Summer at Cotehele

Six children playing by the pond at Cotehele, Cornwall

Join us at Cotehele to enjoy summer activities that’ll make your staycation one to remember. From 50 things to picnics and outdoor adventures, as well as inspiration to keep everyone entertained at home, we’re here to help the whole family have fun.

Please book ahead before visiting the garden and orchard 

The garden and orchard at Cotehele are open for local visitors.

We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. You can book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895. You do not need to book to visit the quay or wider estate. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Family trails

Spot birds enjoying the garden on your Bird Bingo sheet or get to know nature a little bit better whilst you tick off activities from the 50 things explorer trail.

You can download these free trails below or you can pick up a Bird Bingo sheet from our garden reception desk. If you can remember please bring a pen or pencil with you as we are unable to hand these out at the moment. There are lots of other ideas for outdoor family adventures within our Family Hub, all of which can be completed either at home or when you visit.

Tick off some 50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Download the 50 things activity list and see how many activities you can tick off this summer. You’ll find fun outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating a nature diary. Many can be done at home and in your garden, at Cotehele or at one of our other National Trust places local to you.


Burn off some energy before bed

If everyone is still feeling energetic, there are lots of walks around Cotehele. You could walk to the quayside and see Shamrock, our Tamar sailing barge, or you can take a stroll along the path to the mill. Just a bit further past the mill is the weir. You can also discover the Danescombe Valley and spot the ruins of the old paper mill and saw mill.

A family exploring the garden at Cotehele
Visitors in the garden
A family exploring the garden at Cotehele

Perfect lunch and picnic spots

The Barn Restaurant near the house is open daily for takeaway only. You can pick up additional picnic supplies, hot and cold drinks, cream teas, pasties, ice-creams and more. If you are popping into the Barn Restaurant you are required to wear a face covering whilst inside. Please remember to bring one with you.

There is plenty of space to enjoy a picnic at Cotehele. There are designated picnic areas by the car park on the quay and in the meadow near the house, but you are welcome to set up your picnic in the orchard or in the garden too. Please remember to always take your rubbish home with you.

A family exploring the garden in spring at Arlington Court, Devon

Family fun in the South West 

Check out the places to explore as a family in each county in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire this spring, as well as some fun to have with your family from home.

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Best Days Out Cornwall 

We're proud to be part of an association of tourist attractions in Cornwall that, for over 40 years, has been working to provide the best attractions for families and visitors to Cornwall.