Christmas at Cotehele

James adds the final flowers to the outdoor garland

We enjoyed welcoming so many of you to Cotehele for our Christmas activities in 2020. This article was created for our festivities in December 2020, please check back nearer the time to find out what is coming up in 2021.

 

Sleeping dormouse at Cotehele

See you again soon

We enjoyed welcoming so many of you to Cotehele for our Christmas activities in 2020. This article was created for our festivities in December 2020, please check back nearer the time to find out what is coming up in 2021.

Please book ahead before visiting the garden and orchard 

The garden and orchard at Cotehele are open for local visitors during the national lockdown. If you need to travel outside of your village, town or city to visit us, please consider if your visit is still appropriate during this time.

We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. You can book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895. You do not need to book to visit the quay or wider estate. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

A year like no other at Cotehele  

We’re pleased to be able to keep the garden and wider estate open for you to enjoy throughout the winter; and with a festive twist. 

The garden is open daily from 10am-5pm (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day). To avoid disappointment, we ask that you book your visit to the gardens in advance.

Wreath made by volunteers hanging on the doorway
Wreath made by volunteers hanging on the door at Cotehele
Wreath made by volunteers hanging on the doorway

All things festive around the garden

This year we’re bringing the festive cheer out into the garden.

Although our usual 60ft garland will not be on display within the Great Hall, our garden team have been busy behind the scenes to celebrate our traditional garland with creations displayed overhead in the archway leading into Hall Court and around doorways within Hall Court and Retainers’ Court.

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Floral display in the archway celebrating the garland tradition
Floral display in the archway celebrating the garland tradition
Floral display in the archway celebrating the garland tradition

Look out for other seasonal displays around the garden and as the afternoon starts to get darker see the lights come on to illuminate some of our most interesting trees and beautiful areas of the house.

The lights in the garden will come on once it starts to get dark – approximately from 3pm onwards, giving everyone who visits the garden later in the day the opportunity to see the lights as darkness falls. Don’t forget to bring a torch.

Christmas tree lit up within Hall Court, Cotehele
Christmas tree lit up within Hall Court, Cotehele
Christmas tree lit up within Hall Court, Cotehele

Peter Rabbit and friends at Cotehele Quay

Have a family-friendly winter adventure with Peter Rabbit and friends

This winter, treat the family to the magic of a Peter Rabbit winter adventure around the Cotehele estate in partnership with Penguin Random House UK.

Peter Rabbits friends need some help finding items to see them through the colder winter months. Can you lend a hand to help some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-Duck and solve the clues along the way to earn a special badge and certificate.

Launching on Saturday 5 December, the trail starts from Cotehele Quay and goes along the Morden stream towards Elbow Cottage. The trail is £2 per pack. The trail is not located within the gardens at Cotehele.

Pick up the trail from the Quay Kiosk which is open daily from 10am, we recommend last explorers set off at 2pm to give time to head back before it gets dark. We are only able to accept card payments.

 

A Peter Rabbit winter adventure trail
A Peter Rabbit winter adventure trail
A Peter Rabbit winter adventure trail

Bah humbug - what’s not happening this year?

Following the government guidance, we’ve thought carefully about how we can deliver our usual Christmas offer at Cotehele in 2020. For everyone’s safety, we are unable to host the following this winter:

  • The traditional 60ft Garland will not be on display in the Great Hall. Instead, there will be a small creation celebrating the garland's history available to view outside. The house will remain closed until Spring 2021.
  • We’re sorry to say that the usual musical performances under the Garland will be unable to go ahead this year.
  • Unfortunately as Mother and Father Christmas have been so busy making sure everyone is okay during the coronavirus crisis, they will be unable to visit Cotehele this year.
  • Our annual wassail in the orchard will not be going ahead as planned, instead we encourage you to host your own at home to ensure a bumper crop in 2021.
Front of house during winter at Cotehele, Cornwall

Visiting Cotehele: what you need to know

We've put together a handy guide about what to expect when you visit Cotehele. If you are visiting the garden and orchard, booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Bookings close at 3pm the day before. Tickets are released every Friday for the following week. You do not need to book to visit the quay or wider estate.