St Ives has a following across the world and values a number of existing town twinning and friendship agreements with a number of towns and cities, the oldest of which in Brittany is over 40 years old. Details of twinning and friendship agreements are detailed below.
The connection between St Ives and Camaret-sur-Mer began in 1982
Camaret-sur-Mer (Breton: Kameled) is a commune in the Finistère department in northwestern France. The commune of Camaret-sur-Mer has 2,543 inhabitants, it is located in the far west of the Crozon peninsula in the heart of the Iroise Marine Park and the Armorica Regional Natural Park. Camaret-sur-Mer appeals to nature lovers as well as heritage and art enthusiasts. This maritime and artistic city cultivates a strong identity, carried by its population and its visitors. Camaret-sur-Mer is part of the Community of municipalities of the peninsula of Crozon and Aulne Maritime, which brings together 10 municipalities.
With many similarities between St Ives in Cornwall and Laguna Beach, California, the Friendship Agreement between the two was agreed in 2013.
With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscape in Southern California. With mild temperatures and our Mediterranean climate, they also enjoy beautiful weather all year long. Laguna Beach has a small-town atmosphere where neighbours know one another and chat in the supermarket, but it also has a cosmopolitan feel thanks to Laguna Beach’s excellent restaurants and attention to cultural arts. During the summer, several million visitors come for our picturesque beaches, art festivals, village-scale shopping district, walk-able downtown, and blufftop walkways.
In 2012 St Ives Town Council signed a Friendship Agreement with Mashiko in Japan. The Agreement was brought about due to the strong links between the potters of Mashiko and the Leach Pottery, St Ives.