St Ives has had its fair share of storms over the years but 2014 has so far been a bit of a hum-dinger! Last week saw some mammoth sized waves hitting the beaches and keys of St Ives and there is set to be little respite as the weather surges again this weekend. While browsing YouTube we found this video captured last week as the waves batter the harbour and Westcotts Quay in St Ives.
You can see the waves smashing against the harbour side, the ocean swelling over the harbour side and engulfing the beaches of St Ives. There have been reports of damage to buildings and flooding of some of the shops on the harbour front because of St Ives storm 2014. One poor St Ives resident was awoken to a kitchen window being blown in by a wave hitting her house overlooking Smeaton’s Pier. One can only hope that this is the last St Ives storm 2014 and that there is as little if no damage to residents and businesses this weekend. here is the video via St Ives TV:
St Ives Bay is without question the jewel in Cornwall’s crown if not the whole country and what better way to enjoy it than taking a boat trip? St Ives Boat Trips are offered on the Dolly P. A vessel named after the famous Dolly Pentreath, the last know Cornish native speaker. This stunning boat is licensed to carry 12 passengers and is equipped to keep you warm and dry should the weather deem it necessary.
Different trips are offered around the bay from a trip to Godrevy Lighthouse, Hells Mouth, Seal Island or a spot of Mackerel Fishing the Dolly P is sure to get you to the otherwise unreachable spots of St Ives Bay. The team are all experienced skippers for your journeys enjoyment and safety and trips are operated May – October.
Here is a testimonial from a customer – “Our stay in St Ives was marred by bad weather, but in between the showers we managed to squeeze a trip in to Seal Island. One of the seals came right up to the boat whilst a few more lazed on the rocks. We were fortunate to see the fin of a basking shark on our return. Great trip which we highly recommend.” Sara, Reading.
For more information visit St Ives Boats or call 0777 300 8000.
The Black Rock St Ives is a relatively new restaurant to the town based in the Market Place St Ives. It is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday for dinner only. The Black Rock’s menu has an array of mouth-watering dishes from locally sourced produce with a drinks menu to match. The Black Rock St Ives has an early evening menu served between 6pm and 7pm offering 2 courses for £16.50 or 3 courses for 19.50 (prices as of Sept 2013) which is really reasonable for the early bird.
I had not been to try the restaurant as of yet, savouring the likes of Alba or Porthminster Cafe for the nights out my wife and I get. We went along last night and were met with a lovely interior to the restaurant with pottery and sculptures donned on the walls around the dining area. We were greeted by two lovely waitresses who were very accommodating. The drinks menu has a nice wine list with a mix to suit all tastes and food choices and amongst other drinks a selection of locally produced Cornish ales and ciders. My wife opted for a glass of Pinot Grigio while I went for the St Ives Brewery Cornish Lager.
The starter menu has a lovely selection of appetizers and included in that are 3 options
The Loft Restaurant St Ives is situated in the St Ives artists quarter and opened in July 2009. It has a lovely menu filled with a variety of dishes to suit all tastes with all dishes made from locally sourced Cornish produce. Inside the Loft Restaurant has a lovely look and feel, a bar running along the right hand side as you go in, tables lining the walls to the rear of the restaurant with some great views of St Ives and an outside roof terrace for the warmer months.
I ordered the mushroom soup to start with and my wife the Crab tambine. Both came promptly and we polished t
St Ives has been chosen as the host town for the 2014 Celtic Media Festival. St Ives hosted the Celtic Media Festival once before in 1997 and is once again the venue to showcase the best in online media, television, radio and film to come out of Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the past year.
The Celtic Media Festival attracts some of the biggest names across online media, offline media and the like with names such as Rhys Ifans and Ken Loach appearing previously. More than 300 delegates are expected to descend on the town for the Celtic Media Festival between 2nd and 4th April 2014.
One of the highlights of the Celtic Media festival will be the presentation of the Bronze Torc Award for Excellence. This is given to the best