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St Ives eBikes

2-3 hour guided eBike rides exploring the wilds of West Cornwall, cycling on a combination of quiet lanes and bridleways. Tours are fully customisable and can include stops at viewpoints, megalithic sites and old mine works.

Guides are qualified ride leaders and participants must be 14yrs+, able to ride a bike and have a modest level of fitness.

Groups of <21 participants including staff. All equipment provided.

£35 per person

Cornish Folklore Story Walk

Enchanting stories from an enchanted land full of magic, myth and mystery. Tales of witches, spriggans, giants, piskies, seals and mermaids. Join storyteller Shanty for a story walk around St Ives covering all aspects of Cornish Folklore.

75 minutes.

£4 per person, staff go free

Goonhilly Earth Station

The UKs space communication gateway and a recognised centre of excellence in Communications Engineering, Teleport Services, R&D, Manufacturing, Training, Outreach and Education.

They are a huge supporter of STE(A)M (Science, Tech, Engineering (Arts) & Maths) and offer fantastic opportunities for schools to engage with workshops, tours of the site, lectures and project work.

Goonhilly is a 30 minute drive from St Ives.

From £4.80 per person (minimum 15 students)

Tate St Ives

Visit Tate St Ives and explore both the current exhibition and the permanent collection of St Ives Artists. 30 minute tours are available for school groups and these will give an overview of the venue, select a small range of artwork to discuss and give a flavour of the exhibition.

Schools can then explore this amazing gallery independently or under group leader supervision.

Free for U18s if booked as a group in advance

St Ives Story Walk

Join acclaimed St Ives storyteller, Shanty Baba, to hear hugely entertaining stories that bring the beautiful town of St Ives to life.

Smugglers, folklore, supersitions, customs, fishing, bohemian artists, mining, ghost stories, the local ‘bogey man’… Shanty has a huge wealth of stories that will entertain, inspire and educate your pupils.

Described as ‘an enchanting and magical experience’.

75 minutes.

£4 per person, staff go free

Tintagel Castle

Break up your journey to or from St Ives and immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle (approx. hour from St Ives). Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur this dramatic coastline and castle needs to be seen to be believed.

Education is one of English Heritage’s core values and school groups are well supported whether visiting on a self-led basis or booking onto a workshop or tour.

Free for educational groups who book in advance

Storytelling at Cohort

An evening of performance storytelling at Cohort with acclaimed St Ives storyteller Shanty Baba. The perfect way to spend a winter evening.

From Cornish folklore to Greek myths, from ghost stories to everything in between, Shanty will enthral you with his engaging performance which can be adapted for all ages (KS2 – KS4).

The evening can then be extended to include a storytelling workshop culminating in performances by the pupils, either individually or in groups.

Shanty will happily work with you to tailor the evening to specific themes.

£100 for 1 hour storytelling or £150 for storytelling & workshop

Foxes Fair

3-piece traditional folk band available to hire for an evening’s entertainment at Cohort. Suitable for all ages.

Inspired by the deep well of traditional folk music, tailoring songs and melodies to fit their own unique musical style, Foxes Fair’s playful string arrangements provide a delightful backdrop to their natural and effortless harmonies. Their sound as timeless as their topics, they tell stories of death, nature and love.

Foxes Fair’s live performances are permeated by a warmth and comradery rarely seen to this extent in musical groups, friendship clearly binding these ladies as much as the love for the music they make.

Please note that bands can only be booked if the group has exclusive use of Cohort.

£200 (2 x 45 minute sets or equivalent)

Self-led Beach Clean

Pick up leaflets and bags from staff at Cohort who will give you a quick introduction to beach cleaning and tell you what to look out for. Head down to one of our 5 amazing beaches for an hour of beach cleaning. It’s weirdly addictive and also hugely beneficial to the communities in St Ives.


Du Glas

Du Glas, Cornish for ‘black’ and ‘blue’ offer their own brand of acoustic folk combining influences from Americana and country rock. Born out of the vibrant Cornish music scene their sound is inventive and energetic and you can’t help bop around in your seat or get up and dance.

