St Ives you never disappoint, you little gem of beautiful blue sea, creamy sandy beach and hub of of local delights..by this I mean fudge, ice cream you know the situ! .
Back in gloomy February my dad suggested booking a summer mini break to Cornwall and in particular Hayle near St Ives, I think I probably squealed with excitement, July couldn’t come soon enough and already I was planning in my head all the lovely places we would be visiting!
Dad, along with the rest of the family arrived a couple days beforehand, tested out the BBQ (tough job!) and sent pictures of some truly tropical looking beaches whilst I was sat at my work desk (thanks dad!) So when Wednesday arrived we were packed and on the road by 8am ready to meet the family and start our mini break.
The house we stayed in was perfect, 5 large bedrooms, spacious seating area and gorgeous garden, based in the sweet village of Hayle. As soon as we arrived and had a little unpacking session then set off a couple miles down the road to St Ives.
St Ives is often described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, perfect in the summer sun with its gorgeous coast and harbour brimming with local cafes, pubs, restaurants plus shops, there is plenty to do but equally as charming when the sun is feeling a little more shy. St Ives is the art centre of West Cornwall with is Tate gallery consisting of changing exhibitions and classic permanent collections, St Ives has a strong arty history and you can really feel it when wondering around.
After a little paddle on the beach, we promptly headed straight for the ice cream and fudge (priorities) and sat looking out to sea whilst trying to avoid the pesky seagulls!
That evening we relaxed in the garden and enjoyed a bbq followed by card games, crisps, dips and a dose of face swapping snap chat with grandma!
Sennen Cove was our first stop on Thursday, a place that other family members have stayed at but we had never been, it was packed with surfers and had a really nice chilled out vibe, after a little wonder and some lunch we then headed to our next stop Porthcurno for the afternoon.
Porthcurno beach looked identical to what you would find in the med! Some of the group set up a little area on the sand whilst others climbed the rock to spot the Minack theatre- an open air venue often entertaining large summer crowds. I on the other hand was chasing Sonny who was happily crawling over the sand trying to eat every shell in site! I personally am thankful we didn’t book a beach holiday abroad, the stress of making sure my baby wasn’t devouring sand, shells and seaweed would have been toooo much!
Our last full day was spent in Newquay at the amazing Lusty glaze… (next post up on Wednesday is dedicated to this lovely venue so I will save those dets!) and then Gwithian beach skimming stones, sipping coffee and then eating too much chocolate!
Although our trip was short it was very sweet and we crammed loads into the 3 days whilst also feeling totally relaxed! Cornwall you are literally one of my most favourite places to be and I can’t wait to return!
Love Harriet x