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Celebrate the reopening of Tate St Ives with a sojourn at the seaside this spring

Tate St Ives reopens on 31 March

The quaint fishing harbour of St Ives in West Cornwall is well-known for its thriving artistic scene and now the town’s creative credentials are set to soar with the reopening of its iconic art gallery by the sea.

Tate St Ives, which overlooks pretty Porthmeor Beach and has been closed since October 2015, reopens with The Studio and the Sea (31 March-3 September 2017). There will be two exhibitions about the ceramics studio, the ocean and the landscape through specially-commissioned work, films, sculptures and large-scale paintings (open daily 10am -5.20pm; tickets cost £7.50 pp/free for Tate members).

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Why not book an arty escape and brush up on your painting skills at the St Ives School of Painting, watch performing arts, live music and theatre at the St. Ives Arts Club or discover the former home and sculpture garden of artist Barbara Hepworth?

Aspects Holidays, provider of some of the very best holiday cottages in Cornwall, has over 300 properties in and around St Ives. Here’s our pick of where to stay within walking distance of Tate St Ives:

A traditional cottage with a modern twist…

32 The Digey – Fisherman’s Cottage (sleeps four) is just metres from both Porthmeor Beach, St Ives town centre and the harbour – where fishermen still land a daily catch. Explore all that St Ives has to offer by day and fall asleep to the sound of the sea by night. A week’s stay at 32 The Digey – Fisherman’s Cottage this spring costs from £173 pp (£691 total).

A stylish coastal retreat at Avalon…

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Avalon (sleeps five) is a superb three-storey cottage located in a quiet – yet central – location, just two minutes’ walk from Porthgwidden Beach. Perfect for gatherings of family and friends, there is a stylish and spacious open-plan kitchen/dining/living area. A week’s stay at Avalon this spring costs from £106 pp (£527 total).

Calming pastel colours…

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A lovingly-restored fisherman’s cottage in a sought-after location, Lobster Pot (sleeps five) is tucked away in a quaint, historic courtyard. The interior is an effortless blend of traditional and contemporary with a pretty pastel colour palette flowing throughout. Lobster Pot is a thirty-second stroll from both the harbour and Porthmeor Beach. A week’s stay at Lobster Pot this spring costs from £128 pp (£512 total).

Cosy cottage à deux…

Tate St Ives

The Flying Pilchard (sleeps two) is a sophisticated retreat for two in the centre of St Ives, tucked away in the Downalong area. Stroll hand-in-hand through the narrow, winding streets to nearby Porthmeor Beach for surfing or sunbathing, then, after the sun has set, return to this romantic bolthole for a home-cooked dinner. A week’s stay at The Flying Pilchard this spring costs from £282 pp (£563 total).

Call Aspects Holidays on 01736 754242 (www.aspects-holidays.co.uk).

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