6 things we learned at Port Eliot

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Last weekend, ELLE swapped muddy music festivals for something of a more enchanting calibre: Port Eliot.

Here are the six things we learned…

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1. There’s food. Lots of it. And not your average everyday humdrum offerings. Our fave? The Flower and Fodder stage, hosted by Fortnum & Mason, which showcased a line–up of top chefs.

2. There are books. Lots of books. One of the festival’s selling points is its focus – and love of – all things literary. Authors such as Hanif Kuresihi and Deborah Levy took to the stage to chat, discuss and muse with audience members. Our inner #ELLEBookClub was very much satisfied.

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3. It’s an occasion for crafty souls. Painting, knitting, sketching – the festival allowed for a plethora of creative activities. An aspect we were of course overjoyed about.

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4. Set in the picturesque village of St Germans in Cornwall, the historic seat of Port Eliot offered mazes, unspoiled views, and sweeping lawns abound. Not to mention the grandeur of the ancient house overlooking all the fun and games.

5. The likes of Suzy Menkes and Simone Rocha took to The Five Dials Liberty Stage over the duration of the festival to appease the more fashion-oriented crowd. Of course, we were in tow. Well, if the shoe fits…

6. Finally, the festival understands, embraces, and prioritises the important things in life. A sign just for gin? Oh, yes.

All images by Beth Druce

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