Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

Are you going on the Town Treasure Hunt?

Christmas Competitions News Presents Shopping

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?

Christmas Competitions News Presents Shopping

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!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Competitions Face painting Father Christmas Food Lantern Parade Music News Presents Shopping Super Saturday
  • 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.

He’s on his way!

He’s on his way!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Face painting Father Christmas News Presents Super Saturday

Father Christmas has already set sail from the North Pole and is on his way to St Ives. The gallant RNLI crew will bring him safely into St Ives harbour at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Make sure you’re on the Wharf to see him greeted by the Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, and escorted to his Candyland Grotto at the Salvation Army Centre to meet up with his friend, the St Ives Mermaid.

He’ll be bringing gifts made in his North Pole workshop – and some of his special Elves too! Father Christmas will be in his Grotto from 3.30-5.30pm. Entry to the Grotto is £3 per child with a special gift from Father Christmas. There’s also face painting while you wait – £2 per child.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in St Ives. Enjoy a family day-out: get festive with the Friends of the Library; decorate a gingerbread house at 54Lemons; eat your way round the Food Trail; join the History Walk; take part in the Town Treasure Hunt; get all your Christmas shopping done in our  amazing local shops or at Fair Mo, Etsy Made Cornwall or the KidzRUs Bazaar (where there’s a sneak preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (oh, yes, there is).  But don’t go home too early as the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-on will also be taking place from 6-7pm.