Visit the Port Eliot Festival to Experience Literature, Music and Laughter

The Port Eliot Festival may not be one of the most high-profile summer arts events, but its mix of literature, music and alternative entertainment ensures it is one of the most fascinating.

People staying in self-catering cottages in Cornwall will be able to experience the 2010 festival, which is staged on the magnificent country estate belonging to the Earl of St Germans, from July 23rd-25th.

If you are a bit of a bookworm, you are sure to find plenty to interest you at the Port Eliot Festival.

Hari Kunzru, Geoff Dyer, Ferdinand Mount and Margaret Drabble are among the novelists who will be reading from their latest books, while sci-fi author Matthew De Abaitua will be holding a tour of the site and giving lessons in how not to write poetry.

Non-fiction authors booked to give readings or take part in discussions include TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, pop star turned acerbic writer Luke Haines and ceramic artist Edmund de Waal.

And make sure you don't miss poet Ross Sutherland performing his new solo comedy show The Three Stigmata of Pacman, which promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

You may prefer to use your holiday cottage in Cornwall as a base from which to check out some of the musical talent at the festival.

There are no multimillion-selling stadium rock-style headline acts at Port Eliot, but you will be able to watch a host of up-and-coming or unusual acts play.

The Leisure Society, Fionn Regan, The Loose Salute and Danny And The Champions Of The World will all be showcasing tracks from their latest albums.

If you prefer a touch of performance art with your music, you may want to see what delightfully eccentric acts such as Antony Elvin, The Book Club Boutique Band, Princes In The Tower and Mik Artistik's Ego Trip have to offer.

You may even find you learn something - even if it is something you didn't really need to know - if you take a trip to the festival while staying in cottages in Cornwall.

The festival has an Idler's Academy, which is scheduled to feature former KLF star Bill Drummond giving lessons in how to build a bed and journalist Toby Young providing advice on how to start a school, while you will also be able to pick up some tips on clothes and gardening at the fashion and flower show exhibits.