Escape to St Ives

Things to See & Do

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Guided tours of St Ives – 07816 180639 –
St Ives has a unique history, take a tour and find out more. A tour will give you insight into the history and art of St.Ives.

Storywalks with Shanty Baba – Lantern Ghost story walk – 07986 123305 –
As an eerie darkness falls over the town come with Shanty, as he lights his hurricane lantern to show you “the darker side of St.Ives”

St.Ives Comedy walk
A hilariously funny and quirky tour of St.Ives. From history with a humorous twist, modern art with a pinch of salt, this comical cocktail will have you laughing around town.

St.Ives Pirate Walk
A swashbuckling high seas adventure of pirate stories, instruction in the code and buried treasure right here is St.Ives

St.Ives Bay Line – – 01872 273939
– National rail Enquiries – 08457 48 49 50
Spotting Cornwall’s wildlife by train! Enjoy one of the best scenic short train journeys in Britain on the St Ives Bay Line. The train winds along the edge of the tidal waters of the Hayle Estuary where in winter you can see thousands of seabirds. Then turn the corner across sand dunes and the cliffs leading to St.Ives with stunning views of sandy beaches, the sea and St.Ives Harbour with its little boat.

​Leach Pottery – 01736 799703 –
The Leach Pottery is probably the most famous and certainly the most influential studio pottery in the world.A museum has been created on site to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. Exhibition, gallery and shop spaces provide regular shows throughout the year featuring work by leading regional, national and international studio potters.

​Barbara Hepworth Museum – 01736 796226 –
This hidden gem in the heart of St Ives provides an opportunity to gain a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists. With a tranquil sculpture garden, museum and workshop this is where Hepworth lived and worked for over 20 years.

Tate St Ives – 01736 796226 –
The bold beautiful building of Tate St Ives with spectacular views over Porthmeor Beach displays British and international modern and contemporary art. The Tate is family friendly and offers a range of events and activities throughout the year. Enjoy views of the old town and menus based on premium Cornish produce in the Café.

St.Ives Surf School – 01736 793 938 –
Situated on Porthmeor Beach, learn to surf with trained instructors on a blue flag beach in the centre of St Ives. Open seven days a week, the surf school provides a wide range of surf coaching, whether its beginner, intermediate or advance, there is something for everyone.

Kidz R Us Theatre – 01736 797007
Kidz R Us is a St Ives-based Youth Theatre company and registered charity. Founded in 1994, it performs a full programme of shows throughout the year

St.Ives Leisure Centre – 01736 797006
A fully- equipped modern leisure centre with spectacular views of St.Ives and the bay from the pool and gym.

​West Cornwall Golf Club – 01736 753177 –
West Cornwall Golf Club is probably one of the finest links courses in Cornwall. The course has a magnificent setting and has been moulded around the natural contours of the sand dunes that form part of the Hayle Estuary and Porth Kidney Sands.  There are panoramic views from almost every hole with St. Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse forming a memorable backdrop to this gem of a links. Visitor and societies are made more than welcome with discounted green fees and packages to include breakfast, lunch and dinner available.

Family Attractions

Lands End – 0871 720 0044 –
Enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape along with family –friendly paths above cliffs carved out by the waves. Browse the West Country Shopping Village or enjoy a bite to eat in the restaurants and cafes. 

Flambards – 01326 573404 –
Cornwall’s best day of the week, with hands on science, relaxing gardens and the chance to step back to a bygone era.

Dairy Land Farm World- 01872 510349-
Free range fun rain or shine. Pat a pet, Bottle feeding, pony rides, farm animals, nature trails, woodland lakes, heritage museum, Clarabelle’s kitchen and much more. Go wild in the indoor play area, The Bull Pen.

Paradise Park – 01736 751020
Award-winning wildlife sanctuary with JungleBarn indoor play centre offers so many attractions for all the family, from amazing free flying bird shows, Fun Farm to Penguin photocalls and feed the little parrots.

Holywell Bay Fun Park – 01637 830095 –
A great place to visit for a fun day with the family. Pay as you play, free entry and free parking means you can spend as little or as much time and money as you want. 

Oasis Fun Pools – 01637 870711 –
Great for all the family whatever the weather with both indoor and outdoor pools, Aqua whizz flume, super flume and gentle fun slide.

Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park – 01841 540276 –
Cornwall’s Crealy is home to 40 fantastic all weather attractions and some of the friendliest animals who love to make new friends and enjoy lots of attention. Enjoy a rainy day in the three indoor play areas or go on massive outdoor adventures.

Kidzworld – 01726 815553 –
Dare you attempt the aerial rope challenge with more than 20 obstacles including tight ropes and 4 inch beams at a height of over 10 metres. The course is designed for adults and children all participants being securely tethered at all times. Height restrictions apply.

Raze the Roof – 01326 377481-
Kids love to play in the mega play frame with slides, climbing wall, ball cannons, astro glide. Tiny tots can explore too, in their own safe environment.

Trethorne Leisure Park – 01566 86324 –
Children will be entertained for hours, with a large indoor and outdoor play area, as well as a programme of animal activities throughout the day. Come and meet the friendly animals in the barn or go ten – pin bowling, play on dodgems or in the games arcade.

Country Skittles – 01736 850209 –
A fantastic fun filled family venue in the heart of beautiful West Cornwall. Whether you want a delicious 3- course meal or simply a snack you’ll find something to tantalise your taste buds on the menu. A whole host of games awaits you in the bowling arena. As well as games galore with everything from batak, arcade games, pool tables and crazy golf to traditional wooden games and family board games.

