December weekends are a great time to visit Coleton Fishacre with your little-ones. As the leaves fall from the trees in the garden you can tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾, as well as have a go on the wild play area, complete the spotter trail in the house, and see the house decorated for a 1920s Christmas party.
Christmas in the house
Coleton Fishacre will be decorated for a 1920s Christmas party this December. The decorations have been inspired by a Chrismas party which took place at Coleton Fishacre in 1929. The D'Oyly Carte family built Coleton Fishacre as their country home, and spent their time here relaxing and entertaining in style. When you visit the house you'll see preparations underway for a glamourous 1920s Christmas party just waiting for the guests' arrival. You’ll be able to try on your party outfit in the handling room, listen to party music playing in the Saloon and there’ll be parlour games in the Sitting Room such as Gilbert and Sullivan charades.
The most exciting thing for families to do here at this time of year is to see the garden lit for Christmas at Coleton Aglow. On selected evenings in December, the garden will be aglow with festive lighting. You can follow the trail of lights around the garden, or if you're little-ones aren't up for the full route (which takes about 40 minutes) there is a short route out to the gazebo you could follow instead. Then warm up by exploring the house, and treat yourself in the café. Booking is essential: call 01803 842382 or follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Wild play area
50 things to do before you're 11¾
33. Catch a falling leaf
The walk through Paddock Woods towards Scout Point is the best place to do this.
13. Make a mud pie
There are a few muddy spots through the gate at the bottom of the garden leading to the South West Coast Path.
4. Build a den
Next to the wild play area on the path leading to Scout Point there is an area dedicated to den building. Have a play in the dens that are there already, make them bigger and better, or have a go at making one of your own.
10. Play conkers
Conkers are falling from the Horse Chestnut trees along the driveway and in Paddock Woods; you're welcome to take them to play conkers with.
Spotter trails in the house
Once Coleton Fishacre is decorated for Christmas, the children's trail will tie in with the festive theme of a 1920s Christmas party. The trail will be free to do and available to collect at the entrance to the house.