A cultural extravaganza

Kelly Weaver

As we bask in the wonderfully warm lingering temperatures of summer and enjoy fewer crowds, this September is quickly showcasing itself as one of the best Septembers to date and as the St Ives September Festival gets underway, we are reminded why September is one of the best times to visit St Ives.

If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway this September our luxury self-catering accommodation in St Ives will put you at the very heart of the festival and in this blog, we'll explore the vibrant tapestry of the September Festival and why it's a must-visit for art enthusiasts and culture seekers.

A Cultural Extravaganza

The St. Ives September Festival, is a two-week extravaganza runs between 9th – 23rd September 2023. This event has been a staple of the town's cultural calendar for over four decades, drawing visitors and artists from all over the world.


One of the festival's main highlights is its diverse musical program. The festival caters to a wide range of musical tastes, featuring everything from folk and classical to rock and jazz. You can catch local acts and renowned musicians gracing the stages of St. Ives' historic venues and open-air spaces. These musical performances capture the essence of Cornwall's vibrant music scene, making it a joyous experience for music lovers.

Visual Arts

St. Ives has long been associated with the art world, thanks in part to the legacy of artists like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. During the festival, the town's numerous galleries and exhibition spaces open their doors to showcase the work of talented local and visiting artists. From contemporary paintings to intricate sculptures, the visual arts program at the St. Ives September Festival offers a captivating glimpse into the creative spirit of the town.

Literature and Poetry

Literary enthusiasts will find their haven at the St. Ives September Festival as well. The festival frequently hosts readings, book launches, and discussions with renowned authors. Whether you're interested in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, there's something to satisfy every bibliophile's craving for words and stories.

Workshops and Workshops

The festival also provides an opportunity for visitors to get involved. Numerous workshops and creative sessions are available for those looking to hone their artistic skills. From painting and pottery to music and dance, there's a workshop for everyone, regardless of their level of expertise.

Street Performances

As you stroll through the winding streets of St. Ives during the festival, you're likely to encounter lively street performances. Musicians, dancers, and other entertainers add to the festive atmosphere, making every corner of the town feel like a stage.

The St. Ives September Festival is a testament to the enduring love affair between the town and the arts. It's a time when the community comes together to celebrate its rich cultural heritage and welcome visitors with open arms. Whether you're an art aficionado, a music enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and enriching experience, this festival offers something for everyone.

If you’re on the lookout for a last-minute September getaway, look no further. You can view a selection of our last-minute availability here.

We hope to see you soon,