The Journal

Chapeau!

Take a bow! Well that was a bit of alright, wasn’t it?! Thank you and thank you again to everyone who made the weekend …

The Party Edit

We like the party, we got to boogie. Just a few days to go until this year’s Port Eliot Festival, and we are getting really, …

Bring us your family diaries!

Actor Connor McIntyre to join Caroline Catz, Travis Elborough, Irving Finkel, Simon Garfield and Michael Higgs for the Great Diary Project event. Port Eliot …

Michael Howells – 1957-2018

Michael Howells has been a hugely important figure in the life of Port Eliot Festival for many years. His design and art direction achievements …

The Family Guide to Port Eliot 2018

Port Eliot is the most magical playground for adults and little ones alike. If you’ve never done it before, taking kids to a festival can seem …

New line-up additions!

With just three weeks to go, the sun is firmly out, Port Eliot’s gardens are burgeoning and our 2018 programme is hotting up! The final …

New: The Cinematheque!

We are incredibly excited to announce a brand new trailblazing area curated by WOMEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE & THE VIOLET BOOK. THE CINEMATHEQUE, based in the beautiful Orangery Garden, …

Poetry winner announced!

After many sleepless nights trawling through all 241 of our entries – the good, the bad, and the ones that made them lose the …

Interview Exclusive: Billy Bragg chats to Port Eliot

Port Eliot Creative Director Colin Midson talks to Musician-cum-Writer Billy Bragg about his new book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, on the counter-cultural …

A Whistlestop Tour of Cornish Beaches

While you’re down in Cornwall for Port Eliot, we highly recommend staying a bit longer and visit some of our corner’s wonderful beaches. With …

The Fashion Foundation lands

We’re REALLY excited to unveil our line-up for The Fashion Foundation, the new home for artistic creation at the festival, programmed by fashion writer and curator …

Restaurant bookings open!

Bookings are now open for our new restaurant, The Lawn, which will sit right in front of the house serving breakfasts in the morning and long table …

Are you ready to tuck in?

From the outset, we’ve made beautiful food a big part of the line-up, not just a side dish. Now, we’re pleased to announce the …

Words! Comedy! Music!

Port Eliot Festival is built on words. When the festival began 15 years ago, it concentrated on books. Nowadays, it’s about music, food, fashion, …

Large Thursday

One of the greatest things about Port Eliot is giving yourself a three-day weekend and getting to St Germans right at the start of …

March Reads

As a bookish fest, we take it as our not-so-solemn duty to keep your shelves updated with the latest in papery entertainment. Here’s Creative …

Introducing the Fashion Foundation

This year, we bring you the Fashion Foundation, a completely new home for fashion and art at Port Eliot. Headed by fashion writer and …

Announcing our first 2018 acts!

We’re proud as can be to share the first shining array of artists that will bring the festival to life this summer. We already …

What’s with all the critters?

You may well have spotted a few new inhabitants on the website this month; some wondrous creatures have moved in, penned by the inimitable …

January Reads

Now that we’re through the mayhem of Christmas and New Year, you, like us, might be feeling in sore need of some quiet time …

New for 2018! Wildlings Wood

Ladies and gentlefolk, we’re very pleased to introduce the great and grand Wildlings Wood, a brand new area for kids to run amock! Deep …

You spoke, we listened

The results of our feedback questionnaire are in – gigantic thanks to those who took the time to fill it in. Your feedback is …

First 2018 Headliner: Baxter Dury

We’re really excited to announce that Baxter Dury, creator of one of the great records of 2017, will headline the Caught by the River …

Tickets now on sale!

Our official short film has landed, featuring all the very best bits from this year’s festival and a cracking soundtrack to boot (best enjoyed …

Thank you! And ’til next year…

That’s a wrap Port Eliot! A gigantic whole-hearted thank you to all those who came and braved some thoroughly British weather with us (both …

For the Early Risers

For the early risers among you, there are a few things that don’t appear on the timetable and which get going before the main …

The Essential Guide

The fun starts Thursday… The tents are rising, the festoon is going up – there’s not long to go now until the festival. We …

Best of the South West

When Port Eliot Festival opens its doors, it will be presenting some of the finest creative talents that Cornwall and the South West has to …

The Gardening Edit

Lucy Hyslop, who curates our Flower + Fodder programme, gives us the lowdown on all things gardening at this year’s Port Eliot. Every year, …

SOLD OUT!

Port Eliot Festival 2017 is officially sold out! Thanks to all those who got tickets to this year’s show, it’s going to be a …

The Family Guide to Port Eliot

Port Eliot is a magical place to visit when you’re a child; adventure lurks around every corner. But if you’re the one bringing them, …

Last chance to enter Flower + Fodder!

