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It’s today! It’s Super Saturday! 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 switches on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

PLEASE NOTE:

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.

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.

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.

 

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!

And the winners are      The Cousins!

And the winners are The Cousins!

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We’ve finally managed to track down the Town Treasure Hunt winners, who will be sharing the £100 first prize. Our winners are an intrepid team of hunters, who call themselves: The Cousins. They are infact the Mcguires of St Ives and their cousins, the Abells, who visited during the Christmas holidays; they are all aged between 5 and 9. This was a real family affair as they were accompanied on the Treasure Hunt by their Granpa, Maurice Abell.

Jan Mcguire, mother of Evie and Annie, reported, “They had so much fun doing the Treasure Hunt and were absolutely thrilled to find out they’d won!”

The Cousins, from left to right, in this photo taken on Porthgwidden Beach by Richard Abell: Annie Mcguire (7); the Abells – Betsy (6), Ben (5 ) & Poppy (only 2 and too young to take part this year); Evie Mcguire (9).

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.

Glass Tree wins Shop Window Competition

Glass Tree wins Shop Window Competition

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Although Christmas is officially over, St Ives in December has been busy judging its popular competitions, which have been hotly contested around the town. The entries for the Shop Window Competition really impressed Mark Osterfield, Executive Director of Tate St Ives, but he awarded first prize to The Glass Tree on Fore Street (which also won the People’s Award). Mark commented, “The standard of their windows was exemplary and magical. But I have to say that there were many other really good windows from the stylish and contemporary to the traditional and the funny.” The runners-up for the Judge’s award were: Lilac and Lime (Tregenna Place) with “a beautiful window with a lot of Christmas cheer”; Shoreline Tattoo (Chapel Street) with “a humorous adult take on the perils of drink-driving and snowy conditions”; RAAR Emporium (Drill Hall) with “an innovative display of toys bursting out of their wrappings”.

Word search proves popular

Word search proves popular

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Great fun was had by all the families who took part in the Town Treasure Hunt looking for Christmassy words hidden in shops around St Ives. There were lots of correct entries and the lucky winners drawn from those were local seven-year-old Bella Sutcliffe and Max Chaplin, a nine-year-old from Bristol, who both won vouchers kindly donated by Fabulous-St Ives. The identity of the first-prize winner of £100 has yet to be discovered!

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.