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.

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

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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!

Join the Lantern Parade

Join the Lantern Parade

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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).