25 Nov

Gilly Jackson on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire!!

Hear Gilly Jackson give an interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this Saturday 28th November 2015 at 7:50am to talk about the Snowman Festival this weekend in St Ives!! Don’t worry, if 7:50am is too early for you we are hoping BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will replay the interview later on in the day!


You can find out about the Snowman Festival here


25 Nov

Snowman Festival: St Ives Snowmen take to Poetry and Verse


Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious happy by these Snowmen of St Ives

It’s that time again, when the nights draw in and Snowmen have appeared all around our town. This year they are from books, poems and stories of all sorts and there is a snowman trail with a map and some clues for you to follow. You have until 16th December to hand in your Trail Map and stand the chance of winning a fabulous prize.

Early Sighting
At the beginning of November suddenly ‘Juliet’ Snowman appeared on the Bridge balcony, looking for her Romeo.

She has been joined by many more of her friends, including Darth Vader Snowman, Captain Snowman, Vampire Snowman and ‘When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple’ Snowman.

What you have to do – To join in this year’s snowman trail just pick up a map from either Shades of White, La Muse or Janet Church Interiors. Answer as many questions as you can and then return it to one of the 3 shops.

One winner will be drawn from all completed entries to win a fabulous prize!

Dates for your diary

16.12.15 ​‘Best in Snow!’ judging and final date to hand in trail maps.

19.12.15 ​Winners of trail map and ‘Best in Snow!’ to be announced.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

For more details see  www.facebook.com/stivessnowmanfestival


25 Nov

St Ives ArtFESt 2015 – Saturday and Sunday 28/29th November 2015


Back by popular demand by artists and public alike is this year’s art exhibition at the St Ives Corn Exchange.  It will be held over the whole weekend of Saturday and Sunday 28/29th November 2015.  

Come along and enjoy a wide and diverse collection of amazing creativity and perhaps purchase that special, affordable and unique piece of artwork.


Opening hours are 10am to 4pm

Coffee Shop open

For further information please contact Valerie Bush on 01480 469189 or Gilly Jackson on 01480 385999 – www.stivesfest.org.uk


03 Feb

28th and 29th November 2015: ArtsFESt 2015

This very popular annual event is moving and getting bigger.

Previously this one day event was held at the end of August, but for 2015 it will be a two day event at the end of November.

ArtsFESt 2015 will be held on 28th and 29th November 2015,

There will be a private view event on Friday evening of 27th November

The venue is the St Ives Corn Exchange as usual.

This event is sponsored by St Ives Town Council,and by local business Instant Pot, with support from ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange.

Calling Local Artists:

If you are a local artist and would like to exhibit, please contact Pat Morgan at [email protected]  

25 Jan


The next bi annual illuminated boat parade will be held  on

3rd September 2016.


Here the winning boat in 2014, Bella as the Hungry Caterpillar

The 2014 event was hugely popular, so the event will be event bigger and better in 2016.

There will be entertainment in the town prior to the parade, which  begins at dusk when the boats start from Nobles Field, sail past The Quay up to Jones Boatyard, and return.

FESt could not hold this event without the support of  members of GOBA (Great Ouse Boating Association).