Art in St Ives
Many people come to St Ives for its art: either to visit the galleries, take home a piece of art, or to paint or draw their own pictures. Tate St Ives (reopening Spring 2017) has a wonderful collection from the St Ives School as well as a changing exhibition programme. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the town’s real surprises – visit Hepworth’s studio and gardens and see her remarkable work in situ.
If you want to get your own brushes out, The Garrack’s garden has inspirational views across the Atlantic and town! However, if you’d like some guidance, book into the St Ives School of Painting. Nearby Barnoon Workshop offers a fantastic programme of workshops for artists of all ages and ranges, and is great for family activities.
Walking from St Ives
The Garrack hotel is the perfect base for walkers as the South West Coast Path pretty much passes through our grounds! Mere bootsteps away, one of the best stretches of the 630 mile path takes you along spectacular cliffs towards the pretty village of Zennor. Once there, take a break at the pub or cafe before retracing the 6 mile journey back to The Garrack, or make it a circular route by returning along the inland “Coffin Path”.
This is quite a challenging section of the coast path, so if you want a more relaxed constitutional, try heading eastwards towards Carbis Bay, where the path is paved. There are some stunning views across St Ives and the bay from here – and you can always take the lovely branch line train back into Porthminster Beach.
The Penwith peninsula is narrow at this point, and you can cross from Carbis Bay to Marazion (home of St Michael’s Mount) or Penzance on the 12-mile St Michael’s Way. Divert up Trencrom Hill for some of the best views around – and if you don’t fancy the 12 mile return walk, pick up a bus from Marazion or Penzance.
To find out more about what’s happening in St Ives, have a look at the Tourism Association’s website.