A Victorian family Christmas at Cotehele mill

Children in Victorian costume

There’s a real buzz of excitement at Cotehele right now because for the first time ever, we're opening the mill at Christmas.

The mill will be decorated in traditional Victorian style and you'll be able to discover how families like the Langsfords, who lived here, celebrated Christmas in those times.

Victorian traditions at Christmas time

Most of our festive traditions were invented by the Victorians. Christmas trees, cards, crackers, figgy pudding and presents on Christmas day all date from that period and  in the Victorian mill we can celebrate these traditions as they would have been enjoyed by families at that time.

Hands on with history

There'll be lots of activities for children to enjoy including trails, festive crafts and dressing up in Victorian Sunday best. There’ll also be a pop-up café in the Mill Bakery, serving hot drinks and snacks.

Visit Mother and Father Christmas

Mother and Father Christmas are receiving visitors in their grotto at Cotehele Mill before they return to the North Pole to start their Christmas deliveries. They’re visiting on the weekends of 14, 15 and 21, 22 December between 11.30 and 2pm. There’s no pre-booking, just collect a ticket from the Mill reception when you arrive. It’s £3 per child, which includes a gift.

'A Victorian family Christmas' runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December and daily 21 December - 5 January, 11am-3pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Autumn colour at the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay, Cornwall

The Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay

After a brisk walk you can enjoy a light lunch, a glass of wine, a refreshing drink, or a cream tea in the Edgcumbe on the quay. Four legged friends more than welcome.