Opening the Festival

We are honoured to have Jonny Nance as the festival opener this year. Jonny is a humble man with many talents, some of these include: imagination; energy; leadership; wisdom; seamanship; a skilled shipwright and not forgetting, his finely tuned singing voice!  We know Jonny for his revival of the St Ives ‘Jumbo’ (a flat bottomed, double ended mini lugger) that fell out of fashion and disappeared in the 1920s.

Armed with a sketch found in the yard of master boatbuilder William Paynter and some archive photographs, Jonny applied his woodworking techniques (with the help of local enthusiasts), and in 2007 Celeste was launched, followed in 2010 by William Paynter. Also built were two matching St Ives Punts for skullying – so don’t miss Saturday’s crazy Skully Race. These boats all fall under the banner of the ‘St Ives Jumbo Association’.

We are so pleased that Jonny is part of our festival and the St Ives Jumbo Association are able to share these beautiful boats with us again. Click on the links for more info:

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This year we will be housing many of our stalls under open-sided marquees along the South Quay. As people wander along the quay looking at the classic wooden boats they will be able to browse the stalls there.

We have always been very proud of the variety and quality of the music on offer at the Festival. The full list of entertainment will be confirmed very soon and the full schedule is available in the festival programme.

Food and drink
Beginning with our delicious freshly cooked Tattyella Supper on Friday night we have some superb food and drink for you to enjoy during your visit to the festival. Of course you can also enjoy a little something stronger; The Kiddlywink Bar sells wines, beers, lagers and ciders.

The bar is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We’re also pleased to welcome back The Kipperman on the South Quay – more information about can be found in the events list below.

This year's events

Sandy Acre 7

Delicious BBQs

Ritzy Belles

Man Over Board

Mousehole Male Voice Choir

Pigs Ears

Cadgwith Singers

Live Fish Cooking demos by Cornwall College

Beano cartoonist

Help Nick Brennon of the Dandy and the Beano create a cartoon mural of SSS

5 Piece band - Fire in the Flowers

Solo artist Lydia Hanson

Duo - Melange Tous

Duo - Craggs Law

Midnight feast of songs under the stars with MC Adrian Peregrine and special guests

Café au bord de la Mer

Join authors Michelle Cartlidge and Sally Crabtree for some French themed food for the soul featuring poems and songs from their new Croissant book.

Tin Can Puppet Show

Poetry Postie

Delivering poetic inspiration to the nation with her mini co postie Maia.

Cooking Demos by Anton Buttery and Cornwall College

Local Community choirs taking part in the festival

Dawn Chorus, Levow an Bys (World Voices) and Breathing Space Singing

The Kipperman - at the South Quay

Mike Smylie is a maritime historian concentrating on the fishing industry and working vessels. He has writes widely on the subject for publications including Classic Boat,The Boatman, Watercraft, Maritime Heritage,The Marine Quarterly, Maritime Life and Traditions, Fishing News and the European Maritime Heritage newsletter. He is the author of over 20 published books. He is a member of the Society for Nautical Research, the South West Maritime History Society, the Coble and Keelboat Society and the Anglesey Antiquarians. He is a co-founder of the 40+ Fishing Boat Association which was founded in 1995 against the background of the scrapping of decommissioned fishing vessels, and edits their thrice yearly magazineFishing Boats. He is also known as Kipperman for his work in promoting the consumption of herring for its healthy benefits, for which he was awarded the BBC Radio 4 Food Campaigner/Educator Award in November 2004, and as Kipperman has made numerous appearances on radio and television. Trained as a naval architect, he obtained an HND with distinction in 1975 and became a Technician Engineer (T.Eng). In 2003 he was awarded an MPhil for his research work on the fishing craft of the Clyde by the Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies at St Andrews University. He also has a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and was a BSAC Sport Diver before giving diving up. His other interests include walking, climbing and mountaineering, ancient fish-traps and travelling. He has three children and lives between the Cotswold market town of Wotton-under-Edge, where he owns the Fish out of Water gallery, and a mountain village in Greece.


Help make a PinARTa and sea themed objets d’art and edible poetry sweets to fill it with. To be bashed by everyone at the end of the day and everything to be shared out.

The Art Cart

The youth of the village will create the art cart and the work that will be showcased on it. They will also help lead the art activities it offers.

Song Boat

Sail away on your imagination and create your very own instant sea song and poetic treasures.

Stories on the Shore

Wave the flag for Mousehole

Flag making workshop on the beach

The CreativiTEA Ladies

Off their trolley! Offering cups of CreativiTEA which come with their own fun , sea inspired creative activity to make.

The Suspects

Corkers Workshop and Race

The Art Cart

The Slap Dash Trio