Port Eliot 2011 Review

2011 Port Eliot Festival Weather: Luckily fine – except one rainy day where path areas became a little sticky in places.

Review by: Emma Vyvyan (with 6-12 year olds)

Getting to the festival and setting up camp:

No queue.  Easy to get in from the main road.  Very quiet. Stuff carried from field car park around 10-15 mins away (which would be max).  Plenty of room to spread out into a little further away too. Everyone really friendly and distinct campervan, family camping, etc. areas which helps.

Entertainment – Line up and Kids Activities:

Good line up – well spaced out – with kids you often miss out as they become priority, as does feeding them, etc, too but there was not too much that you felt you were missing everything. Hullabaloo kid’s area was really great with so much to choose from, well run, and free.

What would you change / improve (if anything)?

Better signage and a map on arrival to direct you to camping areas.  We got a flavour of the site this year so it’ll be easier next year.

Any other comments and your Top Tip:

Cornwall is full of artists, creatives and quirkiness – think Eden Project, Kneehigh Theatre, Stinger beer… So, we’ve just returned to West Cornwall from the East and a fabulous few days at Port Eliot Festival, St Germans. Being Cornish travelling anywhere ‘up the line’ can take hours so it was a real treat only having to be car bound for an hour and a half and muse around a really family-friendly, easy-peasy laid back few days event. With lots of choices of camping area – we chose to risk the flatter, swampy marsh – it did have a sign ‘at risk of flooding’ – we found it a great site to navigate, nowhere was too far from any venue or happening. The whole site is beautiful with plenty of trees and secret-ish places to discover and enjoy.  The kid’s activities were plentiful and free, never too far from refreshment or toilet facilities either.  Travelling around the site all day was none too stressful and there are plenty of chill out areas to rest afore you get involved in the next exciting adventure.  Plenty to entertain adults too with authors, fashion, eco-speakers, food, music, hands on activities… It all felt very accessible and intimate – lovely to bump into people you know everywhere and enjoy the outdoor space without too many thousands.  Here’s to next year 🙂 TOP TIP – Share your camping equipment and go with friends, so adults get a little escape time to listen/visit at least one fav thing too

Site and Facilities:

Toilets mostly well serviced and distributed around the site – once you found them (which was quite easy too) Always had mobile signal All activities were easy to get to and children’s walking distance too – all secreted away in little garden areas with plenty of shade, chill out areas and seating (on grass) If the rain had been persistent, undercover activities would have been minimal.

Did you feel safe?


Would you go again?

Yes – definitely!


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