The Yuletide Sessions is:
A live recording of this year’s Caravanserai Yuletide Cabaret at the Courtyard Deli.

flyer download here: yultide radio show.pdf

Rob Barratt,
Helen and Arthur Spear,
Penelope Shuttle and
Dan -the balladeer- O’Shea

with an exclusive interview about the cuisine with culinary expert Rae Pollard

The Yuletide sessions are a feast of music, poetry and food that will wet your appetite for all things Yuletidish.  Tune in this Sunday and join your toasting host Mac Dunlop, some good natured hecklers and our list of accomplished performers to relive this great wintery night out held at the Courtyard Deli in Falmouth.

on Falmouth and Penryn’s The Source FM 96.1 fm, or online at


3 course meal & cabaret – £25 per head : to book please contact the courtyard deli on 01326 319526


The Bard of Bodmin: Rob Barratt
Forward Prize and T.S. Elliot Poetry Prize nominee: Penelope Shuttle
Bouzouki and Mandolin Balladeer: Dan O’Shea
Accordion specialist in Klezmer Music (dance songs of celebration) Helen Spear
and your Caravanserai host, a man of many unspoken words: Mac Dunlop


A proper Toasting with Cornish Mead

Watercress & Rosewater Soup with Ras-El-Hanout Roasted Chickpeas and Sweet Potato

Home-Baked Bread & Dukkah Dip
Roasted Chicken with Fragrant Clementine & Fennel Seeds
Served with Egyptian Rice
Veggie Option
Roasted Sweet Potato & Fig
Served with Egyptian Rice
Arabic Petit Fours:
Warm Pistachio Baklava
Chocolate & Prune Truffle
Tahini Cookies
(Gluten free, and other dietary requirements catered for on request)


On wednesday evenings throughout the summer invited guest poets and musicians perform at our firesides hosted by wordsmith Mac Dunlop. These sessions are also an invitation to visitors to perform and every year we get treated to all manner of surprises

if it rains, who cares eh? (pic by Mary)


August 29th – 7pm.  bring and share food / BBQ

On a very windy & smokey evening, Andy Mullins talks about his amazing Midlifekayaking Adventure (GB360)
(see the fireside video by Mary Alice here)

musicians this week are Helen Spear on accordian (Klezmer music), Dan O’Shea (balladeer on bouzouki  & mandolin) & regulars -J & B.


August 22nd – 7pm.


August 21st  Bushcraft sessions with Greg Humphries –  details here


August 15th – 7pm.

mark…and Nick

Guest musicians – Craic Horse (Falmouth based) have been playing their own speedy and magnificent version of Irish and British jigs and reels and songs for 10 years starting on the mean streets as buskers and then moving on to pubs, showcases, clubs, weddings and festivals. They comprise Nick Clarke on banjo (one of the best in the country) and Marc Heathen on guitar (“yes,he’s very good”John Renbourne) they have everyone ready to party!


August 8th  – 7pm. FEAST- a local food banquet

Phillip Marsden introduces his book about Falmouth, The Levelling Sea (Telegraph review here)

as well as music from Roseland Commubity choir (singing Annie & Belle’s Portland Shanty – sailing for gold)  and a fantastic set from Annie Baylis Gray & Ryan Jones of Kola – you can see all Mary Alice’s pics of the evening here

FEAST is a bring and share event to which everyone is invited to come up trumps with the best dish of food you can make from local sources – to help here’s a list of local food suppliers. Or even better purchase a copy of our beautifully produced limited edition guidebook from reception. Its full of local info, resources, recipes, stories, anecdotes, art and poetry. One camper said that ‘she’d never eaten so well on holiday before’ having found the guidebook so useful for sourcing good local food.


TUES 7th, 4-6pm

WEDS 8th, 10am – 12pm

meet at reception – suggested donation £10 per person – children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Robin’s back in residence with us for a couple of days to introduce us to the wild food larder of the hedgerows and shore in preparation for our local food banquet FEAST (weds 8th) how local can we go?

Robin Harford is an expert daily forager, he teaches at the Eden Project, works with Michelin star chefs, consults for TV production companies, and has been featured in the Guardian, GQ, BBC Good Food Magazine to name a few…


August 7th  Bushcraft sessions with Greg Humphries –  details here


– pics from this session by Mary Alice here

August 1st – 7pm.

Featuring local writer Cat Holman, one half of the local “Teach a man to fish” project, tells tales of boatbuilding, sailing and surviving


July 31st  Bushcraft sessions with Greg Humphries –  details here


– pics from this session by Mary Alice here

July 25th – 7pm.


July 24th Bushcraft sessions with Greg Humphries –  details here


– pics from this session by Mary Alice here

July 18th – 7pm.   bring and share food / BBQ

Unfortunately Des Hannigan won’t be with us tonight he’s recovering from a knee op. But Gerran’s very own, the lovely Chris Pollard ‘ll be there plus guest musicians from Falmouth – Tom & Dave   “Rustic blues and trad miscellany on banjo and harmonica.”

Dave…and Tom



(see how it went here)

Greg Humphries will be leading a crab pot making session at Treloan for local residents and Univ College Falmouth MA Art and Environment students.

Greg initially worked with caravanserai on an arts placement in 2009 when he regenerated a local willow coppice that was originally planted for making crab pots. During this time he met villager Allan Collins and together they sought out a teacher, John Hurrell of Port Loe toward re-introducing this dying art to Portscatho. In this pic by local photographer Mary Alice (www.justnicephotos.co.uk), Allan demonstrates his new skill for My Cornwall TV 2010

3 years later we are closer than ever to witnessing the skill being re-instated in the village as joining us are Si & Cat Holman who are developing a local sustainable fishing project ‘Teach a Man to Fish‘.

Si and Cat have also worked with us before (Si and Mac built the willow & canvas raft recently featured on Caroline Quentin’s Cornwall) and Cat was our first caravanserai writer-in -residence.

Preparations are underway for producing 5 crab pots, we’ll be cutting willow from 8.30 am on Thurs 23rd & will set up the jigs outside (weather depending) –  so you’ll find us by the polytunnel in the project field.


FEB 9th 7-9 pm



Please join us for a delicious 3 course meal and cabaret at the Courtyard Deli in Falmouth

Hosted  by wordsmith Mac Dunlop, featuring local accordion maestro Seamas Carey, and the popular poets Danielle AllenRob Barratt & Nick Jarvis.

Tickets: £20 per head in advance from the Deli – 2 Bells Court, Falmouth / 01326 319526
fresh deli-made Indian breads and dips  followed by
a fragrant rose petal curry with saffron rice and onion bhaji,
finishing with a sweet asian assiette of afters.


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