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Introducing Una St Ives

Una is a brand new luxury Spa and holiday destination on the fringes of St Ives. Escape from it all at the purpose built, eco inspired haven just a 10 minute drive from St Ives town and both of our Surfing and Watersports locations.

Offering Unique holiday homes with wild flower meadows, an indulgent infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relaxing spa treatments to suit your every mood. Una combines absolute luxury with health and wellbeing in mind. If the dozens of beaches, coast walks and surf breaks aren’t enough to keep you active then there is also an onsite fitness suite within the resort.

Don’t forget to check out the seasonal produce and delightful cakes available daily from the Una kitchen. Check out this website for more info and booking enquiries.

You can’t beat a nice toasty Sauna followed by silky coffee and cake after a long surf on Porthmeor. We love it!

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Posted by on 5 January 2017

Things to do in St Ives

With beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, world famous galleries and the beautiful Atlantic ocean lapping on the shores. There are endless things to do in St Ives. This is a collaborative list of our best things to do in our stunning slice of Cornwall.

Walk the coast path to Zennor

Arguably the ost beautiful stretch of coastline in cornwall. Anyone who has walked the 6 3/4 mile walk to zennor will definitely agree. The walk takes on average about 4 hours and begins at the West end of Porthmeor Beach. Zennor is a small village with lots of history and great pub, serving food and drink all year round. The stunning views will blow your mind and if you don’t fancy the walk back there are buses that run to town regularly.

Best walks in St Ives

Learn to Surf on Porthmeor Beach

The friendly and experienced team at St Ives Surf School offer a variety of surf lessons for absolute beginners, improvers or advanced surfers all year round. Prices start at £25 for a 2-hour session. Equipment is included free of charge and they provide onsite secure changing facilities, male/female toilets and showers.

www.stivessurfschool.co.uk

Surfing St Ives

 

Boat trip to Seal ISland

Seal Island is located around 3.5 miles west of St Ives. Boat trips are run on a daily basis from the St Ives harbour except during bad weather. The trip begins with a cruise past the Island, Porthmeor beach, Mans Head and Clodgy point. Upon arrival you’ll see lots of wildlife and be able to get quite close to the seals.

www.stivesboats.co.uk

St Ives branch line

Opened in 1877 the route between St Erth and St Ives is one of the most beautiful routes in Britain. The railway follows the coast providing many spectacular views out over St Ives Bay during the 20 minute ride. The start of the journey takes you past the RSPB birdwatching area of Hayle estuary, then the sand dunes overlooking Porthkidney Beach and Hawkes point, Views of Carbis Bay Beach with St Ives in the distance, through the very green and colourful coastal path and arriving at Porthminster beach.

Coasteering off Porthminster point.

Coasteering is an adrenaline-pumping combination of traversing rocks, floating through gullies, sea swimming, exploring caves and negotiating rock jumps. The activity is run by the team from St Ives Surf School and leaves from the beautiful beach location on Porthminster Beach.

www.stivessurfschool.co.uk

Coasteering St Ives

The Hub

The Hub St Ives is located in the heart of St Ives and is a well-established landmark on the harbour front serving great coffee, cold beer and amazing food. By night the vibe changes to bar/club with great music and good vibes! Make sure you try The Big kahuna Burger.

www.hub-stives.co.uk

Tapas with a view at Porthmeor Beach

Located on the North side of St Ives and overlooking the crashing Atlantic surf you find the only cafe/restaurant in town that has sunset vistas facing west over the rugged coastline. Local, high quality food, creative tapas selection, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

www.porthmeor-beach.co.uk 

Barbara Hepworth Museum and sculpture gardens

There is little doubt Barbara Hepworth was one of St Ives’ most influential artists with works featured in prestigious locations around the world. She is probably best known for her geometric abstract sculptures in bronze, many of which have a hole, a concept she is credited with. The museum and gardens are where Hepworth worked from 1949 until 1975 when she was tragically killed in a fire. Her studios and gardens were opened to the public the following year with much left as it was. The gardens include many examples of here sculptures and are complemented by the subtropical plants that grow there.

http://barbarahepworth.org.uk/st-ives/

Barbara Hepworth St Ives

Explore The island

The Island that isn’t really an Island…… The Island sticks out in St Ives, on show from most parts of the town the Island is located between Porthmeor Beach and the Harbour. In ancient times it was a promontory fort now known as the coastguard lookout. The short steep walk up the Island takes you to St Nicolas chapel, a small building which was a lookout for passing sailors. The view at the top gives you a 360 degree view of St Ives.

