Hello. My name is Gilly and I work in the Poppy Treffry shop in St Ives. The team asked me to write a little piece about the September festival as they know how much I enjoy the event, in fact this is the first year for a long time that I'm not volunteering and helping out, I can just enjoy it instead! After the lull when the children go back to school, in mid September St Ives comes alive again with the September Festival. The town will be buzzing with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. There will be a cornucopia of events from music to literature and the arts. Various genres of music, poetry, theatre, talks and art exhibitions take place over the fortnight. The main venues are The Guildhall for larger audiences and then The Western Hotel and Arts club also host smaller events. All over town, day and night, something will be happening and you can choose to do as little or as much as you like. There are plenty of places to eat, though it's always worth booking in advance if you want to avoid going hungry, it does get very busy. If you are in a hurry the beach cafes have a good variety of food and drink. As well as ticketed events there is plenty of free entertainment happening all over town and live music in many pubs in the evening, and Bobs poetry on the square at lunchtime is always an experience!! I originally “ found “ the festival when I came here on holiday and was made very welcome wherever I went. You'll see dancing and music on the streets and people having great fun together. You can even join in one of the open mike or free speech sessions and be a part of the festival!! Check out the website and see what you could be tempted by.... Stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk.. See you there I hope. And of course the Poppy Treffry shop will be open every day during the festival so do pop in and let us know what you've enjoyed the most!
Fancy getting away from it all and escaping to a mini paradise hidden away in the Cornish countryside? We could make that dream a reality for you if you're the lucky winner of our summer competition. We've teamed up with the lovely folk who run Spring Park (they're actually old friends of ours) to offer you this lovely prize and we're pretty jealous because it's such a nice place to stay, tucked away in a beautiful, quiet, rural spot close to the Cornwall and Devon border. One lucky winner will get 2 nights in the Duchess, a beautiful converted showman's wagon refurbished by the team at Spring Park and only recently available. She comes with a wood fired hot tub so you can sit back and watch the night sky, as well as a fire pit and a wood burning stove. As well as this the winner will also get £150 to spend with us, either in the shop in St Ives or on the website, lovely! You can enter the competition here and you can check Spring Park out in more detail here, even if you don't win we thoroughly recommend a visit, we sure will be soon!