Situated on the beautiful English Riviera in deepest Cornwall is the stunning picturesque seaside resort of St Ives. Located on the outskirts of St Ives is a fantastic holiday park called Riviere Sands which has an amazing array of facilities to keep the whole family entertained for days.

The below article will provide further detail on St Ives and what could potentially be a memorable stay at Riviere Sands for your family.

Things to Do in St Ives


The focal point in St Ives is its beautiful beach. Commonly acknowledged and voted as one of the top ten beaches in Europe, the beach in St Ives attracts visitors all year round and many artists, who spend hours and days idly painting the many beautiful surrounding views.

The beach itself in St Ives is not large however there is plenty of activities going on around including boat trips from the full working harbour, amusements and cafes to keep everyone entertained for a full day out.

Beach at St Ives

In order to access St Ives parking in the town is limited and if travelling from the Riviere Holiday Park it may be advisable to park at the local Lelant Saltings Park and Ride station to then enjoy a lovely 10-minute coastal railway into the centre of St Ives for a small fee.

Boat Trips

As St Ives is still a fully working harbour there are numerous boat trips and fishing trips to enjoy. Notable trips include trips to Godrevey Lighthouse or exciting trips to go Dolphin or Seal watching at the local Seal Island.

Boat trips can be booked in advance at sites such as or bookings can be made around the promenade however be warned these trips can be in high demand in peak season.

Shops and Local Delicacies

Not normally something to advertise on a family break away is shopping, however an hour or so exploring the narrow cobbled streets of St Ives is definitely worth the effort. Here you will have the opportunity to visit many local independent shops as well as tucking in to the famed local delicacy, a real Cornish Pasty.

Lighthouse at St Ives

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

A visit to Barbara Hepworth Museum is well worth the trip if you wish to look further into the life of one of the 20th Centuries most influential artists.

Here you will find much of her work on display as well as sculptured work in bronze, wood and stone.

Minack Theatre

The breathtaking Minack Theatre is a must see attraction for any tourist in the local area. Situated a short distance from St Ives and perched on a cliff above the Atlantic Ocean is this simply stunning open air theatre.

For a small fee you can discover the history of the theatre, take a trip around and maybe stop for a spot of lunch at the local cafe. There are also several shows on throughout the year and it is well worth checking whether there are any showings during your stay.

Flambards Theme Park

A short drive from St Ives is Flambards Theme Park which is a family friendly theme park and a great day out for all the family. Consisting of both outdoor and indoor attractions plus thrill rides for white knuckle enthusiasts and family friendly rides for smaller children this theme park has something for everyone.

It is well worth checking out the Flambards Theme Park website for potential online deals in advance of your visit.

Lands End

Located just 20 miles south of St Ives is Lands End which is the most westerly point of Great Britain. A trip to Lands End is well worth the effort and there is so much to do other than stare out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Family friendly things to do at Lands End includes an outdoor adventure play area, Shaun the Sheep Experience Museum, a 4D Film experience, Arthurs Quest and the End to End story museum which displays stories of people who have travelled from John O’Greats in the far North of Great Britain to Lands End.

Lands End

Facilities on Offer at Haven Holiday Park

Situated on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the outskirts St Ives is the magnificent Haven Holiday Park of Riviere Sands. There is so much to do at Riviere Sands to keep the whole family entertained that there may not be any reason to leave the park during your stay.

Below are details of some fantastic facilities you can expect to enjoy should you choose to stay at Riviere Sands:

Heated Indoor and Outdoor Pool

A fantastic attraction to enjoy is the Heated Indoor and Outdoor pools which include water slides. There is also a small swimming areas for small toddlers.

Crazy Golf Course

Enjoy a competitive game of Crazy Golf with all the family. A small additional fee will apply.

Outdoor Adventure Playground and Play Area

One of the more attractive parts of the holiday park for small children is the Outdoor Adventure Playground which will keep the children entertained for hours as they continually drag you back time after time.

Bungee Trampolines

For the little dare devils amongst you why not let them enjoy the experience of a go on a Bungee Trampoline. Here they will be strapped in a harness and fastened to a sturdy piece of elastic where they can bounce towards the sky from a trampoline. A small additional fee does apply if you wish to use this facility.

Amusement Arcade

When at the seaside why not lose yourself for an hour or two in the onsite amusements. You never know you may win a big fluffy teddy bear to return from your travels with.

Entertainment Facilities

There is a host of kids entertainment throughout the day including evening entertainment from the onsite seaside squad which includes characters such as Roary the Tiger. There are also evening entertainment shows for the whole family which includes an array of themed evenings and tribute acts.

Roary the Tiger, Haven

Bar and Takeaways

There are three eateries with the park for you to enjoy during your stay which are listed below:

  • The Bluff Inn – A bar and grill restaurant situated close to park though is still owned by Riviere Sands
  • Coast Cafe – Situated on the park overlooking the sea this stylish cafe will happily cater for the whole family
  • Cooks Fish and Chips – When by the sea why not enjoy traditional British Fish and Chips at the onsite takeaway restaurant.

Accommodation Types

All Accommodation at Riviere Sands consists of Static Caravans. These come in a range of options to suit all budget types such as standard, deluxe and prestige.

