Welcome to St Ives. We hope you have a wonderful stay with us, and we would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2022.
We are doing all we can to ensure you have a holiday to remember. To help everyone enjoy Christmas and New Year, we would appreciate your observing a few simple steps to help keep people safe and ensure we can all celebrate together, and following all Government guidance on Covid-19 as regulations are updated.
St Ives has a population of approximately 11,400. Annually we welcome 116,000 staying visitors and 268,000-day visitors to the town. As a small fishing town, this volume of visitors does impact the town, and businesses in St Ives have been hit hard by Covid with many have to close, some several times, in addition to mandatory closures due to staff testing positive.
Unfortunately, hospitality and retail businesses have noticed an increase in abusive, rude, and aggressive behaviour over the past two years. We know it’s a small minority who behave in this manner but as a town, we treat any aggression or rude behaviour with a policy of zero tolerance. We ask that you behave respectfully at all times when visiting local shops, pubs, restaurants, and businesses.
To help protect us all from the spread of Covid, please observe all Government guidelines and regulations, including to:
- Wear masks in all shops, large event venues, and on public transport.
- Test regularly, and especially if you experience any Covid symptoms.
- Stay at home or self-isolate if you feel unwell and experience Covid symptoms.
- Respect local businesses if they limit the number of people allowed inside their premises at any one time and follow their advice. They are doing this to keep you and them safe.
- Be patient and kind, even if you have to wait a little longer for service. Everyone is doing the best they can to serve you as fast as they can.
After careful thought and discussion between St Ives BID, St Ives Town Council, Cornwall Council, Devon & Cornwall Police, Public Health and local emergency services providers, the St Ives’ famous New Year’s Eve the fireworks display will not be going ahead this year and has been postponed, potentially for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event in 2022.
Shops, restaurants, and bars remain open, subject to Government guidance, as do our galleries and visitor attractions, and there is plenty to enjoy to help you celebrate in style with family and friends. Please be sure to book in advance when visiting restaurants and to plan ahead to help avoid disappointment.
Be sure to visit some of our unique, independent boutique shops for those special gifts – there is lots of information on our website, and we recommend a trip to tucked-away streets in St Ives such as St Andrew’s Street, Chapel Street, and Street an Pol as well as The Digey and Sloop Craft Market for a magical Christmas shopping experience.
We’re so glad you’ve decided to holiday us here in St Ives. We are so proud of our town and we’re happy to Share it with you.
Best wishes for 2022 from all the St Ives BID Team