#LoveFalmouth Exhibition

posted on December 6th, 2016 by Nikki


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!



The Great Flat Lode – A Walk Through Cornwall’s Mining Past

posted on October 5th, 2016 by Laura

Walking the Great Flat Lode and discovering Cornwall's mining history

All around Cornwall echoes of our mining past are visible on the landscape. Whether you’re in a little village or taking a stroll along the clifftops, you’ll never be far from a tall, brick engine house. One of the most beautiful walks around Cornwall’s historic landscape is The Great Flat Lode Trail. Found between Camborne and Pool, the circular route passes some of the best preserved mining buildings in Cornwall. Read the rest of this entry »

We love Tea!

posted on February 8th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Tea picking at Tregothnan

In this chilly and wet weather, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a cup of tea. Did you know, us Brits drink around 165 million cups of tea a day? That’s a lot of tea.

We did a little survey around the Seasalt office about our favourite kinds of tea and a few of the replies ranged from the standard to the exotic:

Helen: Boring old builders! But I do have different cups at home to cater for my mood.

Elly: Loose leaf jasmine tea all the way! Or Dandelion and Burdock. YUM!

Emma H: Classic Earl Grey for me.

Wina: Camomile and Honey, but it makes me sleepy so I can’t drink it at work!

Our friends at Tregothnan produce their own tea right here in Cornwall. The Tregothnan estate have been growing camillia bushes for over 200 years, and it was from these lovely flowers that the idea for tea flourished.  Tregothnan now produce a entire range of fantastic teas, and to celebrate they have kindly sent us the history of tea and it’s really very fascinating! Settle down with your favourite brew and have a read.

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Heligan History

posted on September 9th, 2013 by Matt


Heligan has been the seat of the Tremayne family for more than four hundred years and is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the 19th century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few decades later, bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over the grounds. Read the rest of this entry »

cornish gardens – what to see where…

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Emma Raczkowski

Daffodils at Higher Tregarne near Penjerrick

Spring is fighting through in the West Country and to show its golden hand the meadows and fields are starting to turn a distinctly daffodil colour of yellow! But they’re not the only blooms poking their heads above the soil, here’s a quick guide to where you can catch some Cornish flora this weekend.
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ben’s working boat

posted on April 10th, 2012 by Emma

This is the first blog from Ben our working boat blogger, he’ll be bringing us regular updates from the waters of Carrick Roads and beyond.

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medieval ship comes to padstow

posted on March 9th, 2012 by rosie

This weekend the world famous ‘Matthew’ will be in Padstow!

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weather reports – 150 years old today

posted on August 1st, 2011 by sian

150 years ago today the very first public weather forecast was published, starting with the lines ‘general weather probable in the next two days…’ and triggering our national fascination with all things weather related.

The British are renowned for being more than a little bit weather obsessed – and who can blame us? The unpredictability of British weather can play havoc with summer holidays, hair styles and also our choice in wardrobe. It could be the middle of summer, but we might still need the thick knit and wellingtons close to hand!

All this means that the public weather forecast has become something of a lifestyle crutch to anyone in the vicinity of the British Isles who’s planning a stay-at-home holiday, sailing excursion or simply a picnic in the middle of summer.

So today, the 150th birthday of the first public weather report must be something of a celebration for us meteorologically minded people; here’s a quick look back at the history of modern weather forecasting.

The invention of the telegraph in 1835 revolutionised communications and weather reporting. Information could be relayed at a speed never experienced before, which meant that weather reports from a wide range could be reported almost instantaneously and forecasts made on conditions upwind.

This new science of meteorological prediction was pioneered by Francis Beaufort and Robert Fitzroy. But despite their impressive naval credentials (Fitzroy captained the HMS Beagle during Darwin’s famous voyage) the initial work received ridicule from a wide range of critics who believed the science unfounded and under researched – some even attributed its accuracy to magic!

In 1859 however a huge storm destroyed the Royal Charter and FitzRoy felt compelled to design forecasting charts. These charts allowed standardised predictions to be made – a process he called ‘forecasting the weather’.

On 1st August 1861 The Times Newspaper ran the first publically published report and as a nation we haven’t looked back.

Here’s a little shipping forecast montage, surely the nations favourite soundtrack for a spot of meteorological reminiscing.

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where have thirty years gone!

posted on July 12th, 2011 by sian

This week Seasalt turns thirty, here Neil Chadwick remembers the influences and early days that inspired our wonderful seaside company.

“In the seventies it used to take eight hours to get to Cornwall, even with leaving at two o’clock in the morning. We’d arrive just in time for Mrs Richards to make us breakfast in St Ives.

The Chadwick Family in St IvesOur B&B was right next to the artist studios in Back Road West and when we moved down here in 1981 we moved into the same cottage permanently – Dad had quietly bought the house after breakfast one morning a few years before. It was perfect timing because our shop in the Midlands had started to suffer in the worsening recession. Businesses were closing everywhere and it was a strange sight driving through once thriving areas of Walsall and Wednesbury seeing factories that had removed their roofs. The law at the time curiously stated that if there wasn’t a roof on the building you didn’t have to pay rates.

In 1980, on a fairly typical drizzly August day whilst on holiday, my brother David and Dad went to Penzance and came across a shop called General Clothing Stores. It sold government surplus clothing, fisherman smocks, rigger boots, gloves and balaclavas for cauliflower and daffodil pickers, and wellies. You name it, if it was practical and useful, Mrs Strutt sold it. David bought an army parka and dad and Mrs Strutt got on like a house on fire. She was from Palfrey, Walsall – just round the corner from our shop in Caldmore, which gave them lots to talk about. They got on so well in fact that after half an hour they’d shaken hands on the sale of the shop. It was a great stroke of luck for our family; Dad had managed to sell off his shop in Walsall and buy one in Penzance. He always said that this was one of the most fortunate times for our family and looking back over thirty years he was right.

