St Ives

Creepy Tales from Cornwall


Creepy Tales from Cornwall

As Halloween approaches, it’s time for spooky stories around the fire. We’ve been sitting in the wood after dark, sharing creepy tales about Cornish myths and mysteries. Here are a few of our favourites…

Lost at sea

The coast around West Cornwall is a wild and dangerous place, and with so many lives lost at sea, we’re not surprised that there are so many reports of hauntings. There are tales of bells tolling inland to warn of impending doom at sea, of ghostly lights on clifftops, of the sound of barrels being dragged by long-dead smugglers…

One of our favourite Cornish ghost stories is the ship that sails close to Porthcurno, before vanishing like smoke in the mist. The ghost ship has been sailing by Porthcurno since the seventeenth century, and has also been spotted further west along the coast. Read more chilling tales from Bays of the Dead if you dare!

Local sea myths to explore include the famous Mermaid of Zennor (look out for her carving in the village church) and Morgawr, a terrifying water monster whose name translates as “sea giant”.

Spooky tip: explore the creepy caves at Porthgwarra, and visit the old coastal churches and engine houses that are dotted around the Penwith peninsula.


Wreck of the Jeune Hortense 1888, in front of St Michael’s Mount

Myths on the moors

Moors are naturally places of legends, and our local landscape is no exception. Around Beersheba, our moors are said to be the haunt of giants.

A (very) local legend is that Cormoran had an ongoing battle with a giant from nearby Trencrom. They threw boulders at each other, which still litter the landscape, including the stone at our neighbouring Standing Stones Stables. Cormoran eventually met his match, when he was defeated by Jack the Giant Killer and imprisoned in a well on St Michael’s Mount.

Spooky tip: Walk in the steps of giants. Hike the St Michael’s Way, which you can pick up at Beersheba and takes you over Trencrom to the Mount. Or, take a drive to Cornwall’s most famous moor, Bodmin, home to the legendary Beast and the super-spooky Jamaica Inn.


Knockers by Marc Potts

Sketch of the Cornish Knockers by Marc Potts

Sounds underground…

One of the most hair-raising hauntings in West Cornwall happens underground, in the old mines. The knockers are small, human-like figures who live in the mines – (see the Knockers beautifully brought to life by Marc Potts illustrations here). They’re either very specific members of the faerie clan or the ghosts of dead miners, depending on whose version you read.

The knockers also vary in character from mine to mine and story to story. Sometimes they’re benevolent, knocking to warn of danger or to lead miners to rich seams of tin. In some legends, they’re the ones that cause the danger, by knocking away the supports. Occasionally, they’re simply mischievous, blowing out candles and stealing miners’ crowst (food).

Whichever version you believe, the idea of ghostly knocking underground is enough to keep you safely on grass (the surface) forever! The miners knew to respect the knockers, leaving them bits of pasty as a practical insurance policy against harm.

Spooky tip: take the underground tour at Geevor Tin Mine. You may not encounter a knocker, but you’ll experience first-hand the dark, dank atmosphere of the old mines.

Holidays in spooky St Ives

If you’re coming to St Ives this autumn, make sure you take a walk through our town after dark. With its cobbled lanes, narrow passageways and old fishing cellars, St Ives is a spooky place… To find out more about the ghosts of St Ives, book your place on one of Shanty Baba’s famous lantern ghost walks.

Come and stay in Brea Cottage this autumn or winter. Shut out the moors, huddle up to the wood burner, and share some scary stories…

Hayle Harbour Sunset

Make it a September to Remember


Make it a September to Remember

A Cornish September is something special. The weather’s still warm and the sea is lovely, and while our favourite restaurants and attractions are still open, they’re a lot quieter.

It’s a lovely month for cycling down Cornwall’s lanes or for tackling the coast path. A bit of early autumn rain gives the hedges a new lease of life, but it’s still warm enough to sit outside the pub most evenings. It’s also (we reckon) the best time of year to catch a glorious sunset.

Here are just a few reasons why we love September in St Ives.

Quieter beaches

Porthmeor Beach St Ives

Porthmeor Beach St Ives

The beaches aren’t deserted yet (wait until November for that), but they’re certainly quieter. It’s much easier to find a good spot on the sand in September, as well as in the car park…

The really good news is that the sea is still warm. At around 16 C, it’s a lovely temperature for swimming, sailing and surfing, and the watersports schools in St Ives are still open. If you want to try paddleboarding for the first time without an audience but also without freezing, this is a great time of year.

