All around the UK, wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. Being based in Cornwall, we’re never too far from some super wild swimming spots, be it off the rugged coast, from sandy coves or in secret quarries and hidden glens. We regularly see locals taking a dip, some in wetsuits, and others just in their bathers! Read the rest of this entry »
We were very excited to see so many Seasalt fans enter the #LoveFalmouth photography competition this summer.
The six-month long social media photography competition, hosted by Falmouth BID, led to a fantastic response from residents, visitors and students alike.
Each month, entrants were tasked with a different #LoveFalmouth theme to keep it interesting:
May – #LoveCommunity
June – #Lovethesea
July – #LoveOutdoors
August – #LoveSummer
September – #LoveCreative
October – #LoveAutumn
The competition received over 800 entries, including some touching, humorous and original stories, which really highlighted people’s love for our town.
We were asked to be prize partners for the competition which meant that we had the very difficult decision of choosing a winner each month. The standard of photography was excellent which made judging very tricky!
The winning images, along with the runners-up, will be on display in the Main Gallery of The Poly until 10th December 2016.
The exhibition is free, so do pop along and be inspired by Falmouth!
Poldark is back and we’re just a tiny bit excited! The design studios have been a buzz with anticipation for the return of the rugged
Aiden Turner Cornish scenery to our screens. The hit BBC drama is filmed all around Cornwall, and in many of the same locations we’ve used to shoot our collections. We spend a lot of time exploring our beloved county and although we haven’t bumped into the Poldark stars just yet we have visited a lot of the film locations, here are a few of our favourites… Read the rest of this entry »
FRIDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 10TH JULY
We love any excuse to celebrate Cornwall’s fantastic nautical heritage and the granite-walled Cornish harbour in Mousehole sets the scene for the Sea Salts & Sail Festival (SS&S). The unique bi-annual event is aimed at preserving the tiny fishing village’s Cornish maritime history, whilst raising money for local charities. Read the rest of this entry »
As you may already know, our studios overlook Falmouth Bay and across to St. Anthony’s Lighthouse. It’s this beautiful view which inspires us every day.
|Dotted along our coastline, lighthouses are often seen as iconic Cornish landmarks. They’re so iconic in fact that they regularly feature on our Jute Bags, Greetings Cards and Tea Towels.Trinity House, one of the key authorities for looking after lighthouses, tends to over 60 lighthouses situated throughout the British Isles. Eight of these working lighthouses can be found around Cornwall, with a further three on the Isles of Scilly.|
“…heave away, haul away / Haul away, you’ll hear me sing…”
We had an amazing time at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival this weekend. We’ve still got shanties ringing in our ears, and we’re all dancing our way around the studio.
The rugged Cornish coastline presents a hazard today for many, but in the 17th Century (even before Poldark’s day!) it presented a particular hazard for any large ship looking to dock in Cornwall’s little harbours. The solution was found in a small, wooden rowing boat that could be swiftly and expertly navigated to the ship, along with the harbour pilot to safely guide the ship in.
Jobs went to the first pilot that arrived on board, so this craft needed to be lightweight, built for speed, manoeuvrability and with plenty of room for pilots or trade. Where other harbour pilots around the UK used sails, the Cornish used pure, hard-core manpower because this was proven to be the fastest way to head into prevailing winds off the South West coast.
With gig builders racing to build the best gigs, it was William Peters of St Mawes who gained a reputation for building the fastest and most seaworthy of crafts. In 1838, it was his gig, the ‘Treffry’, which became the standard specification by which all other gigs followed. In fact, the original ‘Treffry’ is still actively rowed today by the Newquay Rowing Club!
With the introduction of the motor boat, pilot gigs became disserved, but plenty of men continued to race them for fun. There are now over 100 gig and rowing clubs around the world that use Cornish Pilot Gigs, including as far afield as Australia and Canada, and many hold major events that attract hundreds and thousands of spectators. One such event is happening this Sunday in Devon. On Sunday 31st May, the Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club will be hosting the Salcombe Rowing and Gig Regatta. The club continues to use three Cornish Pilot Gigs: the ‘Bolt’, the ‘Cadmus’ and the ‘Wolf’. For details visit: http://www.salcomberowing.co.uk/
Why not pop into our Seasalt Salcombe shop while you’re in town and shop the rowing look? Oars at the ready everyone!
This weekend our friends at the Family Holiday Association will be pulling on their wellies, packing their cameras and making their way from Chy Morvah in St Ives, along the coast to Carbis Bay to take part in an exciting new event, Seaside Walk Week! This great initiative is raising funds to help struggling families get a break away from some of the toughest challenges in life.
The week starts on Saturday and includes a series of nine guided walks at picturesque locations across the UK including St Ives in Cornwall, Lulworth Cove in Dorset and Southend-on-Sea in Essex (we wish we could take part in them all!). You can enjoy a leisurely 2- 4 mile short walk, or if you fancy something a little more challenging, there’s the option to take part in a longer 10 mile walk.
With our Design Studios overlooking Falmouth Bay, the sea is always at the heart of what we do, so Seaside Walk Week is an ideal way for us to celebrate our beautiful coastline and villages.
To sign up to a walk, or for more information please visit: SeasideWalkWeek.org.uk
If you’re taking part in the St Ives or Lulworth Cove walk, make sure you pick up your Seasalt Jute to pop your walking gear in, we hope to see you there.