in Penzance, Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Padstow, Looe, Liskeard and Launceston.
Plus: The Heartlands Pool Redruth, Portscatho Post Office and ‘Bookends’ Fowey. Tickets can be bought on the door, but only if they are available.
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St Ives is a seaside town and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Cambourne on the coast of the Celtic sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. It is steeped in history as the origin of St Ives is attributed in legend to the arrival of the Irish Saint Ia of Cornwall, in the 5th century. The parish church bears her name, and St Ives derives from it.
You will find so much to including: three fantastic beaches with boat tours and water sports. Places of interest are; St Ives Museum, Leach Pottery, Tate Gallery, Ghost & Vampire Tours and many more attractions. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants serving a Great choice of ales and food is good and reasonable prices.
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