This year is jam packed with more Cornish music festivals than ever before and with Spring fast approaching it’s time to get those tickets booked. If you’re looking for the best music festivals in Cornwall we’ve got you covered… Masked Ball, Porthleven 25th – 27th May A myriad of rooms, dance floors, dens, hidden bars, […]

When you first come to Penzance shopping may not be at the forefront of your mind. However, hidden in the busy, lively streets of Penzance are some beautiful shops selling quality local products. There’s plenty to choose from if you know where to look, but here are just a few of our more recent discoveries.


No.56 - Shops in Penzance - St Ives Penzance

This gorgeously curated homeware and accessories shop sits on the higher end of the historic Chapel Street, one of the towns more quaint and architecturally pleasing streets. With a clean, fresh and modern decor and a great selection of quality pieces it’s easy to see the care and attention to detail that’s gone into creating and stocking No.56. As well as homeware, they also stock clothing, stationary, indoor planters and garden accessories. There’s a large enough selection to enjoy browsing without being overwhelming, and with friendly, attentive service it’s fast becoming a favourite amongst locals.

Hobbs The Kitchen Shop

Hobbs The Kitchen Shop - St Ives Penzance - Shops in Penzance

Sitting on the top of Causeway head, Hobbs The Kitchen Shop is a small, independent kitchen store stocking a wide selection of cookware and bakeware. Hobbs first opened in 1994 and they’re still going strong twenty-one years later. They have great customer service and the staff are all keen cooks, so love nothing better than swapping recipes and chatting about how to get the best from your cookware.

The Edge of the World Bookshop

You’ll find The Edge of the World Bookshop on Market Jew Street right in the heart of Penzance. They have a fantastic range of books as well as a beautiful range of stationery and cards. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff are on-hand to advise and inspire in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Fishboy PZ

Fishboy PZ - St Ives Penzance - Shopping in Penzance

In February 2015 Cornwall-based artist, Mat McIvor, and local entrepreneur, Izzy Phillips, took the reins of Fishboy PZ, a Cornish clothing company that has been designing and screen-printing clothing since 2001. Another Chapel Street offering, Fishboy Pz takes inspiration from the Cornish landscape and traditions of farming, mining and fishing whilst enlisting talented and local creative minds. This contemporary clothing store combines great service, local design and quality products.


Space - Shops in Penzance - St Ives Penzance

Established in 2007, Space is an independent gift shop based on The Arcade steps in Penzance. In this small but compact shop, they stock a wide range of accessories, homeware and gifts that are unique and affordable.  It’s an Aladdin’s cave of jewellery, bags, plant pots, china, enamelware, toys and clocks, so you can while a away an hour or so searching for treasure. 

The Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange Penzance - Cornwall.

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange are contemporary art galleries in Newlyn and Penzance, with year-round exhibitions and events showcasing big names and local talent. The Exchange sits hidden between Market Jew Street and Chapel Street and houses a beautiful gift shop with a unique selection of ceramics, jewellery, gifts, books and cards. Not only do they have an exquisite hand-selected range of stock and award winning architecture but all proceeds go directly to supporting their exhibition and education activities.

What are your favourite shops in Penzance? We’d love to hear from you. Follow us on Instagram for more of our Cornish finds and tag your photos with #stivespenzance for the change to be featured!

We’re sharing some of our favourite places to drink a cocktail or two in Cornwall. Whether your holidaying or a local there’s plenty of great bars on your doorstep. There’s so many to choose from, so here’s just a selection. A Bar at The Alba Restaurant & Bar, St Ives The Alba A Bar is […]

Cornwall is full of incredibly beautiful beaches. So much so, that it can be hard to choose which one you want to go to. That’s why we thought we’d share our guide to the best beaches in Cornwall, in our opinion that is.

Kynance Cove, The Lizard

Kynance Cove - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Just two miles north of The Lizard, Kynance Cove is one of the prettiest and most photographed beaches in Cornwall. It is owned by the National Trust who have a large car park on the cliffs above. We recommend going at low tide when it’s at it’s most breathtaking but be warned, this very popular beach is always very busy in summer.

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthminster Beach St Ives Cornwall - St Ives PenzancePorthminster Beach, one of two blue flag beaches in St Ives. This a sheltered, family friendly beach with golden sands has all the facilities you could need. This includes the excellent Porthminster Beach Café and it’s a great option for a windy day as it’s much more sheltered than Porthmeor.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall - St Ives PenzancePorthmeor, the second blue flag beach in St Ives, is arguably one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. Unlike the sheltered Porthminster Beach Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean. The sometimes-bracing winds makes it a very popular spot for surfers.

Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Summerleaze Beach Bude - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Summerleaze Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bude, and with its expansive golden sands and its proximity to town it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of room, so even on it hot summer’s day it never feels too crowded, and the sea-water bathing pool on the other side means you can swim in any conditions, regardless of the current.

Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder, Penzance

Porthcurno Beach - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

One of the most famous and beautiful golden sand beaches in Cornwall, Porthcurno is a breathtaking tropical paradise that will transport you to the Caribbean. This beach in the valley of Porthcurno village is sheltered by cliffs on both sides and is overlooked by the famous Minack Theatre. When the tides out you can walk over to the neighbouring beach, Pedn Vounder, which is just as beautiful.

Godrevy, Hayle

Godrevy, Hayle, Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

The northern tip of Hayle’s three mile beach, Godrevy is the most dramatic and arguably the most beautiful. The exposed but breathtaking Atlantic position makes it a popular spot all year round with walkers and bathers alike.

Sennen Cove, Penzance

Sennen-Cove-Beach-Cornwall-St-Ives-PenzanceOfficially named Whitesands Bay, this beach is known to locals as Sennen, because of the quaint village in which it resides. With nearly a mile of golden sands this beach is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It’s also a popular surfing spot as, like Porthmeor, it faces out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Mawgan Porth, Newquay

Mawgan Porth Beach Newquay Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Just 4 miles North from Newquay, Mawgan Porth beach is slightly off the beaten track, so tends to not overcrowd as much as other beaches during summer. Sheltered by the high cliffs on each side this family friendly, golden sand beach has a vast amount of space, so plenty of room for family fun.

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay Beach - St Ives Penzance - Best Beaches in Cornwall

Carbis Bay beach is one of only eight blue flag beaches in Cornwall. It’s an expansive, sheltered golden sand beach that’s great for families and has all the facilities you might expect. The tree covered cliffs on either side protect the beach from the elements and there’s lifeguard cover from July-September.

Porthpean Beach, St Austell

Porthpean Beach - St Ives Penzance - Best Beaches in Cornwall

Porthpean is a lovely, safe sheltered beach that’s very family friendly. There’s plenty of rock pools, safe swimming as well as a sailing club. The beach is cleaned daily in summer and as with many other beaches in Cornwall dogs are not allowed between Easter and September.

Trevone Bay, Padstow

Trevone Bay, Padstow, Best Beaches in Cornwall, St Ives Penzance

Just two miles from Padstow you will find Trevone Bay, a popular beach that’s both family friendly and great for surfing. The expansive golden sands are surrounded by rocky areas on either side, so it’s a great place to take children rock pooling.

Let us know what you think are the best beaches in Cornwall, do you know any hidden gems? We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can also tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #stivespenzance to share your photos of Cornwall and your favourite beaches.

St Ives Penzance’s guide to the best festivals in Cornwall this summer, including Boardmasters, Port Eliot Festival, Falmouth Week, Golowan and Leopallooza. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but here in Cornwall we love a good party. Any excuse to spend time in the sun, listing to music, dancing and generally having a good time and we’re there. This means we have some great summer festivals and each year the line up is getting bigger and better. We’ve picked a few of our favourites so you won’t miss out:

Porthleven Food & Music Festival 21-24th April

Set in the small harbour town of Porthleven, drawing a crowd of around 30,000 visitors last year alone, this three-day festival of food, music, art, entertainment has an ‘Under the Sea’ theme. The festival is free to enter, with tickets only needed for camping or the after parties. For more information head to their website.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival 13-14th May

Taking place on the beautiful Porthminster Beach, this year’s St Ives Food and Drink Festival promises great culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. There will be a huge range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family. Tickets are £5. For more information head to their website.

Masked Ball 26-28th May

The Masked Ball is a spectacular three-day party staged in Porthleven, Cornwall and since its conception in 2006 it has grown into a multilevel party kingdom, where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury and spectacular, with a world-class line-up of underground international DJs. This event is over 18’s only. Tickets start from £39 with camping. For more information head to their website.

Golowan Festival 16-25th June

Golowan Festival in Penzance is a week-long celebration of midsummer. Throughout the week there’s a range of events from exhibitions, concerts, parades and a fun fair all culminating in the final weekend. Mazey Eve on the 23rd sees the election of the Mock Major, followed by a torchlight procession and fireworks. Mazey Day on the 25th draws in the crowds with stalls, parades and live music and dance. For more information head to their website.

Port Eliot Festival 27-30th July

Set in the beautiful Port Eliot estate this literary festival is unlike any other. More like a garden party, this magical weekend allows you to swim in the estuary, picnic under a 300 year old tree, rock out at the Park Stage, canoe on the river, catch an intimate gig in the church, watch a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen or dance ‘till the early hours in the Boogie Round. Tickets start from £70 and can be purchased on their website.

