Exploring St Ives this Easter

Larissa Ellis-Jones

We’re getting ready and set here at Sail Lofts for our Easter travellers and as such we’ve a host of crafty and chocolatey things for you to try out whilst you are staying with us in St Ives.

St Ives has a plentiful collection of galleries and creative studios with workshops for all ages to try their hands at. Whether you are a complete beginner wanting to give a new skill a go, a family after a day of making memories that you can take home with you or a professional that wants to experience some new techniques in one of the most creative places in the UK, St Ives has an abundance of options, with most, being within easy walking distance from our apartments at Sail Lofts.

For those looking for a more traditional treat-based Easter break there are plenty of places opening their doors once again ready to welcome eager chocolate hunters and explorers alike.

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Barnoon Arts Workshops: Barnoon Arts was set up in 2015 by Zoe and Peter to offer creative workshops, exhibitions and contemporary original artworks. Situated in Westcotts Quay with amazing views of St Ives Harbour, the gallery offers a creative space for their series of workshops. Their sessions range from drawing classes for all ages, to more bespoke one on one workshops honing on specific techniques and skill levels. Prices for the classes range from £10 per person, with under-fives going free.

Tarquin’s gin making masterclass: Tarquin’s gin is one of the UK's most notable gin suppliers and it started its life in our very own county of Cornwall. Now, you can try your hand at crafting and learning to make your own unique bottle. With only two gin workshops in the country, we are fortunate here in St Ives to be home to one of them. Situated on Fore Street, running parallel to Wharf Road, it’s a five-minute stroll from your Sail Lofts apartment to the workshop location. The classes are £85 per person and run-on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am.

St Ives Pottery: Venturing a little outside of St Ives over to the quaint town of Hayle, St Ives Pottery is ready and waiting to teach you how to throw down and spin clay on a wheel to create your own pots and masterpieces. These hour-long sessions cost £55 per person for all ages, with an additional £4 to have your pot kiln-dried and £6 to have the pots posted to you anywhere in the UK, if you’re heading home before they’ve fully dried. You’ll learn lots about the ancient craft of pot making and be able to take a piece of your time in St Ives home with you to admire for a long time to come.

I Should Co-Co Kitchen: It wouldn’t be an Easter adventure without some chocolate involved. I Should Co-Co Kitchen are set in the heart of St Ives and offer their chocolate making workshops for all the family to enjoy. Their prices range from £50 for two people and take place at various times throughout the week and weekends. To find out more about booking your place at one of their indulgent workshops, click here: Chocolate Workshops

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Trengwainton Gardens – National Trust:
Trengwainton Gardens is a picturesque paradise of exotic plants with hidden paths nestled under ancient trees, it’s a great place for the whole family to discover and enjoy. The National Trust property is once again putting on their Easter egg hunt challenge for the younger members of the family to experience whilst the older members meander and take in the seasonal display of plant life and indulge in an afternoon tea in the café. Members enter the site and grounds for free; for non-members prices start from £11.00 for adults and £5.50 for children.

Standing stone horse-riding and Easter egg hunt:
Ready to try something a bit different? Standing Stone stables near St Ives are back with their Easter egg hunts on horseback. That’s right – your little ones can experience the joys of not only finding some tasty chocolate treats, but also getting to ride on a pony whilst they do it. This unique egg hunt takes place on Thursday April 6th at a price of £25 per person, booking in advance is required, so call them to get booked in and look forward to an adventure that will create lasting memories.

Paradise Park
Paradise Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, and with it, they are hosting a range of activities throughout the year to help boost awareness of conservation at their sanctuary. One of the many activities to part-take in is their Easter golden egg challenge where once you’ve completed the tasks and solved the quiz clues, you’ll receive a tasty reward. Whilst exploring the clues to get to your prize, you’ll adventure around and meet all the delightful birds and animals at the sanctuary; such as pygmy goats, mini donkeys, parrots, flamingos, penguins and Cornwall’s own symbolic bird the Chough, to name a few.


Staying with us in May
Shortly after our Easter break, we’re treated to another holiday with the May Half Term. If you’re after some ideas of things to do whilst staying with us in St Ives at Sail Lofts, then here are a couple to take note of:

Pirates exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Falmouth, like St Ives, is an old harbour town with plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. Falmouth is also home to the National Maritime Museum which this year is opening its new exhibition; Pirates. Come and learn about the seas that they once dominated and the stories of treasure and adventures of some well known and lesser heard of characters. Staying with us at Sail Lofts, you can make the journey over to Falmouth with the knowledge that you won't have to find a suitable parking space when you get back with your own dedicated parking space

The Tin Coast
Staying with us in St Ives puts you within the Cornish Mining Heritage coastline where you've got access to a wealth of coastal walks that encompass stretches of historic landmarks intertwined with lots of breathtaking natural beauty. The Tin Coast foundation have recently launched their new app which recommends places to walk, eat and explore around the significant landscape. Staying with us at Sail Lofts in St Ives puts you at the top of the Penwith penisula, a great starting point for plenty of adventures. Download the Tin Coast app for more information.


Staying with us 

At Sail Lofts we ensure that your stay with us is made extra special with our idyllic, secluded location in the heart of St Ives. We are a perfect haven for you to retreat to after a full day of exploring, eating lots of chocolates and trying your hands at all the crafty and creative workshops St Ives has to offer.

With your own self-catering cottage in St Ives you can come back to a cosy home-from-home for you to rustle up some inspired dishes for a night in, or be in the ideal location ready to freshen up and go out again for your evenings activities, knowing you don't have to worry about driving around or parking up somewhere.

For a look over our availability for the Easter break and May Half Term, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.