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If you are an educational group please visit our Educational Trips website.

St Ives is an ideal group destination as there are a huge variety of activities on offer along with shops, cafes and beaches all within a few minutes walk of each other and Cohort. It’s a compact, safe and secure option for youth groups through to faith based groups, through to university societies and we are perfectly located for walking groups and cyclists.

Our accommodation is ideal for any sized group and we are happy to help you plan your itinerary and organise your food.

We welcome all Organised Groups*

*Where an umbrella body, i.e. a sports club, student union society, school, youth organisation, tour operator, etc. is organising the trip. This is as opposed to a trip which has been organised by one person on behalf of a group of friends, i.e. friendship groups.

Unfortunately this does not include stag/hen groups, celebratory groups, large friendship groups (16 people+). For a young adult, friendship group where the majority are 16-18 year olds there is a maximum group size of 8 all year round. For more information see our Groups Policy.

Accommodation & Capacity

Our capacity is up to 60 people in the winter (November – February) and up to 54 people the rest of the year. The accommodation is configured as follows:

1 x 4 bed dorm, 6 (7 in the winter) x 6 bed dorms, 1 x 8 bed dorm, 1 x twin / double room, 2 x twin rooms.

We offer discounted rates for taking over Cohort all year round and having group use of the building means you can take full advantage of all our facilities including our movie screen. It’s a cost-effective option for groups of 35+.

Catering for Groups

For groups of 12+ we can provided a self-service breakfast, packed lunches and in-house evening meals; you can find more details here. We are also happy to help you plan and book your meals in town, recommending restaurants and cafes that offer group dining options.

We have a fully-equipped, self-catering kitchen on site which is yours to use during your stay; it’s open from 7am – 10pm.

We provide free tea and coffee from the bar between 8 and 10am. After that you can purchase hot drinks, soft drinks, snacks and alcoholic drinks (from Midday) until 11pm. We also have a vending machine in the main lounge.

Kitchen at Cohort Hostel

Fab Facilities for Groups

You can see a full list of our facilities here and if you take over the hostel you can make full use of the large screen in the main lounge for presentations, talks, lectures, seminars or movies!

Our large lounge, private courtyard and spacious kitchen are ideal for socialising. The bedrooms are spacious and airy with privacy curtains on every bed – ideal for groups where not everyone knows each other. Superfast, FTTP WiFi throughout the building makes it easy to collaborate for photos, videos and more.

Good to know: T&Cs

To confirm a booking we require a 50%, non-refundable deposit; the balance is then due at least 2 weeks prior to arrival. If you need to cancel a booking you can do so up to 45 days before without incurring additional charges.

As long as you provide enough notice we will happily consider moving the booking to a different date. This is subject to availability and may incur additional charges.

All Group bookings are subject to our full T&Cs for groups which can be seen here.

Group accommodation enquiry

If you have any questions or wish to enquire about specific dates please do get in touch and we can have a no-obligation chat. Email Lee at

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