G7 Info & What to do
In early June the G7 summit of world leaders will take place in Cornwall. Centered on Carbis Bay near St Ives, the event will see a certain amount of disruption taking place in the lead up, and during the conference, which takes place from the 11th to the 13th June.
Although Carbis Bay will be the focal point for those involved, the wider area around St Ives and Hayle will also be affected, as will Falmouth, which will host the media centre, and Newquay Airport (including Watergate Bay).
Measures are being put in place by the police to ensure the safety and security of both residents, visitors and delegates, and the plan is to ensure that disruption to local communities is minimised as far as possible.
However, if you are planning to be on holiday in Cornwall during the summit, and in the week leading up to it, then it would probably be a good idea to avoid the areas around St Ives Bay and Falmouth, as there is sure to be some disruption to transport routes, including road closures and the closure of the St Ives branch line.
For up to date info on what's happening and travel restrictions, check the Police G7 News webpage.
For Cornwall Council (inc travel) information on St Ives during G7 Click here
For Cornwall Council (inc travel) information on Falmouth during G7 Click here
For Cornwall Council (inc travel) information on Newquay Airport and Watergate Bay during G7 Click here
Of course, there are plenty of other places to visit in Cornwall where you will hopefully see no sign of politicians, press or police. Here’s a few ideas for you to replace what you might have been hoping to do…
Art: St Ives and Falmouth are both famed for the art that has been produced there over the years. As far as we are aware all of the galleries such as the Tate, Penwith Studio and the Falmouth Art Gallery will remain open, but if you want to avoid any problems that might arise, why not head down to St Just where acclaimed artist Kurt Jackson has his gallery, plus several others, or up to Polperro, where the artists that passed through over the years have been mainly forgotten, but will be subject to a major exhibition next year. And then there’s Penzance and Newlyn with The Penlee Gallery and the Exchange well worth searching out, as is Tremenheere Sculpture garden.
Beaches: We know St Ives Bay has some of the best beaches in Cornwall, and apart from Carbis Bay beach, they will all be open. The same in Falmouth in that we know of no closures. However, Cornwall has over 300 beaches to choose from, so you should have no problem finding some sand to relax on.
Family Favourites: We know how much the children love St Ives...but if you want to avoid the complaints from sitting in the possible traffic jams why not be entertained by the animals and birds at Paradise Park at Hayle or Newquay Zoo? Take a nostalgic steam train ride into a secret world of adventure at Lappa Valley or discover lost treasures at the Shipwreck Museum, for older, bolder children why not try Hangloose Adventure or the new immersive spooky attraction at Bodmin Jail.
Heritage: The castles at Pendennis and St Mawes, either side of the mouth of the Fal estuary, may not be easy places to reach during the summit (though we believe they will remain open), but there’s no shortage of history to be seen in other parts of Cornwall. If you are desperate to see a castle, then why not head up to Tintagel? The National Trust houses at Lanhydrock, Trerice and Cotehele etc will be open, as will Pencarrow House and Caerhays Castle. Cornwall has some fascinating museums (though the National Maritime Museum will be closed from June 1st to the 17th) dotted across the county and the industrial heritage can be explored at places like the King Edward Mine, Carnglaze Caverns or Wheal Martyn.
Shopping: Both Falmouth and St Ives have a wonderful selection of shops of all shapes and sizes, intersped with cafe's and galleries, but wht not take a walk down the trendy Chapel Street in Penzance, or come in to Truro where as well as big stores like M & S there are lots of independant shops, and during the summit, the Farmers Market Summer Market which promisses to be feast of foodie delights.
Surfing: It might not be that easy to access Porthmeor Beach, St Ives premier surfing destination, but there are still plenty of other places to catch a wave, from Bude in north Cornwall down to Sennen Cove and even Whitsand Bay in south east Cornwall. Many of these beaches have surf schools and the majority have lifeguards on duty.
On the water: We know many of you love to get out on the water while on holiday and with everything going on it might not be that easy around St Ives Bay or indeed within close proximity to Falmouth. We know that several boat tours based in St Ives and Falmouth will not be able to operate during the G7 summit for various reasons. Luckily Cornwall has a wealth of other ports and harbours where you can take trips or hire craft to explore the water. Looe and Fowey on the south coast can be relied upon to offer everything from kayaking up wooded creeks to deep sea fishing, whilst Padstow and Newquay provide similar on the north coast.
So, as you can see, there will still be plenty to do in Cornwall even if the rest of the world brings a few roads around St Ives and Falmouth to a standstill....