February half-term at Cotehele

Children drinking outside

Don't let the cold or the grey skies keep you indoors this half term - pull on your winter woollies and come to Cotehele to make the most of the time off school.

Cotehele House and Mill are closed for winter conservation until 7 March, when they reopen for the Tide and time exhibition and shortly after, 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 families can pick up a free Bird Bingo activity trail to follow through the garden and countryside finding out about the different birds that live here and trying to spot them all.

A blackbird at Cotehele
A blackbird gets a worm a worm at Cotehele, Cornwall
A blackbird at Cotehele

Feed the birds

Daily through half-term week (15-23 February), pop up to the Cider Barn in the Mother Orchard where you can have a go at making a bird feeder to take home. When the ground is frosty, birds often have a hard time finding enough food to keep themselves going, so having a bird feeder in your garden could be a lifesaver. 

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 to warm up those fingers if they've got chilly after all the fun in the outdoors.