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!

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.

Are you going to Sing-A-Long-A Frozen?

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Tomorrow at 11am (Saturday 10th December), St Ives in December is presenting a special showing of Disney’s Sing-A-Long-A Frozen at the Royal Cinema (part of the Merlin Cinemas). All tickets £1.99

Not just for kids – this is fun for all the family with all the words on screen and a bouncing snowflake to help you all sing along with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven. Just Let It Go! And why not make this an extra special occasion by dressing your children as their favourite character or simply coming along in fancy dress. And why not dress up too? Go on – let it go!

And Princess Elsa will be making a special appearance before the start of the film

 

Rain doesn’t stop play!

Rain doesn’t stop play!

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Well, the weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday 10th December) is for rain, rain and more rain but we are not going to let that spoil the fun so we are making sure that there’s plenty to do indoors!

ROYAL CINEMA There’s a special 11am showing of Disney’s Sing-A-Long-A Frozen with all tickets at £1.99. This is fun for all the family and a chance for the children (and possibly adults too) to dress up as their favourite characters. Plus Princess Elsa will be making a special appearance before the film starts

GUILDHALL From 12-4pm, Swamp Circus will be entertaining the crowds with their amazing tumbling acrobats, aerialists, firewalkers and brilliant musicians. Great entertainment but also an opportunity to learn some circus skills during the afternoon. St Ives Pizza Company will also be on hand with their artisan pizzas and pulled pork rolls so you won’t go hungry.

COHORT HOSTEL Elves and Christmas trees, snowflakes and twinkling fairy lights are just some of the magical ingredients at the Winter Wonderland Grotto. From 12-4pm, Father Christmas will be waiting to make wishes and dreams come true. It costs £5 per child which includes a gift from the North Pole plus there are free craft activities and games.

DRILL HALL There’s even more excitement with a Mad Photo Booth,  a Bad Christmas Jumper Parade and activities for kids as well as a chance to grab lunch or shop for some great Christmas presents.

SALVATION ARMY HALL  From 2-5.30pm, there’s a Free Kids’ Disco and Fantastic Books in the new Salvation Army Hall on the Wharf. So come along and take the weight off your feet while they are entertained with music, fun and games.But that’s not all: there also a chance to for them to meet Smeaton the Pirate, Downalong Della and even Trencrom the Giant! Local children’s author, Jaki Windmill, of Fairy and Foul of St Ives weaves her magic with words and music to make this an extra-special afternoon.

BARNOON WORKSHOP On both Saturday and Sunday, Barnoon are running lantern-making workshops from 11am – 4pm ahead of the St Ives Lantern Parade, which takes place on Saturday 17th December. There’s also an evening session on Thursday 15th December from 6.30-9pm. All materials are supplied, there’ll be someone on hand to help and you get to keep your lantern after the parade.

HISTORY & MYSTERY WALK Or brave the elements: take your umbrella and wellies for  a stroll down memory lane with Tony Mason to learn about the town’s ancient fishing industry, the railway, lifeboats, shipwrecks, the harbour and anything else that happens to catch his eye. Leaving from the Malakoff at 12pm on Saturday, tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to the St Ives Archive.

St Ives IS Christmassy Town

St Ives IS Christmassy Town

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Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December, make sure you’re in St Ives for Christmassy Town:

  • Father Christmas will be in his Winter Wonderland Grotto at Cohort Hostel at the bottom of the Stennack from 11am – 3pm. There will be free craft activities for children while they wait to tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Entry to Grotto is £5 including a gift.
  • Visit Busk Stop in Fore Street for music, dancing and street artists galore to entertain you.
  • Take a walk down memory lane with Tony Mason’s History & Mystery Walk, leaving from the Malakoff at 12pm – tickets £5 and all proceeds to the St Ives Archive.
  • Make yours a Crafternoon from 2-4pm: Jo Mcintosh is hosting a MIND fundraiser and craft event. Make a donation and get a free cuppa.
  • Christmas shopping was never more inspired in the quirky and specialist shops in St Ives, and there’s food and refreshments to suit all tastes.
  • And Etsy is also hosting its Made Local Christmas Fair in the Guildhall between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Plus there’s the Town Treasure Hunt to do and choosing the best Shop Window Display – great fun for all the family.

THERE IS FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK.

Extra-special children’s event

Extra-special children’s event

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The St Ives Printing and Publishing Company in association with St Ives in December is pleased to announce a late addition to this month’s calendar of family events. On Saturday 10th December, there will be a free kids’ disco in the new Salvation Army Hall on the Wharf. Drop in from 2-5.30pm and put your feet up while they are entertained with music, fun and games.

But that’s not all: there also a chance  for them to meet Smeaton the Pirate, Downalong Della and even Trencrom the Giant!  Local children’s author, Jaki Windmill, of Fairy and Foul of St Ives weaves her magic with poetry, music and storytelling to make this an extra special afternoon for all.