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New north Cornish gathering will celebrate food, music, craft and sustainability this May

Published March 15th, 2021


Porthilly Spirit will be Cornwall’s first festival of 2021

A celebration of food, music and the Cornish outdoors will, for the first time, take place in north Cornwall this May.

From Friday 28 to Monday 31 May, Porthilly Spirit welcomes renowned chefs, artists, musicians and creatives to gather at Trefresa Farm, close to Rock, for three days of feasting, workshops, inspirational talks and adventure. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 19 March.

The first names confirmed for Porthilly Spirit 2021 include Simon Stallard, of the highly-acclaimed Hidden Hut; BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank; and Tom Kay, founder of ultra-sustainable outdoor brand Finisterre.

Porthilly Spirit founder Will Herrmann said: “After too many months of being apart, we’re so excited to kick off the events season by opening up the farm.

“This is an excuse to celebrate all the things we love, and the people who love doing them. We’re busy curating a wide line-up of activities so that we can deliver an unforgettable bank holiday weekend.”

Food and drink

Sublime food and drink and feasting tables sit at the heart of everything at Porthilly Spirit.

Confirmed today is Simon Stallard, well-known for his wood-fired cooking style and sell-out open-air feasts at The Hidden Hut on the south Cornish coast. He and his team will host a feast on Sunday, cooking locally-sourced dishes over open flames, as well as smaller feasts throughout the weekend.

Cornwall’s Yallah Coffee is bringing its sustainably sourced and freshly roasted coffee to a pop-up café throughout the weekend. Additional feasts are being announced in the coming weeks.

Music

Porthilly Spirit won’t feature a large main stage. Instead, intimate areas will be created in woodland clearings and bell tents, with the music carefully chosen to create the perfect atmosphere.

Details about musical acts and DJs will be released shortly.

Talks, workshops and wellbeing

An inspiring series of talks and workshops are planned for the weekend, with a strong focus on the environment and wellbeing.

Tom Kay, founder of sustainable Cornish clothing brand Finisterre, is delivering a thought-provoking talk on human resilience, drawing on his experience in business as well as personal achievements in the current landscape.

Hosting a discussion on mindfulness and mental wellbeing, as well as leading a guided yoga Nidra session, is BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, while surfer and environmentalist Sophie Hellyer and nutritional therapist Grace Kingswell together will lead a wellness workshop focused on yoga and breath-work.

Additional speakers and workshops are being announced in the coming weeks.

Adventure

Porthilly Spirit is located on the north Cornish coast – a hotspot for outdoor activities, water sports, and adventure.

Partnering with local adventure experts Wavehunters, Porthilly Spirit visitors can participate in beach fitness sessions, stand up paddleboarding and surf lessons, and boat wildlife tours.

All activities will be run by the Wavehunters guides — with pick up locations on the event site.

Theatre

Immersive theatre is set to take place throughout the weekend, courtesy of award-winning Rogue Theatre, in an atmospheric woodland clearing.

Family friendly

Created with families in mind, Porthilly Spirit has plenty planned for younger attendees.

Wild Warriors, an outdoor adventure collective based in Cornwall, will run forest and bushcraft sessions to guide childrens’ curious playful nature, while encouraging risk taking in the great outdoors. Activities include target practice, den building, warrior headdress making, festival jewellery making, mud kitchen, whittling, and lots of fun and games.

Tickets

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 19 March, available from www.porthillyspirit.com.

Tickets are priced at £134.40 for adults, and Kernow weekend tickets, specifically for Cornish residents, are £85, with £1 from each ticket being donated to the St Minver Community Hub.

Local tickets for those who live in the village are £25 per day. Teen tickets are priced at £30.00, with free entry for children under the age of 12.

Tickets include entry to Porthilly Spirit 2021, and camping for three nights. Campervan passes are available for £50.

Staying safe

Steering away from a traditional festival, Porthilly Spirit focuses on creating an intimate experience for guests, and has limited the capacity to 1,500.

Will commented: “Everything we do here at Trefresa Farm is inspired by the land and coast around us. Whether that’s running our distillery or hosting events like Porthilly Spirit, we want people to be able to immerse themselves in the nature of our local landscape.

“The scale of Porthilly Spirit has been carefully considered. Rather than inviting as many as we can, we’re focussing on creating a small gathering of people who can safety connect through a shared love for great food, drink and the Cornish outdoors.”

Porthilly Spirit is not creating any large focal points at the event, such as a main stage. This will reduce large numbers gathering in one space, and instead keep people spread across the site.

The organisers have taken the decision to cap the event at under 50% of total capacity. When additional government advice is released regarding stage three of the roadmap, they are well prepared and equipped to implement any and all COVID precautions.

For more information, visit porthillyspirit.com.

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