Introducing Emma Spurgin Hussey | Port Eliot Festival Storyteller

posted on July 15th, 2016 by Laura




We’re excited to announce that Emma Spurgin Hussey will be joining us at Port Eliot festival this year!

Emma is an actor, playwright, director, workshop leader and also played Mrs Zacky Martin in the BBC’s hit series Poldark. She’ll be performing an assortment of traditional Tea Time Tales in our Fisherman’s Yard. So join us, grab a cushion and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling.

Find out all about what we’ll be up to at Port Eliot Festival

Introducing Figurehead | Port Eliot Festival Shanty Singers

posted on July 15th, 2016 by Laura


All-female a capella group Figurehead will be performing in our Fisherman’s Yard at Port Eliot Festival this year. Based in Cornwall, the group share a mutual love of traditional shanty songs and we can’t wait to hear them sing.

Join us at the festival, relax in a deckchair and listen to our local sea shanty singers perform their songs of the sea.

Find out all about what we’ll be up to at Port Eliot Festival

Introducing Sarah Dennis | Port Eliot Festival Make & Take Artist

posted on July 13th, 2016 by Nikki

Sarah Dennis

Sarah is a paper cut artist and illustrator, who uses nature as the primary source of inspiration for her work. Sarah’s beautiful work combines traditional paper cutting with collage.

Learn the techniques of paper cutting and craft your own beautiful nautical design.

Find out all about our Port Eliot workshops

Introducing Riannon Selcuk | Port Eliot Festival Make & Take Artist

posted on July 13th, 2016 by Nikki

Riannon Selcuk

Using giant artisanal wooden knitting needles and chunky contemporary yarns, Riannon runs I Make Knots, chunky knit and crochet workshops. She’s a dab hand at knitting, crocheting, weaving and macramé, and makes really jazzy necklaces, bags and baskets.

Join Riannon to learn the practice of knot making and take home your very own piece of knotted jewellery!

Find out all about our Port Eliot workshops

Introducing Anna Roberts & Sam Winterbourn | Port Eliot Festival Make & Take Artists

posted on July 13th, 2016 by Nikki

Anna Roberts


Sam Winterbourn

Anna & Sam are part of the creative team behind Seasalt’s beautiful and handcrafted window displays. From concept to final display, the duo’s nautical, floral and artistic designs capture all the things we love at Seasalt.

Learn the art of paper flower making, as seen in Seasalt windows across the country!

Find out all about our Port Eliot workshops

Introducing Dena O’Brien | Port Eliot Festival Make & Take Artist

posted on July 13th, 2016 by Nikki

Dena O’Brien

Dena runs Kiwi Print Studio, a printmaking workshop in west Cornwall. She teaches all aspects of print, from lampshades to lino cutting. Dena has a wealth of printmaking experience, including a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and more than 12 years in art education.

Take home your own hand printed tote bag and learn some fun and easy techniques.

Find out all about our Port Eliot workshops

Festival Fashion Favourites

posted on June 21st, 2016 by Laura

It’s officially the summer and festival season is well and truly underway.

Aside from the essential tent, sleeping bag and loo roll, the clothes you pack have become a big part of festival planning. It’s a chance to take a break from your normal daily routine, mix up your wardrobe, and express yourself with bold prints, clashing patterns and bright colours.

Seasalt RAIN Coat, Pack-it Jacket, as seen in the Telegraph | Festival raincoat

Whichever festival you’ll be dancing at this summer, stay one step ahead of the rain with the Seasalt team’s top festival must-have, the Pack-it Jacket! Fold it into its own pocket, drop it in your bag and you’re one step ahead of the Great British weather.

With our ever changing British weather, practical yet fun clothing is something of a necessity. We’ve got you covered on all fronts! Read the rest of this entry »

Sea, Salts & Sail Festival

posted on April 29th, 2016 by Nikki



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 »

Design a Jute Workshop at Port Eliot Festival

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Matt

Thanks to everyone who took part in our “Design a Jute” workshop at the 2015 Port Eliot Festival. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer and more creative bunch!


We asked our workshoppers to make an illustration to go on a new Seasalt jute bag. They had just an hour to plan and draw their design on the the theme “Cornwall and the sea”. Everyone worked really hard and we were thrilled with all the wonderful finished designs (which you can see for yourself below). Read the rest of this entry »

Falmouth Oyster Festival

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Laura

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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