Don ChadwickI was in the last year of school when my father moved down to start the new venture. We opened in July 1981 and remember the winter of that year very well, because the Penlee lifeboat disaster happened just along the coast towards Lands End. The next few years Dad built up the business and I’d be working holidays and weekends, eventually joining the business full time in 1991. Brother David had joined the business in 1984 and for five years we all worked together. The business had changed quite a lot and we sold camping and outdoor gear as well by that time. Then, as now, we were so busy in the summer. It seemed to rain non-stop and we sold heaps of waterproof jackets. So many in fact that my other brother Leigh used to go to the factories in Birmingham to buy the cagoules and wax jackets and meet Dad on the M5, just so we didn’t run out of stock.

By 1995 we were ready for another shop and we knew exactly which one we wanted. A beautiful shop called Blenkinsops in Falmouth, Number 1, Church Street. We were busy from the first day; it was a revelation for us that with a busy main street location we’d do so well.

I moved to Falmouth fulltime and in 1999 we had our second biggest stroke of good luck. We were offered 14,000 pairs of amazing quality walking boots and shoes from a company in the north that was closing down. We only sold a thousand pairs of shoes a year at that time, so it felt like a massive risk to us, but we went for it. My other brother Leigh stumped up some extra cash for us to do the deal and two weeks later we were the proud owner of a warehouse full of shoes.

Just after that we were offered a shop in Fore Street St Ives and decided to buy it – we had to sell the shoes somewhere! Thank goodness they flew out, we’d sold the lot in a year and that set us up to open shop number four, in Truro. It was an exciting time for us, but in 2001 we were knocked back when Dad became very ill and passed away.

In 2003 we’d made a decision that we wanted to design and sell our own line of clothing and we’d always been interested in sustainable textiles. So, I contacted the Soil Association and talked with them about organic cotton, something that was hardly heard of at the time. It turned out that no fashion company had ever used Soil Association certified cotton in their range, we saw the opportunity: to produce environmentally sound clothing whenever we can, reflecting the Cornish heritage that we love.

Luckily, I’d met my future wife Sophie by then – a graduate in textile design, so we had some design expertise as well! It was around this time that brother Leigh also joined the business full time, after working with us part time for a few years. We changed the name of our business to reflect our coastal heritage and that’s when we became Seasalt. At this point a few devoted customers will have noticed I’ve skimmed over a short period around 2004 when we had another name, Wildlife. A brilliant name I thought, except that we were inundated with people looking after injured seagulls, so we had to change it… Eight years on and Seasalt is thriving.

Seasalt Shop Sign 2011We design products that speak of the fantastic place where we live and the people who share it with us.

The heritage of Cornwall, the creativity and the maritime history are what make our clothing what it is. And every day when we look out of our design office overlooking Falmouth Bay or out of the shop doorways of most of our shops to the local harbour, we feel inspired. We’ve now got twelve shops and have around 300 stockists in Britain and Europe.

Thirty years on since we started our first shop, we feel incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful county. We work with a wonderful team of people, lots of whom have been with us for many years and without them we of course wouldn’t have a business at all, thank you.

But most of all we thank you our customers, our most important people. Thank you for supporting us all this time and we look forward to the next thirty years with more excitement than ever.”

Neil Chadwick

Find out more about the Seasalt historic family tree…

our Cornish friends across the pond!

posted on June 29th, 2011 by sian

Your letters on the Seasalt Blog

As mentioned yesterday we are always delighted to hear from Seasalt fans around the world and we’ve had many people get in touch from as far away as Australia and the US! A lot our Seasalt fans overseas originated from Cornwall and they tell us that Seasalt really does remind them of home and their happy memories of their Cornish roots. After all, Cornwall is a place that’s hard to forget!

This is definately true for a group of Seasalt fans in New Jersey, USA, who got in touch with us recently to tell us all about how they celebrate being Cornish…

The Cornish Heritage Society East in New Jersey is a group of lovely people who are all either from Cornwall or are of Cornish decent. The group get together regularly to celebrate all things Cornish, whether it’s Cornish arts, literature, food or festivals, all with the aim of learning about and keeping alive the Cornish traditions of their ancestors.

Anne Honeychurch Stephens & Margaret Carne, who are both members of The Cornish Heritage Society, got in touch with us to tell us all about the group and also about how much they love Seasalt. They sent us a lovely photo of the group at their latest meeting, proudly standing under the Kernow flags and also prominently displaying their favourite Seasalt Jute Bags! Margaret claims the jutes are perfect for carrying the society’s portable files to and from meetings!

In 1861, the failure of Cornish mining caused about 100,000 people, mainly Cornish miners and their families, to leave Cornwall in search of work. The eastern states of the US attracted many of the Cornish miners, mainly to the work in the Appalachian mines, and so there are many descendents who still live in the area today. The Cornish Heritage Society East formed in 1995 to bring those descendents together with an aim to research, record and preserve the history of the Cornish in NJ, NY and New England.

We find it amazing that there are so many Cornish people spread around the world who not only still hold the place firmly in their heart but are actively trying to keep the Cornish traditions and heritage alive, such as the Cornish Heritage Society East. We are also very touched that a lot of these people love Seasalt too because it reminds them of their homeland of Cornwall.

Thank you to all our fans around the world and if you come back to Cornwall for a visit, make sure you pop into one of our shops to say hello! We’d love to see you!

If you’d like to find out more about the Cornish Heritage Society East, NJ, visit their website here!

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