Super Saturday in St Ives

Super Saturday in St Ives

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Saturday 2nd December: put the date in your diary!

It’s Super Saturday in St Ives as we kick-start a month of magic and merriment in the run-up to Christmas and New Year:

  • Father Christmas arrives into the harbour in the afternoon with a little help from our friends at the RNLI and will be in his Winter Wonderland Grotto to hear all the children’s Christmas wishes.
  • Fair Mo will be holding its traditional fair in St Ia’s Church; KidzRUs are hosting their annual bazaar with sneaky previews of their pantomime; Etsy Makers Cornwall will be at the Guildhall.
  • The centre of town will be traffic free for you to enjoy all the great shopping and refreshments that St Ives has to offer.
  • We’ll also be launching our popular Town Treasure Hunt and the Shop Window Display Competition.

And if that wasn’t enough, the famous St Ives Lantern Parade hits the town early evening and, led by Father Christmas, will parade to Royal Square to meet the Mayor for the official Christmas Lights Switch-on.

So make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun for all the family:

Saturday 2nd December is Super Saturday in St Ives!

From all at St Ives in December

From all at St Ives in December

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We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in or took part and particularly to our major sponsors – St Ives BID and St Ives Chamber of Trade and Commerce. We rely entirely on the generosity of local businesses and organisations, and, without their support (St Ives Tourism Association, St Ives Town Council, Aspects Holidays, Sail Lofts, Coodes, Cornwall Councillors Andrew Mitchell, Tim Andrewes and Liz Penhaligon), St Ives in December simply would not happen. We’re also grateful for the Christmas donations from the local Co-op and Wyevale Garden Centre.

But we have to make a special mention to Danny and Lee Strickland for letting us take over Cohort Hostel for the Winter Wonderland Grotto, to Peter Charnley in his first year as Father Christmas and to Calvin Ward of Mirror Image, who built a magnificent chair for the Grotto.

It’s only just over 10 months until the next St Ives in December programme kicks off. We’re already planning some great events for the whole community but we need more volunteers to get involved. We’ll be posting updates on our Facebook page so make sure you stay in touch. Even better, come along to the next meeting in February – date TBC.

Morgawr meets the Mermaid

Morgawr meets the Mermaid

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As darkness falls this Saturday, Morgawr the Sea Monster will be leading the St Ives Lantern Parade through the streets to the harbour where, rumour has it, he will meet up with the famous local Mermaid.

Zoe and Pete Giles of Barnoon Workshop, a dedicated space for arts and crafts activities in St Ives, have been busy organising community lantern-making workshops in the run-up to the parade. The first parade last year was described in the press as one of the highlights of the year for the town and that’s helped publicise this year’s events.

“Our workshops have been fully booked and we now have an array of marine creatures of all shapes and sizes who will be following Morgawr, as well as a snowman and a walking model of Knill’s Monument,” Zoe said. “We’ll also have our large Fisherwife puppet and a new Pirate Girl puppet taking part.”

The parade will leave Barnoon Workshop at 6pm on Saturday evening and head down Barnoon Hill, onto Ayre Lane, along Fore Street, down Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf. “There is a great sense of community as everyone gathers together, wrapped up against the cold with musicians for company, illuminating a dark winter’s evening with light and colour as they wend their way through town,” Pete said. “We hope people will cheer us on and join us en route to swell the numbers.”

So it’s fingers crossed for a dry and calm night for the St Ives Lantern Parade but there’s still plenty during the day too. It’s the last chance to visit to Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland Grotto from 12-4pm. If you want to learn all about St Ives, the History & Mystery Walk starts from the Malakoff at 12pm.

The Shop Window Display Competition has become the most hotly contested events in the St Ives in December calendar. Over 60 shops and galleries around the town go the extra mile with their window decorations to attract more customers but also to compete for one of the coveted annual awards. The results are absolutely stunning and Mark Osterfield, Executive Director of Tate St Ives, will be taking a tour of the town this Saturday to decide who will win the Judge’s Award. And it’s the last day to vote for the popular People’s Award and to enter the House Lights Competition. But, there still fun to had with the Town Treasure Hunt right up until 31st December.