The Journal

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 …

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 …

NEW SCIENCE VENUE

Science is coming to Port Eliot this year with the Round Room being transformed into a classroom unlike any you’ve seen before. We’re delighted …

FLOWER & FODDER NEWS

The festival’s food and flora stage is where the country’s greatest horticulturists and culinary geniuses give talks and demos. The Flower and Fodder Show …

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Spring is coming and here at Port Eliot we’re dreaming of long summer days by the estuary…and Port Eliot Festival 2016! Last year’s festival was …