Christmas at Coleton Fishacre

A pyramid of Champagne glasses in Coleton Fishacre Saloon

Find out how we celebrated Christmas at Coleton Fishacre in 2021. Check back here nearer the time to plan a festive visit in 2022.


Staying safe 

In line with the easing of restrictions, we've reopened many of our houses. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places.

We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.


Festive days out

To help you plan ahead, Coleton Fishacre's festive opening times are: 

  • Open from 11am - 4pm on Saturday's and Sunday's between 4-19 December 2021
  • Open every day from 11am - 4pm between Monday 27 and Friday 31 December 2021
  • Closed from 1 - 7 January 2022
  • Reopen from 11am - 3pm on Saturday's and Sunday's between 8 - 30 January 2022

Please note the house closes at 3pm, with last entry at 2.30pm. 



A very vintage Christmas

Join the festivities in the house as we step back in time to the 1920's with a Christmas in the heyday of the D'Oyly Cartes. The house is adorned with elegant lights, opulent decorations and the perfect party accessories, as if the family have just taken a break from the feasting, dancing and celebrating. 

Living room at Christmas, Coleton Fishacre

The Sitting Room

Parlour games, a roaring fire and views out to the garden made this an ideal spot to relax during the festive season. Who fancies a game of Pegity?

The Dining Table at Christmas, Coleton Fishacre

The Dining Room

No Christmas Day would be complete without a sumptuous dinner. The table would've been elegantly laid with the best tableware and place settings, and serving delicious courses. Of course, there's always room for an after dinner tipple.

Glamorous party mask in the decorated Saloon at Christmas, with the twinkle of the Christmas tree lights in the background.

The Saloon

Imagine jazz music, the clink of glasses and dresses swishing as dancers did the Charleston. It was the ultimate room for parties and entertaining.


Can you help Percy the Park Keeper?

On weekends from 4-19 December 2021, daily between 27-31 December 2021, and weekends 8-30 January 2022.   

Based on the beloved books from writer and illustrator Nick Butterworth comes a festive outdoor trail with Percy The Park Keeper. There's lots of work to be done in the garden at wintertime, and Percy's needs some help. So why not step into his wellies and become his helper for the day? Armed with clues and help from his woodland friends, there's tons of fun to be had as you get closer to nature on this outdoor trail. 

Trail price £2, booking not needed. 


Winter walks and rosy cheeks 

The garden and surrounding areas at Coleton Fishacre have the best of both worlds. Blustery coastal paths to tramp along with bracing sea air, or crunchy woodland paths to stroll through. Whatever walk suits you and yours this winter, we've got you covered. Here's some of our favourite spots, and don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for some wintery wildlife. 

  • Best view: take the path which leads off to the left of the house and along the top garden. The surprise that waits at the end is a panoramic view of the coast 
  • Stop, catch your breath: the Rill Garden is serene all year round, as the water meanders down through the rill and out over into the pond
  • Best place for a photo: the gazebo looks out over the valley garden, where you can spot the path weaving between glades. The stretching view makes for perfect snap
Go on a wintery adventure at Coleton Fishacre
Family on a winter trail in the garden
Go on a wintery adventure at Coleton Fishacre


Christmas shopping made easy

Christmas decorations on sale at National Trust shops

Festive wonderland

Transform your home into a winter wonderland this season with our unique decorations, from festive garlands and ornaments to handmade decorations.

Festive sweet treats and savoury nibbles from the National Trust shop

Gifts for food lovers

From tasty biscuits to handmade jams, indulgent chocolates or quaffable wines, there's something for everything this Christmas. Pick up a treat or two, or give as a special hamper to loved ones.

Range of seasonal gifts for outdoor explorers in the National Trust shop

Gifting ideas and stocking fillers

Leave the busy high street behind and let us help with our gift ideas to suit all. Whether you're looking for stocking fillers or gifts for nature lovers, outdoor explorers or foodie lovers, you'll find the perfect conscious gift to give.

Stop by the cafe...

Hot drinks to take away from the cafe at Coleton Fishacre

Cupful of cheer

Heading off round the garden for a winter stroll? We've got decadent hot chocolates, spiced chai lattes and warming cups of tea to keep those mittens toasty, so why not stop by the cafe on your route.

Mince pies at Greenway in Devon this Christmas

Tasty treats

Treat yourself to a festive winter warmer after your outdoor adventures around the garden. From snacks and light lunches to mince pies and gingerbread biscuits, the menu offers tasty plates for every appetite.