By Olivia Cooper
This weekend will see both returning visitors and those making a first time trip to the beautiful parish of St Endellion, a parish that takes its name from Saint Endelienta, said to be the daughter of King Brychan and the god- daughter to King Arthur, who evangelised the district in the 5th century. The fifteenth-century church stands proud with its tower posing as a landmark for mariners over time and is surrounded by fields and stunning scenery.
As a rather remote part of Wadebridge, the village is the perfect size and atmosphere for a festival that, akin to its location, is intimate and welcoming. And despite it being a typical Cornish village that’s so far from everything else, it attracts a wealth of extremely talented upcoming and established authors and poets each year.
Perhaps it’s the flourishing artistic and spiritual community of Port Isaac – and also from within the church itself – which makes this place so charming to both locals and outsiders. It certainly seems a fitting place for festivals showcasing the arts, as annual music festivals are held during Easter and summer in addition to the North Cornwall Column Book Festival.
Upon exploring the festival this weekend, hopefully you’ll find St Endellion to be bursting with character and beauty too.
Photo credit: Daniel Hall Photography