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Posted by on 19 April 2016

4 yoga poses to help improve your surfing

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, improve balance and strengthen the core muscles of your body. This short video talks through tips and techniques on how to execute these poses and really enhance your surfing.

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Posted by on 4 April 2016

There’s a new Hostel in town….

St Ives was named (and shamed) as the most expensive resort in the UK a while back so some decent budget accommodation is supremely welcome!

Cohort Hostel opened a few weeks ago and we’re delighted to be teaming up with them to offer a great Surf ‘n Stay package – Groups of 6 or more can get 2 nights accommodation + 2 surf lessons for just £80 per person.

Cohort is in a great location being in the centre of town and just a few minutes walk to Porthmeor Beach: They’re also fully clued up when it comes to what surfers want as not only do they have secure storage for boards, they also have (hot) outdoor showers for showering off yourselves and equipment. The dorm and private rooms are completely unique with each bed having its own USB port, plug and light; the dorm rooms also have curtains on the beds to give you privacy.

We really love their chilled out vibe, superfast broadband (free to guests) and little bar where you can have a beer or a cuppa at the end of the day. For those on a serious budget the fully equipped kitchen means you can cook your own food or just grab fish & chips from the local round the corner and eat it in their private courtyard.

Beds start at £22 per person per night but get an exclusive St Ives Surf School discount if you mention us when you book. Visit them at www.stayatcohort.co.uk or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stayatcohort. It’s great to be able to finally offer people budget accommodation that doesn’t involve you bringing your own tent!

The Snazzy new bunks with lockers and privacy curtains

St Ives Hostel Backpackers rooms-bunks-and-basin

 

The common area and bar

St Ives Hostel Backpackers common area ariel

Power Showers

St Ives Hostel Backpackers showers

 

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Posted by on 19 May 2015

Surfing warm up

Its always important to warm up before a surf, regardless of how silly you may look. Well demonstrated below by Simon and a group of beginners back in the summer..

Surfing warm up

Before starting any exercise session, it is essential to warm up. There are two main reasons for this; first, warming up can make sports injuries less likely; second, the body works more efficiently when warm and sports performance may actually improve. A good warm-up will have physiological, mechanical and psychological effects.

A good surfing warm up should include:

gentle exercise for the whole body, such as light jogging. This gradually increases the heart rate, breathing and blood supply to the muscles. It warms up muscles and can help you prepare for your first wave!

additional light mobility exercises such as arm swings, and leg swings can also be of benefit to your surfing warm up.

very light stretching can also be done, however try to avoid long stretching as this should be done after a surf, slowly bringing your muscles back to a normal state.

Don’t forget to have fun!

Surfing Cornwall

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Posted by on 14 March 2015

Getting beach beautiful in St Ives

If you’re coming to St.Ives for a visit, you’ll undoubtedly be making the most of the beaches. After a long drive in the car, there’s nothing that beats dipping your toes in the ocean and breathing in the fresh sea air to start your holiday in earnest. Having various beaches on your doorstep means you’re never far away from the draw of the ocean, but it’s worth knowing that each and every beach destination in and around the town has something unique to offer.  Our friends at The Cottage Boutique, who specialise in luxury self catering accommodation exclusively in the town, sum up their top tips on the best beaches to enjoy.

Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor is one of only five Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall and it shows. A beautiful stretch of sandy beach overlooked by The Tate Gallery, it’s a great destination for all the family.  Not only can you kick back and relax on this golden sandy beach, you can also enjoy great food in the fantastic Porthmeor cafe as well as learn to surf if you’re keen on watersports (thanks guys!). Porthmeor West (stretch of beach closest to Man’s Head) is also great for families with small children who can explore the rock pools when the tide is out.

Great for: Captivating sunsets on the beach and experiencing the joys of surfing.

