I’m Onna, the editor and founder of St Ives Penzance. I first moved to Cornwall with my family when I was 9 year’s old, after visiting many times on holiday. We settled in Newlyn, a fishing village just outside of Penzance, and I was lucky enough to grow up with beautiful views of Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount.
St Ives Penzance first started in 2016, on Instagram, as a way for me to discover more of Cornwall, and to help me appreciate how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful county. As I started sharing more of my favourite places, the account quickly began to grow and before I knew it, took on a life of its own.
The website was launched in early 2017, and after utilising my years of experience working in marketing and social media, has developed into a successful blog and directory that focuses on supporting quality, independent Cornish businesses and sharing them with holidaymakers and locals alike. This site is not just for tourists, but for anyone looking to explore the wonders of Cornwall.
The St Ives Penzance team is small but passionate, and always happy to provide you with recommendations of where to go and what to do, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you own or work for a business in Cornwall, click here to find out how you can work with us.
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WHY ST IVES AND PENZANCE?
Growing up in Newlyn, less than two miles from Penzance, weekends were spent swimming at Jubilee Pool, shopping on Market Jew Street, or playing in the arcade and I’m luckily enough to now call Penzance my home.
Perhaps best known by Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic opera The Pirates of Penzance, the town is nestled in the middle of Mount’s Bay, and overlooks the iconic St Michael’s Mount. Sitting on the south coast of Cornwall, the bay remains sheltered and mild, a fact illustrated perfectly by the town’s abundance of palm trees and sub-tropical plants. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or returning after a long trip, as you travel along the A30 towards the town you’re greeted by the sight of St Michael’s Mount peeking through the trees, and you know you’ve arrived.
As a child, I spent many summers on Porthminster beach in St Ives; swimming, sunbathing and eating ice cream with school friends, so it will always have a special place in my heart. The smell of pasties and the sound and seagulls always bring back wonderful memories.
It’s one of the most popular seaside resorts in Cornwall, and part of its appeal lies in the historic charm of its winding cobbled streets that are known to locals as the ‘Downalong’. The old quarters of St Ives, found just behind the 14th century Sloop Inn, are always bustling and lively, packed with independent boutiques and cosy cafés.
The team at St Ives Penzance is here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s the perfect nearby lunch spot, family friendly things to do in Cornwall, or a luxury hotel for a weekend away. We’re passionate about Cornwall and all it has to offer, so we’re supporting local businesses and sharing the best of the best.