Sailing, rum and chocolate…

posted on May 2nd, 2015 by Nikki Phillips
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Ahoy there!

Yesterday afternoon, we made our way down to Falmouth’s Prince of Wales Pier to welcome the world’s only transatlantic engineless cargo vessel, Tres Hombres. The ship travelled all the way from the sandy shores of the Caribbean to us here in Falmouth to bring a bounty of 18-year old rum, matured in oak barrels, and organic, fair trade cocoa (two of our favourite things!).

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The tall ship’s arrival was hosted by New Dawn Traders, a lovely independent fair trading company based here in the south west, and marks the start of four days of festivities centred around Falmouth’s shores.

As the tug boat made its way out to meet the magnificent vessel, the tides came rolling in and the winds became too strong to bring the huge boat in safely, so it was decided that a smaller local boat would make its way out to unload Tres Hombres’ cargo and crew and bring it safely to shore.

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Whilst we didn’t get a glimpse of the boat on Friday afternoon we were entertained by The Story Republic, a travelling world of words that celebrates the place of story in Cornwall’s culture.​ There were poems from famous Cornish poet Charles Causley, singing and even a suitcase parade!

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Once the rum and cocoa arrived safely ashore, it was loaded onto a horse and cart and paraded through the town.  The rum will now be blended with Cornish spring water and bottled at The Rebel Brewing Company, just up the road from our Design Studios and the cocoa beans will be making their way to Chocolarder of Cornwall, a master chocolatier, who will roast, mature and hand-temper the beans into delicious New Dawn Chocolate.

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The New Dawn Traders are holding a fantastic programme of events this weekend. For more details head to their website: http://www.newdawntraders.com

We’d love to see what you’ve been up to this May bank holiday, why not post a few pictures on FacebookTwitter or Instagram – don’t forget to tag us in!

Pepé’s Journal #3

posted on April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Ellis

Pepé is growing quickly and he’s becoming very inquisitive. His latest escapade saw him playing with a tube of paint – it did not end well!

Here he is hiding by the RAIN collection in our Falmouth Shop. Even getting soaked in the rain didn’t wash the paint out of his fur!

Take a Tour of Our Newly refurbished Falmouth Shop

posted on January 20th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

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Some of our stores have been undergoing a bit of transformation. Our interior design team has been working tirelessly to bring us shiny new shop layouts, and our Falmouth store is the latest to be given the magic makeover. With its own dedicated homeware section and fabulous Leach Pottery displays the store looks and feels completely different. Don’t worry though, the shop is still home to our large collection of womenswear and accessories and there’s even a comfy seat to park you partner whilst you try on an outfit or two.

Keep an eye out for the specially made floor tiles from our friends at the Leach Pottery.

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We’d love to hear what you think, you can share your thoughts right here in the comments below or over on Facebook and Twitter.

Fish Filleting with ‘My Fish Kitchen’

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Four fish fans from our marketing department headed to My Fish Kitchen on Wednesday night to learn about Cornish fish, and the best ways to cook them.

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We Love Boats

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Maritime life plays a huge part in who we are. We take our inspiration from the sea, from seaside towns and people who spend their lives on the coast. We can even see the sea from our Design Studio.

Being based in Falmouth means we are heavily influenced by the boats in around the Fal. For hundreds of years Cornish families have made their living dredging oysters in the Fal, with many of the traditional boats being made here in Falmouth. Unique Seasalt Falmouth Yacht Dot Print

Throughout the summer months many of the working boats can be seen racing through the waters, taking part in regattas around Cornwall and the rest of the country. It really is a spectacular sight to see the boats racing in full sail. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Falmouth Oyster Festival

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th October 2014 | Events Square, Falmouth

Here in Cornwall we love to celebrate the fantastic local produce available on our doorstep. The food in the region is nearly as famous as our beautiful coast and countryside, and we’re very lucky to have so many brilliant food festivals to help us show this off.  One of our favourites has to be the Falmouth Oyster Festival.

The festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt.

For over a century, many Cornish families have derived their livelihood from oyster dredging in the stretch of water around Falmouth known as the Carrick Roads and its surrounding rivers. Lots of the oyster boats, known as Falmouth Working Boats were built at boatyards around the Fal, with some of the oldest boats in the Oyster Fishery dating back as far as 1860! Out of the oyster season these days, many of the working boats are used for racing on the water and make a truly impressive sight! Known as gaff-rigged cutters, they are traditionally made with wood and have distinctively large sails with brightly coloured topsails all with distinct patterns.

We’ll be heading down to Events Square in Falmouth to enjoy a delicious Fal oyster or two, watch the cookery demonstrations from some of our region’s top chefs, trying our hand at shell painting, and listening to our local sea shanty singers perform. If you’d like to visit as well, there are more details of the full line-up at the Falmouth Oyster Festival website.

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Did you know?

Governed by ancient laws that were put in place to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks, oystermen fishing in the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery are prohibited from using engines. Instead, sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used. This is the only oyster fishery in Europe, if not the world, where such traditional methods must be used.

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The Great British Beach Clean

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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The Marine Conservation Society has put together a campaign to help keep British beaches clean. Last Friday Seasalt headed to Swanpool Beach in Falmouth to take part in the ‘Great British Beach Clean’.

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We met with several members of the public who came to help, including possibly the youngest member of any beach clean yet!

Armed with gloves, bags and grabbers we scoured the beach picking up rubbish.

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to those who turned out to help, and a huge thanks to Swanpool Beach Café for supporting us and for the yummy hot chocolates!

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The youngest member of our beach clean team

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We were horrified at the amount of rubbish we found.

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We marked down everything we collected

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Some well deserved Hot Chocolates

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Well done, team!

The Great British Beach Clean

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be donning our best stripes and fluorescent jackets and hitting Swanpool Beach to join in with the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean on Friday 19th September.

The initiative aims to get the seaside back to its litter free glory days and we can’t wait to get litter picking!

As well as the staff from our design studio and Falmouth & Penryn shops we’re throwing the invitation open to the public. Here are a few great reasons why you should you get involved:

  • Clean beaches could save the lives of some of our best-loved marine wildlife.
  • Clean beaches will protect our little ones when they are building sand castles.
  • Clean beaches will show the world what’s really great about the British seaside.

If you’d like to offer a helping hand, please email marketing@seasaltcornwall.co.uk and we’ll get you signed up.

We hope to see you on the beach!

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Friday 19th September, 4pm
Seasalt at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

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Falmouth Tall Ships 2014

posted on September 1st, 2014 by Laura Ellis

The Seasalt team were out in force enjoying the festivities of Falmouth Tall Ships 2014 this weekend. Some of us took to high land to get a view across the bay, others climbed aboard their boats to join in the Parade of Sail and others donned their best sailor stripes to work in our Falmouth shop. Wherever we were, we had a camera close to hand and here’s a gallery of some of our favourite moments from the regatta weekend.

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