Christmas at Cotehele

Gardener on scaffold putting flowers into the Christmas garland at Cotehele

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

The Christmas flower garland

Each year Cotehele gardeners build a huge garland from thousands of flowers grown on the estate. This year the garland measures 60 feet long running the length of the hall and 40 feet long around the doorway. A tradition since 1956, the 100 foot garland adorns the Tudor hall in the house throughout Christmas.

Come along to admire its floral beauty daily 11am to 4pm until 31 December (except Christmas and Boxing Day).

Music under the garland

We've lined up 24 groups to perform under the garland. What better way to stoke your holiday spirit than to stand beneath the majestic floral swag, warming yourself by the log fire and listening to a variety of local musicians? Find out when music will be on.

Enjoy local choirs singing under the Christmas garland at Cotehele
The South West Chamber Choir under the garland at Cotehele, Cornwall

Christmas eating and shopping

With two restaurants, a shop and an art gallery, you’ll find a selection of delicious things to eat and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list.

The Barn Restaurant is serving festive lunches on weekdays and a traditional Christmas menu at weekends. The Edgcumbe tea-room features seasonal holiday treats and both restaurants are fully-licensed. The 'Snowflakes' exhibition in Cotehele Gallery features art by West Country artists with gift ideas for someone special, your home or yourself.

Father and Mother Christmas

Meet Father and Mother Christmas in their grotto (19 – 23 December) before they head back to the North Pole to start their holiday rounds.

Mother and Father Christmas greet visitors in their grotto at Cotehele
Mother and Father Christmas in their grotto at Cotehele, Cornwall

Mistletoe from Cotehele’s orchards

Anyone who thinks a kiss is just a kiss clearly hasn’t been kissed under Cotehele orchard mistletoe. Buy a bouquet in the shop, available from the second week of December.

First World War exhibition

See 100s of personal family treasures loaned from the local community in the ‘Entrenched’ First World War exhibition in the Breakfast Room (every day until 31 December except 25 – 26 December).
 

See the First World War exhibition in the Breakfast Room at Cotehele
First World War memento at Cotehele, Cornwall

Start making your plans now

Go to 'What's on' to find times, prices and details about all the events at Cotehele for you, your family and friends this holiday season. 

Garden placing last colourful flowers into the Christmas garland

Learn more about the Christmas garland 

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