Retailers go nuts over Shop Window Competition

Retailers go nuts over Shop Window Competition

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The Nutcracker theme for the 2017 Shop Window Competition organised by St Ives in December certainly caught the imagination of local retailers. Nutcracker soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairy tutus in various guises – with a few rats for good measure – were showcased in shop windows around the town. With so much creative firepower on display, Judge Bob Devereux had some tough decisions to make but he awarded the Judge’s Shield to last year’s runners-up, Lilac and Lime in Tregenna Place, for their fairy tale interpretation (see photograph above). Three 2017 runners-up were awarded rosettes: best small window went to Byron Jewellery in the Sloop Craft Market; best interpretation of the Nutcracker theme went to the British Heart Foundation shop on Tregenna Place; and most humourous window went to I Should Coco on Fore Street.

But there was also a chance for the general public to cast their vote at the local post offices or on social media. The unanimous winner of the People’s Trophy for 2017 was John’s Wines and Spirits in Fore Street.

St Ives in December would like to say a big thank you to Bob Devereux for so gallantly judging the competition (aided by Sherry Siefken-Glossop), to the retailers who pulled out all the stops with their window displays and to all of you who tramped the streets to decide your votes for the People’s Trophy.

Families out in force for Town Treasure Hunt

Families out in force for Town Treasure Hunt

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This year’s Town Treasure Hunt was a family affair for locals and visitors. For the Wildings of St Ives walking around town together to spot the hidden Christmas words in shops has become something of a tradition, but this was the first time that they had managed to win a prize. Eleven-year-old Chloe (pictured here with her eight-year-old brother, Jowan)  was the first out of the draw. She will be sharing the Coco Kitchen Family and Friends voucher for a chocolate workshop (worth £60) with the rest of the family.

It was a first-time event for our other winners, who all reported how much they had enjoyed the Treasure Hunt. Second prize of £20 voucher for Fabulous-St Ives was won by eight-year-old Juliet Colclough, who was in competition with her two older sisters, Alex and Milly. Third and fourth prizes of £10 vouchers both went to frequent visitors: twelve-year-old Serena Chalmers from Holsworthy, near Exeter, and Matthew Huckle from Cranfield, Beds. Both were part of family teams and hope to be in St Ives for the 2018 St Ives in December events – dates to be announced soon at www.stivesindecember.co.uk and on our Facebook page.

A big thank you to Coco Kitchen and Fabulous-St Ives for generously donating the prizes, to the shops who took part and to all of you who took the Town Treasure Hunt challenge. Remember, if you didn’t win in 2017, there’ll be another chance this year.

 

Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

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Join in the Town Treasure Hunt while you’re doing your Christmas shopping and/or need to keep the kids occupied. It’s great fun for all the family – and couldn’t be easier! Some 30 businesses are taking part so simply look out for mysterious cards, proclaiming ‘Mistletoe’, ‘Pantomime’, ‘Snowflake’ and the like, in the shops and small galleries around town.

Just tell us which word is in which shop or gallery. Entry forms can be obtained from all the businesses taking part and also from Café Art and the St Ives Library – so get hunting!

First prize, kindly donated by Coco Kitchen, is a Family & Friends Chocolate Workshop voucher (for 4 people) worth £60; for the runners-up, there are vouchers from Fabulous-St Ives.

Closing date for entries is 2nd January 2018: completed forms should be returned to any of the business taking part, to Café Art or St Ives Library.

Which shop window are you nuts about?

Which shop window are you nuts about?

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Above: 2015 winner, I should Coco

The Window Display Competition has become one of the most hotly contested events on the St Ives in December calendar with shops and galleries around the town competing for one (or both) of the coveted annual awards. This year’s suggested theme is The Nutcracker – and the tin soldier really came to town! Last Saturday, Bob Devereux – local poet, artist and raconteur – made his decisions about the winner of the Judge’s Shield for Best Overall Window Display and rosettes for: Best Interpretation of the Theme; Most Humorous Window; Best Small Window.

But, there’s still a chance to vote for the People’s Award. Which business do you think has helped add a touch of Christmas magic to the town? There are lots of ways that you can vote for your favourite display:

  • There are voting boxes in both Post Offices – on the Wharf and on Tregenna Hill – where you can cast your vote. The closing date for votes is 12.30pm on Saturday 30th December 2017.
  • Via Twitter/Instagram – take a photo of the window you want to vote for and hashtag it with #SIDwindow2017 and the shop name. (It can only be counted if you have a public account). The closing date for votes is midnight on Sunday 31st December 2017.
  • By posting a picture on our St Ives in December Facebook page comments section with the shop name. One vote per person. The closing date for votes is midnight on Sunday 31st December 2017.

We will be announcing the winners of both the Judge’s and People’s Awards in January.

Foodies loved the Food Trail

Foodies loved the Food Trail

Christmas Competitions Food News Presents Shopping Super Saturday

Super Saturday saw the return of the Food Trail, kindly organised by Helen Tripconi. Those entering the Food Trail didn’t have long to wait for the results after they had eaten their way around town via The Cornish Deli, The Coffee Lounge, Warrens, Oven Door, Coco Kitchen, Delices du Monde, The Cornish Bakery, Cornish Cream, Allotment Deli, I Should Coco, Cornish Candy Shoppe, St Ives Bakery, Raw Choc Pie, Ferrells Bakery, Johns Wine Shop, Digey Deli, Norway Stores.

Thanks to the Rum & Crab Shack for hosting the evening’s festivities and for donating the first prize – a meal at the Rum & Crab Shack – which was luckily won by a local contestant. Burdett Wines generously donated the wines for the second prize, which was a bonus for holidaymaker, Natalie Chalners. If you missed this year’s, look out for the Food Trail 2018!

