Christmas 2017 at Cotehele

Christmas is a magical time at Cotehele. There are loads of things to see and do with plenty of eating and shopping choices to keep everyone happy.

The Christmas flower garland

Every year Cotehele gardeners build a 60-foot garland from thousands of flowers grown on the estate. A tradition since 1956, the garland adorns the Great Hall throughout Christmas. The number of flowers varies each year depending on the growing season. This year the gardeners expect there will be 32,000 flowers, but they won’t have a final count until they start to build it. Find out more about the garland.

Watch the gardeners build the garland: 1 - 10 November, 11am-4pm

See the garland on display:  11 November - 6 January (except 25 & 26 December), 11am-4pm

Winter craft fair at Cotehele

4 - 5 November, 11am-4pm

Enjoy early shopping for Christmas at this annual winter craft fair featuring contemporary art and craft makers exhibiting and selling a selection of handmade and affordable gifts. Find out more.

Secret Cotehele tour and lunch

15, 16, 20, or 21 November, 10am-1.30pm

Come along for an in-depth tour of Cotehele House after it has closed for winter conservation. You'll meet the team as they give the house its annual deep-clean, learn about conservation practices and peek behind closed doors. Morning coffee and lunch in the Barn Restaurant are included. Find out more.

Delicate tapestry cleaning at Cotehele
Conservator delicately vacuums a tapestry at Cotehele, Cornwall

Family fun for Christmas

Various dates between 2 December – 6 January

Celebrate all-things-dormant on a wintry nature trail, divulge your secrets to Mother and Father Christmas, listen closely at story-telling time, and get creative during festive art and craft fun. Find details here.

Let's wassail at Cotehele

23 December, 11.30am-12noon

Put on your festive waistcoat, dig out your trombone, and help scare away the evil spirits from the Cotehele orchards to ensure a successful crop in 2018. Embellished hats and fancy dress are encouraged. Assistance dogs only, free

The wassail procession to the orchards at Cotehele, Cornwall
Wassail procession at Cotehele, Cornwall

Christmas eating 

With two restaurants to choose from, you won't go hungry at Cotehele this Christmas. The Barn Restaurant at the house and the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay are busy preparing festive menus for you to enjoy.

Christmas shopping

Whether you're looking for a sprig of mistletoe, or gifts for your family and friends, you’ll find something for everyone in the shop and plant centre or in Cotehele Gallery.

Cotehele Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting and selling the work of West Country artists and craft makers. 'All That Glitters' winter exhibition is a coming together of old and new artists to celebrate the festive period with shine and sparkle to illuminate the imagination.

A juicy kiss under the mistletoe at Cotehele
A gardener gets a juicy kiss from a dog under the mistletoe at Cotehele, Cornwall