Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall with one of my favourite hair brands of all time, Bumble and Bumble. As soon as I got confirmation and the itinerary, I couldn’t contain my excitement and then I started to panic about what to wear as it would be my first ever festival. After I learnt that Hayley and Zoe were coming along too, I knew this trip was going to full of fun, laughter and memories. Hayley and I stayed at the Lancaster Hotel near Paddington
station on Thursday night and enjoyed a scrumptious three course dinner
(full review soon) before hitting the sack, ready for our adventures
the next day.
Day One – We hopped on the 10am train and after a little delay and sitting on someone’s suitcase for pretty much the whole journey (good job First Great Western!) we arrived just after after 2pm and settled in our amazing Yurtel, talk about camping in style! After a quick freshen up, we headed towards the Bumble stall for our styling session, but stopped in our tracks for a cider, priorities comes first you know. Regional Educator and Bumble stylist Bea Watson created the ultimate festival up do for me complete with a few plaits and some daisies. We then took off and explored the festival knowing our hair was looking beautiful. Zoe was due in about 9pm, but didn’t arrive till around 11:30pm because of track closures caused by the storms, she could of easily turned back and went home, but she waited and finally made it, such a trooper! After sampling some amazing churros (yes, we had them about 12am), off to bed we went.
Day Two – Up nice and early to a queue for a shower, it took about 40 minutes, but hey, I’ve heard worst before, i.e no showers, then headed off to meet Stephen Jones for our one to one. He created three mood boards of styles and chose the Cornwall Girls for me, Prom for Hayley and Festival for Zoe, needless to say, we all loved our looks. After a little scenic walk towards the river, we headed back for a spot of lunch with the Bumble team at Fortnum & Mason where I sampled the most incredible tasting steak sandwich ever! And the pricing wasn’t too bad either, you’d think it would cost a lot, but dishes ranged from £6 – £12 and were a decent size. The evening came along pretty swiftly and instead of partying hardcore, we retired to the tents early, rounded up every blanket, cushion and chairs we could find and sat outside having a good old chat and laugh that lasted several hours. It was lovely just to wind down ahead of the journey home, the next day.
Day Three – Home sweet home, but not without a sampling a scone. A Cornwall trip will never be complete if you didn’t sample the famous cream tea. Although it wasn’t in the style of an afternoon tea session, we did what we could and found a stall that sold them and they were AMAZING! It totally set me up for the long journey home and this time we managed to get a seat. On the train, we barely spoke to one another as we were all so internet deprived at the festival that the minute we found some 3G connection and a socket, we caught up with our social media and all that. Four hours flew by and it was time to say bye to my lovelies. If you’re reading this, thank you for being the best company I could ever ask for!
So that’s how my weekend went in a nutshell, Port Eliot is somewhere I would visit again as there’s just so much variety and something for everyone. I would love to go to more festivals now that I’ve had a little taster and I’ll definitely be calling my mini bears to join me (inside joke with my girlies). Thank you to Bumble and Bumble for having me, Chalk Beauty for sorting all the arrangements, and not forgetting Stephen Jones for making look festival fabulous.
Have you been to Port Eliot festival before? If not, fancy joining me next year?