Visiting St. Ives during any school holiday is always a joy but there is more to offer depending on the Season. With the majority of the tourist attractions, shops, cafes and galleries once again open after a well earned winter break, you will find the town once again welcoming its visitors and busy.

If perhaps there isn’t a full week of sunshine why not consider some or all of the following during your short break or weeks stay;

Even at this time of year our beaches remain beautiful, wrap up warm and
explore the many beaches of St. Ives and beyond that Cornwall has to offer. For the more adventurous, with a winter wet suit many of the Surf schools are open and classes are available, although booking is advisable. Many of the beaches remain dog friendly at this time of year, great if you are bringing your family pet with you. The beach and dunes at Gwithian and The Towans are a remarkable stretch of sand, popular with surfers and kite surfers. The ‘Godrevy’ café provides a well earned spot for lunch or afternoon coffee and homemade scrumptious cake selection. Seals and their cubs can be spotted amongst the rocks if you remain quiet!

The National Trust:
With so many attractions, many free of charge, research before you arrive. Some isolated walks, bays and beaches are free to access with stunning views and scenery. Popular houses and gardens such as Trelissick, Trengwainton and Glendurgan make a fantastic day out. Visit the National Trust website for more details on events that are being held during your stay.


Eden Project – Exploring Five Continents in one day, the Eden project will fill and provide a fun packed day for children and mostly under the cover of the infamous Biome’s. With pre-booked ice-skating still available until the 24th February you can truly fill your day.

Paradise Park – Still a firm favourite and only 10 minutes drive from St. Ives this park offers children the opportunity to feed the Penguins and Otters as well as run off some steam in the Jungle Barn play area. There is also a Pirates and Fairies treasure hunt running throughout the Half Term break.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth – Take your family on a castle adventure to celebrate the release of the new film The Kid Who Would Be King. Fire up your family’s imagination by delving into England’s history, whatever the weather.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall – Falmouth
With some fantastic exhibits and an opportunity to get hands on explore the science and facts the museum enables you to pay once and return free for the rest of the year. With a special Titanic exhibition currently running, telling the story of one of the most historic 20th century events, with objects retrieved from the wreckage and personal stories, letters and photographs are all on display.