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 daunting – but Port Eliot is the perfectly petite place to start: it’s small and easy to navigate, and it’s surrounded by a house and gardens that will fill them with wonder.* There are just a few things you’ll need to know that will make your trip a whole lot easier – here’s our guide to doing the fest with children.
*It has been compared with Narnia more than once. Definitely less snow and possibly fewer fauns.
Camping and facilities
Camping on the hill at Jago’s View Campsite is a great spot for families. It is a little hilly but it’s far enough away from the music at night with plenty of space for big groups – there’s a fantastic view of the Estate from here too! There is plenty of flat space in the main campsite, but it does get busy with tents.
The water taps run up the middle of the campsite – it’s often helpful to locate yourselves near a tap.
Look out for our taxi-buggies which will be helping campers get their kit to the campsite. They’ll be collecting donations for White Ribbon UK, who work to cease violence against women.
More general information about the site can be found here.
Places to cool down and relax
There are lots of shady spots all around the site to retreat to on hot days, between the lovely ancient trees and open tents. And of course, the ultimate cooler is a dip in the river. The very best way to wake up!
The hill by the viaduct is ideal for a picnic – there’s lots of space to sit, a lovely view and it’s not too busy.
Loos & baby-changing
This year we’ll also have baby-changing in our Tiny Tots Tent in the new kids area, Wildlings Wood – very handy when you’re away from your tent.
And new this year especially for our short-legged visitors, there’ll be child-sized compost loos in the Wildlings Wood.
The Port Eliot loos are maintained to a pretty high standard but if you want a really fancy experience, buy yourself a Loowatt pass.
Eating & drinking
Most of our streetfood sellers will be able to do small child-sized portions for a reduced price – just ask them. This includes Chip off the Old Block, Churros Bros and yummy fresh pasta from the Cooking Cooks. Browse all our food traders here.
For the Tiddlers (0-5 years)
Tiny Tots Tent
A safe inviting space to explore the wonder of the world: soft play with sensory and nursery rhymes. There will also be a baby-changing area there.
Messy Play for 0-3’s
There’s nothing so joyful as getting your hands dirty. We’ll be hosting messy play each morning in the Wildlings workshops tent.
Cornwall Youth Theatre
They’ll be bringing us a theatre show especially for wee ones, called The Old Oak.
For the 5-10 year-olds…
We’ll have a special guest reading a bedtime story over a hot cup of cocoa each evening. Psst… This just might include Shappi Khorsandi…
At Wild School, The kids will learn hands-on skills like foraging for food and medicine, outdoor cooking on cast iron stoves.
Come as your spirit wildling
Sunday we’ll host our first official come-as-your-spirit-wildling day. There will be helpers to paint your face and help you become your animal, but feel free to bring along your favourite animal costume and ROAR!
For slightly older kids (8-12 years)
Join us for a stop-motion animation lesson with the British Film Institute, where you can literally make pigs fly! Drop-in and free, all materials supplied.
Murray Lachlan Young
Join one of the UK’s foremost performance poets for a raucous hour of merriment and mayhem. He’ll be on the Park Stage and doing a theatrical show in the Round Room, both on Sunday.
School of Magic
Learn a banishing spell, tell fortunes with tealeaves, meet meet piskies and faeries and woodland spirits, with Cornwall’s Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
Are you 12 or under? Have you written any songs? If so, we would like to hear them! On the Saturday afternoon of the festival a few chosen young songwriters will be invited to perform in Wildlings Wood. And you’ll be treated to a slap up supper to say thank you.
For a chance to perform, send us a snippet of your best song at the link below.
Pulse is our dedicated teens venue, on the right hand side of the Park towards the Campsite. It’s open ’til midnight with bands playing in the evening. Workshops include a bass-playing masterclass with Grace Jones’ Malcolm Joseph, a lesson in getting your song on the radio with songwriters Emily Phillips and Crispin Hunt, and learn how to make hiphop rhymes with Megan Chapman – MCMC.
And secretly for the parents…
Following their sell-out UK tour, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their comedy show to Port Eliot. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!
Power Anthem Workout
Chezza Rowe-Bickes will have us doing high kicks and low lunges. Us ex-children will have to try not to strain anything!
Big Fish Little Fish
We’re ending the Wildlings’ Weekend with an all-out FAMILY RAVE with bubbles, confetti canons, balloons, parachute dance and old-skool-choons.
Forest school and creche
Need a bit of time off? Leave entertaining the little ‘uns to us and have a few hours to explore the festival. They’ll have a blast and make friends for life. Book in advance at the links below.
🌿 Woodland Creche Games, crafts, play and storytelling for 3-7 year olds. £25 for 2.5 hours.
🌿 For the ultimate childhood adventure, book your 9-11 year olds into Flint + Steel’s Overnight Campout. £37 for the night.
🌿 Campfire Skills: Dinner in the Woods, 5pm-10pm. Just £20 for 5 hours, the kids can try woodland crafts and cook their own dinner on the campfire.
The Original Muck Boot Company
For the fourth year running, The Original Muck Boot Company will be returning to Port Eliot with their bespoke ‘Boot Room’. Think family fun and capturing the moment! Visit the Muck Crew to receive a free polaroid and enter daily competitions using #MUCKMOMENTS. Use the exclusive code PORT18 to get 30% off their latest range of festival boots.