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Marvellous May

22May

May is the month when you really start to feel summer in on its way, days lengthen, the sun shines and you can feel the warm sand beneath your toes.

There is plenty to do in St Ives – here’s our guide to making the most of May!

With the warm weather its the perfect time to get into the water – try stand up paddle boarding from the gentle beaches of Porthminster below the house or Carbis Bay just along the coast path.  Surfers can head to Gwithian across the bay or Porthmeor, St Ives. Both have excellent surf schools so if you have never surfed or SUP’d before why not book a lesson?

Patrick Heron – Azalea Garden: May 1956 – Tate
© The estate of Patrick Heron

Tate St Ives launches its main summer exhibition in May (til 30 Sept ’18) and this year the Patrick Heron retrospective brings a life-affirming splash of colour and energy.  The internationally renowned post-war artist was based on the wilder side of St Ives, near Zennor, surrounded by dramatic landscapes and perched overlooking the sea.

Over 300 working artists open their studios to all from 19-28 May 18 in Open Studios Cornwall.  There are many based in and around St Ives and it is a great chance to meet contemporary artists and learn about their skill, book into a workshop or pick up something special.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival (11-13 May 18) – set on the golden sands of Porthminster Beach – just below Chy an Carrack, you can pop down for local and fusion food, chef demos and sample some cracking Cornish beer and spirits.  Our favourites this year were Tarquins Gin Bar and the fish burgers!  Local boy Tom Brown, previously head chef at Outlaws at The Capital, who has just opened his own new London venture Cornerstone, did a great demo scallop dish.

If you want to make the most of the light evenings and the best local seafood – why not have a beach barbecue?  Mackerel fillet burgers are highly recommended as a quick and easy supper, that taste even better on the beach. Just add ciabatta, crisp lettuce, tomato slices, spring onion and a parsley, tarragon and Dijon mayonnaise to raise them to a sublime seaside feast, whilst the sun sets over the waves.

 

 

 

Tate St Ives Exterior

Tate St Ives reopening is a triumph

17Oct
Rebecca Warren exhibition in new Tate extension

Rebecca Warren exhibition in new Tate extension

Its an extension that has taken 12 years, and what has emerged from this long and detailed process, is an iconic gallery that now commands and celebrates its coastal setting.  It leads you through the story of the British, Cornish and international artists that congregated in and around St Ives during and after the second world war and highlights the astounding impact this tiny artistic corner had on the development of abstraction across the western world.

Works by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson sit beside their international contemporaries and friends Naum Gabo and Piet Mondrian.  Colourful, perceptive and uplifting pieces by Alfred Wallis, Bryan Wynter, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, John Wells, Wilhemina Barns-Graham, William Scott and Sandra Blow all have their part in this intriguing story and are central to the new permanent exhibition.

Chy an Carrack perched above the beach – viewed through a Hepworth sculpture

The flow of the building has been reversed and the climax of this journey is the fantastic new 500m2 industrial exhibition space that links these abstraction pioneers to contemporary artists.  The debut exhibition features organic, reaching sculptures by Rebecca Warren.  A selection of intriguing recent works their hand-worked, sometimes humorous, spindly forms are a contrast to the smooth, polished, sensual sculptures of Hepworth.

Insights for all ages are available through educational talks and events and activities, boosted by the new studio spaces and installations of interactive explorations of abstract art.  Although spoilt for choice by the surrounding cafes of St Ives, the Tate Café sitting on the roof overlooking the stunning vista of Porthmeor Beach is also worth a visit.

Tate St Ives is just a delightful walk through the town from Chy an Carrack, and a weekend spent absorbing the artistic heritage of the town, the spectacular coastal scenery and sampling some delicious Cornish seafood can’t be far from the perfect winter weekend break!

Alfred Wallis – The Blue Ship circa 1934 – courtesy Tate

Check our online calendar for availability and special offers for luxury self-catering winter breaks in St Ives.

Tate St Ives
Rebecca Warren – All that Heaven Allows – until 7 Jan 2018
Virginia Woolf – 10 Feb – 29 Apr 2018
Patrick Heron – 19 May – 9 Sept 2018

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

 

St Ives Food and Drink Festival - credit Lizzie Churchill

St Ives Food and Drink Festival Will Tempt Your Tastebuds

03May

Its fast becoming one of Cornwall’s culinary highlights – the St Ives Food and Drink Festival – and this year looks to be a winner!  Set on the glorious sands of Porthminster Beach on 13 & 14 May 2017, we can guarantee you will catch the mouthwatering aromas from Chy an Carrack’s front door!

Fresh Lobster - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Fresh Lobster – pic Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Featuring demonstrations from the best Cornwall based chefs including well known names Nathan Outlaw, Jack Stein, Ben Prior and Mitch Tonks, celebrity chefs such as Frances Quinn (Bake Off winner) and Jane Devonshire (Masterchef winner) plus guest chefs from the area’s top restaurants including the Porthminster Beach Café, the Alba, and Rick Stein Restaurants there will be skills and brilliant food abounding.

Some of the regions best food and drink producers will be at The Market to display the fantastic array of produce and beverages this county has to offer – be ready to take home a good haul!

To get a flavour of the festival why not check out this tasty Cornish lobster recipe from the Porthminster Beach Café cookbook – Cornish Lobster with Vanilla Mayonnaise & Citrus Salad.

Plus there are street food stalls, kids activities, music, a food trail through the town and much more.  Not to be missed!

Find out more here.  Check our online calendar for availability and prices for the weekend.

Kurt Jackson Following the Surfer

Following the Surfer

27Feb
Kurt Jackson surfboard

Kurt Jackson surfboard

Popped down to see the fantastic exhibition – Obsession: Following the Surfer by Kurt Jackson this month.  A real gem with a series of large and small paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics inspired by the coastline and surfing.  One of our favourite pictures (featured top) really did have such power and depth you could dive right in.

This gallery space in St Just is a clean, fresh canvas to display the wide variety of works that local artist Kurt produces and is well worth a visit.

We look forward to the next exhibition Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet – that runs from 25 March  – 19 August 2017.

More info here