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One of the most exciting events in the Cornish calendar returns for 2024, with yet another great line-up to tempt culture vultures from near and far.

The St Ives September Festival brings a brilliant buzz to the town, with two weeks of entertainment and creative insight, and most importantly plenty of opportunities for dancing the night away!

September in St Ives

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September is a great time of year to visit St Ives

September itself is an extremely popular time for visiting St Ives anyway, as summer fades (often with an impressive farewell performance!) and autumn starts to creep in.

Quiet beaches, cosy pubs, leisurely strolls and fantastic seasonal produce are just some of the reasons why our guests return year after year for those special September stays.

About the St Ives September Festival

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Poetry sessions on Norway Square

The festival of course adds to the attraction of September in St Ives, with a busy and diverse programme of music, comedy, art exhibitions, film screenings and street entertainment. You can dip in to as much of the action as you like, and lots of it is free, including lunchtime music and poetry sessions in Norway Square throughout the festival.

There’s also plenty of opportunities to get involved yourself. From art and craft workshops to talks and guided walks, plus lots of artists to meet at their Open Studios, if you love getting stuck in you’ll love the St Ives September Festival.

What’s on this year?

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Ray Lewis will headline the St Ives September Festival this year

For the headline performances we recommend buying tickets as far in advance as possible. Ray Lewis, former lead singer of \the Drifters, will be the headline attraction at St Ia Church for the 2024 September Festival. Also making their Festival debuts at the Parish Church are Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tango In the Night, progressive world folk trio The Trouble Notes and rising Cornwall indie-pop singer Daisy Clark.

We’re really looking forward to screenings of Catch The Wind: St Ives in the 60s – the new film from award-winning Newlyn-based director Diana Taylor which we’re sure will have an amazing soundtrack! An audience with songwriters Will Keating and Harry Glasson (who created the unofficial Cornish national anthem, Cornwall My Home) is also sure to be popular.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the daily line-up, click here.

Where to stay

Where to stay during the St Ives September Festival

We recommend booking your holiday let for the St Ives September Festival early, as it’s a very popular time to visit St Ives. Whether you’re a couple looking for a central bolthole from which you can easily get to gigs etc, or a larger group looking to combine festival events with eating at great restaurants and exploring further afield, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect property in our large portfolio of cottages, townhouses, apartments, and luxury holiday lets.

If you need any help choosing though, give our friendly team a shout and we can advise on things like travel, getting around town, and restaurant bookings.