When: 13th – 15th July 2018
Where: Mousehole, Cornwall
£: Free (a festival programme costs £2.50 and is available from the local shops and pubs)
What is it?
Sea, Salts and Sail, Mousehole’s maritime festival, will take place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July in the Cornish fishing village.
This much-loved maritime festival is completely run by volunteers and its aim is to promote Mousehole’s heritage, revive old traditions and enable people to experience the sight of sailing boats around Mounts Bay.
The festival will feature boats, food, drink, stalls and entertainment. There will be stalls along South Quay, live music, BBQs, live fish cooking demonstrations, poetry performances and puppet shows. Maritime historian Mike Smylie, aka The Kipperman, will also be at the event.
There will also be the opportunity to join a flag workshop, create your own sea song, help to make a PinARTa and sea themed objets d’art, and hear Stories on the Shore.
This year, organisers are making an extra commitment to minimise single use plastic at the event. Reusable branded cups will be on sale for £2, to encourage festival-goers to use just one cup throughout the festival, and then take it home with them to keep as a souvenir.
There will be a mix of replica, historical and restored sailing boats of all shapes and sizes visiting this year’s festival. One of the boats attending the festival, is currently on an environmental odyssey to tackle sea plastic pollution. Visitors will be able to see the Amelie Rose and its crew during the weekend, and learn more about their special project to travel around the coast; meeting local people, taking part in beach cleans and sharing stories of pollution.
Other boats visiting this year’s Sea, Salts & Sail will include pilot cutter Agnes, gaff cutter yacht Alva, mackerel driver Barnabas, Cornish lugger Happy Return and Bounty’s End, the replica 23 foot wooden vessel used in the Channel 4 series Mutiny.
This year the maritime festival will be auctioning a painting of The Rose of Argyll departing through the Gaps by marine artist Tim Hall. The auction will be held on the Sunday at 6.30pm, with all the proceeds going to support the running of the free festival.
All funds raised during the weekend will go towards the next festival and contribute to community causes: the last two festivals have contributed nearly £9,000.
More info: www.seasalts.co.uk