Porthminster Beach

Beautiful, almost white sands with crystal clear waters, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Med. Another great family destination with little ones as the waters are normally a lot calmer, so great for paddling. The beach also boasts superb food and drink at the highly acclaimed Porthminster Beach Café. And if you’re feeling energetic, then it’s also worth trying stand up paddleboarding (SUP) that has fast becoming the latest trend in watersports.

Great for: Camping out with the family to build sandcastles, try your hand at SUP on the lovely flat water and enjoying with a beer at the café.

Harbour Beach

Still a working harbour with boats aplenty, there’s always something to see.  It’s a veritable sun-trap and you’ll often find that it is one of the most sheltered beaches on a windy day. It’s right in the heart of town, close to all local amenities and is a great spot if you’re taking a quick break from an amble around the town. Beware of the pesky seagulls however if you’re grabbing a bite to eat there.

Great for: watching the world go by if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare.

Porthgwidden Beach

A beautiful little cove, Porthgwidden Beach is quintessentially what you expect an idyllic Cornish beach to be like.  Set beneath The Island, it’s great for safe bathing and is often sheltered better from the elements than neighbouring Porthmeor Beach.

 Great for: An early morning stroll followed by a coffee and breakfast in the Porthgwidden Beach Café.

Porthkidney Sands

A short train or car ride away from St.Ives, this stretch of golden sands is perfect if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle in the height of summer.  Providing great panoramic views across to St Ives as well as to Gwithian and beyond, this great expanse of beach provides room to spread out and enjoy a long, uninterrupted and peaceful walk by the shoreline. When the tide is out, you often find the sands provide shallow pools, great for swimming.

Great for: Getting away from it all and enjoying panoramic views of the bay.

If you fancy getting away from it all and want your own little slice of beach, book a unique place to stay with www.cornwall-cottage-boutique.co.uk

Porthmeor

St Ives Beach Porthmeor

 

Porthminster

Porthminster beach St Ives Cornwall

 

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Posted by on 9 March 2015

Five of The Best Coastal Activities in Cornwall

Offering fresh sea air and breath-taking scenery the Cornish coastline is a beautiful and diverse landscape which is a true delight to explore during a holiday in the county. Whether you’re enjoying a group holiday with friends, a family friendly break, or a romantic getaway for two, you will find a wealth of things to do which will help you make the most of your time by the sea and here are some of the best from Stay In Cornwall.

1)     Enjoy a Surf Lesson

Surfing is synonymous with Cornwall and is the widely renowned as the birthplace of surfing in the UK. You will find that the surf schools around Cornwall accommodate for every ability and requirement and the level of tuition is second to none, especially at places such as the St Ives Surf School. A surf lesson is a great way to make the most of your time at the beach and is a great bonding experience for friends, family members, and couples alike.

2)     Head to a Festival

Cornwall is home to many fantastic festivals which take place throughout the year. From food festivals such as the Newquay Fish Festival celebrating the finest culinary delights in Cornwall or prominent music festivals such as Boardmasters where you’ll see some of the best performers in the world take to the stage next to the sea. You’ll be spoilt for choice and are guaranteed to find something for everyone to enjoy.

3)     Discover Heritage and Culture

Destinations such as St Ives offer visitors the chance to explore the cultural hub of Cornwall with the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum overlooking the harbour in the town. Further afield and around the coastline you will find evidence of Cornwall’s mining past as well as intriguing discoveries and stories relating to smuggling in the county.

4)     Go Sightseeing

Exploring the Cornish coast will enable to you to see some of the best sights that the county has to offer. Each coastline offers something different, with locations such as Tintagel on the north coast enabling you to visit the ruins of Tintagel castle which is said to be the former residence of King Arthur. On the southern coast, history is found at St Michael’s Mount near Marazion but you’ll also be able to explore romantic locations such as Kynance Cove and the Roseland Peninsula. Of course, on the western edge of Cornwall is where you’ll find the popular location of Land’s End.

5)     Put Your Best Foot Forward

Following on from the breath-taking scenery that is available to view around the coastline, there are also numerous beautiful walks to discover around the county. See the sweeping beaches from a different perspective and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views. Find secret locations that will soon hold a special place in your head and your heart when you reminisce on your coastal holiday in Cornwall.

