Port Eliot Festival Revisited

Last year I was very happy to attend The Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall as one of Lynne’s team in the Dovegreyreader tent. At the time I decided that I’d be back again this year as a visitor and see more of what was on offer. I mentioned this to three friends and we all decided to book a cottage in Cornwall for the week and spend at least one day at the Festival. Not long after, the National Trust Cottage ‘Harbour View’ at Boscastle was booked for the week 31st July to 7th August and day tickets bought for the Festival for Saturday 1st August.

Harbour View

Harbour View at Boscastle

The Festival is full of weird and wonderful things; literary talks and discussions; great food from Cornwall and beyond; arts and crafts; music; comedy; fashion; family activities; stuff for children and for teenagers; workshops; and a flower and produce show just like you’d find at village shows and fetes all around the country. The weather wasn’t especially good – worse than last year – but we only had one major downpour.

Here is a taster of what we did and saw and heard :

First for breakfast

First for Breakfast in the Orangery!

cornish eggs benedict

Cornish Country Eggs Benedict

M.Parr Black Country

Martin Parr, Margaret Drabble and Susie Parr talk in the Bowling Green about Black Country Stories

M Parr signing

Martin Parr signing in the Festival Book Shop

festival view

Festival View

Kids tees

Children’s T-Shirt Printing

walled garden display

Walled Garden Display

tea ladies

The Tea Ladies’ Trolley. How could we resist?

Mark Vernon Idler

Mark Vernon talks about Carl Jung on an Idler Philosophy and Psychology ‘Walk’


Hammock of Recycled Tents left at Glastonbury!

recycled tents from glastonbury

Close-up of Recycled Tent Pom-poms


Another Festival View and Hole and Corner Crafts

indigo dying

Indigo Dying

The House

Port Eliot House amidst the Festival

Simon Costin

Simon Costin Introduces The Museum of Witchcraft


6 comments on “Port Eliot Festival Revisited

  1. Sarah Wrightson says:

    It all looks just splendid, and seems a beautiful day at least from the pictures. I was such an admirer of Margaret Drabble, but haven’t kept up. You’ve spurred me on to look at her newer works.

  2. Sorry! The Black Country project was an odd one for her but she speaks as well as she writes so makes everything sound good.

  3. Fran says:

    You certainly managed to see plenty in a day and the unique PE atmosphere very apparent from these photos.

  4. […] We met up with the Barbaras during our time there and have met up over the years ever since in Boscastle, Italy, London, Grindelwald and Amsterdam. Later this year Tenerife is on the […]

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