Christmas at Cotehele

Adding the final flowers to the garland

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.

Every flower is grown and dried at Cotehele then added by hand to the 60ft garland swag
Detail from this year's Cotehele Christmas Garland
Every flower is grown and dried at Cotehele then added by hand to the 60ft garland swag

The Christmas flower garland

This year's garland is  the biggest and best yet, with fabulous numbers of flowers growing in this hot, sunny summer weather at the start of the growing season. You'll be able to see the finished display daily until 5 January (except 25 & 26 December), 10.30am-4pm.

Picking dried flowers in preparation for the garland

Creating the Christmas garland at Cotehele

Each year Cotehele gardeners build a 60ft-long garland from thousands of flowers grown on the estate. A tradition since 1956, the garland adorns the Tudor Hall throughout Christmas.

Music under the garland

There are musical performances under the garland most days from 30 November. Performances are at 1pm and 2pm and the hall is cleared inbetween. There's no need to book, just collect a ticket for no additional charge when you arrive at Cotehele reception. There is limited room in the Great Hall and tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Performances are listed below:

30 Nov - Resonet Choir, 1 Dec - Callington Town Band, 2 - Tapestry Choir, 3 - Barrett's Privateers, 4 - Whitsand Harmony, 5 - Liskeard Lady Singers, 6 - Looe Valley Singers, 7 - Polperro Fishermans Choir, 8 - South West Chamber Choir, 9 - Ocean City Sound, 11- Canticorum, 12 - Devonport Community Park Choir, 13 - Valley Voices 14 - Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir, 15 - Sterts Singers, 16- Global Harmony, 17 - Tregadillet Sounds, 18 - St Mary's Church Launceston, 19- Trelaske, 20- South West Philharmonia, 22- Calstock Singers.

 

A Victorian family Christmas at Cotehele mill

For the first time ever, we're opening the mill at Christmas. It 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 Victorian times.

There'll be lots of activities for families to enjoy here, including dressing up and festive crafts and Mother and Father Christmas will be visiting here too.

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

Christmas eating 

With two restaurants to choose from, you won't go hungry at Cotehele this Christmas. The Barn Restaurant near the house has a tasty winter menu and we'll serve traditional roast turkey Christmas lunches daily throughout December.

The Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay is offering warming winter one-pot dishes, jacket potatoes, and a seasonal cream tea for you to enjoy. You'll also find warm-mulled cider and mulled-apple juice.

Christmas shopping

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

Beautiful homewares designed by Anna Platts exclusively available in the Cotehele shop
Garland inspired products on sale in the Cotehele shop
Beautiful homewares designed by Anna Platts exclusively available in the Cotehele shop

Cotehele exclusive

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

You'll also find handmade blown glass baubles inspired by the vivid colours in the Cotehele Garland and a range of exclusive homewares in the shop designed by local artist Anna Platt.