Leopallooza 28-30th July

Known as the greatest house party… in a field, this award winning festival is now in it’s 10th year. Set in the scenic North Cornwall Countryside in woodlands and fields near Bude, this boutique festival offers a range of activities that will entertain both families of all ages and the experienced festival goer. Although this year’s line-up has not yet been announced (it’s coming very shortly, keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates) the festival always hosts a great mix of British talent and international artists. Tickets start from £90 and can be bought on their website.

Gin & Jazz in the Park 29th July

New to Cornwall’s festival line up is Gin & Jazz in the Park. Taking place at the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre this secret garden party is only a one day event with cocktails, live entertainment and world foods. Tickets start from £8 and can be purchased here.

Falmouth Week 4-13th August

Falmouth Week is not just a sailing regatta but a week full of family friendly events both on and off shore. The regatta is organised by the Port of Falmouth Sailing Association (PoFSA) which is a partnership of Falmouth’s six local sailing clubs. Falmouth Week has a full schedule of daytime and evening entertainment throughout the town, including the infamous 80’s/90’s Night on Events Square courtesy of South West Bars and Events, the Outlaw Summer Market on The Moor by Outlaw Events, The Pink Wig Night and the University of Exeter’s Science in the Square. Find out more about Falmouth Week here.

Bordmasters 9-13th August

Cornwall’s biggest music festival takes place on Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay every year. This year’s line up includes big names such as Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club, ALT-J, Stormzy and The Vaccines. As well as music they’ve got a week-long surf competition, afterparties, markets and acoustic campfire sessions. Tickets start from £59 and can be bought from their website.

St Ives September Festival 9-23rd September

The St Ives September Festival celebrates music and art in one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside resorts. There’s a jam-packed calendar of events throughout the month from live music at The Guildhall and The Western Hotel, to free exhibitions, open studios and guided walks around the town. What makes this festival really unique is the wonderful atmosphere around the town; it’s lively and welcoming but not as hectic as St Ives in the summer.

What festival are you most looking forward to this summer? What do you think the best festival in Cornwall. You can also tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #stivespenzance to share your photos of Cornwall.

Photo credit: Port Eliot Festival


With the clocks going back and the amazing weather this weekend we’re really excited for a Cornish summer full of beach days and barbecues, family time and days out with friends. There are so many great places to explore so we thought we’d share our top five things to do in Cornwall this summer:

Eden Project’s new Rainforest Canopy Walkway

The Rainforest Canopy at Eden Project - St Ives Penzance, Cornwall

Brand new to the Eden Project is the Rainforest Canopy Walkway. This treetop walk in the Rainforest Biome also has a Weather Maker exhibition with a 23 metre rope bridge set 50 metres high in the treetops, a fully accessible cloud bridge where you can travel through swirling clouds and an immersive exhibit where you can shelter from tropical rain storms. The exhibition really is both educational and fun, and a great addition to Eden.

Porthcurno Beach and Minack Theatre

Porthcurno Beach, Penzance - Cornwall.

With golden sands and turquoise water it’s easy to mistake this beach for a tropical paradise on a hot day. It’s no secret that Porthcurno is one of our favourite beaches in Cornwall. If you haven’t been we highly recommend making a trip this summer. Whilst you’re there why not visit the Minack Theatre? Whether you’re watching a show or just taking a look around the view is one of a kind and if you’re lucky you might spot a basking shark in the water below.

A Day Trip To The Isles of Scilly

Tresco, Isles of Scilly - St Ives Penzance, Cornwall

If you want to visit the beautiful Isles of Scilly but don’t want to commit to a full holiday there why not make a day trip? Day trip returns on the Scillonian III start from only £39.50 giving you around 4 hours to explore the islands. Some of our favourite spots include; Porthcressa Beach on St Mary’s, Abbey Garden on Tresco and the Iron Age and Bronze Age settlements at Halangy Village and Bant’s Carn.

Island Cafe on St Michael’s Mount

St Michael's Mount - Things to do in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

The mount is one of the places that remains just as beautiful each time you go. From the walkway, to the castle and gardens, there’s plenty to explore in this idyllic harbour village. They’ve also just renovated the Island Cafe which is now opening seven days a week during the summer from 9:30am – 4:30pm serving breakfast, light lunches, pasties and healthy options. What really makes this cafe special is the expansive outdoor seating with sea views. Such a great spot to enjoy a sunny day.

Coasteering with Kernow Coasteering

Kernow Coasteering - St Ives Penzance, Cornwall

A little more adventurous than some of our other offerings, but Cornwall is known for its water sports. Kernow Coasteering is based in West Cornwall and sessions start at £40 per person. Although coasteering is family friendly the minimum participation age is 9 years old and you must have a reasonable level of fitness and be a confident swimmer.

We’d love to hear about your favourite summer activities? You can also tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #stivespenzance to share your photos of Cornwall.