St. Ives September Festival

Porthminster in September.

St. Ives is buzzing with the annual September Festival with venues all over town showcasing art and music. It’s a great time to explore St. Ives with galleries having special days and pop-up exhibitions as well as varied workshops for people to try.

The town is quieter than August, the weather is still mild and the beaches pretty empty. September also has some very high/low tides so the beaches are kept nice and fresh and plenty of beach to explore at low tide.

We stay open year-round so we still have drop in wheel-throwing pottery lessons available as normal.

Things to do in St. Ives in the rain

St. Ives is well known for its beaches and crystal clear sea but what is there to do if it rains? There is actually a lot to do year-round and in all weathers in St. Ives and here are some of our suggestions.

St. Ives Pottery – We offer wheel-throwing pottery experiences no matter what the weather, often drop-in lessons are available but please do let us know in advance if there is a certain day or time you would like.

Coco Kitchen – Fun chocolate-based workshops for all ages at  A great place to experiment with chocolate and it has a cafe at the front for anyone not taking part to relax and enjoy the many tasty treats they have on offer. Also great for wedding parties and staff nights out.

St. Ives Cinema – We LOVE our cinema, we see it as having character and a great community asset, friendly staff and brilliant it is still in St. Ives with such a declining population….some might see it as a little run down, the ticket prices are much cheaper than most places to reflect that.  If you are of similar age to us you might even find it a bit nostalgic like going to the cinema in the 80’s. Please do support it where you can, on sunny days it will often be very quiet but rainy days it can be packed. Check out what they have on by clicking here.

Enjoy some food and drink – St. Ives is full of wonderful cafes, pubs and restaurants that are nice and cosy and one of our favourite things is to sit somewhere watching a good storm out of the window. The Albatross opposite us does our favourite chips, you can eat-in, and they even do ice cream for pudding!

St Ives Food Festival

This weekend we are at St. Ives Food Festival were you can come and see Angela and make some Clay Creatures on the grass by the beach. There are lots of great chefs, food stalls, fun activities, music and our personal favourite thing FIREWORKS on Saturday night!!!!! Its a great place to see local business and enjoy hanging out on the best St. Ives beach, Porthminster. We are back in the Pottery on Monday when we can do wheel-throwing experiences again.

Hope to see you on the beach.


Royal Square Goodness

St. Ives is an amazing place and here in Royal Square we are lucky to be in a community-minded end of town, so when the Albatross Fish & Chips started stocking icecream this month, well, we just had to test it! And yep, it was delicious! We had the Salted Caramel and  Chocolate Heaven waffle cones. Getting an ice cream, chips or coffee are all great ways to get your energy going to come and have a taster session on our pottery wheel. We also have a great local shop, Osbornes, just past Royal Cinema which is great for snacks and drinks. If you book an evening group party with St Ives Pottery you are welcome to bring your own things in while you have your workshop. There are plenty of other restaurants, shops and takeaways nearby too if anyone needs something, and try the icecream, its awesome!

St Ives Pottery booking details

Lesson One in our permanent home, RAAR Emporium.

Saturday saw the start of the new pottery as our first-time potters learnt a new skill on our wheel. Angela has been teaching beginners workshops for years but now has a permanent home inside RAAR Emporium and an updated name; we still like RAAR Pottery but St. Ives Pottery is more recognisable. Our beginners had a great time and all successfully made something. We are now looking forward to seeing lots more people create something on a pottery wheel so they can join the ranks of St. Ives ceramicists.