27th July - 30th July 2017 The annual festival of music, literature, fashion, food, flowers and film on the Port Eliot Estate, Cornwall.
An annual celebration of words, music, film, fashion, food and much more else besides. Port Eliot Festival is the leading and ground breaking summer festival which takes place every July in Cornwall. Taking place each summer in the woodland gardens and park of an ancient stately home and mediaeval monastery, Port Eliot Festival is hard to pin down; recent years have seen Barbara Hulanicki and Sandy Powell leading a fashion drawing masterclass for children; Kate Winslet performing a Sunday morning children’s story; Dominic West hosting a spelling bee; Britain’s finest wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson, blasting the sounds of Sheffield along the river walk; Gruff Rhys presenting a poignant and funny musical history lesson; tales of life as the ‘60s it-girl and style inspiration from Penelope Tree; and Martin Scorsese handpicking the film programme.
The spirit of the festival is a reflection of the singular history and character of Port Eliot itself. The House has been lived in for over 1000 years and is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. It has housed Augustinian monks, survived confiscation by Charles I’s Court of the Star Chamber and been declared the most beautiful place in England by Napoleon. Its central room boasts a 360° masterpiece mural by South West England’s most celebrated 20th century artist, Robert Lenkiewicz, alongside great works by Reynolds and Van Dyck. The festival finds its way into the House itself, with exhibitions in the basement, a now legendary fashion dolls tea party in the dining room, tours of the historic rooms and conversations in the Round Room.
Port Eliot Festival - Official, Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, PL12 5ND Saltash, United Kingdom
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