Things to Do In St. Ives In Spring

April 26th, 2021

St. Ives is an artistic hub nestled by the sea, offering families the best of both worlds! Whether you prefer to explore arts and culture or get to grips with nature at the beach, you will experience a jam packed break while visiting this charming coastal town in Cornwall.

Providing child-friendly cottages in Cornwall, The Valley know all the best spots to enjoy a family centred holiday. We offer some of the best places to visit this spring, covering all ages and interests!

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

From the 17th May, you can enjoy the beauty of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Barbara Hepworth was a British sculptor who moved to Cornwall from Yorkshire in 1939 at the beginning of World War Two. After she died in 1975, her son continued her plans to create a sculpture garden that she proposed before her death.

Hepworth created sculptures with unique shapes and textures, hoping for people to feel compelled to touch them. Upon leaving the garden, you can also tour Hepworth’s stone and plaster workshops and the sculpture yard for further insight into her work.

To visit the gardens, you can book online in advance for a safe and socially distanced experience until the restrictions are lifted later in the year.

The Tate St. Ives

The Tate

If arts and culture are on the agenda, the Tate St. Ives should be at the top of your itinerary.

The Tate is open from the 17th May and provides exhibits of various artists, including local, national, and international.

To ensure safety during restrictions, all tickets need to be booked in advance, and you should expect to be guided around the museum through a one-way system.


St. Ives is famous for its incredible collection of quirky and individual shops. With non-essential shops having opened on 12th April, expect to be immersed with the charming shopping experience that St. Ives is recognised for.

As an artistic hub, there are many independent retail shops to match its creative reputation, and you can expect to get lost in the winding streets of St. Ives. There is much to marvel at, from art galleries to unique little souvenir shops!

Porthmeor beach in St. Ives


One of the main reasons people visit St. Ives is to feel the coast’s fresh breeze! Away from the cobbled streets, you can find a variety of beautiful beaches to explore.

There is plenty of space with five beaches that are perfect for enjoying a spring walk with the family, safely distanced from others who want to experience what the St. Ives shoreline has to offer.

Porthmeor is one of the most popular ones and is located straight ahead of The Tate Gallery. It has plenty of rock pools for the little ones to explore and is surrounded by a dramatic cliffside that is sure to beckon your camera to take a photo!

Surfing Lessons

With outdoor sports back open, why not try a new watersport? The county of Cornwall is renowned as a surfing hotspot, and St. Ives is no anomaly. Providing you have the right wetsuit, you can enjoy surfing all year round.

With surf centres re-opening this April, learning the sport in the fresh spring air is sure to invigorate you. The St. Ive’s Surf School is a commended surf school for beginners to get to grips with the water.

We hope you have a fantastic break this spring! Where are you eager to visit when you visit St. Ives ? Why not share your thoughts with us on our social media channels; we would love to hear from you!

Photo Credit: Visit Cornwall