They will deliver an awesome 2 hour set (including an interval) for the group and it’s a great way to spend an evening. If the weather is good they’ll perform outside in the courtyard otherwise it will be up in the lounge – Wesley Hall.

A fab evening’s entertainment. Only suitable for those groups with exclusive use of the hostel.

£200 for a 2 hour set with interval

Walk to (or from) Lelant Saltings

Leave the hostel and head to Porthminster Beach. From the far end of the beach outside the restaurant pick up the SW Coast Path towards Lelant / Hayle. Follow it through Carbis Bay, over the dunes at Porthkidney Sands (dipping down the beach if you like) and on to St Uny Church where you can walk 1km of super quiet road / path to Lelant Saltings station.

Pick up the train to come back to St Ives (£1-2).

Allow 90 minutes with good walkers and no stopping or 3 hours for slower walkers with lots of stops.


Walk to (or from) Zennor

From Cohort head over to the far end of Porthmeor Beach, follow the SW Coast Path out of St Ives towards Lands End. Over the bowling green and Man’s Head rock formation and keep going. Keep the sea on your right and you can’t get lost; eventually you reach a stone marker pointing you away from the coast path, it’s then a half a mile inland to reach the hamlet of Zennor where you can get the bus back to St Ives.

It’s a challenging 6.5 mile hike with lots of up and down on a narrow (occasionally uneven) path but it is 100% worth it for the views. Allow 4 – 5 hours, more if you want to stop and take photos / picnic.

Wear suitable footwear (hiking boots or trail running shoes) and only attempt with older students (14 years+).


Minack Theatre (performances)

The Minack is a unique open air theatre perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an extraordinary place to visit and during the summer months (May – September) they have a great programme of theatre performances, both evening and matinee.

Check what’s on to see if you can organise watching something during your trip.


St Ives School of Painting

Established in 1938 the St Ives School of Painting is situated in one of the most stunning locations in the world. The school offers inspiring workshops from their roster of working artists. They cover a wide variety of disciplines from Acrylic to Drawing and Mixed Media to Oils.

For smaller groups (<15/18) this is a unique 1/2 or 1 day activity for your most promising art students.

£25 - 40 per person

Town Walk with Tony Farrell

St Ives local Tony is a retired English teacher and has also worked as a Nautical Archaeologist at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, publishing research papers in leading Archaeological and Historical Journals.

His walk through St Ives covers the development of the town and its heritage, the importance of fishing, seafaring and mining as well as the growth of tourism and the significance of St.Ives as a centre for Modern Art. Discover St.Ives’ unique history through buildings and artifacts located in obscure places.

Suitable for ages 12+. Maximum group size: 20.

£5/person. Teachers go free.

Eden Project

Visit the Eden Project on the way to / from us or have a superb day out from St Ives. From workshops on a variety of subjects through to outdoor learning and free, downloadable trails the Eden Project has something for every school group and is a truly amazing site in the heart of Cornwall.

Allow 1 hour by coach / minibus to get there from St Ives and 3 – 4 hours on site.

£6.50 - £23.50/person depending on age and workshop activity

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

Barbara Hepworth lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

Visit this amazingly peaceful place and wonder at the art still in the same position as the artist herself placed them in.

Free for U18s if booked as a group in advance

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Join award winning St Ives Surf School for a 90 minute SUP lesson. Students will be taught basic coastal awareness and safety skills as well as various paddling techniques and balance tips. You will start out prone paddling, swiftly progressing onto your knees, before finding your feet and gliding through the water.

All instructors are DBS checked and used to working with schools and young people. All relevant instruction and equipment provided.

£25+VAT per person

Surf Lesson

Take to the water with the award winning St Ives Surf School for an exhilarating 2 hour surf lesson. All equipment is included including wet suits and students do not have to be strong swimmers as it’s rare that they’ll be in water deeper than waist height and never out of their depth.

Instructors are all DBS checked and experienced at working with schools and young people.

