St Ives prepares for a busy September of festivals & events

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID) is supporting a packed September of events taking place in and around the Cornish seaside town this month.

A lively line-up of activities is taking place in St Ives, including the hugely popular St Ives Food and Drink Festival happening this weekend, the two-week long St Ives September Festival celebrating music and arts, a longboard surfing festival at the end of the month, and community theatre shows going on in town.

Following a difficult year for the town with many businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown periods limiting visitors, St Ives BID hopes the events calendar will continue the summer visitor boom and encourage further footfall to benefit local traders.

The September 2021 line-up includes:

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

The St Ives Food and Drink Festival, supported by St Ives BID, will take place on Porthminster Beach from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th September.

Foodies and music lovers alike will have the chance to sample cooking demos from some of the region’s top chefs, as well as enjoying music from Andy Quick, Freshly Squeezed, Cable Street Collective, Roustabouts, Bailey Tomkinson, Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers, Brother Sea, Off the Lights and more.

The festival is open from 11am until 11.30pm on Friday, and from 10am until 11.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Lee Bater, Festival Director, said: “Around 25,000 people visited St Ives Food and Drink Festival in 2019 and, after a tough 18 months for everyone, we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the beach. We have redesigned the event and there will be plenty of space with both the demos and music stages being outdoors this year.”

St Ives September Festival

St Ives BID is a key sponsor and supporter of this 15-day extravaganza of music and arts taking place from 11th-25th September at various venues across the town.

The festival features an extensive programme of musical performances, theatre productions, films, poetry, exhibitions, workshops, walks, talks and studio visits, as well as guest authors appearing at children’s literature events and a visit from the circus. You can view the full programme of events and find out more about the festival on the website

Tickets for different events can be booked online via the website, or at Cornwall Tourist Information Centres, with some remaining tickets available on the door for certain events at venues such as The Guildhall, St Ives Its Club and St La Church.

The Longboard Festival

As the first stop of the 2021 British Longboard Union Tour, the Longboard Festival will be taking place at Porthmeor Beach on 25th and 26th September. The original dates for the tour were 11th-12th September, but the event had to be postponed because of the weather.

Porthmeor Beach provides a wonderful opportunity for spectators to watch some of the best longboarders in Britain compete against each other for honour, glory and a prize or two in an action-packed surfing event held in one of the most scenic locations in the Duchy.

St Ives Theatre presents Disenchanted!

The KIDZ R US theatre group are staging a hugely entertaining production called Disenchanted! at St Ives Theatre this month.

The last two performances will take place on 21st and 28th September at 7.30pm.

Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight in this musical. Life has not been picture-perfect, and the girls tell it like it is – rebelling against ‘The Princess Complex’, and preaching girl power.

Helen Tripconey, St Ives BID Manager, said: “September is a packed month here in St Ives with so much for all ages to enjoy, and lots of outdoor events to attend.

“The Food Festival is always an enormous draw for visitors, and it’s a delight to have it back this year with a really exciting line-up. The BID is a key funder and supporter of the festival, and we are very proud of the great event being presented for 2021. Equally the St Ives September Festival is an incredible celebration of music, arts, theatre and culture, much of which the town is famed for, and it’s a joy to see it back this year.

“We are also thrilled to be able to support The Porthmeor Longboard Classic Festival, and to showcase the talent at what is sure to be one of the most popular events of this year’s longboard tour. This event will also showcase just what makes St Ives such a special place to live, work and visit with the town centre alongside some of Cornwall’s finest beaches.”

You can find out more about September events in St Ives including the Food Festival, September Festival and Longboard Festival on the St Ives BID website at