September holidays in St Ives

2nd September 2019

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 (14th – 28th)

St Ives September Festival is an annual celebration of music and art that takes over the town for two weeks. There’s a mixed programme of bookable events and free performances. This year’s headline acts at the Guildhall include Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys and Dougie McLean. There’s also theatre, poetry readings and comedy. You’ll find gigs in most of the town’s pubs, or if you prefer to be outdoors, join in with one of the tours of the town. Explore St Ives’ art scene with the Open Studios programme, or take part in a workshop yourself.


The weather’s warm

We were certainly warmed by this weather report, which shows the sun’s on its way to Cornwall in September. 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!

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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 on beaches still apply until 1 October – but don’t forget that in St Ives, we have Bamaluz beach for year-round dog scampering (which again is less crowded in September), and we can point you in the direction of some great dog-friendly beaches a short drive from site. Flowers still bloom on the cliffs, and it’s a lovely month to explore the South West Coast Path.

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Driving is easier

Now the August bank holiday has been and gone, 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.

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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!).

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There’s plenty to do at Polmanter

Like the town, we don’t shut down in September. The Stable Bar remains open until the 28th (evenings only from the 15th), Friday’s live music sessions continue until the 13th and Liz’s Quizzes throughout the month.

This year, we’re keeping the pool open until the 21st.


Polmanter September availability – pitches and apartments!

We have a selection of pitches available in September. Choose from hard-standing or grassed, serviced or non-serviced. We have a minimum three-night stay policy for pre-booked pitches or simply turn up on-spec if you simply want a night or two – you can always call ahead to check availability before you start your journey. If you’re pre-booking, don’t forget to have a look at the online interactive map to ‘pick your pitch’ on our website.

One of our new self-catering apartments, Demelza, has availability in September (22nd – 29th). This lovely, well-equipped apartment has its own terrace for balmy September evenings – and a Smart TV and comfy sofas for cooler one. Demelza has an accessible bathroom, is suitable for babies and young children, and accepts up to two dogs. The apartment needs pre-booking, so please contact us.


If you’d like to know more about what’s on in September or to check our availability, please drop us a line at Polmanter. We’re looking forward to seeing you for your late-summer break!