Rainy day fun at Cotehele

Children splashing in the rain

Even when it’s raining there’s still lots for families to do at Cotehele this summer.

Activities in the manor house

Inside the beautiful medieval manor house at Cotehele, children can pick up a free trail to follow through the rooms and find out (and even handle!) some of the dangerous weapons we look after in the Great Hall on Thursdays for 'Look Sharp!'.

A volunteer Room Guide chats with visitors in Cotehele House
A volunteer chats with a mother and her two daughters in the house at Cotehele, Cornwall
A volunteer Room Guide chats with visitors in Cotehele House

Also indoors

We’re running activities in the Education Room above the second-hand bookshop too – where children can have a go making swords and shields on Mondays and help us create an artwork for our Commemoration Garland in Cut Flowers for Cotehele workshops on Wednesdays and Fridays.

At the quay

Down at the quay the wonderful Discovery Centre is filled with hands-on activities to help children find out about nature and the wildlife around Cotehele. There’s a postcard-making activity here and lots of fun facts about Shamrock, the barge being repaired on the quayside. If the kids are feeling nautical, they can have a go at tying knots in here too.

Down at the Mill

If you’re brave enough to pull on the wellies and splash in the puddles on the path by Morden Stream to the Mill you’ll be rewarded with baking demonstrations (and tastings!) most days, as well as early examples of milling technology which children can have a go doing. It’s about a ten minute walk and there are pisky doors to spot along the way.

Baking day at Cotehele Mill
Volunteer showing children how to mix flapjacks at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall
Baking day at Cotehele Mill

Rainfall is essential at the Mill for our water wheel to turn and on Thursdays and Sundays you’ll be able to see it in action and watch the team milling Cotehele flour, which you can buy in the shop or taste in the flatbreads in the Barn Restaurant.

A rainy summer holiday? Bring it on…

Milling at Cotehele Mill
Miller Sally milling flour at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall
Milling at Cotehele Mill