February half-term at Cotehele

Children enjoying a bushcraft lesson

Don't let the grey skies keep you indoors this half term - come to Cotehele and make the most of the time off school.

Cotehele House and Mill are closed for winter conservation until 9 March, when they reopen for our Daffodil Festival. It’s a really busy time of year behind-the-scenes, as the team deep-clean the rooms and check and clean the collections more closely than they can when they’re open. There’s still plenty to do here over half-term though.

Free family trail

The adventure playground on the meadow is open all year round and from Saturday 9 February, families can pick up a free Daffodil Trail to follow through the garden and discover why these sunny flowers are so important to Cotehele and the Tamar Valley.

Daffodils at Cotehele
Little girl in a pink jacket with umbrella in the daffodils at Cotehele, Cornwall
Daffodils at Cotehele

Learn survival skills

On 18, 19 and 20 February, 10am-12pm or 1.30-3.30pm, Serious Outdoor Skills are running Bushcraft sessions here, where kids can learn how to build shelters, light fires and survive in the wild. These fun activities are suitable for 7-15s at £6 per child. Booking is essential on 01579 351346.

Join Serious Jack for bushcraft fun at Cotehele, Cornwall
Serious Outdoor Skills Jack building a fire at Cotehele, Cornwall
Join Serious Jack for bushcraft fun at Cotehele, Cornwall

Getting out and about

If you just fancy getting the kids outdoors to boost their Vitamin D levels then you could take them on a colour hunt through the garden. The garden is really coming to life, with one of the best shows of snowdrops for years, as well as hellebores, crocuses and some early daffodil varieties starting to bloom so there are lots of colours to discover.

A treat for everyone

The Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay and the Barn restaurant by the house are open daily from 10am-4pm for warming drinks, snacks and meals and you can even take the family to tuck into a full roast lunch without the hassle of the cooking (or washing up!) at weekends in the Barn, because that’s what weekends are made for...

Learn bushcraft skills
A young boy learning bushcraft skills
Learn bushcraft skills