I have heard lots about Port Eliot Festival and had been keen to attend with our Silly Old Sea Dog pop up shop!
We arrived on the Wednesday to set up our stall along with lots of other lovely traders! There were some great things to buy, with real quality stands, such as Seasalt, Rocke & Nutter and Disco Beads as well as lots of craft exhibitions and workshops, music and art performances and food demonstrations.
The house itself is beautiful and one of the highlights for me was getting to see the dress and glass slipper from the new Cinderella movie – it was just stunning!
Wandering around the grounds was also fun, there is so much to see, and there are lots of shops, bars and eateries hidden in the walled gardens and trees surrounding the house, the more you look, the more that you find! Each day I went for a wander, I found something new! I loved the Swallows and bunting lining the trees and the lighting to form walkways, as well as the big flowers on the hill which lit up at night.
There were lots of campers there for the weekend, and as well as tents, there was a large selection of Yurts, Tipi’s, Airsteam’s and Gypsy Caravans where lots of people were spending their weekends.
Personally I wimped out on the camping and went home each night, apart from Friday where my friend Stacey and I stayed for drinks and slept in the back of my van! We went to the Black Cow Saloon and watched a great band called Flats and Sharps, who were fab, and then sat outside around an open fire on hay bales (drinking Pimms!)
Here are some ladies wearing their Silly old Sea Dog purchases at the festival:
Next year I’m hoping to go swimming in the river as I didn’t get chance this time. And I want to sign up for some of the craft workshops.
See you next year Port Eliot Festival ……………………….. xx
Words and Images by Nancy Whittington-Coates at Sugar Darling?Fun is I think the word that sums up Silly Old Sea Dog perfectly, the designs are all based on classic vintage patterns in an array of wonderful prints that add a lovely injection of whimsy! One of the best things about the brand in my opinion is that it caters for such a wide range of sizes, from a UK size 8 to a size 28! I think Alison the creator of SOSD is doing something really fabulous and brave here offering such an inclusive size range from a fairly new company – major props to you Alison! You can read more about Alison and the story behind SOSD on their website right here. The design I’m wearing here is the beautiful 1950’s Style Dressmaking Dress (£109.00*) and I just can’t get over what a sweet style it is! Other than the lovely print featuring chic ladies in lovely wiggle dresses and snippets from sewing patterns I think the most wondrous thing about this style is the fullness of the skirt – I’m not wearing a petticoat here but as you can see the skirt still looks lovely and voluptous! It’s also the absolute perfect length for my 5’7” body sitting right at my knee. Alison actually recommended that I go for a size down in this particular style and she was definitely right, I usually wear a UK 24 but this dress is a 22 and fits very comfortably. Another real bonus is the matching large hair bow (£6.00*) that you can see below, isn’t that an adorable little extra? Now I do know that the price may put a few people off but you need to bare in mind that all of these dresses are made here in the UK from 100% cotton fabrics and I personally am always happy to support a growing business. Just think about it, you get a gorgeous new frock and that wonderful feeling that you’re supporting the independent business economy – a double win! If you would like to go ahead and bag yourself one of the these gorgeous designs Alison has very kindly offered all Sugar, Darling? readers a treat! Until July 31st you can get 15% off your SOSD purchase by using the discount code SUGARDARLING at the checkout! Read Nancy’s full review on her blog here: http://www.sugar-darling.com/2015/07/sew-cute-it-hurts-fifties-frock-fun.html
Upon arrival at Poltimore House you could see how beautiful it will be once the renovation shave been completed on this lovely Grade 1 listed building. I was lucky enough to be able to have a look around during the event.
Our stand was situated in the grounds, surrounded by beautiful trees and we were situated next to our friends at The Silver Server.
The events also had lots of entertainment including a fashion show, musical acts and children’s entertainment
The sun was shining on the Saturday and it was great to see so many ladies trying on Silly Old Sea Dog dresses and coming to the event in past purchases.
We are already looking forward to next years event! thank you to Shelley, Stuart and the team at Crikey for organising such a fab event! Keep a look out on the Crikey Its Vinatge Facebook page for details of dates for 2016.
Here are some more images of our stand:
and of Poltimore House: