With a summer of fun planned at Tate St Ives, we asked the staff for their best top tips on what to do in Cornwall
With summer well and truly in full swing, we thought we’d ask the staff at our own enviably located gallery, Tate St Ives, to reveal some of their favourite things to do in Cornwall*.
If you’re planning a visit to the South West over the summer, make sure you add some of these to your holiday must-do list (after a visit to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum of course…)
Here’s what they said in what to do in St Ives and beyond…
*Tate St Ives staff assure us that they do still have time to do some work between the surfing, walking, cafe visits, swimming…
“Rockpooling at Kennack Sands. Small fish, crabs, starfish – the full works!”
“Lunch at the Penlee Museum café, everything homemade, set in delightful gardens”
“A walk along the coastal path and then a pint in the Tinners Arms in Zennor.”
“Eat out at Polpeor Café, positioned at the most southerly point in the UK at Lizard point. Incredible views and cliff-edge seating.”
“Porthmeor beach café in a booth, with yummy food, chilled wine and a fabulous sun set.”
“A walk in Kennall Vale nature reserve, home to an old Victorian gunpowder factory with falling down water mills, waterfalls and ruins.”
“Walking above the cliffs at Botallack (looking down on the remains of Crown Mines)”
“The train ride from St Erth to St Ives”
“Taking the 300 open top bus from St Ives to Penzance (via Sennen and Land’s End)”
“Watching the sun set at Cot Valley”
‘St Ives’ by Alfred Wallis is currently on display at Tate Britain in room 1910 of the BP Walk through British Art. In his memoir, fellow St Ives School artist Ben Nicholson said of Wallis: ‘when looking at one of these paintings of houses into which he put so much affection… he said “Houses – houses – I don’t like houses – give me a ship and you can take all the houses in the world!”’.