The G7 Summit and holidaying in St Ives
4th June 2021
Carbis Bay has been chosen to host this year’s G7 summit, which will be taking place from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June 2021.
Boris Johnson will be welcoming newly elected US President Joe Biden, along with other world leaders from countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU to the Carbis Bay Estate and Hotel.
More information about the summit can be found at www.g7uk.org
UPDATE – 4th June 2021:
We have been advised that Belyars Lane ‘may’ be closed to pedestrians at times from Thurs 10th – Sunday 13th June beside the Tregenna Castle Hotel (where some of the world leaders are staying) – if this is the case, you start out on the same route as usual, but there is a simple detour that we have mapped out below that should only add a few minutes to your walk:
Video version with photos: Relive ‘Polmanter to St Ives walk – G7 diversion’
Google Interactive Map:
Your journey to/from the site: As you’ll be aware if you’ve visited Cornwall in the tourist season previously, the roads can be busy and journeys through the county prolonged at peak times.
We hope that you won’t experience too much additional disruption as a result of the G7, but it is worth noting that with just the one road in and out of St Ives from 7pm on Wednesday to midnight on Sunday, the road to/from the site will be very busy, and delays are likely. It may be worth an extra comfort break and making sure that you have water / snacks in the car before the final section of your trip just in case!
Early / late arrivals: You may wish to use our arrivals field for an early or late arrival to try to avoid the traffic – this is available from 2am on the day you are due to arrive.
If you chose to travel later or are delayed on your journey, please be aware, to avoid disturbing other guests, the last time you can come onto site to set up your tent/caravan is 10pm. If you arrive after this time you are welcome to remain on the arrivals field overnight, and then move down to your pitch after checking in the following morning from 9am – you may walk down to use any of the facilities in the meantime.
Bus / taxi services: Royal Buses and local taxis have been advised that they should still be able to run their usual routes, but we are aware that significant traffic disruption is expected, so you may find at times that it is quicker to walk, than to try to travel by bus/taxi!
Beaches and footpaths: Carbis Bay beach is closed from the 7th -14th of June and the footpaths around it have been diverted, but St Ives beaches are due to remain open as far as we have been advised so far.
Shopping and deliveries: Our nearest supermarket, Tesco in Carbis Bay will be open to pedestrians only during the road closures (Weds 7pm to Sun midnight) so we would recommend that you instead use supermarkets in Penzance or Hayle during that time, or bring supplies to cover the weekend.
Other disruption: There have been rumours that Boris Johnson and/or the other G7 leaders may be visiting the Tate gallery, Porthmeor Beach and the Leach Pottery during the summit, so it is likely that there would be some further temporary localised closures if this occurs.
With respect to activity by protesters that may affect your stay, we hope that any action will be respectful of visitors and local residents, and that it won’t be too disruptive to your movements during your stay.
Extinction Rebellion have published details of their planned non-violent protests – in St Ives on Friday and Sunday, and Falmouth on Saturday, which gives a detailed timetable for their demonstrations.
Unfortunately other activity by protesters or road disruption due to the world leader’s movements is unlikely to be advertised in advance, but Devon and Cornwall police and supporting security staff have assured us that they will do everything to keep disruption to a minimum.
We’ll keep this blog updated if we receive any further information, or you can call / email / pop into reception if you have any other questions.
If you’re holidaying with us during this time, you might wonder what disruption this may cause during your stay.
Cornwall and Devon Police yesterday announced information in relation to policing and access to the local area that has helped us to get a clearer idea of the potential impact:
- The main ‘St Ives Road’ (A3074) through Lelant and Carbis Bay that many visitors and residents use to access St Ives will be closed to all traffic from 9am on Thursday, June 10 until 11.59pm on Sunday, June 13, and there may also be some intermittent short-term disruption from June 4th as security barriers are installed.
The B3311 (‘Coach Road’) that you would usually use to access Polmanter and St Ives will also be used by those diverted from St Ives road, so congestion and delays are expected.
- St Ives town centre and harbour will be open. In Carbis Bay, the section of the South West Coast Path which runs through the Carbis Bay Hotel will be closed with a temporary diversion in place.
- In St Ives local amenities will largely remain open, and all beaches other than Carbis Bay will be accessible.
- The St Ives train branch line will be closed from Monday 7th – Monday 14th June, with train services resuming on Tuesday 15th. A replacement bus service will be in operation.
- Pedestrian access will be restricted in areas of the immediate vicinity of the key summit locations (Carbis Bay Hotel and Tregenna Castle Hotel) and people will be subject to security checks. Only residents will be allowed access to these areas.
- We have now been informed by Devon and Cornwall Police, with regard to pedestrian access to St Ives from the site, that our usual walking route down to St Ives via Steeple Lane/Belyars Lane will be OPEN.
If you are due to arrive or depart between the 10th and 13th of June, it is likely that you will experience traffic congestion to / from the site, so please take this into account when you are planning your journey. We are working with Devon and Cornwall police and local residents to try and ensure that access is as straightforward as possible.
Royal Buses’ service to and from St Ives, is due to run as scheduled, but there may be delays to the timetable due to the increased traffic expected on the road into St Ives.
Devon and Cornwall Police support the right to peaceful protest. Keep an eye out for Police Liaison Officers, dressed in light blue jackets, who will be on hand to answer any questions regarding protesting. Their role is to engage with participants in a positive way, to ensure they understand what protestors can and can’t do within the law.
If you’re staying with us during the summit, we hope this information offers clarification ahead of your stay, and to help ensure minimal disruption to your holiday.
If you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01736 7695640