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St Ives 9th Annual Boats in the Bay

This weekend see’s the 9th annual ‘Boats in the Bay’ celebration of St Ives steeped maritime history and heritage.

At the St Ives Boats in the Bay there will be lots of activity in the harbour in the day, from 2pm many luggars and sailing boats will be in the bay including the SS634 Barnabas built in 1881.  The St Ives swimming gala will take place at 3pm from the Old Slipway which will be followed on by Scully Racing.

The fun doesn’t stop there; join the crews and Cadgwith Singers in the Castle Inn from 7pm.  So make sure you stop by the harbour on Saturday 6th September to bask in the rich maritime heritage that St Ives will not forget.

carbis bay holidays

Carbis Bay Holidays

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a large range of quality, luxury self catering holiday accommodation across the St Ives area, including St Ives, Carbis Bay and Lelant. Carbis Bay Holidays have been in business for nearly 15 years so you can be assured of a quality service and a great portfolio of properties to choose from. They handpick some fine properties across the St Ives area from luxury apartments to traditional Cornish cottages.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a really personal service from showing you into your chosen accommodation to arranging travel cots and high chairs for the little ones. They can provide a grocery shop if you let them know in advance – don’t want the wine to get warm on the journey down now do we?! They are even contactable 24 hours per day for any emergencies which may occur. To Carbis Bay Holidays the little things are the big things!

Here are a few of their current portfolio of properties that we particularly like:

4Shore

4shore

4Shore is 5 star in every sense of the word. Ideally located in the luxury Peninsula Apartments you are on the cusp of the town and right next to Porthminster Beach. 4Shore boasts private parking, 3 that’s right, 3 flat screen TV’s, a Playstation 3, an iPod dock and wireless internet. This property which sleeps 4, has a wonderful open plan living room

st ives storm 2014

St Ives Storm 2014

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:

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St Ives Boat Trips

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.

godrevy island

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.

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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

The Black Rock St Ives

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.

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The starter menu has a lovely selection of appetizers and included in that are 3 options