New for 2014 in the South West

Across the South West places are finding new and innovative ways to share their stories with you and give you something new to discover. Whether it's a side to your favourite place you didn't know or somewhere you've never been before, there are lots of exciting things to see and do in 2014.

    The ordinary to the extraordinary at Tyntesfield

    Tyntesfield are revealing the fascinating history of four generations of the Gibbs family through their collection of more than 50,000 objects. There’s a really eclectic mix of everyday items and incredible treasures. Every month six ‘ordinary’ and six ‘extraordinary’ objects, as well as a mystery item, will form part of the presentation of the house and many are being displayed for the first time.

    The house at Trelissick opens for the first time

    Trelissick garden is well known to Cornish visitors, and the house will soon be open for exploring too. It’s a bit of a ‘work in progress’ at the moment and as such only a number of rooms are open, but you'll still get the chance to view the items acquired at the recent auction of the house's contents, and of course, enjoy the fantastic views. The house will be open on weekends from Saturday 29 March to June 30 and daily throughout July, August and September.

    Discover Harry's story at Stourhead

    Harry Hoare was set to inherit Stourhead from his parents Henry and Alda, but was sadly killed in the First World War. Henry and Alda remained at Stourhead until 1946 when they gave the estate to the National Trust.
    Harry’s Story is now being told across Stourhead to show how war affected the lives of the Hoare family and many others who lived and worked on the estate. It also shows how Alda opened up the house and estate for soldiers recuperating from their injuries at a military hospital nearby.

    Visit the Lanhydrock cycle hub

    Lanhydrock's cycle hub is now open, with 10 kilometres of purpose-built, off- road cycle trails it offers the perfect escape for all the family, and even novice cyclists. Weaving through the estate, the trails are free to use. If you're feeling a bit wobbly there’s a cycle skills area to practice before heading out and there’s also a balance bike track for the really young children who are just getting used to venturing out on two wheels. At the end of an exhilarating ride there’s a welcome new Park Café and children’s play area.

    View Pictured & Seen at Montacute House

    The National Portrait Gallery working alongside the National Trust are hosting a new exhibition in the Long Gallery of Montacute House. Beside paintings (belonging to the NPG and NT) there'll be similar relevant objects depicted in the images. These period items are from our collections and there will also be handling objects in the display room. The exhibition is being curated by Bristol University students and will run for the entire open season of 2014.

    Get a bird's eye view of the work at Castle Drogo

    With work to save Castle Drogo in full swing, if you’ve got a head for heights you can climb some stairs and take in breathtaking views of the Teign valley and Dartmoor on the way up. From the top, there's a bird's eye view of all the painstaking and skilled conservation work going on. Castle Drogo has let in rain since it was built 100 years ago. By 2012 the situation was critical, and following a massive appeal, work has begun in earnest, and top of the list is the huge flat roof.

    Go around the world at Cotehele

    Follow a self-guided tour of the house  at Cotehele and journey ‘around the world’, stopping at exotic or rare objects that may have been acquired by the Edgcumbe family on their travels overseas. The whole estate is joining in; each month the garden and Barn Restaurant will feature food and plants from around the world.