Summer family fun at Cotehele

Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you

It's a barefoot kind of summer and we're inviting you to get out and let off some steam at Cotehele. From the new 'Get set, go' family trail to peaceful picnics, there's lots to do at Cotehele.

Get Set, Go!

From 23rd July, we will have ‘Get set, go!’ activity cards and stickers all ready for you to collect from reception. These cards are loaded with amazing challenges to try out in the gardens and on the wider estate at Cotehele.

Over the school holidays there will be a range of 'Get set, go' activities to complete in the gardens, including traditional lawn games, scavenger hunts and track races.  

See how many challenges you can complete along the trail and then take the cards home with you to continue your active adventure all summer long.

Our 'Get set, go' family trail runs every day from the 23rd July until the end of the school holidays.



Put your bowmanship to the test with a game of soft archery in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele.

Archery runs every Wednesday from 28th July until the end of the school holidays, between 11am and 4pm.


Nature bingo and brilliant butterflies

Take the 'Get set, go!' trail map out on the estate with you to take part in a game of nature bingo. If you make it all the way to Cotehele Mill, there are five butterfly boards hiding out on the meadow. See if you can spot them all!

Nature bingo runs every day from 23rd July until the end of the school holidays.

Small White Butterfly at Cotehele
Small White Butterfly at Cotehele
Small White Butterfly at Cotehele

The Lynher Barge at Cotehele Quay

Shamrock's sister boat, the Lynher barge, will be moored on the quay between Tuesday and Friday for the last three weeks of August. Climb aboard this classic 1896 barge to learn all about our maritime history and see how it connects to Shamrock's story.

To celebrate the event, we'll be making origami boats. Come and make your own paper Shamrock, decorate it and then test it out on our miniature boating pond.

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 and Edgcumbe tea room (takeaway only) are both open daily. You can pick up picnic supplies, hot and cold drinks, cream teas, pasties, ice-creams and more. If you are popping into the Barn Restaurant or Edgcumbe tea room 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.

Explorer family in the parkland at Trelissick, Cornwall

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 summer.

The Terraces on the east side of Cotehele House, Cornwall

Picnic at Cotehele

From spectacular viaduct views in the Terrace Garden, to lush meadows in the orchards and beside the Mill, to riverside benches at the Quay, Cotehele has many wonderful picnic spots.