Fun for families

A young boy walking in the winter

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 and stylish accessories to try on in the house.

In the house

The free spotter trail in the house challenges children to hunt for items linked to each of their senses. 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. 


Garden trails

Fancy being a nature detective? The trail in the garden 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 from Visitor Reception. Or you could be a Coleton Fishacre bird spotter. The birds have been busy this spring leaving their eggs around the garden. By searching high and low in the garden you should find the eggs and learn about the birds which laid them. 


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 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. It's recently been levelled and widened so that pushchairs and wheelchairs can go along the path, 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.