Summer family fun

A mother and son building a den at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre house and garden are both chocka-block with fun things to do with your little-ones in summer. 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, and family activities taking place throughout the summer holidays. Please remember to supervise your children at all times.

In the house

In the house this summer you can follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Carte, who came to stay at Coleton Fishacre on 20 August 1929. This young guest brought a suitcase full of toys to keep her entertained, which has been recreated in the handling room for you to rifle through and play with. While you're in the handling room there are also outfits and accessories from the 1920s and 30s on display, which you can try on.

The children's trail in the house invites little ones to spot items relating to sports and pastimes that the D'Oyly Carte's enjoyed at their country home. 

In the Kitchen there's a napkin folding activity which is perfect for little and big kids alike.


Garden trail

Fancy being a nature detective? One trail in the garden invites you to search for different types of plants, count their leaves or draw what you see. Or you could search for nautical flags in the garden, and use the nautical alphabet to crack a code. Both trails are available from Visitor Reception, where you will also be able to claim a sticker prize for completed trails. 


50 things to do before you're 11¾

Some other 50 things to before you're 11¾ you can tick off your list at the moment are:

4. Build a den
Along 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. The path has been levelled and widened so that pushchairs and wheelchairs can go along it more easily, 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.