Gently warm days

It’s not just the sea that’s warm. The temperature often reaches 17 degrees and warmer, which is really pleasant for a coastal hike or cycle ride. Take a walk up to Mutton Cove in Godrevy to see the seals (they come inshore to raise their pups from September to January).

Yes, there will be some rain (nine or ten days on average), but around five hours a day of sunshine more than makes up for a few showers. If you like to be warm, but not too warm, September is definitely a good holiday month for you.

An arty party

We’re so pleased that the St Ives September Festival is back this year. This year, the fortnight-long celebration runs from the 11th until the 25th of September, and there’s a packed programme of all sorts of events.

There are shows, gigs, exhibitions, talks, workshops, films, guided walks – all those things we’ve been missing. If you can, try to catch some live music or an art exhibition while you’re in St Ives. There’s a programme of events on the Festival website, along with details about how to book.

September is also a great month to see a show at the clifftop Minack Theatre – if you can take your eyes away from the stunning sea vista you are in for a theatrical treat.

Fabulous food

The wonderful restaurants and cafes of St Ives are still bustling in September, and this year, the brilliant St Ives Food & Drink Festival has been timed to coincide with the Arts Festival. Head down to Porthminster Beach on the 17-19 September for street food and demos in the most beautiful location.

St Ives Food Festival - credit Lizzie Churchill

St Ives Food Festival – credit Lizzie Churchill

Further afield food

Generally, September is dry enough for plenty of al fresco meals (note: we said “generally”!). Take some time to explore places to eat outside St Ives. There’s Birdies Bistro on the Hayle estuary, Lula Shack with seafood and ribs, and the Black Lobster, both in Hayle Harbour, and there are plenty of outside tables at Trevaskis Farm (some seriously hearty home-grown dishes).

Try the bistro at the Woodland Kitchen in Townsend, and we’ve heard a lot of good things about Agapanthus Tearoom near Gulval. There’s also the lovely Tremenheere Kitchen between Gulval and Ludgvan.  Venture out to Porthleven for the best Cornish produce cooked over fire at Blower’s Place (until Dec 21).

Those (late) summer nights

Fire pit

If like us you love the woods at night, September evenings are the best time to enjoy them. It’s getting dark earlier, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy being out without your big coat on. Enjoy the fairy lights and cook up a feast on the fire pit.  Make the most of the end of the local lobster season if you fancy gourmet firepit cooking.

We still have some availability for short glamping breaks in September. Take a look at our availability online; however, to book a last-minute break, please call us on 07795 284 356.

Thinking ahead? You can sign up for our mailing list for updates on September 2022 bookings and special offers for Wildflower Wood and Brea Cottage, or, please get in touch with us at Beersheba.

Godrevy Landpod Wildflower Wood

The Landpods have landed in St Ives!



There is a special little pocket of wild woodland at Beersheba Farm, St Ives. On a hill, overlooking St Ives Bay, with views towards Godrevy Lighthouse, it’s a peaceful setting for a new eco-glamping adventure – Wildflower Wood.

Owner Andrew is opening an off-grid, low impact, family-friendly site, where the guests can stay in one of his fantastic Landpods. “It’s a special place where you can get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. You are surrounded by the woodland and farm wildlife – even shy deer visit from time to time.

“The Landpods are brilliant as they don’t disturb the protected woodland. They are carried in by foot, sitting on little legs & pads. They are assembled in situ and can sit quite happily under the trees without impacting them,” he added. “Other than tackling some vulnerable deadwood, the site preparation around the pods is minimal”.

Although off-grid, the Landpods have LED lighting (and can also charge mobile devices), are well insulated, have comfortable mattresses and can sleep a family of up to 5 in comfort. Kids absolutely love the bottom double bunk whilst the adults get a roomy top double bed. The L-shaped sofa seating also can be used as an extra bed. The unique roll back roof can open to reveal the sea views glimpsed through the trees from the beds!

Wildflower Wood enjoying marshmallows

Wildflower Wood enjoying marshmallows

Each pod has been named after local landmarks that form part of the stunning bay view. Godrevy is the lighthouse across the sea, Gwithian is the popular surfing and world-class windsurfing beach, Towans is the Cornish word for dunes that sit along the bay from Gwithian to Carbis Bay.

