Step out in style around St Ives, a wonderful riverside town, basking in beauty in Cambridgeshire.
Located a short distance from the A14, with easy access to Huntingdon and just 15 miles from Cambridge, the pretty town on the banks of the river Great Ouse is great for a weekend break or just a day drip you have planned. If you love wandering along historic streets, waterways, finished with a bite to eat, this is the right spot for you.
St Ives market days
St Ives has a bustling shopping centre with a good mix of independent traders and high street stores. Markets, selling local produce and handmade wares are held every Monday and Friday with Bank Holiday markets being very popular. On the first and third Saturday of each month an excellent Farmers’ Market takes place from 8.30am to 2pm. Check the tourism website www.ourstives.com for up-to-date information.
Cafes in St Ives
Refresh from your journey at one of the many cosy cafes in the area, and with a good selection of restaurants and family-friendly pubs, you won’t be able to wait for lunchtime or your evening meal – not to forgetting afternoon tea, of course!
The charming 15th century bridge and chapel over the river and is one of only three such surviving bridges in England. Grab a takeaway coffee to keep you warm and take a saunter around the towns winding streets, over the bridge and fill your lungs with the fresh air that this time of year brings.
What’s on in St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Depending on the time of year, annual events include an illuminated boat parade, which this year will take place on 7 September, The Old Riverport Jazz and Blues Festival and one for next Christmas, the Spectacular Snowman Festival.
Catch one of the local buses and in 10 minutes you will find yourself in Cambridge itself. Punting, river boat tours, bus and bike tours all allow you to experience Cambridgeshire in style.
There is a range of accommodation available in the town as well as surrounding villages, but vacancies fill up quickly due to the popularity of the area, so book your stay early to avoid disappointment.
For more information on St Ives and its surrounding towns and villages, visit www.visitcambridge.org