Mousehole Sea Salts + Sail Festival
Mousehole’s biennial Sea Salts and Sail Festival revives old traditions and celebrates the heritage of West Cornwall's most famous fishing village, providing a day out for all the family.
The Festival includes traditional maritime craft displays, sea-food cookery demonstrations, skill demonstration and workshops for young people and NEETS, heritage walks, tin smelting, historic maritime photo exhibitions and traditional Cornish music .The highlight of the festival (weather permitting) is that on both Saturday and Sunday traditional fishing vessels sail around the bay, unfurling their colourful sails, bringing a poetic insight into what the bay looked like a century ago when all fishing boats relied on the power of the wind to get them out to their fishing grounds.
How can you take part?
This festival really does highlight some fascinating aspects of Cornish heritage and visitors get an insight into many local crafts and traditions. Local chefs from the popular restaurants in Mousehole show off their skills cooking various fish dishes, there are demonstrations in the art of making crab pots in the old traditional way with willow and an evocative exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of Mousehole from 1800’s to present day are on display at the Sunday School. And after you’ve watched the wire splicing and kipper smoking get your feet into walking mode by taking a guided tour around the historic village. During the festival live music including male voice choirs, folk bands and sea shanties adds the authentic soundtrack. Hand, Reef, Knot and Slice - oh for a seaman's life - contact Sailing Coordinator for possibilities.
Did you know?
Dylan Thomas and Caitlin whilst visiting friends in Cornwall decided to get married. They stayed in Wyn Henderson's cottage at Polgigga and in Mousehole. They married on 11th, July 1937 at Penzance Registry Office having postponed the wedding twice as they had drunk the money put aside for that purpose. Thomas wrote that they were: `with no money, no prospect of money, no attendant friends or relatives, and in complete happiness. After a reception and honeymoon at the 'Lobster Pot', (Wyn Henderson's restaurant) in Mousehole, they rented a studio from the painter Max Chapman at Newlyn.