St Ives is an active town with a huge variety of easily accessible outdoor pursuits on both land or sea. Pick your favourite beach, in town, or find one to yourself further out, to sunbathe, have a dip, or just relax. For the more energetic, learn to surf, stand-up paddle board, or rent a kayakBoat trips to nearby seal colonies are another great way to get out on the water.

For an invigorating walk, head out on the Coastal Path or inland on any number of idyllic country paths. Embrace nature in the extreme by coasteering; the active sport of exploring a rocky coastline that involves climbing, jumping and swimming. Grab a pair of binoculars and go birdwatching at nearby natural beauty spots and sanctuaries. For bike enthusiasts there is a vast network of cycle routes to suit all standards, across all terrains.

Anyone for tennisThere are several outdoor all-weather courts available to book. Or go crown green bowling with spectacular views overlooking the ocean. For a pure adrenalin rush head for the go-karting track. Pony trekking and horse riding are also available. Throughout the year there is an ever-changing list of events and activities to suit all interests.


Outdoor Activities


Outdoor Activities

Major events

Outdoor Activities
St Ives Swell Board 2016

St Ives Swellboard Shootout 2019

The 9th annual Swell board Shootout held on 23 June 2019 on Porthmeor Beach will prove to be a day of deep belly laughter and swell shenanigans.