“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)

Young Writers Competition (hosted by Charlie Higson!)

Zac Stone

Bedtime stories read by Russell Brand & Daisy Lowe

Model-Making with Aardman

Alice in Wonderland Treasure Hunt

The Joy Journal

Circus Fun Time

Aerial Hoop Workshop

Survival Wisdom Masterclasses

Robot Dancing Workshop

Off-Road Vehicle: The Ultimate Survival Tool

Bag & Badge Factory

The Survival Handbag

Origami Jewellery

As Seen From The Sidecar: Future Adventure Travel

Circus costume-making

Tree-Climbing with Wilderness Play

Sew Your Own Festival Flag

Make a Star Wars mask with Glyn Dillon

Mermaid Crowns

Mossy Crow World

Wild Swimming with Tonic of the Sea

Soft Play with The Music Bus

Canadian Canoeing

Musical Storytales


Viking Tournament Games

Soundart Radio Workshop

Aerial Silks and Hoops Workshop (aged 3+)

Paintball Tactical Target Practice

Messy Play for 0-3s

Outdoor Photography Workshop: Under 16s

Parkour Workshop

Aerial Silk Workshop

Diggory Piper: The Worst Pirate EVER!

Nighttime Witch Walks

Forest School Supper Club

Forest School Breakfast Club

The Original Muck Boot Company

Carnival Props and Photo Booth


Animal Headdress Workshop

rafi+friends: Celebration of Difference

Murray Lachlan Young: Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

Stargazing with Dartmoor Skies

Flint and Steel Forest School

Wild School Foraging

A Mid Summer Wassail

Let’s Make Art

Make a Zandra Rhodes Peg Doll with The Fashion & Textile Museam

The Kidz Comedy Club

Vintage Swimming Hat Workshop

Walking Therapy with Jonathan Hoban

Sunnyside Up: Family Ukulele Workshop

Mossy Crow

The Mudflappers

Flint and Steel Overnight Camp-Out