Families

“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)

The Dream Zone with Cornwall Youth Theatre Company

The Week Junior

Speckled Pen Creative Writing

Zoetrope Workshop

Midnight Trapeze & Circus School

The Professional Mermaid

Let’s Make Art

Boss Mini Morris

The Scummy Mummies

Survival Wisdom Masterclasses

Wild School

Viking Encampment

‘The Cornish Caretakers’ with Kernow King

Astronomy Adventures with Dartmoor Skies

School of Magic

The Kidz Comedy Club

Rafi the Refugee Rabbit

Wild Food School

Sing for your Supper

Make your own Zombie Movie

Alice in Wonderland Treasure Hunt

Museum of Witchcraft Nightwalks

Pyjama Hour

Campfire Skills: Dinner in the Woods

The Woodland Creche

Animation Workshop

Tiny Tots Tent

Finding Your Bush Troggle

Wild Swimming

The Place of Cubs

The Family Ceilidh

A Mid Summer Wassail

Come as your Spirit Wildling Day

The Wildlings Mid Morning Mayhem

Into the Wild Poo Yonder: Wildlife Tracks and Signs

Botanical Illustration

Canadian Canoeing

Flint and Steel Overnight Camp-Out

The Original Muck Boot Company

Woodland Sing and Play

Lola, from The Cradle of Flamenco

Vintage Swimming Hat Workshop

Herbal First Aid