September holidays in St Ives

7th August 2022

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 (10-24 September 2022)

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.

Some of the headline acts have already sold out, so be sure to check the website for a full programme and details of how to book events.


St Ives September Festival performances

Source: St Ives September Festival Facebook

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.


 Source: aroundperranuthnoe

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.


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, with Liz’s Quizzes and live music sessions continuing all month. Sunday Lunches return too, with our popular homemade roasts available from 12-3pm. This year, we’re keeping the pool open until Sunday 18th September.

The bus will continue to run until 1st October. Services will gradually reduce throughout the month, so check the timetable for the dates you’re booked to stay.

Staying at Polmanter in September

If this has whetted your appetite for a late-summer holiday, why not take a look at our availability using our online interactive map.

We’re pretty busy for the first couple of weeks in September, with more flexibility for the rest of the month.

If you fancy upgrading to our luxury self catering accommodation, we’ve got some rare availability in our cottages, including brand new property Senara.

Morwenna and Senara both sleep up to 6 people, and have private gardens with a hot tub. Parking and EV charging is available, plus you can bring the dog too!


Polmanter Senara Holiday Cottage St Ives Kitchen Diner


Any questions, our Reception team are on hand to help with general enquiries and bookings. See you in September!