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Port Eliot Festival 2011

21-24 July 2011

Now in its eighth year, Port Eliot is a magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, wildlife and water, which defies categorisation. Settling itself into the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall (the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK) the festival provides inspiration and surprises for all ages at every turn. Jumping up and down a lot and lazing by the river are equally valid and encouraged.

Literary and cabaret stages

Caitlin Moran, Daisy Goodwin, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Hanif Kureishi

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), Sir Peter Blakes Art Bus

Simon Garfield, Rosie Boycott, John Hegley, Emma Kennedy, AC Grayling

Edmund de Waal Simon Munnery, Franny Armstrong, Murray Lachlan Young

Lucy Siegle, Georgia Byng, Joe Dunthorne, Tahmina Anam, Simon English

Patrick French, Katie Hickman, Owen Sheers, Roy Hutchins, Catherine King

Patrick Kinmouth, Kit & the Widow, Hari Kunzru, Richard King, Stephanie Merritt

Paul Murray, Stephen Parker, Tom Petherick, Gillian Slovo, Marcel Theroux

Tessa Trager & Howard Sooley, Helen Walsh, Sarah Winman, Luke Wright

On the music stages, including the Caught by the River stage

British Sea Power, Bellowhead, Andrew Weatherall, The Jim Jones Revue

Caitlin Rose, Secret Sisters, Frank Turner, Hannah Peel, Sea of Bees, The Rockingbirds

Laetitia Sadier, Willy Vlautin, Ed Harcourt, Gravenhurst, Treecreeper, Guy Pratt

Gaggle, Lulu & The Lampshades, RSVP, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, Deaf School

Diamond Family Archive, Louis Eliot and the Embers, Conquering Animal Sound

Geraint Watkins, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip, Wilfredo, Lush Life, Manires des Bohemiens

The Half Sisters, Antony Elvin, The Severed Limb, Frootful, The Langley Sisters

Mad Dog Mcrea, A Beach Supreme, The Fifty Degrees Choir

Martin Scorseses Paradiso Outdoor Cinema

Nightly double-bills chosen specifically for Port Eliot by one of the acknowledged greats of filmmaking. Martin Scorseses selections will be screened from twilight on each evening of the festival in the festivals Paradiso Cinema, set in gardens created by landscape gardener Humphrey Repton, with a backdrop of a secret estuary of the river Lynher and a railway viaduct designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Festivalgoers will sit underneath the stars, some in specially designed Cadillac cars, to enjoy a series of films chosen to complement the setting and the themes celebrated by the festival train films, musicals, film noir and literary adaptations. In amongst the screenings will be discussions of Martin Scorseses work, chaired by film writer Tom Shone.

The programme at the Paradiso:

Murder on the Orient Express (1974, dir Sidney Lumet & starring Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall) with North by Northwest (1959, dir Alfred Hitchcock & starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason)

The Leopard (1963, dir Luchino Visconti & starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale) with The River (1951, dir Jean Renoir & starring Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne and Esmond Knight)

The Narrow Margin (1952, dir Richard Fleischer & starring Charles McGraw, Jacqueline White and Marie Windsor) with Human Desire (1954, dir Fritz Lang & starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Broderick Crawford)

The Red Shoes (1948, dir Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger & starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring and Anton Walbrook) with All About Eve (1950, dir Joseph L Mankiewicz & starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders)

Caught By The River

For the third year running, Caught by The River, the online haven for music, nature, rambling, gardening, poetry, film, art and angling, will take up its position in the quarry in front of the boathouse looking over the Lynher estuary. Aside from the sparkling music line up mentioned elsewhere, Caught By The River will offer DJ sets, conversations, readings and archive radio broadcasts on, amongst others, nature, aquatic music, endangered birds, rock literature and the underground music press. Guests include Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis, former British Sea Power manager Roy Wilkinson, legendary music PR man and author Mick Houghton, former editor of Zigzag magazine Andy Childs, exotic record purveyor Jonny Trunk, writer John Niven and journalist and broadcaster Emma Warren, to name a few. Much more at


