Family fun at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre house and garden are both chocka-block with fun things to do with your little-ones come rain or shine. The garden has bamboo to hide in, woodland to explore and a wild play area to discover. There are trails to complete, stylish accessories to try on in the house, and a 50 things to do before you're 11¾ event taking place in half-term.

In the house

The free spotter trail in the house challenges children to hunt for specific items. In the Kitchen there's a napkin folding activity which is perfect for little and big kids alike. There's also the handling room to visit; in here outfits and accessories from the 1920s and 30s are displayed, which you can rifle through and try on. The collection in the rest of the house is more delicate, so we ask that you don't touch items in other rooms. 

In the handling room you can try on outfits and accessories from the 1920s and 30s
A young girl handling items on a dressing table in Coleton Fishacre's handling room
In the handling room you can try on outfits and accessories from the 1920s and 30s

Garden trails

Fancy being a nature detective? From Visitor Reception you can pick up a trail which invites you to search for different types of plants, count their leaves or draw what you see, and then claim your reward of a sticker. 


50 things to do before you're 11¾

Are you up to our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ challenge? Some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾ you can tick off your list at the moment are:

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.
25. Make a grass trumpet
The grass on Cathedral Bank is nice and long, perfect for using to make a grass trumpet.
28. Climb a huge hill
A walk down to the bottom of the garden gives you a choice of large hills to climb up to get back to the top of the garden. You could even go through the gate at the bottom of the garden which leads to the South West Coast Path, which has a couple of great big hills along it.
Take a look at the full list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ here.
Wild Wednesdays
On selected Wednesdays in the school holidays the countryside rangers lead a 50 thing activity in the garden. The next Wild Wednesday is on Wednesday 30 May, 2-4pm, £2 child, normal admission prices apply, where we will be camp fire cooking in the wild play area. 

View the Wild Wednesday dates


Wild play

As you walk down toward the house, the first path you come to on your left leads out through Paddock Woods to Scout Point. The path has been levelled and widened so that pushchairs and wheelchairs can go along it more comfortably, and is well worth a walk along for the coastal views alone. Even better for families though - towards the end of this path is a wild play area, where kids can climb, hop skip and jump on obstacles made from wood from the garden. There is even a picnic bench and stools made from tree stumps where you can relax while your kids play - please always supervise children while they play in this area.