This is the final part of the whopper four part long Cornwall blog post series, you can read parts one, two and three here. The sun shone so brightly for our last three days in our favourite place, and made it so hard to leave. Here’s a little more of what we got up to, and some more pictures.
We met up with my brother-in-law and family to say bye to them in the morning as they were heading home a little earlier than us. We popped along to the Porthgwidden beach cafe for a morning coffee and sat out on the terrace, it was absolutely roasting at this point and definitely a hard day for them to turn and head back up north. I love the cafe overlooking the beach, it’s so lovely to sit and watch the world go by whilst chowing down on super yummy baked goods.
We then headed across to meet my dad, who lives further up Cornwall and was down for the day. On our way to meet him we popped into some of the open studios which are scattered across St Ives, and stumbled across Julie Harper‘s studio. She crafts porcelain ceramics, and also includes sea glass in some of her pieces. I absolutely loved her work, and she was so sweet to us, giving us a piece of sea glass for the little one when he arrives. We will definitely be taking him back for a visit to see her in the future. We also picked up some sneaky tips from her on the best places to collect sea glass in the town, and by the time we came home had the start of a gorgeous collection.
We met my dad and his partner for lunch at the Porthmeor Cafe, we sat out on the terrace overlooking the beach and it was absolutely blissful. The food there is also really good, super tasty and great value so a big tick from me. The only thing that would have made it better for me is if I could have had an ice cold beer or glass of wine, it was the perfect day for it and I was basically drooling at the condensation on Richard’s cider bottle!
In the evening we decided to wander back into the town after an afternoon on the beach, to try and hunt down some food. We left it a little late so ended up getting a takeaway pizza and bringing it home, we fell asleep pretty soon after that, exhausted from all the sun.
On our last full day we had a lie in, wandered around the town, went to the beach and had another takeaway. By this point we felt fully blissed out by our time in St Ives and seriously did not want to leave and come home. The weather made the trip even better than it would have been on a cloudy week, and just made me feel as though I was abroad but with pasties and Cornish friendliness. Such a perfect combination.
We of course had to buy some souvenirs and presents for friends and family, we don’t always do this but as this was our main trip away this year we wanted to make sure we had little gifts for people, and of course some bits and pieces for ourselves as well! The shops in St Ives are fab, and for every big brand shop there is a little independent or a gallery which sell really individual items, I always fall in love with way more than I can afford.
The day when we had to come home rolled round all too quickly, so we treated ourself to a cream tea looking out over the beach, did some last minute gift shopping (including fudge which we pretty much ate on the journey home), and had another sit on the beach. For lunch we grabbed a pasty each and then had a picnic up at the field the car was parked in with views over the whole town, the perfect ending to our trip. We also couldn’t believe how crazily busy the town had become with it being a sunny weekend, and it reminded us again that a visit in July or August is 100% to be avoided unless you have school age kids and absolutely have to go then. We definitely weren’t ready to leave, but at 28 degrees and no breeze I was definitely happy to get into the air conditioned car.
We had a dream of a journey home, passing tons of traffic going in the other direction, stopping at the beautiful Gloucester South services and finally making it home in under five hours which is pretty amazing for such a long distance. We can’t wait for our next visit already.