This week we’ve been reminiscing about our weekend at Port Eliot Festival. It was lovely to meet so many of our customers so we wanted to share our “How To Make A Fabric Fish” workshop with those of you who couldn’t join us! It’s a great rainy day activity, something we seem to be having a lot of at the moment!
We love any excuse to get out on the water, and a regatta gives us the perfect excuse to ditch the desks and jump aboard a boat to cheer on sailing crews.
The summer months are the ideal time for boat races, waters are calmer and the weather balmy, (although being in Cornwall we take this with a pinch of salt and make sure we have a trusty Seafolly in hand) and we’re lucky enough to have lots of events taking place right on our doorsteps.
Falmouth Week Regatta starts today. Both beginners and experts will take to the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay in a series of races, there are events throughout the town as well as the eagerly anticipated Champagne Race.
The annual Champagne Race takes place on Wednesday, culminating in a display from the Red Arrows. This traditional race earned its name after avid sailor Lord Shawcross and his friend, Jack Silley, broke free from the main race they were taking part in in 1951 and raced between themselves to settle the result. The loser graciously presented the winner with a case of champagne and so the tradition was born. All types of boat can take place in this race and seeing all the boats out in the bay is a real highlight of the week.
The Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta is also taking place this week, celebrating their 120th regatta!
The Fowey Regatta (16th-22nd August) is one not be missed. Aside from a full programme of races, there’s also a carnival through the town, sandcastle competitions, gig rowing, crab catching competitions, closing with a fireworks display over the Fowey River.
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place over the 27th – 29th August. The annual regatta on the River Dart started back in 1822, and after a visit from Queen Victoria in the 1850s it was granted Royal status. This year, nearly 300 boats will be taking to the water, local rowing teams will battle it out to become champions, and aircraft including the Red Arrows will take to the skies for spectacular air demonstrations.
Good luck to everyone taking part in a regatta this month, and if you’re going along to support pop into one of our shops and say hi, we’ll be in the regatta spirit.
We’re heading to the Port Eliot Festival (30th July – 2nd August) to host a range of fun and creative workshops one of which will be ‘Embellish a Seasalt Sailor Shirt’ – so to get everyone in the Port Eliot spirit the teams at the Design Studios were challenged to customise our classic striped shirt, with the winner receiving a ticket to the festival!
Challenge accepted and Sailor Shirts in hand we were told to go forth a create. After a week of snipping, sewing and dying we reassembled in the Show Room for the judging….
Everyone was blown away by the quality of the new shirts, each design was completely different and ranged from embellishments and embroidery to complete redesigns. We were particularly taken with Sarah Jane’s seafarer embroidery – even Pepé the office puppy got a feature.
After a tough round of judging, Laura, our Design Director, announced the winner …
…Lucy for turning her Sailor Shirt into a corset! Well done, Lucy.
All of the custom shirts will be on display at Port Eliot so make sure you pop by and see them. We’ll be running our customising workshops at 10am Friday – Sunday so come along and create your own, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Not far from our little shop in Rock is Porthilly Farm, owned and operated by the Marshall family since 1918. But this farm does not just work the land; since the early 1980s it has also been an oyster, mussel and clam farm! Read the rest of this entry »
There’s only one week to go until Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival kicks off for another year, and we can’t quite contain our excitement!
Sit back, pour yourself a class of cool, Cornish beer and relive the highlights of last years festival in the film above from Idenna. To really get you in the shanty spirit, we’ve even got the lyrics to the Fisherman’s Friends ‘No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues’ so you can sing along while you watch! Read the rest of this entry »
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!
We stumbled across The Garden Gate Flower Company whilst exploring Fowey, the inspiration behind this season’s collection. On seeing the beautiful flower fields we knew we had to plan a photography shoot there.
Becca and Maz, the owners, grow the prettiest organic flowers and foliage. They spend their time lovingly watering, weeding and preparing the plants. And, when ready, turn their hand to creating beautiful floral arrangements.
Amongst the flowers and hazy, Cornish sunshine, we spent the day photographing our SS15 collection.
If you’ve visited the very pretty riverside town of Hereford recently, you might have noticed we’ve just opened a brand new shop there.
We really love taking the time to make sure the interior design of all our shops is beautiful. with carefully considered features and special areas. For our Hereford shop, we wanted to do something a little different so we’ve teamed up with award winning Cornish craftsman, Tom Raffield. He’s a very talented woodwork designer who specialises in steam-bent wooden furniture and lighting pieces. We wanted to showcase some of Tom’s work by bringing his beautiful Cornish craftsmanship to Hereford.
Here at Seasalt, we’ve been big fans of Tom’s fantastic contemporary lighting and furniture for quite some time now, so when we launched our homeware collection last year, we knew exactly who to contact to create some really impressive pieces. His lovely chairs and tables sit proudly in our Seasalt shops and look great against our Cornish Home range. Every piece you see has been caringly handcrafted in his studios in Helston, here in Cornwall. The wood he uses is sustainably sourced and each piece is finished with an eco-friendly, non-toxic varnish.
It was whilst he studying at Falmouth College of Arts, just down the road from our Seasalt Design Studios, that Tom became fascinated with a woodwork technique called steam bending. It’s this technique that gives his work its distinctive bends and curves.
If you live in Hereford or you’re visiting during the summer, pop into our new shop to view Tom’s collection. Take the weight off your feet and try out the beautiful steam-bent upholstered armchair, stools and benches, rummage though our displays on the striking oak tables and peruse our clothes hung on Tom’s sturdy steam-bent oak rails.
To top it off, the shop’s been transformed by a very special lighting display, showcasing 18 of Tom’s designs suspended throughout.
Now that spring has sprung, we’re looking forward to visiting some of our favourite Cornish Gardens. Here’s a selection of our top spots in Cornwall that are open to the public over the next few weeks.
Did you know? Tregothnan began supplying England’s first tea, which partly contains home-grown leaves in 2005. That’s 10 years of tea!
For one weekend a year, Tregothnan opens its usually private gates to the public to give people the opportunity to explore the workings of their beautiful grounds. This year, the historic estate will be open on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April. Tickets are £10 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
The estate is located on banks of the beautiful River Fal. Keep an eye out for the sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves, relax and unwind in the stunning surroundings of the ancient camellias and explore the mountainous magnolias. Oh and the garden boasts the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower!
Foodie tip: make sure you tuck into a Cornish cream tea, served with a cup of Tregothnan’s tea which is grown on site
Famed for its microclimate, the gardens at Enys are almost frost free all year round which enables many tender plants and ancient trees to flourish. There are 30 acres to explore and in the spring, the spectacular six-acre carpet of bluebells in the parkland, known as Parc Lye, is an amazing sight to behold.
Foodie tip: pop into their café and try some of the honey produced by the estate’s colony of bees. They call their honey “Tinkerbell” due to its light, delicate citrus flavour!
Situated above the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River near Falmouth, Glendurgan boasts three steep valleys of sub-tropical gardens. Lose yourself in the 1830s maze of clipped cherry laurel, walk the coastal paths and explore the wild Cornish blooms but most of all, don’t forget to take a moment to listen out for birdsong and babbling brooks.
Foodie tip: after a morning hiking the valleys, stop off at Glendurgan’s Tea House and enjoy a well-deserved slice of cake, homemade on the estate
The Eden Project has played a huge part in inspiring our SS15 collection. Wina and Matt from our graphic design team, spent the day wandering around the biomes, sketching and taking photos. Here’s a little peek at what they got up to…