Volunteering at Coleton Fishacre this Christmas

This Christmas Coleton Fishacre's gardens will be aglow with festive lighting, and the house will be decorated for a 1920s Christmas party. Volunteers are essential in making this event a success - can you help to bring Christmas at Coleton Fishacre to life?

What is Coleton Aglow?

On select evenings in December, Coleton Fishacre's garden will be aglow with festive and dramatic lighting. Visitors will discover Coleton Fishacre in a new light, as the house, streams, beautiful trees and exotic features of the garden will be lit for Christmas. Inside the house it will be dressed for a 1920s Christmas party, and the café and shop will be filled with tempting treats. 


How are volunteers involved?

There are a couple of key roles that really help to bring this event to life. Car park volunteers will be that first point of welcome to visitors as they arrive, checking off pre-booked cars and helping them to park in the main and overflow car parks. They also providing transport from the overflow car park to the entrance of Coleton Fishacre and back. Christmas event volunteers will be wrapped up warm in the garden, on hand at various points on the event route to make sure visitors aren't missing anything and are having a great time. 
Room guides help to share the story of the house at Christmas. Don't worry about knowing everything there is to know about Coleton Fishacre, you don't need to an expert to be a Room Guide - you'll be volunteering with other Room Guides who can answer questions, and you'll have lots of support. And if you're musical, why not come along to play the beautiful Bluthner piano in the Saloon? 


Thinking of getting involved?

Why not drop Laura Rugg, Volunteer Officer, an email or come along to a free open session where you can meet the team, find out what roles there are and have a mince pie or two. 


What did the volunteers think of their experiences?

Coleton Aglow is now in its fourth year; volunteers from Coleton Fishacre and other nearby places, along with new volunteers who joined the team specifically for Coleton Aglow, all made the previous three events a huge success. A couple of the volunteers shared these stories about their experiences:
" There was a great sense of camaraderie as we were given our rucksacks with everything necessary for the evening - high viz. jacket, torch, flask and, most importantly, chocolate bar!"
- Sandy Howard, Coleton Aglow volunteer
" This volunteering experience was an absolute delight. I got to meet so many lovely people, many of them families, and the lights in the gardens were an amazing backdrop against which to pass a number of gorgeous evenings. I would thoroughly recommend this and will be first in the queue to get my name down for this year’s event. "
- Carol Leigh, Coleton Aglow volunteer
" As I wasn't hosting Christmas for my large family last year for a change, I had the time to volunteer for this new venture in its first year. It was a new experience for the whole team which was fun. We had 'walkie talkies,' torches, flasks etc. Fortunately it was dry on the nights I volunteered, we also served mince pies and mulled wine in the gazebo on my second night; that was very jolly and all visitors loved it!"
- Wenona Pappin, Coleton Aglow volunteer
" My favourite evening was when I was helping sell the mulled wine and mince pies in the gazebo, with all the buzz and spicy smells, and a pair of tawny owls starting calling to each other really insistently. A family were coming up the path with the children carrying glow-sticks. They couldn't believe that it was owls making such a din - it was a magical Harry Potter moment!"
- Sandy Howard, Coleton Aglow volunteer