£25+VAT per person

Jackson Foundation Gallery

The Jackson Foundation is a unique, ambitious and award-winning art-space celebrating and championing arts and the natural world.

The Foundation was set up by leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson and his wife Caroline and hosts an annual programme of quality contemporary exhibitions, working in partnership with a variety of environmental and non-profit organisations.

Geevor Tin Mine (Geography & Geology)

Situated on the stunning Cornish coastline around Pendeen, Geevor Tin Mine has an LOTC quality badge and an award winning learning team.

Ideal for KS3 and KS4 students Geevor Tin Mine offers a wealth of opportunities across the curriculum from Art, Creative writing to the more apparent Geography and History. It can also be used for more cross-curricular topics such as the Industrial Revolution, Environmental Science and Social History.

The dedicated and experienced Learning Team can adapt a visit to accommodate visits to meet the specific curriculum needs of your group.

Geevor can accommodate groups of up to 60 students.

£4.95/student. Staff go free.

Ancient monuments of West Penwith

St Ives local Tony is a retired English teacher and has also worked as a Nautical Archaeologist at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, publishing research papers in leading Archaeological and Historical Journals.

The Penwith moors contain fine examples of Megalithic chamber tombs (locally known as Quoits), stone circles, entrance graves, cliff castles and prehistoric villages. Many sites are in remote locations. Walks and talks can be organized to meet the curriculum needs and interests of individual groups.

Suitable for ages 12+. Maximum group size: 20. Transport required.

£20/student. Teachers go free.

Kayaking Tour

Join award winning St Ives Surf School for a 90 minute kayaking tour, taking students on a scenic trip around the shores of St Ives with an expert guide with local knowledge.

Tours can be done in single or double kayaks and all instructors are DBS checked and used to working with schools and young people.

All relevant instruction and equipment provided.


Minack Theatre (visits)

The Minack is a unique open air theatre perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. Built by one extraordinary woman, Minack is an amazing place to visit in a spectacular setting.

Combine a visit with the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum for an awesome day out.

£5 per person

St Ives Society of Artists

Established in 1927 the St Ives Society of Artists’ exhibition programme features work chosen by guest curators as well as guest exhibitions offering a diverse mix of contemporary visual art.

Many of their exhibiting artists and members are workshop leaders and they offer a great variety of art workshops for schools and students of all ages and abilities. Printmaking to craft and fine art to figurative.

£10 - 20 per student

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas of Tremenheere provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting.

Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of contemporary artwork, internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work that harmonises with the landscape.

Tremenheere is a 20 minute drive from St Ives and you will need transport to access the site.

£3.50 - £8

Beach Sculpture Workshop

Join artist educator extraordinaire, Greg Humphries, on the beach for a fun, imaginative experience that will use sand as a sculpting material.

Tapping into our love of building sandcastles, Greg starts by demonstrating some sand sculpting techniques then sets a series of challenges that aim to creatively connect the group.

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

Merlin Cinema

Pop over the road (literally) to our local cinema where they are happy to take advance, group bookings. You can even hire a whole cinema screen if you want to go to town. Merlin Cinemas are across Cornwall and very affordable. They show all the latest blockbusters as well as live screenings from the Royal Ballet, RSC and National Theatre.

See their website for more details.

£5-7 per person

Beach Clean with Beach Guardian

Beach Guardian, an award winning social enterprise, aims to engage, educate and empower against plastic pollution. They can organise an engaging session on the beach where the group will not only clean but learn what plastics to look for, why they are so dangerous, where they have come from and what they can do when they leave St Ives.

Suitable for all ages.


Guided Tour of St Ives

Dawn and her team offer a range of private walking tours around St Ives focusing on a variety of themes. Choose from ‘Welcome to St Ives’, ‘The Story of St Ives’, or ‘Artists in St Ives’, or speak to her to customise it to meet learning outcomes that you’re focused on.

There is nothing Dawn doesn’t know about St Ives and she is both an engaging and fun guide. Tours last around 90 minutes and go at a gentle pace. It’s a great way to start your stay in St Ives and can be delivered at a time that suits you; including in the evening.

