Port Eliot Festival

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Location: Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5ND

Size: 5,000

Website: www.porteliotfestival.com

This beautiful festival with strong literary leanings has added a brand new children’s area for 2018

Set in the beautiful grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate (the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK), the festival is a magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, wildlife and water.  Over 100 performances on 10 different stages, presenting a wealth of creative talents.  Always inspiring and always surprising, Port Eliot has established itself as a matchless event on the arts calendar; things happen at Port Eliot you just don’t find at other festivals.

Highlights for children and families:

port eliot festival kid water
Photograph (c) Fiona Campbell

Festival co-founder, Catherine St Germans, said “We’re determined that children who visitthe festival are not just audience members but really get involved in the performances andactivities and create their own stories over the weekend.

For 2018 the festival is introducing the Wildlings Wood, a Port Eliot in miniature deep in the woods where children can watch the entertainment or become part of it.

Port Eliot aims to raise the spirits and inspire its audience. It is an opportunity to step into four days of artistic surprises and lose yourself in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Much of the joy of Port Eliot comes from poking around the edges of the line-up (and the corners of the site), easing between the cerebral and the frivolous, finding new performers and stumbling upon unannounced areas.


port eliot festival scene
Photograph (c) Bill Bradshaw