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)

Parents v Kids Quiz: Football

Handcut your own vinyl LP

Murray Lachlan Young: The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps

Midnight Trapeze & Circus School

The Week Junior

The Original Muck Boot Company

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Murray Lachlan Young: Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

The Professional Mermaid

Let’s Make Art

Survival Wisdom Masterclasses

Boss Mini Morris

The Scummy Mummies

Viking Encampment

Wild School

Astronomy Adventures with Dartmoor Skies

‘The Cornish Caretakers’ with Kernow King

School of Magic

Parents v Kids Animal Quiz with Rachel Johnston

Wild Food School

The Kidz Comedy Club

The Bounty River Trips

Sarah McIntyre presents: DINOSAUR FIREFIGHTERS!

Rafi the Refugee Rabbit

The Dream Zone with Cornwall Youth Theatre Company

Sing for your Supper

Museum of Witchcraft Nightwalks

Animal Yoga

The Woodland Creche

Sunnyside Up: Family Ukulele Workshop

Bring Us a Story

Make your own Zombie Movie

Alice in Wonderland Treasure Hunt

Make a Zoetrope Workshop

Wild Swimming

Pyjama Hour

A Mid Summer Wassail

Mossy Crow

Campfire Skills: Dinner in the Woods

Speckled Pen Children’s Fiction Writing (for adults)

Into the Wild Poo Yonder: Wildlife Tracks and Signs

The Grand Show-Off with Sandy Gussett & the Hillbillies

Animation Workshop

Tiny Tots Tent

Canadian Canoeing

Flint and Steel Overnight Camp-Out

Finding Your Bush Troggle

The Place of Cubs

Woodland Sing and Play

The Family Ceilidh

Come as your Spirit Wildling Day

Vintage Swimming Hat Workshop

The Wildlings Mid Morning Mayhem

Botanical Illustration

Herbal First Aid

Chezzer Rowe-Bickes: Power Anthem Workout

Lola, from The Cradle of Flamenco

The Mudflappers

Wonder Woman kids screening + tiara and cuffs workshop

A Wrinkle in Time Kids’ Screening with fantasy face-painting