May half-term fun at Cotehele

Six children playing by the pond at Cotehele, Cornwall

This May half-term there will be lots of things to keep the family entertained at Cotehele.

Get planting!

Getting children involved in growing and picking their own food is a great way to encourage them to eat more veg. We're giving you a helping hand with this at Cotehele this May. Join us for a free activity in the Plant Centre during half-term week (Tuesday 26-Sunday 31 May) where your little ones can learn how to make a paper plant pot and plant a vegetable seed to grow their own food at home.

Notice nature 

There are so many gorgeous plants and flowers, birds, pollinators, trees and shrubs in Cotehele garden and countryside which we think deserve a longer look. So this spring you can pick up a Notice nature drawing booklet from reception or Cotehele Mill when you visit, find a peaceful spot to really look at the natural world around you and follow its tips and hints as you draw what you see and enjoy.

This is a fun activity for all ages - it's not just for kids! 

We'd love to see you drawings so please share your work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #NoticeNatureatCotehele.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Cotehele

Every day, all day

Create some wild art using twigs, buds and leaves, head up to the play area for hours of fun building a den, and if the sun doesn't shine pull on your wellies and run around in the rain – there are 22 different ‘things’ on the national explorer list you can do at Cotehele. Pick up a free flyer from reception and start earning your stickers today, or you can purchase a special '50 things' handbook in the shop. (Normal admission charges apply)

Other things for families and children to do at Cotehele throughout the week include a quiz trail at the mill, a trail in the house, a wooden climbing structure play area, the hands on activities in the Discovery Centre on Cotehele Quay and playing Pooh sticks near the mill.


Build a den at Cotehele

You'll find a pile of branches, leaves and twigs on the picnic meadow where you can build a private woodland hideaway just right for you and your friends.

Children playing croquet on the lawn in front of Cotehele house

For families 

There's lots of fun to be had in the fresh air at Cotehele, whether you're stopping by for an hour after a long day at school or have all day to play, you'll find adventure areas, games, trails and loads of space to run around and let off steam.