And just like that Cornwall went back to normal and it was like it never happened! But for a few days over the weekend things got very surreal around here with cavalcades of giant black cars and security driving through Penzance, exotic helicopters circling in the sky and our beautiful beaches flashing out on news reports across the globe – Boris even revealed himself to be a keen sea swimmer, diving in for a morning dip!
When it was announced that the G7 was coming to Cornwall my first thought (once I had confirmed it wasn’t April fool’s day!) was that it would be amazing for business. In the end, however, St. Ives was very quiet; all the visitors were hanging out within the ‘ring of steel’ that said I don’t think I’m alone in feeling incredibly proud of Cornwall; our landscape, people and food. We managed to host a peaceful, positive global event in the midst of a pandemic. It’s a weekend we won’t forget in a hurry!
Although we did see our little shop sneak into shot on the G7 Devon and Cornwall police website...
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!