Sea, Salts & Sail Festival

posted on April 29th, 2016 by Nikki Phillips



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 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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Port Eliot Festival 2014

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Laura Ellis


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Laura Ellis














It’s Helston Flora Day!

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski


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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Mischief, spectacle and rivers of fire at the Montol Festival

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski


In the depths of the darkest night in winter, you’ll find mischief and spectacle at one of the oldest Cornish traditional winter festivals. The Montol Festival is part of Cornwall’s heritage: Montol translates to ‘Winter Solstice’ in Cornish and has been celebrated for nearly 200 years.

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Mousehole Christmas lights- 50th year

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski


Image Copyright: Abigail Chilton

Christmas lights offer the perfect excuse to venture out on these cold December nights, have a mug of mulled wine and stroll around taking in the sights, sounds and delicious spicy smells.! We braved the gale force winds and rain, and wrapped up in our RAIN coats to join in the festivities at Mousehole, as the town switched on its famous Christmas lights for the 50th year!

Preparations begin as early as September to get the near 10,000 bulbs and over 5 1/2 miles of cable in place across the village ready for the 3,000 to 4,000 spectators who flock to see this twinkling village. All the lights are made in the village by the local volunteers and tell a story of the village’s customs, history and its maritime heritage.

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celebrating the golowan festival!

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski


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.


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!


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

the duchy’s vintage christmas fair

posted on November 28th, 2012 by sian

If you’re a lover of all things kitsch, pop on down to St Mawgan Village Hall this Saturday 1st December. There will be plenty of handmade gifts and Christmas treats to fill your stockings, as well as a vintage tea room with all your favourite cakes to raise money for Little Harbour Kids Hospice. Most of the Padstow Seasalt team will also be dropping in to get their vintage fix!

For more information see the Duchy Vintage Party website.