St Ives has been declared Best Family Holiday Destination at the Coast Awards 2010.
Hailed as the ultimate year-round holiday destination it was praised for its mix of adult and child friendly attractions and things to do, and singled out for having a unique art scene.
The award comes as a result of topping the Coast magazine readers’ voters poll and according to Alex Reece, deputy editor of the magazine and Coast Awards organiser, it is well deserved: “We’re not surprised that St Ives is a hit with readers. For a small town, it offers such variety – from bucket-and-spade beaches to high culture.”
Closely following St Ives in the category was Newquay which was awarded runner-up status alongside the only non-Cornish contender, Southwold in Suffolk, highlighting Cornwall as being a clear favourite for families.
Glory was also bestowed on St Ives for its culinary excellence with Porthminster Beach Café crowned Best Coastal Café, Pub or Restaurant. Having claimed the title as a joint winner in 2008 and as runner-up in 2009 Porthminster Beach Café has emerged as a firm favourite among Coast readers. It was its concern for sustainability and affordability that clinched the award for them for the third year.
To create a hat-trick of award credits for the town Tate St Ives was announced as Best-Loved Coastal Building runner-up.
Further award mentions for Cornwall came in the form of Best Marine Green Project which listed Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery among its runner-up’s. The South West Coast Path (of which 48% is in Cornwall) was also honoured as a runner-up in the Joules Award for Best Coastal Path.