Within these categories is a wide range of different types of caravans to choose from with bedroom choices ranging from 2-3 bedrooms. Within each caravan you can expect to find the following facilities in all caravans:

  • TV in Lounge area
  • Kitchen area including Microwave
  • Separate Bathroom including WC
  • Bedrooms with fully fitted linen

Most caravans also come with heating and there are also facilities for those with disabilities.

Finding a Deal at Riviere Sands

Given Riviere Sands’ proximity to St Ives and the coast, this holiday park tends to be in high demand during peak season.

There are many ways you can potentially bag yourself a deal and one of the first things to do would be to sign up to the Haven Holidays mailing list. Riviere Sands is owned by Haven therefore by signing up to their mailing list you will be alerted directly as soon as any offers become available.

If living in the UK, it is also advisable to see if the offer becomes available on the Sun £9.50 savers deal as although the overall price of your stay is likely to be more than £9.50 it can still offer quite significant savings. It is also worth looking to see if any deals appear on discount sites such as Wowcher or Groupon who quite regularly offer deals.

As with all family holidays the price of your holiday will be depicted by the time of year you travel as If you travel off-peak you are likely to find your stay much cheaper.

Places To Visit En Route

Most areas of the United Kingdom are situated a fair distance from St Ives in Cornwall for example the city of Exeter situated in the adjacent county of Devon is approximately 109 miles away therefore St Ives is a fairly isolated part of the British Isles which also adds to its charm.

The best way to travel to St Ives is by car though its worth noting that as you enter into Cornwall the roads can become narrower and noticeably slower. It also possible to reach St Ives by train but this may require you swapping trains quite regularly to ride many local services.

As the journey to St Ives can be quite long it is well worth breaking the journey up to explore some stunning attractions en route. Below is a flavour of some attractions which maybe worth stopping off at en route.

  • Newquay – Why not stop off and visit the stunning beaches of Newquay which is voted as one of the best seaside towns in the UK.
  • Port Isaac – A stop off at the beautiful harbour village of Port Isaac is well worth making if you are on your way to St Ives. If you are a fan of the television programme Doc Martin you are also likely some familiar buildings as this is the town where the series is filmed.Harbour at Port Isaac
  • Looe – Why not have a break by having a gentle stroll around the beautiful harbour town of Looe.
  • Padstow – Another beautiful coastal village in Cornwall which is well worth stopping off en route to St Ives.
  • Bodmin Moor – An adventure to Bodmin Moor should definitely be on the agenda if travelling with your family to admire the granite moorland and visit Brown Willy the highest point in Cornwall.

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Is St Ives worth visiting?

Although for many a trip to St Ives is a long drive, it is well worth the journey as the scenery is simply stunning. St Ives and Cornwall in general is like nowhere else in the United Kingdom with stunning beaches and beautiful landscape. If you are looking for to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life then a trip to St Ives could definitely be for you and your family.

If you have any questions or anything to add regarding the above article, please leave your comments below and I will endeavour to come back to you.

One thought on “St Ives – A Memorable Stay at Riviere Sands

  1. Barry Bullard says:

    Having a wife and four kids it’s always a challenge to find somewhere affordable to go for vacation.  

    St. Ives looks like a great place to stay and some pretty cool things to do.

    My daughters would love the sculpture garden as they are always wanting to go to the botanical gardens here in tampa.

    Of the places you have listed to go on the way which one would you choose if you could only pick one?

    1. Richard Leaver says:

      Thank you for your comments Barry,

      If I was to pick one it would definitely be Port Isaac firstly because it is a stunning coastal village with lots of windy roads and secondly because I am a fan of the UK television series Doc Martin which is filmed here. Therefore when walking around you actually feel like you are on set.

  2. Barry says:

    Hi… Thank you for sharing your St. Ives memorable stay at Riviere Sands. This place looks amazing and would be worth checking out for me. I would love to go for the boat trips to see the Dolphins and Seals too.

    I love nice delicacies and shopping too. I would love to experience St. Ives someday and pretty soon.

  3. Tsquare says:

    Nice to know about this beautiful river side called St Ives. Although this is my first time of getting to know about this place but with all the good piece have read about here I believe its worth visiting in 2019. The boat trips seriously caught my attention because I always like boat and fishing experience. One will have to visit the booking site earlier to access the boat. I will look more into knowing more about this river side and plan towards it against next year. 

    Thanks for this info. 

  4. MattMogul1 says:


    Nice blog choice! It’s actually kind of ironic that I stumbled across this post, because I’ve have been using the St. Ives body wash (the kind with the sea salt infused in it) and something told me to check into the prices to travel there. This was very informative, so I think I will check this out!

    Thanks, and Happy New Year!


    1. Richard Leaver says:

      Thank you for comment Matt,

      St Ives and Cornwall in general is well worth checking out for its stunning beaches and scenery plus you may even be able to top up on your St Ives body wash whilst your there.

  5. Rick says:

    Thanks for sharing this post , family vacations can be expensive and I appreciate the tip on signing up for the Haven Holidays mailing list to get notified for travel deals . St Ives looks like a great destination and you have given your readers lots of options for places to visit and activities to do . i also checked out your Skyscanner post …  brilliant !! Nothing better than saving money on  a cheaper flight !! 

    1. Richard Leaver says:

      Thanks Rick, 

      No matter what trip I am planning for my family, I will always see if the intended place of stay has a mailing list and sign up to it for a period of time to see if I receive any direct offers before proceeding with my booking.

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