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About this Festival

What The Press Say About Port Eliot

There were some lovely reviews of last year's festival in the press and blogosphere, from The Times to Clash magazine, Vogue to Waitrose Kitchen. Read on to see what they said. And we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014... it's been too long!

A Place Apart

OK, so festivals are not just about location - but Port Eliot's hidden corner of Cornwall makes our festival experience like no other. Seeing as you'll be coming here for a mini holiday, we thought we'd pull together a mini 'brochure' to whet your appetite for the stunning surroundings in which you'll be cutting loose this July...

Boutique Camping

Landscaped by Repton, Port Eliot's beautiful parkland takes in rolling pastures, ancient woodland, stunning estuary and river views, shady rhododendron groves, hidden mazes and walled gardens. It's a real treat to camp out here for a few days - but if you're not sure about the 'camping' bit, then why not check out one of our more comfortable options?

Latest News

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Robin Ince Among New Names Added To Line Up

Robin Ince, Shazia Mirza, Hanif Kureishi, William Dalrymple and more…

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Dawlish Line Reopens

We’re back on line…

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First Port Eliot Festival Line-Up Announcement

2014′s first set of performers…

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WORDS

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Murray Lachlan Young

Cornwall based/BBC6 music poet in residence

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Shami Chakrabarti

The Liberty Director comes to Port Eliot

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Viv Albertine

Legendary Slits guitarist in conversation…

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Words

The written word is the foundation stone of the festival…

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MUSIC & CABARET

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Count Arthur Strong

Light Entertainment’s finest…

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MUSIC & CABARET

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Gruff Rhys

Wales’ finest heads out on an American odyssey…

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Don Letts

Dread meets Port Eliot Uptown

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Luke Sital-Singh

Influenced by Springsteen, Neil Young and Josh Ritter…

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Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Returning to the festival this year, the mightly Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip. Led by the titular Mik, they’re a strange and wonderful beast of a band juggling stand up, rock and performance art effortlessly… and even gettin’ funky with it. It’s an incredibly daft, joyful and sometime poignant affair, as Mik tumbles around the stage […]

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INSPIRATION

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Inspiration

The wider world of Port Eliot Festival…

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FASHION

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Fashion

Enter the walled garden and let your inner fashionista run wild. You don’t have to be a catwalk queen to revel in the off-the-wall fashion in The Wardrobe Department. Play dress-ups with fashion icons, get snapped by one of fashion’s hottest photographers or turn your hand to fashioning your own creations, from a unique festival dress with Barbara Hulanicki to hats with Stephen Jones.

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CAUGHT BY THE RIVER

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Gruff Rhys

Wales’ finest heads out on an American odyssey…

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CAUGHT BY THE RIVER

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Caught By The River

The acclaimed website’s fifth year at Port Eliot

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FOOD

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Russell Norman

The Restaurant Man comes to Port Eliot

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The Hemsley Sisters

Sisters behind The Art of Eating Well

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Food At Port Eliot

At the heart of the house lies the Big Kitchen…

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FLOWER SHOW

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Flower Show

From woven straw unicorns to thimbles of flowers for a tea party of mice, the Port Eliot Flower Show is a place where imagination blossoms. We pay fond homage to our roots in the traditional English flower and vegetable shows, while cheerfully casting the rule book aside.

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IDLER ACADEMY

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The Idler Academy

Find Britain’s ultimate free school just down on the banks of the river.

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KIDS

The Hullabaloo

The Hullabaloo

Imagine a place where you can dance with trolls, take tea with a giant, make mischief with the pixies and knit dreams with a faerie. Only the wildest of imaginations will open the door to this fantastical other world…

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Video Gallery

Video Gallery

View all Port Eliot videos past and present here.

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Listening Booths

Listening Booth

Port Eliot music 2012 mixtape listen here

Murray Lachlan Young: ‘Contemplating Growing A Beard’ listen here

John Cooper Clarke on Tom Jones listen here

A Motorcycle For a Horse listen here

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