September holidays in St Ives
27th August 2021
We love September in St Ives. The sun’s still out and the festival’s on, but everything just feels calmer.
It’s many people’s favourite time of year to holiday in Cornwall – and here are some great reasons to head down to St Ives in September.
There’s a party going on: St Ives September Festival
The St Ives September Festival lasts for two weeks, and is a celebration of all things arty. There’s live music, theatre, exhibitions, workshops, walks and talks, comedy, kids’ events… We don’t like to use cliches, but there really is something for everyone in this year’s programme.
The St Ives September Festival 2021 runs from 11-25 September. Please check the website for a full programme and details of how to book events.
And, there’s a second party this year!
The legendary St Ives Food & Drink Festival has been timed to coincide with the September Festival this year. If you’re in St Ives between the 17th and 19th, head down to Porthminster Beach for the best street food (beach food?) ever.
Tickets are needed for music Evening Sessions in the Lighthouse Stage, but other than that it’s a free event!
There are chef demos, live music, events for kids and an artisan market. All in the most beautiful Cornish setting you can imagine.
The weather’s warm
The average temperature is usually mid-teens, and there’s always the chance of an Indian summer… Pack both beach clothes and waterproofs, and you’ll be ready for anything.
And so’s the sea!
The September sea in St Ives is a pleasant 16oC; and with the beaches less crowded, this is a great time to enjoy the coast. Dog restrictions vary in September, so it’s always worth checking the Cornwall Council website. In St Ives, we have the brilliant Bamaluz beach for year-round dog scampering (which again is less crowded in September). Flowers still bloom on the cliffs, and it’s a lovely month to explore the South West Coast Path.
Driving is easier
After the August bank holiday, the roads start to calm down in Cornwall. There are fewer traffic queues and more parking spaces. If you’re travelling down to Cornwall in September, you’ll find the M5 and M30 are far more free-flowing, and stopping en-route becomes a pleasure not a chore.
Everything’s still open, but nothing’s packed
Seasonal attractions tend to stay open until after October half term, so there’s still plenty going on. The same goes for St Ives’ shops, bars and restaurants. The festival brings a buzzing atmosphere to the town, and this can be one of the liveliest times for an evening drink in town (the Polmanter bus is still running to bring you back).
Please note: many venues are still operating on a pre-book only basis, so please check before you set out to an attraction or restaurant.
Source: Alex May Photography
There’s plenty to do at Polmanter
Like the town, we don’t shut down in September. The Stable Bar remains open, and Liz’s Quizzes and Gareth’s music sessions continue all month. Sunday Lunches return too, with our popular homemade roasts available for both dining in and takeaway. This year, we’re keeping the pool open until Sunday 19th September.
Polmanter in September
We’re fully booked this September – but if this has whetted your appetite for a late-summer holiday, take a look at our availability for September 2022. It’s also worth checking our website for last-minute September cancellations.
If you’d like to know more about what’s on in September or to check our availability for later in the autumn, please drop us a line at Polmanter. We’re looking forward to seeing you for your late-summer break!