Hallowe'en half-term fun at Cotehele

There are plenty of adventures to be had at Cotehele this autumn half-term. Join us for pumpkin-carving on the quay, fright night in the house, spooky trails at the mill and so much more.

Freak week at Cotehele Mill

Saturday, 21 – Sunday, 29 October, 11am-4pm

Are you brave enough for all the spooky things going on at the mill this Hallowe'en?

The mill complex will be decorated for Hallowe'en, staff and volunteers will be in fancy dress, and we’re planning a children's trail with treats. We'll be milling on the Thursday and Sundays, plus there might possibly be some scary baking going on. Your dog on a lead is welcome too (except in the bakery and milling room). Normal admission charges apply. 


Hallowe'en half-term fun on Cotehele Quay

Monday, 23 – Friday, 27 October, 11am-3pm

Meet us in the boatshed on Cotehele Quay for some spooky, creative Hallowe’en fun. It’s all drop-in so there's no need to book. At busy times there may be a queue.

  • Monday 23 October 11am-3pm: carve pumpkins £3.00
  • Tuesday 24 October 11am-3pm: make broomsticks £3.00
  • Wednesday 25 October 11am-3pm: make monsters £1.00
  • Thursday 26 October 11am-3pm: carve pumpkins £3.00
  • Friday 27 October 11am-3pm: make masks £1.00

The activities are designed for families to do together, and are suitable for ages four-plus. Some of the tools are really sharp so children will want an adult to help them stay safe. We’ll be there to help too. Normal admission charges do not apply unless you’d like to visit the house, garden or mill. Fancy dress is encouraged and your dog on a lead (with or without fancy dress) is welcome.


Fright night in Cotehele House

Saturday, 28 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Come along to explore the house in the dark and experience the spooky side of Cotehele. You’ll be able to wander around the atmospheric mansion by torchlight in this family-oriented event.

Please note, there are no lights in the house so it's essential please that everyone in your party has a torch. Thanks. 

There’s no need to book - we’ll issue timed-tickets on arrival. The Barn Restaurant and shop will be open and assistance dogs only are welcome.


‘50 things’

Children can connect with nature in the National Trust ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenge’. This is a self-led activity for families to do together or for older children to do on their own. There are at least 20 ‘things’ on the list you can do at Cotehele. ‘50 things’ scrapbooks and award stickers are free and available at Cotehele reception.

Don't forget to eat

Stay fuelled up with a picnic lunch box in the Barn Restaurant at the house and the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay.

Save some room for the Edgcumbe's autumn special cream tea: an apple and cinnamon scone served with blackcurrant jam and clotted cream and you might want to prepare yourself for some ‘blood’ juice and spooky biscuits during half-term. Boo.

A black and white dog walks ahead of a couple through the leaves in the woods during autumn.

Autumn walks at Cotehele

Cotehele’s autumn tinted garden and woodlands are full of birds and wildlife; pull on your boots and get ready to explore.