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

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  • SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER  IS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES with free parking all day for traffic-free shopping, refreshments and entertainment for all the family:
    • Father Christmas will be arriving by boat on the high tide at 3pm with a little help from friends at the RNLI. He’ll be met by the Mayor and led to his Candyland Grotto at  the Salvation Army Centre on the Wharf from 3.30 -5.30pm to  listen to the wishes and dreams of local children. The St Ives Mermaid will also be there and there’s face painting and lots of fun!
    • Get the kids started on our popular Town Treasure Hunt with great fun for all and prizes to be won. Closing date 2 January 2018.
    • Or be dazzled by the entries for our highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Who gets your vote for the People’s Award this year?
    • Love St Ives – learn a little about the story of the town on our fascinating History & Mystery Walk at 12pm.
    • Eat your way round St Ives on our gourmet Food Trail (from 12pm) with great prizes and entertainment in the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack – see our events page for venues.
    • Don’t miss Fair Mo, a traditional Christmas gift  fair at St Ia’s Church (12 -4pm).
    • Drop into the Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre (5-9pm) for Christmas shopping and a preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. 
    • Pop into the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair at the Guildhall (10am-5pm) with live music and festive food and drink.
    • Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf.
    • From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switch on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES!

PLEASE NOTE:

ON SAT 2ND DECEMBER,THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF FROM 2.30 -3.30PM  AND THEN THROUGHOUT TOWN FROM 5.30 -8.00PM.

THERE WILL BE FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK AND ALL THE CORNWALL COUNCIL CAR PARKS IN TOWN.

Food glorious food!

Food glorious food!

Christmas Competitions Food News Super Saturday

Whatever your taste (sorry), you’ll find something to whet your appetite (sorry, again) when you embark on the St Ives Food Trail this Saturday – 2nd December. Whether you like sweet or savoury, there’s plenty to choose from. Starting from 12pm, you can eat your way around St Ives at participating venues – see the Food Trail events page for details.

But there are also prizes to be had, generously donated by the Rum & Crab Shack and Burdett Wines. Simply collect the number at each venue and hand in your grand total at the Rum & Crab Shack. Join in the evening’s festivities and you may be one of the lucky winners when the draw takes place around 7.30pm.

Free all-day parking on 2nd December

Free all-day parking on 2nd December

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Super Saturday in St Ives just got even more super! We not only have free parking in the Stennack car park (thanks to Pete Eddy), there will also be free parking in all the town’s Cornwall Council car parks. Hurrah!

Make sure you head to St Ives this weekend for all your Christmas shopping, great food, competitions, entertainment and more – see Super Saturday on our events page for more information.

Countdown to Super Saturday!

Countdown to Super Saturday!

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There’s only one week to go until you head to St Ives for Super Saturday on 2nd December. With family entertainment for all, take advantage of free parking all day at the Stennack car park (by kind courtesy of Pete Eddy) and also in all the town’s Cornwall Council car parks.

At 3pm, make sure you’re on the Wharf to greet Father Christmas when he arrives on the RNLI  boat. It’s a magical event for children and adults alike. He’ll then be in his Candyland Grotto with the St Ives Mermaid at the Salvation Army Centre from 3.30 -5.30pm.

It’s also launch day for the ever-popular Town Treasure Hunt and public voting opens for the highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Both are great activities for all the family with prizes to be won and deciding who’ll get your vote for the coveted People’s Award?

At 12pm, you’ve got a choice of walks around St Ives. If you want to know more about the town’s story, join the History & Mystery Walk, starting from The Malakoff, tickets £5 with proceeds going to the St Ives Archive. If you love food, eat your way round the Food Trail at participating venues (see the events page for more details), finishing the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack for the prize draw around 7.30pm

It’s a great time to do your Christmas shopping in the many unique and fantastic shops around town.  Super Saturday also boasts: Fair Mo traditional Christmas fete at St Ia’s Church (12-4pm); Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre with previews of their upcoming pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk (5-8pm); at the Guildhall, Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair (10am-5pm).

But don’t leave town too early or you’ll miss the spectacular St Ives Lantern Parade, starting at 6pm and followed by the official Lights Switch-on by Father Christmas in Royal Square and carol-singing with the local Phoenix Singers at 7pm. A truly magical end to a Super Saturday in St Ives.

 

We need more elves!

We need more elves!

Christmas Competitions Lantern Parade News Volunteering

Everyone loves St Ives in December. The questions come thick and fast – from August onwards: When will Father Christmas be arriving into the harbour? The kids think it’s wonderful! Is there going to be a Grotto? Where can I watch the Lantern Parade?

It’s fantastic that these festive celebrations bring so much joy to so many. St Ives in December is organised by a small team of locals who spend most of the year planning events and pleading for money to support them. But we need more people to get involved and make it extra special. You don’t actually have to be elves:  just enthusiastic about all things Christmas.

On Super Saturday, 2nd December, we’re particularly looking for people to:

  • hand out competition forms around town – 1pm – 3pm
  • help set up the Grotto and clear it down afterwards – 10am – 1pm/ 8 – 9pm
  • help out in the Grotto (definitely elves for this one) – 3pm – 6pm
  • guide the parade/ supervise groups in the parade along the route – 5:30pm – 7pm.
  • hold lanterns – the Dragon and some medium-sized spare lanterns – 5:30pm – 7pm
  • shake collection buckets around the Wharf in the afternoon and along the Parade route – 2pm -3pm/5:30pm – 7pm.

There are dress-up costumes available for all – but it’s not compulsory.

If you can help – even for an hour or so – please get in touch: stivesdecember@gmail.com.

If you’re not able to volunteer, then please dig deep and make a donation. You can do it now by simply clicking the DONATE button on the home page. All money raised go towards the events and every pound is gratefully received.