On the Radar Port Eliot Festival
22nd July 2011

Port Eliot Festival

Words The Milk Maid

In a hidden corner of Cornwall

21st - 24th July 2011

It may be that I have an over romantic vision surrounding my first trip to Port Eliot this weekend. In my head there's not a plastic blue porta loo to be seen. In reality, I'm pretty sure this is a neccesity for any festival, even such a refined one. Damn!

What I am guaranteed though, is to be transported to a wold of magic and enchantment in the grounds of the beautiful Port Eliot estate in a hidden corner of Cornwall.

An ariel view of the site

Now in its ninth year, the Port Eliot Festival takes place every July, with a capacity of only 5000. A magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, photography, wildlife and water.

Join in the wholesome fun with a fantastical fusion and celebration of imagination, laughter, exploration, eccentricity, intelligence and fabulousness. Highlights include the Paradiso Cinema curated by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese; John Cooper Clarke delivering a limerick master class; a Flower Show, curated by acclaimed resident production designer of Ballet Rambert, Michael Howells, assisted by the Women’s Institute and with judges including milliner Stephen Jones and gardener Dan Pearson; Caitlin Moran; The Jim Jones Revue; Jon Ronson; Bellowhead; Peep Show co-creators and Four Lions writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong; Simon Garfield; Annie Nightingale; Edmund De Waal; AC Grayling; Hanif Kureishi; Sir Peter Blake’s Art Bus; the Caught By The River stage featuring British Sea Power, Andrew Weatherall, The Rockingbirds, Caitlin Rose and The Secret Sisters, DJ sets by Geoff Travis, conversations on aquatic music, endangered birds, rock literature and the underground music press; wild swimming in the river Lynher estuary; children’s events by Rogue Theatre; and The Poetry Takeaway, which will see leading poets creating individual poems to order.

Come along! Click here to buy tickets.