The light, colours and shapes of St. Ives have inspired artists for generations. Why not enrol your children on one of these amazing arty workshops, courses or activities - a brilliant, unusual and memorable addition to any family holiday. Release the budding artists in your family!
Tate Create. Drop in to one of these classes at the newly re-opened Tate St. Ives, on Porthmeor Beach and explore the chosen theme for the month. Investigate with new materials, make art together and explore the exhibitions. Free to under 18s and accompanying adults pay the standard admission price.
31st March – 17 April 10 am – 4pm
27th May – 4th June 10am – 4pm
29th July – 3rd Sept 10am – 4pm
The Barbara Hepworth Museum run a family activity trail, designed to help younger children enjoy exploring the museum and gardens. Armed with a sketch book and simple art materials the kids will be able to interact with this magical environment. There is also an online treasure hunt available at http://kids.tate.org.uk/games/barbaras_garden/
Barnoon Workshop: Every Mondays 10am-12 noon– an open art class for all abilities, children and adults welcome. This fabulous workshop at the top of Porthmeor Beach are also putting on some special, one off classes such as ‘Printed Sea Monsters’ on Thurday 1st June or Fabric Printing Stamps on Friday 14th July. See their website for all upcoming classes.
16th & 30th July - Porthmeor Young Artists Group. For 13-18 year olds this workshop is led by a professional artist who will inspire and add a creative spark to your holiday. Held at St. Ives School of Painting in the Porthmeor Studios, you’ll be provided with all the art materials you could wish for and fantastic guidance in a real working art setting.
Or enjoy a self-guided art tour of St. Ives as you follow the directions and drawing activities in the family art trail run by the St. Ives School of Painting available to buy from the Porthmeor Studios.
Build your own Teddy Bear – The Wonderful Bear Emporium on Fore Street. Choose and create your very own teddy bear in this amazing shop. There is no need to book and bears take a minimum of 15 minutes to build. You choose the bear, stuff it, and then choose the clothes – a great rainy day activity for any bear lover!
Make your own chocolate bars at I Should Coco on Fore Street. Junior workshops (7yrs+) are run at the shop during holidays, call 01736 798756 to book. You will learn how chocolate is made, then practice being a chocolatier yourself, decorating then wrapping your very own chocolate.
Leach Pottery Clay Days – Children can enjoy hands on, family friendly, creative sessions at the world famous Leach Pottery. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the school holidays the Leach opens its workshops to children age 6-12. The one hour messy sessions cost £7, (parents are free), and involves making a clay item from the theme of the day - which can then be posted out to you after the drying, firing and glazing process.
Annie’s by the Sea, sleeps 5, St. Ives
Thyme Cottage, sleeps 4, St. Ives
Coast House Cottage, sleeps 5, St. Ives