St Ives September Festival

Tash Murch

It’s September which can only mean one thing; that music, arts, theatre and more are taking over the town for two weeks!

Launched on Saturday 10th, the September Festival is now well underway and the buzz of creativity and fun has returned for 2022. With a host of venues all around St Ives including; The Guildhall, St Ia Church, St Ives Theatre, St Ives Arts Club, Porthmeor Studios and lots more, there is plenty of  things to see, do and participate in.

This weekend has already seen great music acts perform including Our Atlantic Roots, Seth Lakeman and Will Keating and John Dowling , theatre and comedy  from Johny Otway and Wild Willy Barnett and Ian Macdonald, as well as open studios, street entertainment and an open day at Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve

We have put together a list of suggestions for the upcoming festival period, so you don’t miss out


The Guildhall will be giving you a night of great entertainment, with Good Old Fashion Lover Boys presenting a night of Queen on Friday 16th September.

Winter Mountain, aka singer/songwriter Joe Francis will be returning for a second year, after being a big hit last year. He features at St Ia Church on Sunday 18th September.

Local singer-songwriter and The Voice winner Molly Hocking, will be joined by pianist Tom Quirke for an intimate gig under candlelight at St Ia Church on Wednesday 21st September.


Johnny Cowling – Entertainer and funny man singer Johnny Cowling will be bringing his wit, 20 years performing experience and brilliant vocals to St Ia church on Thursday 15th September.

Stand-up comedians Rob Barratt and David Richey are both top performers spreading laughter amongst all audiences, and will be performing at St Ives Arts Club on Saturday 18th September. Working together and as solo acts, both performers deliver hilarious performances filled with stand-up poetry and music.

Exhibitions and Talks

If you are interested in learning more about Cornwall through art, literary or poetry, venues across the town will be hosting talks and exhibitions from a variety of creatives.

St Ives Library, have invited writers including Liz Fenwick, Pauline Shepard, Wyl Memuir and Colin Stringer. All the writers stories are inspired or based in Cornwall, and all share the same love for the county.  Whilst exhibitions are taking place in Studios and galleries including Porthmeor Studios, Porthminster Gallery, Leach Pottery and St Ives Art Club.

To find out more about the St Ives September Festival and book your tickets on their website. 

Why not make the most of the festival, and spend a few days immersing yourself in all things creative by booking one of our last-minute short breaks with Sail Lofts?  Last Minute availability.