Is your strawberry jam a family treasure? Does your lemon drizzle reduce people to tears? Are your floral arrangements a cut above the rest? …

Our Green Pledge: 2025

Looking after our beautiful surroundings is really important to us. You might have noticed a number of sustainability initiatives popping up at the festival …

Plant Power to Supercharge your Port Eliot

Music, comedy, talks, fashion, flowers, world-class food, workshops – there’s no doubt that Port Eliot has all the ingredients for a busy weekend. With …

Science and Wellbeing

Flanked by Robert Lenkiewicz’s incredible mural (considered his masterpiece), the Round Room is an unforgettable venue. For a second year it’s set to become our Science …

Words and Workshops

Our literary line-up has landed! Across five fantastic stages, the literature programme features award-winning scribblers, novelists, historians and cultural commentators. The 2017 programme is looking very special …

What’s on at Port Eliot House & Gardens

There’s lots happening at Port Eliot House & Gardens over the coming months, so whether you’re local or just fancy a Cornish jaunt, be sure to …

First acts announced for 2017

The news is finally in! We’re very pleased to reveal the first wave of acts and artists that will be heading to Cornwall for …

Disco Couture in the Walled Garden

In the week that fashion designer Michael Halpern made his debut on the official London Fashion Week schedule, we are excited to bring you …

The Port Eliot 2017 Reading List

This time of year, when the nights are long and the weather is not exactly enticing, our favourite refuge is between the pages of a good …

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Our official short film has arrived so why don’t you relive the reverie and the memories of this year’s glorious festival. And we’re delighted …

THE FUTURE OF THE FESTIVAL

We know you’ve all been waiting on tenterhooks to hear more about the future of Port Eliot so we’re delighted to announce that the …

THANK YOU!

Well that was a little bit marvellous wasn’t it? Thank you so much to all who came. Every one of you played a part …

Download our Programme

You can now download our programme with timetables. We’d like to apologise for the fact that supplies have run low so we are offering …

Peregrine St Germans

Everybody at Port Eliot is sad beyond measure at having to confirm that Peregrine, Lord St Germans, passed away on the afternoon of Friday …

WELCOME TO LARK’S HAVEN

Lark’s Haven is Port Eliot’s brand new wellbeing field brought to you in partnership with Weleda. Together we have created a space of relaxation, pampering, …

PARTICIPATION

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole Hog.” – Roald Dahl Rolling your …

LOUIS ELIOT’S FESTIVAL PLAYLIST

The following article was published in Q Magazine. You can listen to Louis’s festival playlist on Spotify HERE. Port Eliot Festival takes place at …

WARDROBE DEPARTMENT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

There’s just over three weeks until the festival gates open, which will see the brightest emerging talents and the stalwarts of the fashion industry …

FORAGING & OUTDOOR COOKING

Is there anything more satisfying than wild cooking? Dipping into nature’s cupboard for the freshest ingredients and firing up the stove with bird song …

CORNWALL – A FOOD ODYSSEY

Local food lover Charlotte Allen (@lottiea) has her finger on Cornwall’s culinary pulse. Here, she recommends her favourite restaurants, cafes and pubs.  “There are so …

WORDS – AT A GLANCE

From the very early days of Port Eliot Festival, our aim has always been ‘to do things differently with words’. This year, Whitnail & …

WIN A MAGICAL WEEKEND AT PORT ELIOT

We have an incredible prize for one lucky winner and their even luckier guest. Two tickets for Port Eliot Festival with dinner at Polpo’s …

Design a Space Mission

The Eden Project is bringing its ‘Destination Space’ programme to Cornwall’s Port Eliot Festival, providing festival goers with a direct connection to astronaut Tim …

TOP 10 CORNISH PICNIC SPOTS

By Visit Cornwall Cornwall’s outstanding coastline, rugged uplands and peaceful woodland areas make it the perfect place for a spot of al-fresco dining. Below …

5 CORNISH NATURE EXPERIENCES

By Visit Cornwall Experience history and the natural beauty of the Cornish Coastline at Tintagel Castle, Tintagel  At Tintangel castle you can experience both …

5 KAYAKING SPOTS WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

By Visit Cornwall  Surrounded by the sea on three sides and with almost 300 miles of coastline, you are never far from that narrow …

10 SPECTACULAR CORNISH BEACHES

By Visit Cornwall Our pick of some of the most beautiful beaches everyone should visit in Cornwall. Whitsand Bay, Torpoint Whitsand Bay Beach, located …

2016 LITERARY LINE-UP

This year’s literary line-up brings you a glorious mixture of big names and more than its fair share of surprises. We have award-winning novelists …

FIRST LINE-UP RELEASE

Port Elioters! Here’s a little taste of what’s in store for you at this year’s festival. We’ll be bringing you much more over the …

WORKSHOPS APLENTY

Workshop coordinator Grace Craigan fills us in on some exciting additions to this year’s workshop programme.  “If there’s one thing we know about our …

HOUSE & GARDEN OPEN SEASON

Springtime at Port Eliot is sensational and has arrived just in time for the annual House & Garden Open Season. For 100 days only, …

NEW WELLBEING AREA

We have a real treat in store for you this year as we launch Lark’s Haven – our brand new mindfulness and wellbeing area. Lark’s …