“Port Eliot brings out the child in all of us. Walking through the gates is like opening the wardrobe doors and entering Narnia. Whether you’re joining a treasure hunt in the maze with a cast of costumed characters, or becoming a pirate for the weekend, adventure and excitement lurk behind every corner.

Every year we host some of the biggest names in children’s literature – illustrators who bring imaginary worlds to life before your very eyes, and authors who will leave you spellbound. In recent years we’ve had readings from the likes of Lauren Child, David Baddiel and Kate Winslet.

Hidden up in the woods is the dedicated children’s area. It provides a haven for adventure, with enchanting performances, interactive theatre, and activities galore.

For slightly older children (and adults) there’s kayaking or archery down by the river. And don’t forget to pack your swimming costume for wild swimming!

You’ll find magic around every corner – and sometimes in the most unexpected places – at Port Eliot with street magicians, dance troupes, hula-hoopers, jugglers and clowns aplenty.

And this year, to round off each day, we’ll have bedtime stories read by some of our most notable authors to send younger sleepy heads off to bed.”

Colin Midson
Festival Co-Director (and Dad)

Aerial Silks and Hoops Workshop (aged 3+)

As Seen From The Sidecar: Future Adventure Travel

Messy Play for 0-3s

U16 Outdoor Photography Workshop

Diggory Piper: The Worst Pirate EVER!

Tinies Creche

Forest School Supper Club

Forest School Breakfast Club

Carnival Props and Photo Booth


Animal Headdress Workshop

rafi+friends: Celebration of Difference

Murray Lachlan Young: Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

Flint and Steel Forest School

Wild Kitchen

Let’s Make Art

Wild Swimming

Canadian Canoeing

Mossy Crow

Flint and Steel Overnight Camp-Out