For unforgettable St Ives holidays, visit Stay In Cornwall. With a wide selection of accommodation including cottages, hotels, holiday parks, and B&bs by the sea, visitor guides, and an informative blog, you are able to begin planning the perfect coastal holiday in Cornwall today.

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Posted by on 27 February 2015

How to duck dive a surfboard

Duck Diving is an essential part of being a competent surfer. Duck diving is the way that a surfer dives under an oncoming wave as he or she paddles out to the lineup. Ducking under the wave ensures that all the progress made by paddling out is not lost by being washed backwards by the wave. The bigger the waves or the more frequent the waves are, the more important it becomes to be skilled at duck diving. This is something you are really going to have to get wired in your brain if you want to surf in crowds.

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Posted by on 6 January 2015

Surf School of The Year!

Thanks to Alan Woodward for the following write up..

News From The UK Surfing Awards 2014

There was a great fillip for tourists and St. Ives locals alike when St. Ives Surf School was named Britain’s best surf school at the industry’s annual dinner in Newquay last Sunday night. The school was nominated by The Wave Project, a charity which helps vulnerable young people to improve their self-confidence and health through surfing. Supporting the nomination, SurfingGB, the governing body of the sport in Britain, was complimentary about all aspects of the running of the school which they had seen on their inspection visits this summer.
St. Ives Surf School is located right on Porthmeor Beach in the heart of the town, and offers surf tuition and equipment hire every day through the holiday season. Their soft Swell surfboards and state-of -the -art Gul wetsuits provide the surfing beginner with a comfortable platform from which to take an introductory lesson in the sport. Class sizes are tailored to give students of similar ability the instruction which will enable them to progress their surfing along any stage from complete novice to the confident surfer with their own shortboard. This past season, the coaching team included Spanish, Portuguese and Italian speakers, and a few locally- born former students of the school. The ethos of the school is to offer a fun surf lesson within a structured and progressive learning curve. From check-in to goodbyes, the emphasis is on a friendly experience delivered efficiently. Having good changing rooms, a fresh water shower and the benefit of probably the most imaginative beach food catering outlet in the country, it’s easy to see the attractions of a lesson here!
The school has developed a strong social media profile, and booking lessons can be done online, by phone or at the surf school counter at the beach. Group bookings, one-to-one coaching, and courses of lessons are all available. The school has strong links with many other tourist and holiday providers in St. Ives from campsites and hotels to surf lodges and surf shops.
It also offers kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Coasteering from it’s satellite site on Porthminster Beach.
With regard to the surf school’s work in the local community, the Wave Project is only one aspect of it’s involvement here. The school is host to the Saints Boardriders surf club every Saturday morning in the season and offers it’s equipment and instructors free-of-charge to help it’s 120 or so junior members to learn to surf and enjoy the beach
environment. There are Ladies Nights in the early summer when the girls can share their own fun lessons in the evening sunshine.
The surf school has become a popular venue for kids birthday treats – a surf lesson and a picnic from the beach cafe releasing the parents from all the stress of entertaining the children!
it also provides tuition to an after-school surf club from one local school, and hosts an activities week for classes from another.In a new departure, the past summer saw the school entertaining a mixed- age group from a Camborne village with an all-day beach camp encompassing surfing, bodyboarding, volleyball, sand-castle building and an evening session rock-pooling for the younger children.
The annual Fancy Dress Swellboard Shootout that the surf school organises has become an important attraction for the surfing community and draws a full complement of teams and a bumper crowd of spectators to Porthmeor on International Surfing Day. It has provided a good size annual donation to the funds of it’s regular charity Surfers Against Sewage for several years now.
We should also remember the Beach Surf Cinema which the Surf School springs on us once a year. It has been a summer evening treat recently, and unfailingly blessed by perfect weather!
Some, or all, of the above-mentioned examples of the St. Ives Surf School’s involvement in enabling participation in the sport must have been among the reasons why it was awarded the prize of Surf School Of The Year. It is richly deserved, and I for one am delighted that it’s here in our town on our beach.

we won

we won

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Posted by on 29 December 2014

St Ives Holidays feature

Our good friends over at St Ives Holidays and St Ives TV decided to make a small movie about us and some of the stuff we like to do.. Its a great clip and theres some fantastic aerial shots from a drone including lots of action shots of our activities..

