Autumn fun at Cotehele

There are plenty of adventures to be had at Cotehele this autumn half-term. Join in for pumpkin-carving, fright night in the house, spooky trails and so much more.

Freak week at Cotehele Mill

Saturday 21 October – Sunday 29 October, 11am-4pm

Are you brave enough for all the spooky things going on at the mill this Hallowe'en? This will be your last opportunity to experience the wonders of the mill before it closes for winter conservation. To make this final week special, we’ll be decorating the place for Hallowe'en, staff and volunteers will be in fancy dress, and there will be a children's trail with treats.

We'll be milling on the Thursday and Sundays, plus there might possibly be some scary baking going on. Your dog on a lead is welcome too (except in the bakery and milling room). Normal admission charges apply.

Children in fancy dress for Hallowe'en
Two children in fancy dress, the boy in front is Dracula at Cotehele, Cornwall
Children in fancy dress for Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en half-term fun on Cotehele Quay

23 – 27 October, 11am-3pm

Meet us on Cotehele Quay for some spooky, creative Hallowe’en fun. It’s all drop-in so there's no need to book. At busy times there may be a queue.

  • Monday 23 October 11am-3pm: carve pumpkins £3.00
  • Tuesday 24 October 11am-3pm: make broomsticks £3.00
  • Wednesday 25 October 11am-3pm: make monsters £1.00
  • Thursday 26 October 11am-3pm: carve pumpkins £3.00
  • Friday 27 October 11am-3pm: make masks £1.00

The activities are designed for families to do together, and are suitable for ages four-plus. Some of the tools are really sharp so children will want an adult to help them stay safe. We’ll be there to help too.

Normal admission charges do not apply unless you’d like to visit the house, garden or mill. Fancy dress is encouraged and your dog on a lead (with or without fancy dress) is welcome.

Fright night in Cotehele House
Scary woman with white hair on a bed with a candle in the dark at Cotehele, Cornwall
Fright night in Cotehele House

Fright night in Cotehele House

Saturday, 28 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm   

Explore the house in the dark and experience the spooky side of Cotehele. You’ll be able to wander around the atmospheric mansion by torchlight in this family-oriented event.

Please note, there are no lights in the house so it is essential please that everyone in your party has a torch. Thanks. 

There’s no need to book - we’ll issue timed-tickets on arrival. The Barn Restaurant and shop will be open; assistance dogs only are welcome.

‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾ ’

Autumn is by far the best time to play conkers and to catch a falling leaf. These are only two of the ‘challenges’ children can tackle in the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenge’.

There are at least 28 ‘things’ on the list you can plunge into at Cotehele. The self-led activity is designed for families to do together or for older children to do on their own. ‘50 things’ scrapbooks and award stickers are free and available at Cotehele reception.

Find some conkers
Find some conkers
Find some conkers

Don't forget to eat

Stay fuelled up with a picnic lunch box in the Barn Restaurant at the house and the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay.

Save some room for the Edgcumbe's autumn special cream tea: an apple and cinnamon scone served with blackcurrant jam and clotted cream and you might want to prepare yourself for some ‘blood’ juice and spooky biscuits during half-term. Boo.

Looking through the flowers in the East Terrace towards Cotehele house

Peaceful summer walks at Cotehele

Cotehele’s colourful garden and woodlands are full of birds and wildlife; there are 1,300 acres to cover at this calm oasis, so come along and get ready to explore.