Dawn will either come and meet you at Cohort or 30 seconds away at the Guildhall (Town Hall).

£6 per person

Paper or Fabric Collage

Jo McIntosh is a Textile Artist and Workers Education Tutor living and working in St Ives. The work she produces includes hand-woven, knitted, felt items, jewellery and much more.

Jo runs art and crafts workshops on a variety of topics including knitting, crochet, weaving, feltmaking, papier-mâché and fabric dyeing.

During this workshop you will learn how to create a collage from an image (from a painting or photograph or may be inspired by the work of a St Ives artist). The collage could be made using paper from magazines or using fabric scraps and some simple handstitching.

Maximum group size: 15.

£15/student + room hire charges if applicable

Lizard Peninsula

Much of the Lizard Peninsula represents a slice of ancient ocean floor, pushed to the surface when two continents collided. At Coverack you can actually see the Moho – the boundary between the Earth’s crust and the Earth’s mantle – laid flat across the beach. Here you will be able to investigate and identify rocks which, 30 million years ago, were about 5km below the ocean floor. Visit Lizard Point and Kynance Cove for more examples of this unique environment.

At Cohort we can put you in touch with local geography and geology teachers who will be able to assist you in fieldwork studies and point you in the direction of the best locations to meet your learning outcomes.

PLEASE NOTE: Walking involved as coaches cannot access parts of the coast.



A 19 acre Cornish Mining Site Heartlands is a 20 minute drive from St Ives. The Camborne and Redruth area that surrounds Heartlands was designated World Heritage Site status in 2006 by UNESCO as part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.

Visit the Museum & Heritage centre as well as individual mines such as King Edward Mine and East Pool Mine to explore and investigate Cornwall’s Mining History.

For primary schools there is a fantastic adventure playground and interactive exhibits.


Newlyn Art Gallery & Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of art making in West Cornwall; now Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across the two sites. Groups are welcome to organise self-led visits and a member of the learning team will meet the group on arrival and provide them with an introduction to the gallery and exhibition.

Free for U18s if booked as a group in advance

Kidz R Us

If you’re staying with us over the summer months or during part of the school holidays a trip to see the ‘show of the moment’ at the Kidz R Us theatre next door is a must.

They are an award winning theatre company who have spawned talent such as the recent The Voice winner Molly Hocking.

Performers ages range from 6 – 21 and the quality of production is incredible.

£10-12 per person

Hayle Towans

The Towans, Cornish for dunes, mainly comprise broken-down seashells which have been blown onshore. They are calcareous and support lime-loving plants rarely found in Cornwall, which is predominantly made up of acidic granite.

It is the richest botanical site west of the River Fal, supporting a quarter of all the plant species ever recorded in Cornwall.

A great example of sand dune succession and an opportunity to investigate primary, secondary and tertiary dune bio-diversity with your geography students.


Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Discover a museum experience that explores the amazing story of our interconnected world, and how a tranquil valley in Cornwall became the centre of worldwide communications.

The museum has a regular programme of curriculum-linked workshops for schools and groups, which combine hands-on activities with time to explore the museum.

Workshops can be tailored to meet your groups’ needs or specific learning outcomes. You can also extend your Porthcurno learning experience with pre-and post-visit activities.

Granite Intrusions

West Cornwall is a fascinating area of British geology on account of its granite batholith; part of the Cornubian Batholith which forms much of the peninsula of SW England.

Granite intrustions at Land’s End and Carn Brae provide unique opportunities for geologists to study horizontal and vertical faulting.

Identify the different types of rocks and formations and practice fieldwork skills in a unique envrionment.


St Ives Museum

Eight rooms over two floors tell the fascinating history of St Ives’ heritage. Explore art, blacksmith tools, boat building, photographs and wartime memorabilia. Alongside all this the original fish curing cellar can still be seen.

The museum is small so not suitable for large groups unless pre-arranged. It’s open Easter – end of October, Monday – Saturday.

