Event and Tickets

What time does the festival open and close?

Friday 13th May 11am – 11pm

Saturday 14th May 10am – 11pm

Sunday 15th May 10am – 10pm

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach, due to the seasonal ban by Cornwall Council.

Do I need a ticket to the festival?

The St Ives Food and Drink Festival is a FREE event, but tickets are needed for music Evening Sessions in The Lighthouse Stage.

Children are welcome at the music events and under 12s go free with no ticket required.
Children aged 12 and over will need a ticket and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

You can purchase tickets to the Evening Sessions online here. Buy Tickets.

Can I buy a ticket on the day?

We advise purchasing tickets online ahead of the festival to avoid disappointment.

If tickets have not sold in advance, then there will be a limited number of tickets to purchase on the day.

What time does the Firework Display start?

The Display starts at 9pm on Portminster Beach.

What are the Evening Sessions?

The Evening Sessions are a ticketed event taking place in our open air venue, The Lighthouse Stage.

You can find more details about our evening line-up here. Evening Sessions.

Travel and Parking

How do I get to the festival?

The festival takes place on Porthminster beach, St Ives. You can arrive by car, train or bus.

Please visit our location page for more details on how to get here. 

Where can I park?

St Ives has eight Cornwall Council public pay and display car parks and all are within a 10 minutes walk to the town centre.

Trenwith, St. Ives, TR26 1DD  – Long stay – 311 spaces (winter)
Park Avenue, St. Ives, TR26 1QE – Long stay – 77 spaces
Station, St. Ives, TR26 2BH – Long stay – 106 spaces
Sloop, St. Ives, TR26 1LT – Short stay – 42 spaces
Island, St. Ives, TR26 1SY – Long stay – 155 spaces
Porthmeor, St. Ives, TR26 1JU – Short stay – 45 spaces
Barnoon, St. Ives, TR26 1JD – Long stay – 154 spaces
Smeaton’s Pier, St. Ives, TR26 1PS – Short stay – 31 spaces
Stennack Car Park, St. Ives, TR26 1QX – Short stay
Stennack Surgery Car Park, St Ives TR1 1RU – Short stay

St Ives School is providing parking in conjunction with Just Park.

Alternatively you can use the Park and Ride facilities at Lelant Saltings Train station.

Take the above directions and follow the signs for the Park & Ride just as you get onto the A3074.

Click here for Lelant Train stain Car Park website.

 Is camping available?

There are no camping facilities at the festival. The St Ives Cornwall destination website gives you a window on our location and where you can stay.

Please click on the link to explore your extensive accommodation choices.

Other FAQs

How do I apply to trade at the festival?

Please complete our online application form here.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely, we are always looking for volunteers to help at the festival. Please contact laura@ilowhq.com for more details.