Remember, Remember the 5th of November

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot; I see no reason why gunpowder, treason; should ever be forgot.”

Bonfire Night was originally celebrated as a commemoration for foiling the grizzly plot to blow up King James I of England and other Parliament Members. Guy Fawkes, along with several others, had devised a plot to blow up the King and the Members of Parliament by setting light to gunpowder hidden beneath the Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Port Eliot Festival 2014

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Our Garment Tech, Heidi Mitchell, and her husband Jonny attended the Port Eliot festival in the beautiful grounds of Port Eliot House, St Germans from the 24th to 27th July. The house sits in 6000 acres of beautiful parkland with rolling pastures, ancient woodland, shady rhododendron groves and overlooks the River Tiddy. The festival is described as “an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration and fun.” Heidi & Jonny volunteered as stewards to ensure everyone there had a wonderful time, but when not working were able to enjoy the many delights the festival had to offer.

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The main Park Stage hosted some great music acts including Beth Orton, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Club and The James Hunter Six. Country star Jeb Loy Nichols charmed audiences down by the river. The Kernow King, Shazia Mirza & Elvis McGonagell had audiences in stitches with their comedy acts. For those who wanted a more relaxing experience, there was a Hendricks Gin bar by the river where you could listen to the many talks in the Idler Academy, watch people wild swimming in the Tiddy or listen to old 78’s played on a gramophone.

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Walking around the festival, or sitting down ‘people watching’ in the sunshine, random acts would suddenly appear to entertain you. A ladies dance group ‘Continuum’ began dancing to old records on the lawn in front of the house. Or you would be rudely awoken from your contented bliss by the ‘1-minute disco’ suddenly turning up and blaring out Billy Idol tunes.

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There was plenty of food on offer and celebrated chefs giving talks and demonstrations. Fortnum & Mason set up their famous Fountain Restaurant in the Orangery and had a ‘Tea Tuk’ for refreshments. For those wanting to dance all night, there was the ‘Elephant Club’ – a big top style tent in the middle of a large rhododendron bush – with an interesting sloping dancefloor that made you wonder just how many gins you’d enjoyed by the river! If you were feeling creative there were workshops in the Anthropologie Tent or at The Badgers Sett where you could make a flower & foliage festival headdress or bunting for your tent. For the kids – there was ‘Hullabaloo’ and the Wild Woodland Summer Ball.

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The weather was beautiful all weekend – really hot sunshine and a gentle breeze. No Glastonbury mud at Port Eliot! Heidi, though, was very pleased on the last day when packing up the tent, to find the weather had broken and she got a chance to wear her NORI JACKET and SHORT WELLIES. They were great protection from the rain showers and wet grass.

With thanks to all at Port Eliot for putting on a great festival. See you next year!

Seasalt takes on the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge!

posted on June 1st, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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Last Sunday some adventurous members of the Seasalt team got up bright and early to take part in the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge to raise money for various local charities including Shelterbox, BF Adventure and the Fisherman’s Mission.

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It’s Helston Flora Day!

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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It’s a big day in Cornwall today as Helston prepares to welcome in the Spring with Flora Day. Seasalt’s Wholesale Manager James Scorey, a seasoned Flora Day participant, gave us a run-down about the day’s event.

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Our guide to a Cornish Mayday

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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It’s time for another bank holiday weekend and there are lots of things to see and do out and about in Cornwall this May. Here are our top picks for enjoying a Cornish May Day.

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Wellie wanging to support The Fishermen’s Mission!

posted on April 24th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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As part of ‘Wear Your Wellies to Work’ Day, some of us ventured down to Swanpool beach for a spot of competitive wellie wanging!

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Get out in Cornwall this Easter weekend!

posted on April 15th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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Claiming the top 3 spots in this weekend’s Sunday Times guide to Britain’s best hidden beaches, Cornwall is definitely the place to be this Easter.

Pedn Vounder was in first place, closely followed by Bosahan, near the Minnack Theatre, with Lansallos Cove in third place.

We’re big fans of Maenporth Beach, as you can probably tell from our Instagram feed! It’s just down the road from our office.

Some other great ideas to keep kids of all ages entertained this Easter:

  1. Take a walk along the picturesque South West Coast Path
  2. Enjoy a refreshing Spring dip in the sea – pack your wetsuit!
  3. Or just watch the Pro’s at the English National Surfing Championships in Newquay (3 – 5 May)
  4. Take a ferry boat ride along the River Fal
  5. Go mountain biking along the Tamar Trails, bring your own or hire one there
  6. If the weathers not so great the spa at the St Michaels Hotel is just the ticket
  7. The National Maritime Museum is another great visit
  8. Check out the chocolate festival at the Eden Project

What are your favourite spots in Cornwall?

saying goodbye to summer

posted on September 23rd, 2013 by rosie

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The burning of effigies goes back to the Celts and Druids and did have a more gruesome reputation as we all know from that classic British horror movie, The Wicker Man. However, these days things have calmed down a bit and they are often used to mark the autumn equinox and recognise that the balance of the year has changed – the end of summer and the start of a new season.

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mackerel festival, lyme regis

posted on July 8th, 2013 by rosie

Mackerel Festival

This week it’s Lyme Regis’ Mackerel Festival, a celebration of the wonderful harvest of Lyme and an opportunity to explore all things fishy and foody!

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celebrating the golowan festival!

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Golowan Festival is an annual highlight for the people of Penzance. Meaning the Feast of St Johns this midsummer date has been celebrated since pre-Christian times with  torches, blazing barrels and burning bonfires. But concern about damage to property soon saw laws introduced to limit the locals fun and the festival died out.  But in 1990 the Golowan Festival was reborn and soon the traditional ingredients of the original event were revived including the Serpent Dance, Mock Mayor elections and fireworks.

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All traffic is banned from the streets and crowds of people congregate to watch series of colourful processions move though the town. With the rain holding off and the sunshine out, the crowds this year were out in full force and our Penzance store had the fun of watching the people flock past and managed to catch a few snaps!

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Where you at the Golowan festival? Do you have any interesting stories about the festival, if so we would love to hear them!