Big Dunk’s Paintball & Outdoor Laser Tag – 01840 211460 –
Big Dunks paintball is purpose built UKPSF accredited site with 9 game zones set in 20 acres. But if you don’t want to get hit by a paintball, outdoor laser tag is great fun.

Cornwall Segway – 0844 381 4044 –
Get to grips with the Segway in the safe training area, and then take it for a spin around one of the unique routes of private roads, obstacle courses, tracks and paths. Enjoy a fun 60 minute archery session, no experience necessary as full training is given.

Coast 2 Coast Karting – 01736 754960 –
Choose your session; 
– Arrive and Drive session, kit up and safety briefing, then out to the pits for your 10 minute drive. 
– Mini race session, Kit up, safety briefing, then out to the pits for a five lap warm up session. Line up on the grid and then it’s time to go for a 10 lap race.

Go Karting – 01637 860 160 –
The UK’s largest children’s circuit and the south west’s biggest and fastest adult circuit. Karts available from age 3 years. No need to book just arrive and drive.

The ATV Centre- 01872 560753 –
Quad fun for all the family, with three circuits to enjoy including a training circuit and two intermediate circuits.

Hayle Golf – 01736 753655 –
Rain or shine, daylight or dark, golfing fun for all the family. With fully floodlit golf range, short hole course and croquet golf (Mini golf with a croquet twist).

Greenacres Short Golf and Penwith Pitch and Putt – 01739 754343 –
Great golfing fun for all ages and abilities. Greenacres short golf – a 9 hole course for all ages and abilities, clubs available for all size and no dress code. Penwith Pitch and Putt, 18 hole course or enjoy crazy golf.

Gwinear Golf Pitch and Putt – 01736 850938-
The short course is great for adults and kids, golfers and non- golfers. Little ones can join in too, with their own little putter.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway & Leisure Park – 0844 453 5543 –
In the unique historic setting of the Lappa Valley you will find loads of fun things to do and discover! There are three separate miniature railways running through this oasis of conservation, where wildlife thrives in a protected environment.

World of Model Railways – 07724133312 –
The main display has over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes including town, country, seaside and even an alpine winter. Whilst the Junior Junction children’s railway, provides enjoyment for all, and perfect entertainment for the younger generation. Village, station and circus scenery provide the setting for every child’s favourite engines to appear out of the tunnels with their trains. Interactive buttons provide extra fascination. 

Launceston Steam Railway – 01566 775665 –
A narrow gauge steam railway running from the historic Cornish town of Launceston, through the glorious Kensey Valley, to the hamlet of Newmills.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway – 01208 73555 –
Relax in style and enjoy a leisurely thirteen mile return trip through the beautiful countryside, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age, as the era of Cornish branch line in the 1950’s reveals itself during the course of your journey.

Bodmin Jail – 01208 76292-
Experience the life of an eighteenth century prisoner, visit the execution pit, stocks and original cells.

Pirate’s Quest – 01637 873379 –
Navigate coves and lanes of 18th century Cornwall with live pirates and enjoy the tales they tell, tall and true. Learn the secrets of pirate life as you wander through Smugglers Cove, Crandock Quay and into the village tavern. Thrills await in the sunken village of the damned for those of you brave enough to enter.

Wheal Martyn – 01726 850 362
Witness modern mining in action, discover how the industry has changed over 250 years and the lives of those who lived and worked in the shadows of Cornwall’s famous ‘white pyramids’.

Harlyn Surf School – 01841 533076
The stunning golden sands of Harlyn Bay have been voted as one of the top 5 family beaches in the UK and a great location to experience a variety of exciting water activities on one of Cornwall’s safest beaches. Activities are ideal for children, mums, dads, adults – all the family, plus groups.

Heartlands –
An exciting free attraction and world heritage site gateway in Cornwall. There are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore. With swathes of green outdoor space for warm sunny days and ever curious indoor space for when it’s wet.

Cornish Goldsmiths Treasure Park – 01209 203289 –
The treasure park takes you on a journey to Cornwall’s past. You can watch the as tin is processed using fantastic machinery used for hundreds of years in the process called tin streaming. Here you can also find The Bear Works, the fluffiest, furriest and cuddliest experience in Cornwall.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall – 01326 313388 –
The Museum to have fun in; Enter the world of the maritime rescue service, explore Cornwall’s past, Climb the 100ft tower and get hands on with the interactive exhibits.

The Eden Project – 01726 811911 –
The Eighth wonder of the world. An exciting, inspiring playground in which to explore our relationship with nature.

South West Lakes Trust – 01566 771930 –
South West Lakes Trust manages 50 inland waters. Facilities and opportunities for activities vary from site to site. At some you will find campsites, activity centres and way marked walks. Some are ideal for coarse or trout angling, water sports, picnicking and relaxing.

Callestick Farm – 01872 573126 –
On this working family farm, you can watch the team in the ice cream factory making and packing the ice cream, or stop for a light lunch or snack at the spacious tearoom. Enjoy a traditional cream tea or the best ice cream you’ll ever taste.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – 01872 573356 –
Experience the guided tours through the; press house, distillery, cellar, museum and jam kitchen. Catch a tractor ride through the orchard, visit the farmyard, and let the kids meet the friendly farm animals.

Relax. Bookings affected by COVID-19
are covered at Escape to St Ives

We understand many people have concerns about how COVID-19 might affect their holiday so we want to put you at ease…

If the Government enforce a lockdown that explicitly bans travel to St Ives, or introduces a lockdown in your home area, you will have the option to receive a full refund or postpone your visit to a later date.

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