£2-3 per person

Junior Lifeguarding Training

Join St Ives Surf School on the beach for half a day of basic first aid, sea safety talks and junior life guarding training including some basic rescuing techniques. It’s a fun and interactive way to learn core skills that students can take home with them. All participants will receive a certificate.

Suitable for ages 11+.

£12-18 per person depending on group size

Bodyboarding (hire)

Hire body boards (and wet suits if you need them) from St Ives Surf School for up to 2 hours and have a great time in the water.

Provided students stay within the allotted area for bodyboarding then they will be well looked after by RNLI lifeguards.

£8/2 hours + £8/2 hours for wet suit hire

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Built in 1865 and set in the grounds of a sub-tropical garden in Penzance. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. A programme of changing exhibitions celebrates the skill and craftsmanship of painting in west Cornwall in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They offer introductory talks for all school visits (free) and can organise workshops based on your themes and the National Curriculum. Penzance is a 30 minute bus / 20 minute coach ride from St Ives.

Free (small charge for workshops)

Great Flat Lode

One of the world’s best conserved mining landscapes. The mines here closed around 1920. Since then the area has remained relatively undeveloped and it now contains some of Cornwall’s finest remains of engine houses, tin dressing floors and other mining structures.

The trail runs from 2 – 7 miles and is a 25 minute drive from St Ives.

Allow at least half a day for exploring, analysis or sketching.


Beach Volleyball

Hire beach volleyball equipment from St Ives Surf School to play on Porthmeor Beach. This is a great way to wind down at the end of a day, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time inside.

Equipment is free to hire if you’ve booked lessons / tours with St Ives Surf School.

Hire runs from 10am – 4pm. 

£45+VAT or Free if you've booked a session with St Ives Surf School

Dawn to Dusk Photography Workshop

Professional photographer Chris Webber will pick students up from the hostel for a photography workshop they are unlikely to forget.

During the workshop students will learn about aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how to achieve it in manual mode and image composition. By the end of workshop students will be more confident using their cameras manually as well as having gained a greater insight into balancing light within their camera.

3 – 4 hours.

£180/group <16 students

Geevor Tin Mine

Situated on the stunning Cornish coastline around Pendeen, Geevor Tin Mine gives your students the opportunity to visit a real mine and learn what life was like for a Cornish Miner.

A typical day includes hand-drilling and rock-crushing sessions, a tour of the processing mill, an underground tour of the mine, panning for minerals – as well as your selection from one of their workshops:

The KS2 Hard Rock Challenge workshop focuses on the properties of rocks and their formation as metamorphic, sedimentary or igneous. This workshop explores how this affected the mining and separation processes used at Geevor Tin Mine.

The KS2 It’s a Hard Rock Life is a workshop that explores the lives of Cornish miners and Bal Maids. It provides a great living local history study and an in depth exploration of Cornwall and its culture that miners took with them throughout the world. These worldly travels led to the now famous expression ‘if there is a hole anywhere on Earth, you’re sure to find a Cornishman at the bottom of it.’

£4.95/student. Staff go free.

Country Skittles

Set in beautiful rural surroundings a couple of miles out of Hayle (15 minutes by coach / minibus from St Ives) you can spend the evening at this unique venue where students can play a couple of games of old-fashioned 9-pin skittles and have a great meal.

It’s a brilliant way to spend the evening and a real break.

Approx £15/person for a meal + 2 games of skittles

Lantern Ghost Story Walk

As an eerie darkness falls over St Ives, come with the acclaimed storyteller, Shanty Baba, as he lights his hurricane lantern, to show you “the darker side of St Ives”. A great ghost walk for all ages and a fab way to spend an evening.

75 minutes. May start as late as 9.30pm in the summer. Private bookings available.

£4 per person, staff go free

St Ives Artist Sketchbook Tour

Come on a walking tour around St Ives stopping at several locations around the town associated with artists such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bryan Wynter, Alfred Wallis and Wilhemena Barns-Graham.

