If you are looking for some entertainment (that isn't going down to the 3 Ferrets on a Saturday night), have a look here. I've listed lots of places for you to check to see what is on.
1. The Guildhall
The Guildhall in St Ives hosts all manner of live shows, music and comedy gigs. They hold lots of tribute acts and have even got some LDN Wrestling on this year!
2. Kidz R Us
Kidz R Us is an award-winning youth theatre company, dedicated to getting young people involved in the performing arts. There are about 100 children involved, and since 1994 they have produced more than 100 shows and won lots of awards. They often put on shows over the school holidays, and a traditional family panto at Christmas.
3. St Ives Arts Club
The St Ives Arts Club hosts art events and exhibitions, theatrical productions, poetry readings, storytelling, live music, comedy and film shows.
4. St Ives Library
The local library in St Ives hosts a variety of events. From storytelling for children to book readings and talks - plus lots of arts and crafts too. This is also where the local tourist information office now lives, so it is worth popping in there to see what else might be on.
5. The Cinema
The cinema in St Ives might be small, but it shows lots of great films. It is also far cheaper than most cinemas in the land!
If you don't mind the drive, Newyln Cinema is also really good - it is very plush and puts on a very varied range of films.
6. The Acorn Theatre
The Acorn Theatre in Penzance is a brilliant little theatre. They showcase a vast and innovative programme of live music, comedy, theatre and performing arts.
7. The Minack
I'm always amazed by the shows that go on at The Minack. They are really varied - from the more am dram to the really professional. During school holidays there are often storytelling sessions there for children too, which are really fun.
8. Penlee Open Air Theatre
Penlee Open Air Theatre is a wonderful place to visit to see a show. They put on all manner of things over the Summer, from the more serious to things to Roald Dahl and Peter Rabbit. We have been to several shows over the last few years and we have been delighted by them.
9. Rogue Otherworld
We love love love Rogue Otherworld. We have been going to shows in Tehidy Woods for years. They are magical, mysterious, often dark but always so very entertaining. They usually put on several shows a year, including a wonderful Winter one which has become part of our Christmas traditions!
10. Surfhouse St Ives
The building on top of the Island (not the coastguard or chapel) is the Surfhouse. Over the past few years they have been putting on some lovely events - film nights, DJs and all sorts of yoga, surf and craft workshops. Check out their facebook page for more details - I'm not sure what they are planning for 2023.
11. West Beach - Porthmeor
Last year during the Summer there was a bit of an Ibiza vibe going on down at West Beach. There were drinks and DJs in a very chilled out relaxed fashion. Keep an eye on this Summer to see what is happening there.
12. Live Music
There is often live music on in St Ives. Lots of the pubs have regular gig, so check their facebook pages for more details.
Every so often you will be in a pub in St Ives when a group of people break into song. These are known as Shanty Shouts and are great fun.
13. Quiz Nights
Lots of pubs host quiz nights which are great fun. Look up Liz's quizzes as Liz hosts lots of them in town.
14. Hall For Cornwall
Yes, it is a bit of a drive to Truro from St Ives to go to Hall For Cornwall, but it is really easy to do if you have a car. And well worth it! They have some great shows, plays, live comedy and entertainment. It is pretty easy to park (at the moment parking in a council car park is free after 4pm) and it is only a short walk to Lemon Quay and the Hall For Cornwall.