Postcards from St Ives



When it came to planning where we wanted to go on holiday this year, there was no question. We took Max to St Ives in Cornwall for his first little holiday when he was just 7 weeks old and we had an amazing time. So much so that we’ve returned many times – we love making memories down there, and so it was an easy choice for this year’s holiday. We wanted to introduce Ben to one of our favourite places and make new memories as a family of four.


View of The Island from Porthmeor beach, with blue skies and wispy white clouds

View over cemetary in St Ives looking out over Porthmeor beach

View across Porthmeor beach with blue skies and turquoise sea


There’s something so special about St Ives; the light, the beaches, the laid back vibe. It’s easy to see why so many people return year on year. And I love it even more slightly off-season when it’s that bit less crammed full of people.

Max has always been a little bit wary of the beach. The sand, the wind, and the sea have all proved to be just too much for him. But it was amazing the difference in him on this visit – we couldn’t drag him away!

We spent all our time this year on Porthgwidden beach, which we loved as it’s a bit more sheltered from the wind than the other beaches. And it has the added bonus of spotting seals – we saw so many just bobbing about! Max was all about the beach – making sandcastles, digging holes, chasing seagulls, and running away from the waves as they crashed on the sand at his feet. And he even had his first jump in a puddle (which, if you saw this week’s Living Arrows post, you’ll know has been a long time coming!)


Max running towards the camera on the beach, holding a bucket and with a huge smile on his face

Max running away on the beach, wearing blue stripey wellies and leaving footprints in the sand

Max standing on the beach with his back to the camera, with green sea in the distance

Father and son walking towards the sea, with backs to camera

Max jumping in rain puddle, wearing blue stipey wellies, in front of colourful beach hut doors which you can see in the reflection


St Ives is such a lovely place to wander – the cobbled streets and little cottages are a photographer’s dream. I got up (or rather, was woken up – joys of a baby!) early one morning, and took myself off for a wander as the sun came up.


Coastal cottages set into the cliff at St Ives, Cornwall

View of St Ives harbour from The Malakoff

St Ives cottage, with pastel blue front door and granite steps leading up

The Allotment Deli in St Ives

View of Porthminster Beach in St Ives from The Malakoff


We had a couple of days out to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden, and Glendurgan Gardens, which I’ll share in future posts, but all of which come highly recommended if you’re looking for a day out in Cornwall.

But apart from those few day trips, we had a lovely relaxing, quiet time. Just mooching around St Ives, flying a kite for the first time on The Island, introducing Max to the joy of a good pasty, and grabbing fish and chips to takeaway and eat back in the cottage. It was everything a British holiday should be!

On our last day, we headed off for a rather blustery walk along the coast at Godrevy, where we took our monthly family photos – and as I’ve failed to type up a September Me and Mine post, I’ll include them here. I love this little set – I think it shows what a wonderful time we all had!


Katy holding Ben, with Max on John's shoulders, stood on grass in front of the sea with waves crashing and Godrevy lighthouse in the background

Katy throwing Ben in the air, both with big smiles

John standing on cliff at Godrevy, with Max on his shoulders, with waves and lighthouse in the background

Katy holding Ben, John with Max on shoulders, on cliffs with Godrevy lighthouse in the distance


Goodbye for now St Ives, and thanks for the memories!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd
    October 11, 2017

    Aww it looks like you all had such a lovely time! As you know, we also just went to Cornwall for our first family holiday as a four and it was just the perfect place to visit. There’s so much for toddler’s to do, whilst taking in the beautiful scenery and incredible coast line 🙂

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 15, 2017

      I’ve loved seeing all your photos! I think it’s the perfect place when you have young children – I’m looking forward to many more trips in our future

  • Mary Peterson
    October 12, 2017

    Katy, your pictures warmed my heart! A lovely, happy family. xxxx

  • Rhian Westbury
    October 13, 2017

    I’d love to go to St Ives, it looks like such a picturesque place. I’m glad you had a good holiday x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 15, 2017

      There’s no place like it – I love just wandering round the town with my camera, so many little nooks and crannies to investigate

  • Battle Mum (BattleMum)
    October 13, 2017

    Oh wow it looks so beautiful there. Cornwall is a place I’d love to visit one day.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 15, 2017

      It really is lovely, there’s nowhere like it! Although I know you’re blessed with some pretty amazing beaches where you are!

  • Tracy Morgan
    October 14, 2017

    Oh, goodness, what stunning photos! I’ve never been to Cornwall at all, which seems such a shame. Maybe one day! I can certainly see why you like it!

  • Emma - Our Fairytale Adventure
    October 14, 2017

    I’ve never been to St. Ives before, but it looks so picturesque!

  • Claire Wheatley
    October 14, 2017

    What beautiful photos. We visited Cornwall a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to St Ives though and you’ve totally made me want to go back and go visit. Now just to persuade the husband to do the 10 hour drive again…

  • Katrina Downie
    October 15, 2017

    We have had many a happy holiday in st ives when I was young and I cannot wait to
    Recreate this with my son. Lovely scenic pictures

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