January in St Ives

St Ives cliff view over the seaside English town in January

St ives in Cornwall is beautiful in January when the sun shines

A Cornish Weekend Away

When you go on a trip and 1/3 of your time is spent travelling there and back, you hope it’s going to be worth it. Luckily, St Ives, situated right down in the most southerly point of England WAS. With its charming little houses stacked around the bay, two lighthouses and almost as many bakeries as there are dogs on the beach, it’s something out of a children’s book.

Sweet painted stone houses down the little streets of St Ives
The sloop inn old St Ives pub and hotel The Sloop Inn colourful boat outside the hotel St IvesSt Ives cliff coastal path down by the sea

I was there on a ‘very important mission’; capturing photos of children playing around the harbour for the childrenswear brand I work for. Although most of my time on these two days were spent boomeranging them kicking buoys about, I managed to catch a little glimpse of life in the famous seaside town. I grabbed a savoury crepe at The Surf Shack which looks out to sea as recommended by Betty Magazine and ticked off purchasing baked goods from the St Ives Bakery (note to self: buy cream and jam for tomorrow’s desk-based scone break).

Colourful doors of St Ives porthgwidden seaside huts on a quiet sunday morningSeahorse dinghy boat moored in St Ives Colourful kitsch doors of St Ives's lido tucked away in a bay.IMG_7833
seagulls in st ives and cute colourful houses




Sadly the Tate isn’t open at this time of year (not that there’s a shortage of tourists and January, you were VERY good to us with your weather) but the Barbara Hepworth sculpture museum makes up for it by welcoming you in. (Though I wasn’t one of them but next time)!

Talking of visitors, I never thought I’d hear myself say this but being marched out of a hotel at 8am was actually brilliant. Sunrise over muesli and lack of humans and domesticated animals out to photobomb your Instagram snap of the colourful Porthgwidden beach doors is bliss. A windy cliff walk does wonders for the step count and your cardio-vascular system. Take that, London.

Surf shack cafe in st ives for a hippie, bohemian lunch

The Surf shack restaurant cafe on the beach front selling savoury crepes and a sea viewSt Ives church and gardens by the sea Work shop store in st ives for cool modern contemporary minmalist style selling magazines and homewarecornish pasties and a flask of tea for a cornwall day out in St Ives view of the lighthouse in St Ives in hazy January.


Right, now who’s ready to take the 7hr journey?


(18) Comments

  1. I grew up in Cornwall and my first proper job was in St Ives. These images are super stunning and have made me a) totally homesick b) itching to go on my own St Ives photowalk. Happily I am headed home next week so I can solve all those things!

    1. Yay Kelly! Things always change when you go back home so you can go back and rediscover the place. Let me know how it goes! x

  2. As usual your pictures are stunning !

    1. Ah thank you Marie,
      That’s very sweet of you to say! 🙂

  3. Uh I friggin’ love Cornwall! St Ives especially. I am down in the ole west country pretty often and as much as I absolutely adore the quaint towns and pastel hues I wish it didn’t come with the 7 hour drive! I am also massively craving a scone (or three) now! Ooft. Immy x

    1. Haha I had a scone for breakfast the other morning because I never properly had one when I was there haha!
      OMG it took sooooo long to get there but I guess the snaps were worth it 😉

  4. WOW! Excuse me while I pin all of these images!

    1. haha THanks Colleen – thanks for sharing you total hun!

  5. St Ives looks wonderful!
    Your photos are lovely!


    1. Thank you darlin’ – it was beautiful, apparently no matter what time of year!

  6. wow it looks so incredible & beautiful! It really is on my list of places to visit… Sometimes you forget what you have at home!

    Hayley xx

    1. I KNOW I have so, so much of the UK to discover, I really need to start here before swanning off elsewhere!

  7. St Ives is beautiful! I spent new year’s there going into 2016 and it was the perfect way to welcome the new year!

    Maria xxx

    1. oh wow amazing! I can picture boats honking horns for some reason, I bet it was wonderful!

  8. I’ve been dying to visit St Ive’s for ages – I’m even more eager now. Beautiful photos.

    1. You MUST! Just take lots of reading material for the journey haha

  9. Oh what truly gorgeous photos!! I so want to visit Cornwall, at St Ives is definitely at the top of my list.

    1. Thanks! Definitely do it when you’ve got a spare weekend. It’s amazing how much you can get done of the train too 😉

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