An outdoor kitchen area, picnic table and fire pit is provided for each Landpod. It’s an antidote to modern living – where the space and peace of relaxing, cooking and eating surrounded by the trees really nourishes the soul. “We have some fun forest challenges for the children and they just love making up woodland games and exploring. At the end of the day there’s nothing like sitting around the fire to unwind as the sun sets through the trees. The kids can test out their fire building skills and toast marshmallows.” said Andrew.


Bathrooms with Swedish waterless toilets

The site facilities are also off-grid. There are state of the art Swedish waterless toilets and waterless urinals, low energy lighting and water saving gas powered hot showers. Eco-friendly toiletries and loo paper are provided. Andrew’s wife and interior designer Vicki has helped with the design, “We don’t want to sacrifice comfort, but everything has been planned to minimise any impact on the woodland environment and designed as sustainably as possible.”

Wildflower Wood at Beersheba Farm is between St Ives and Hayle, just a mile from the sea. Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, kite-surfing, rock-pooling, building sandcastles or just sunbathing on the golden sands are all available nearby – there is something for everyone in this beautiful Cornish bay.

This unique holiday experience doesn’t stop there. Standing Stone Stables also offers pony treks around the farm and through the woodland for guests. Beersheba Farm has excellent routes for walkers – the South West Coast Path is just a mile away and St Michael’s Way adjoins the farm, linking the north Cornish coast at Lelant to the south coast and St Michael’s Mount at Marazion.

Wildflower Wood cooking

Wildflower Wood cooking

Cyclists can enjoy a variety of coastal routes in West Cornwall such as the Coast to Coast trail, the Penzance to Marazion trail or the Camel Trail to Padstow. Guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport. The nearby Carbis Bay bus and rail links beyond Cornwall and to St Ives are excellent. The closest beach at Carbis Bay is walkable (1.5 miles down a hill). Bedding is provided and cooking equipment can be hired so that guests can travel light.

Wildflower Wood is open until the autumn – book online here.

Spring daffodils

Spring into family fun in St Ives



Cornwall really bursts into life in spring, and there are loads of fantastic family friendly holiday activities in and around St Ives. Get the most out of your stay in St Ives with our favourite activities:

Looking for a scenic and exciting egg hunt?  The National Trust and Cadbury team up for their Easter trails (6/7 – 22 April), follow the clues to get your tasty Easter treat. Our favourites are Trelissick and Godolphin for gorgeous gardens, and Trengwainton and St Michael’s Mount for stunning scenery. Or just head to Marazion beach to look for special dragon’s eggs amongst all the pebbles. If you want to have your own trail on the farm you can roam around the fields and the woods and look for spring treasures on your doorstep!

Easter at Eden

Easter at Eden

The best family days out!  The Eden Project never fails to entertain in the school holidays and this Easter (6-25 April), you can go Down on the Farm and enjoy lots of indoor and outdoor games and activities, story telling, the Great Eden Egg Hunt and trails for the whole family, in their farm-themed Easter event. In Hayle, at Paradise Park, you can get close to goats, rabbits, mini sheep and donkeys in their fun farm field, be a Wildlife Hero or enjoy the Easter Golden Egg Challenge (6-22 April), and the race around indoor soft play area – the Jungle Barn.

Why not get creative?   If you want to get more hands on with chocolate – try a fun Chocolate Workshop at Coco Kitchen with St Ives’s very own artisan chocolatier. Or get messy with clay at the Leach Pottery who run clay days for 6-12 year olds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the school holidays.  At Tate St Ives children can get hands on with Tate Create and explore the exhibition by Anna Boghiguian before making their own art figure.

Get out on the coast path – with the gorse and daffodils bursting into colour and the warm spring sunshine its a great time to walk and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. This spring there have been regular dolphin sightings, even a humpback whale being spotted in St Ives Bay, so make sure you have your binoculars and get out early to get the best chance.  Seals love the sunshine and from the clifftops at Godrevy Point you can see crowds of them peacefully sunbathing in the coves below.

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Get in the water!!  With the warm spring sunshine its a great time to take to the water – stand up paddle boarding or kayaking from Carbis Bay beach, or surfing at Gwithian or Porthmeor are all fantastic fun and just minutes away – remember (or hire!) your wetsuit!

Have a bit of drama in your holiday! The famous, award-winning Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare (12-22 April) takes you on a magical journey of immersive outdoor theatre through the wild wood to the Woodland King. Or the Minack Theatre, with its spectacular clifftop setting has family friendly shows throughout the school holidays with the highly enjoyable Squashbox Theatre (Mon/Weds am – book in advance – for younger children), and this Easter are showing Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.