Explore their methods and ideas through practical challenges and sketchbook exercises that will help an understanding of abstraction and deliver a memorable experience.

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

Ben Nicholson Walking Tour (self-led)

Ben Nicholson (1894–1982) was one of the most radical British artists of the twentieth century and has long been recognised as a leading exponent of the modern movement in Britain.

This multimedia walking tour takes you through St Ives, connecting places and spaces in and around the town to Nicholson, his work and his life.



Join award winning St Ives Surf School for a 1.5-2 hour coasteering adventure. Coasteering is an adrenaline filled combination of traversing rocks, floating through gullies, sea swimming, exploring caves and negotiating jumps.

All this takes place in a safe and fun environment under the guidance of highly trained and qualified professionals, all of which are DBS checked.

All equipment provided.

£25+VAT per person

Big Beach Day

Spend the day with St Ives Surf School learning about the RNLI, ocean safety and participating in water sports.

The day includes an RNLI safety talk, volleyball, rounders, body-boarding, wet suits, surf lesson, deckchairs, windbreaks and a VIP area on the beach.

Runs from 10am – 4pm with a break for lunch.

£50+VAT per person

Environs of St Ives Walk

St Ives local Tony is a retired English teacher and has also worked as a Nautical Archaeologist at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, publishing research papers in leading Archaeological and Historical Journals.

This walk explores the countryside on the outskirts of St.Ives, visiting Knill’s Monument and examining evidence of opencast tin mining from the Medieval period and taking the Pilgrims’ trail, now known as St.Michael’s Way. Halsetown village will be visited and its interesting origins explained. Includes part of the coastal footpath back to St.Ives.

Suitable for ages 12+. Maximum group size: 20.

£8/person. Teachers go free.

Photography Walking Tour

Professional photographer Chris Webber will take you on an interactive photography tour of St Ives. Not only will you get the opportunity to learn more about St Ives and hidden secret places but Chris will also instruct you how to get the best out of your camera; whether you are using a Smart Phone or DLSR you’re guaranteed to come away with some great shots.

2 – 3 hours.

£180/tour <20 students

St Ives Archives

St Ives Archives, based in Carbis Bay (1 mile from St Ives) is a wealth of information about all things St Ives. For those studying art history within St Ives or those who would like some context for the town it’s a worthwhile visit.

Visits are by appointment only and suitable for no more than 2 or 3 people at a time.


De Chirico & the Metaphysical Dreamscape

A perfect evening activity at Cohort for art students.

Come and explore the hugely influential paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, the grandfather of Surrealism, in this quirky animated arts documentary (55 minutes), by local St Ives animator, Shanty Baba.

Paintings full of deserted streets, shadows, passing trains and enigmas yet abounding with meaning.

Shanty will then lead a discussion afterwards on some of the issues raised, such as influences, plagiarism and fakes.

£60 for Film & Discussion

Newlyn Art Gallery Artist-led Activities

This full or half day artist led session will be directly informed by the current exhibition. It will begin with a tour and discussion, followed by a workshop responding to the exhibiting artist(s) and their work. The development of ideas and experimentation in methods and mediums is key to these sessions.

£145/half day £220/full day

Suez Recycling Centre

Cornwall Energy Recovery bring an innovative solution to the management of Cornwall’s waste and recycling. They boost recycling, composting and re-use and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Visitor centres at St Austell and Bodmin (both an hour’s drive from St Ives) offer students a unique insight into waste management strategies, offering opportunities to investigate sustainability, energy and resource management topics.

Great for students of all ages as visits can be customised to meet learning outcomes and linked to KS3 and GCSE topics.


Tate St Ives Sketchbook Tour

Working as a specialist on the Tate Professional Register for over 13yrs Greg has delivered tours, lectures and workshops to groups and individuals.

The tour uses sketchbook challenges to take you on a journey through prominent artists and ideas of the 20th century referring to specific artworks in the gallery. Using fun and practical sketchbook challenges you will work in front of the artworks within the gallery.