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Posted by on 14 July 2014

Top Ten Must-See Events in St Ives in 2014

St Ives is a hip and happening place in the summer. An influx of visitors mingle with locals to create a vibrant, party atmosphere. As well as its beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and a town bustling with first-class shops, restaurants and pubs, you can enjoy scores of interesting and entertaining artistic, cultural and sporting events.

In celebration of the summer, local holiday accommodation provider Carbis Bay Holidays presents its pick of the ten best must-see events in St Ives in 2014.

One: Surf Cinema on the Beach
Make sure you visit Porthmeor Beach on the evening of Friday 20th June when St Ives Surf School will present a big screen cinema showing the latest surf lifestyle films created by Rhythm Clothing. This chilled-out local event is free for everyone to attend. Get there at 8pm for free pizza, followed by surf film screenings from 9pm.

Two: Tate St Ives 21st Birthday
Explore your artistic side by joining some of the special events at Tate St Ives to mark the gallery’s 21st birthday. During the weekend of 20th-23rd of June, you can attend free tours and talks about famous St Ives artists, or join one of the special creativity workshops.

Three: St Ives Surf School Swellboard Shootout
If there’s one event you must not miss this summer, it is this one. Join St Ives Surf School staff, local surfers and supporters on Sunday 22nd June for the Swellboard Shootout on Porthmeor Beach. You can expect fun and frolics in this most light-hearted of surf contests, as contestants take to the water in fancy dress to show off their surfing finesse – or lack of – on the waves. This charity event is an entertaining way to spend a summer Sunday.

Four: St Ives Pilot Gig Club Regatta
This regatta celebrates St Ives’ connection with the sea, as pilot gig rowers from all over Cornwall battle it out in the annual Carbis Bay to St Ives Harbour race on Sunday 29th June. This is your chance to witness this very Cornish sport derived from the times when rowers used to race out to ships for a chance to win the gig to pilot them back safe harbour. The race promises an awesome spectacle.

Five: St Ives RNLI Sportive
Forget the Tour de France. There’ll be some hot cycling action right here in St Ives on Sunday 6th July as hundreds of cyclists depart from the two for a gruelling yet scenic ride around the coast before returning to the St Ives Lifeboat Station. This fun and friendly cycling race is a charity event raising funds for the RNLI.

Six: St Ives Biathlon
Join the mayhem as crowds of competitors depart from St Ives for the annual running and swimming race on Saturday 12th July. This event organised by the St Ives Surf Life Saving Club attracts lifeguards, surfers and athletes for the race to Carbis Bay and back; while novices and juniors run as far as Porthminster Beach before swimming back to the harbour. If you’re not up for the challenge yourself, hang-around for the inevitable after-party around the harbour.

Seven: St Ives Raft Race
More shenanigans can be expected as the whole town gets together for the St Ives Raft Race. The date is yet to be confirmed but takes place each year in August. Here you can join in or spectate as hundreds of people attempt to race their home-made rafts across the harbour in colourful fancy dress. It’s a fun, charity event which also turns into one big party.

Eight: St Ives Lifeboat Day
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the RNLI does or how it works, here is your chance to find out at the St Ives Lifeboat Station open day on Thursday 07 August. You will get to see the lifeboats in action as well as a joint demonstration with a Search & Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. There will also be a BBQ, cake stalls and local goodies on sale to raise funds for the RNLI.

Nine: St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival
After a long summer of sporting and cultural events, we’ll all be looking forward to a good old knees up. And the St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival on the weekend of 9th-10th August seems like the perfect opportunity to get together for a pint or three of Cornish beer or cider. Supported by St Ives Brewery with music and entertainment, the festival looks set to be one of the best parties of the summer.

Ten: St Ives September Festival
This is the big one. Here you will see local and national artists on stage or on the streets for a two week festival of concerts, films, comedy gigs, plays, workshops, gallery visits and other cultural happenings from 13th-27th September. Major acts booked for this year’s festival include Seth Lakeman, The South, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars and The Miracle Theatre Company’s performance of The Tempest.

We look forward to meeting you in St Ives at one of these cool summer events. For more information about Carbis Bay Holidays and its collection of luxury, five star holiday accommodation visit www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk (http://www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk/)

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Posted by on 14 June 2014

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