Autumn all around at Cotehele

Apples on a tree and hand sculpture in Mother Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

This Autumn at Cotehele is all about colour, creativity and getting inspired by the woods and their wildlife.

Pick your own apples in the Mother Orchard

Saturday 11th September - Sunday 19th September

From 11th September, we are inviting our visitors to take part in our annual apple harvest.

The Mother Orchard is home to more than 300 trees and 125 different heritage varieties of dessert, culinary and cider apples.

By taking part, you'll be able to take a selection of these special varieties home with you, while helping us look after the orchards for generations to come.

Bags will be available from visitor reception for a suggested donation of £2.50 for a small bag or £5 for a large bag.

Please note, visitors who are not members of the National Trust will also need to pay for entry to the house and gardens.

The apple orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall
Apple picking at Cotehele
The apple orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Get creative with the Autumn art trail 

From Saturday 11th September - Saturday 23rd October

The Autumn art trail is a brand new adventure bursting with artistic inspiration and challenges to complete all around the estate.  

Pick up the trail and a pack of colouring pencils from visitor reception, learn about the artists and poets who have been inspired by Cotehele and take your own inspiration from the sights, smells and sounds of Autumn.

Suggested donation of £2, including colouring pencils  

Rena Gardiner print of Morden bridge features in the new Autumn art trail at Cotehele
Rena Gardiner artwork showing Morden bridge in Autumn
Rena Gardiner print of Morden bridge features in the new Autumn art trail at Cotehele

Follow the hibernation trail and help build a bug hotel at Cotehele Mill

Saturday 11th September -  Sunday 7th November

Follow the path through the woods from Cotehele Quay to Cotehele Mill to learn about all the different animals that hibernate and what they need to do to prepare.

As you go, collect twigs, sticks, rocks and leaves to add to our collection at the end. These will be added to our brand new bug hotel and wood pile at the Mill.

The new bug hotel at Cotehele Mill, just waiting to be filled in with twigs and leaves from visitors taking part in the new hibernation trail.
The new bug hotel at Cotehele Mill
The new bug hotel at Cotehele Mill, just waiting to be filled in with twigs and leaves from visitors taking part in the new hibernation trail.
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