Things we Loved about Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans

The Spontaneity and Potential for Discovery.

Don’t expect to stick to a carefully planned schedule at Port Eliot. Rather, the festival invites you to stumble across unscheduled talks, classes, interviews and performances. A chance encounter with a Mixology cocktail workshop could teach you how to make your own Vermouth and balance botanical flavours. A silent film accompanied by live music wasn’t something we expected to see, but we loved it! The spontaneous nature of the festival can leave you surprised and confused, but always entertained.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans Food Drink Nightlife

Romance in front of the stately home.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans Theatre Play Performance Pantomime

A theatrical performance with live music hidden away in the woods.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans Oyster Shack Food

The Oyster Shack.

The Celebs Casually Wandering Around the Estate

We had a hilarious encounter with Michael Smiley on the bowling green. The Northern Irish actor from ‘Kill List’ (2011) and Channel 4’s ‘Black Mirror’ was supporting his wife Miranda Sawyer during a talk on her new book. He discussed with us his love for Yorkshire and his impressions of the Loowatt waterless toilet system. Smiley’s wit and humour had us crying with laughter as he offered some outrageous comments on his past as a cycle courier and stand up comedian.

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Michael Smiley striking a pose in front of the Loowatt toilets.

The River Tiddy

What could be more refreshing then a morning swim in the river Tiddy before breakfast? The brown silky mud failed to deter people from plunging in to the refreshing tributary, even when the tide was out! Children could be seen sliding down the muddy banks, caking themselves in mud whilst parents sat on the river bank sipping a Sipsmith G&T.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans River Tiddy

A gentlemen with a great hat and the festival lifeguard looking over the river Tiddy.

 

The location!

How could we not mention the estate itself?! You’d never expect such a beautiful place to be open to so many festival goers. The stately home sits comfortably amongst the Cornish valley and requires some exploration in order to truly appreciate what it had to offer. The vast lawns are complemented by intimate wooded areas which act as cosy getaways from the hustle and bustle of the festival. A true sense of freedom existed across the entire weekend, nowhere was off-limits and security was relatively relaxed – very refreshing.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans Woods Path Stars

Stars illuminating the wooded path.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans Crystal Skull Woods Trees

A crystal skull glimmers amongst the branches.

Port Eliot Festival Cornwall St. Germans View Disco Tent

The view from the top of the estate.

"The spontaneous nature of the festival can leave you surprised and confused, but always entertained."