Let Greg know any projects/themes you are currently working on and he can use them as points of reference throughout. 2 hours.

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

Sketch St Ives (self-led)

You’d be hard pushed to find a setting as picturesque as St Ives. From narrow, cobbled streets to breathtakingly beautiful seascapes. Whether your discipline is fine art, sculpture, graphic design or photography a good sketching session is a fantastic way to get to know St Ives and build foundation art skills.

If you don’t know the town and you’d like some help we can point out some great places to base your students which are both safe and offer phenomenal views.


Leach Pottery

Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery, St Ives, is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world.

Leach offers workshops, site visits, tours (self-guided and led) and learning materials for groups of all ages, from KS1 / 2 through to A’level and beyond.

Newlyn Art Gallery Sketch Tour

These 90-minute sessions are led by a member of the Learning and Participation team. After a brief introduction to the exhibition, the group will be encouraged to discuss thoughts and opinions on the work and then to respond creatively.

Students must bring their own sketch books, all other materials are provided.

£8 per person

Land’s End

Visit the most westerly point in the UK and see the iconic signpost – a legendary Cornish icon.

The Land’s End Peninsula was formed around 270 million years ago producing magnificent cliffs which are of national significance.

For a great (and easy) walk park at Sennen Cove (a beautiful fishing village in its own right) and walk the mile to Land’s End to appreciate the coastal scenery in all its glory.


Tate St Ives Discussion Tour (A’level)

Working as a specialist on the Tate Professional Register for over 13yrs Greg Humphries has delivered tours, lectures and workshops to groups and individuals in the gallery. Referring to specific artworks the tour takes you on a journey through the gallery exploring prominent artists and ideas that have been influential in the 20th century using discussion and conversation facilitated by Greg.

The aim is to help develop a deeper understanding of abstraction, surrealism, landscape art and the artists of St Ives. 2 hours.

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden Discussion Tour (A’level)

Working as a specialist on the Tate Professional Register for over 13yrs Greg has delivered tours, lectures and workshops to groups and individuals in the Hepworth Museum.

Referring to specific artworks the tour takes you on a journey through the ideas and methods of Barbara Hepworth using discussion and conversation facilitated by Greg. 

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

Eco-conscious photographic art

Join eco-conscious photographic artist Josie Purcell for a one-of-a-kind workshop.

Work with her to create imagery using analogue and/or digital processes that consider the environment; while learning about sustainable photographic practices.

Suitable for ages 11+ but can be adapted for younger age groups if relevant.

Max. 20 students. 2 hours.

£15 - 20 per student + (possible) room hire charge

Painting ‘En Plein Air’

Join artist educator extraordinaire, Greg Humphries, for a session painting out in the open air. Take in the wild Cornish cliffs, the golden sand beaches or the busy harbour using inks, gouache paint or acrylics.

Explore ideas and methods used by artists such as JMW Turner, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon or Bryan Wynter.

Materials not included. 2 – 3 hours.

£135/workshop or £245 for two workshops on the same day

St Michael’s Mount

One of the most famous of Cornwall’s landmarks, St Michael’s Mount is situated in the village of Marazion – a 20 minute drive from St Ives. The mount is home to a small community, a stunning castle and gardens that would be the envy of a fairytale.

The ‘castle on the rock’ dates back to 14th Century and is accessible by foot when the tide is out or by boat at other times.

This is an easy 1/2 day or full day out for your group – with tours available of the castle and gardens; or just explore on your own.

Max £8 per person - group discounts available

Dyeing Fabric with Indigo

Jo McIntosh is a Textile Artist and Workers Education Tutor living and working in St Ives. The work she produces includes hand-woven, knitted, felt items, jewellery and much more.

Jo runs art and crafts workshops on a variety of topics including knitting, crochet, weaving, feltmaking, papier-mâché and fabric dyeing.

During this workshop you will learn how to set up and use an Indigo vat to dye fabric as well as some tie dye techniques to create patterns onto the fabric.

Maximum group size: 15.

£15/student + room hire charges if applicable