Set around a beautiful estate in Cornwall, Port Eliot is a magical festival of music, comedy, arts and discovery. Tickets for this summer are on sale now.
Unlike any other festival, Port Eliot charms visitors with an eclectic range of wellbeing classes, craft workshops, literary talks, unsigned and emerging musicians, street food, comedy and much more, all waiting to be discovered.
Whether you spend the four days dancing in the scenic gardens, swimming in the estate’s estuary, enjoying intimate music in the old church or learning from wise speakers, there’s something for everyone. There are no off-limits ‘luxury’ areas and no in-your-face sponsors – the ancient estate becomes yours.
Wandering through the estate’s gardens, you never know what you might stumble upon, making every festivalgoer’s experience unique. Port Eliot’s line-up for 2018 looks set to please, with the return of the festival’s wellness area. Workshops, most of which are free, include meditation, mindfulness and yoga – all amidst a truly beautiful setting. There's even SUP and aerial yoga!
The first glimpse of Port Eliot's lineup has just been released, including singer-songwriter Gwenno, Suede's Brett Anderson, punk songstress Viv Albertine, singer and speaker Billy Bragg, Brixton-based chef Zoe Adjonyoh, writer and activist Reni Eddo-Lodge, comedian Shappi Khorsandi and much more.
The poetry stage returns, curated by Luke Wright and Rosy Carrick. And forget boring festival food, Port Eliot features chefs like Anna Jones, Jack Stein and Russell Norman and delicious, fresh food.
Late-night astronomy walks and talks, wild swimming, axe-throwing and archery, fermental health, a circus school, a bee trail and breathtaking aerial trapeze lessons all complement the unique Port Eliot atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone to discover.
Port Eliot Festival co-director, Louis Eliot, said: 'This is just the start; an early smattering of the artists, bands, wordsmiths, chefs, poets and uncategorisable characters that you already love or soon will. It’s tricky to pick out personal highlights, but the prospect of seeing Brian Patten alongside Hollie McNish on our poetry stage, in only its second year, is a great one. We are excited to announce the debut of the Fashion Foundation, the pocket Port Eliot that is Wildlings Wood and the biggest opening day of music since we began fifteen years ago. The build-up starts now – jump in, get planning and see you in Cornwall in July.'
Running from 26-29 July 2018, the festival takes residence on the park and woodlands of the ancient Port Eliot estate at St Germans on the Rame Peninsula in south east Cornwall. It also finds its way into the indescribable historic house (the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the country) and into the oldest church in Cornwall.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Port Eliot Festival 2018, enter your details below by midnight on 1 April.
Images: Sarah Louise Bennett and Jill Furmanovsky.