Port Eliot is a festival with food at its heart. This years festival will feature cookery demonstrations, discussions and invitations to tuck into beautiful food all around the site. Highlights include: Jamie Olivers Fifteen Cornwall restaurant; Thomasina Miers - broadcaster, cook and owner of Londons Wahaca Mexican restaurants; Peter Gordon - pioneer of Pacific Rim cooking, author of the Sugar Club Cookbook, named after the groundbreaking restaurant where he was executive chef; Daniel de la Falaise - Franco-English chef running cookery demo in the Big Kitchen; Chris Sherville - resident chef at Port Eliot, whose tented fish restaurant in the walled garden has become an irresistible fixture at the festival, will run fish cooking demos in the Georgian Big Kitchen; Fat Hen Forager - wild food foraging and cooking school in west Cornwall, run by professional forager, ecologist and cook, Caroline Davey; Lindsey Bareham - author of Pasties, an exploration of the Cornish pasty; The Gastronaut, Stefan Gates - broadcaster, journalist and presenter of BBCs Gastronuts; Josceline Dimbleby - food writer, columnist and broadcaster; Rose Prince - food writer and journalist, author of The New English Kitchen and The New English Table, The Good Food Producers Guide and The Lost Kitchen

The Port Eliot Flower Show

The idiosyncratic Port Eliot Flower Show will be curated by acclaimed resident production designer of Ballet Rambert Michael Howells, judged by gardener Dan Pearson and milliner Stephen Jones and organised by the Womens Institute. This years show, in the Orangery gardens, will feature a series of special events, including a discussion on flowers in music, led by BBC Radio 3s Sean Rafferty, as well as a round-table discussion involving head gardeners from three great gardens in Cornwall. The call for entries has just gone out. Entrants need not be gardeners or artists and technical mastery is not a prerequisite - the Port Eliot judges are more interested in creative flair and originality. This years categories include Lend Me A Tenor (a black and white arrangement), Somewhere Over the Rainbow (a scarecrow), Veg Factor (a vegetable sculpture to depict a singer), Overture and Beginners Please (a miniature arrangement for an actress's dressing room), Salad Days (an arrangement of vegetables) and Interval (a table arrangement for an interval supper).


A new fashion stage, curated by internationally renowned style journalist and British Councils Ambassador for Emerging talent, Sarah Mower and featuring photographer David Sims. In her ambassadorial role, Sarah Mower supports some of the countrys most talented young graduates and designers. Full fashion line-up to be announced soon.

Wild swimming in the St Germans Estuary

Festivalgoers are invited to leap into the estuary of the river Lynher - a particularly beautiful part of the site - whenever the mood takes them. All ages are welcome to dive in and enjoy themselves at high tide. Last year, hundreds jumped in the river. A simple, bracing, highlight of the festival

The Idlers Academy

The Idlers Academy of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment, established by Tom Hodgkinson, editor of cult magazine The Idler, features demonstrations and performances from a whole host of characters. This year, the Academys workshops will range from limerick writing to learning Latin.

The Poetry Takeaway

The worlds first purpose-built mobile poetry emporium comes to Port Eliot. The Poetry Takeaway produces free, made-to-order poetry, delivered fast to festivalgoers by a group of the UKs leading performance poets and writers. Every customer is given a personal performance of their particular poem, along with a handwritten copy, open or wrapped.

Martin Parrs Port Eliot Exhibition

Martin Parr will roam the festival, taking photographs throughout and creating a live exhibition in the basement of the house at Port Eliot, which will evolve alongside the festival


Port Eliot Festival 21-24 July 2011

Tickets and full festival info

Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5ND

Ticket prices:

Adult weekend ticket including camping 140

Child weekend ticket (8-15 year olds) including camping 70

7 and under weekend ticket including camping FREE

Pitch for Camper Van/Caravan 20.


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