It was our first time at the Port Eliot festival and it was a wonderful experience. We set up tent for the Dead Man’s Finger Rum bar which looked really cool with old sea nets and instead of regular poles we used their old wooden paddles. They hung up a gigantic skull mirror ball from the tree besides them, no easy job but quite a spectacle. Their bar was rocking throughout the weekend with great DJ sets & I’m not biased at all to say it was my favourite bar of the festival.
The Port Eliot festival is set in the grounds of a grand Estate that has been in the same St Germans family for 100’s of years. In fact Peregrine, Lord St German started the festival and the Elephant Fayre that preceded it but sadly died shortly before this years festival. He left instructions that he wanted the festival to go ahead and that it should be the best ever. The festival is so varied, you can go listen to talks in their grand house, surrounded by chandeliers & famous artworks and then pop into the walled gardens where there’s all sorts of things like fashion shows, music, arty crafty things plus loads of fabulous music & talks about all sorts of things in lots of different places. There are so many twists & turns throughout the beautiful gardens with hidden surprises around every corner. Highlight of the weekend for me was listening to the very entertaining Michael Morphurgo, learning all about bees from a guy down on the river side, laughing yoga in a beautiful yurt, learning to dance the Charleston in the sunshine, watching our kids having mud fights in the river & competing in the crazy ‘Rubbish Olympics’. Here’s a few pics of our weekend.