Half-term fun at Coleton Fishacre

A family in the garden at Coleton Fishacre

There's plenty of things to do this half term at Coleton Fishacre. Explore the woodland and build a den in the wild play area, or take part in our nature spotter trail. Inside there are stylish accessories to try on in the house, and a 50 things to do before you're 11¾ event taking place.

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. 


Garden trail

Is there a budding designer in the family? From Visitor Reception you can pick up a trail which invites you to look for signs of spring in the garden. At each place you will find a design motif for our nature design rubbing trail, to complete your sketchbook. 


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. Join nature's band

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.  

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.