Summer holiday ideas in Cornwall

Find out what’s on at National Trust places all over Cornwall. There are family trails, walks, hands on activities, and open spaces for picnics and play, as well as great rainy day options. Take your pick for your family’s summer adventure.

Three children playing swords and shields on the grass circle at Cotehele, Cornwall

Summer fun at Cotehele

There are plenty of adventures to be had at Cotehele this summer. Join us for antique sword holding, pond dipping, making swords and shields, trails, milling and games as well as the adventure playground, estate and quayside to explore.

young visitor enjoys playing on the Giant's Stride rope swing

Family fun at Glendurgan

As well as fun play features like the maze and Giant’s Stride rope swing, there are plenty of other activities for families to enjoy at Glendurgan this summer.

Make a daisy chain at Chartwell

Summer of fun at Antony

Take a relaxing walk along a border in full bloom, entertain the kids with a host of activities from raft building to den building and indulge in a cream tea in beautiful surrounds.

Little girl playing hoopla with adults in background

Make the most of the summer holidays with Trengwainton's summer of play

Here's our top 10 ways to play at Trengwainton this summer.

children playing archery

Summer holidays at Trerice

Rain or shine there's plenty planned at Trerice this summer for all the family.

children creating wild art in the garden

Summer fun at Tintagel Old Post Office 

From archaeology, photography and craft activities to creating wild art or potting up plants in the garden, an action-packed summer is planned at Tintagel Old Post Office. Follow the family trail to learn about six hundred years of history or dress as a Victorian to look the part.

rockpooling, Cornwall

Lansallos summer fun 

Join the local ranger team down at Lansallos each Thursday in the summer holidays for a day of fun.

roseland_St Anthony Head battery hoist and cartridges

St Anthony Head unearthed 

Join the team at St Anthony Head to find out more about the many layers of history. Go down into the old battery and imagine what it was like for the soldiers who manned this site and hear stories of how we protected our shores.

A family walking through the parkland towards Lanhydrock House in Cornwall

Family time at Lanhydrock

If you're visiting with the family then there are many adventures in store for you here. From trails to treks, find out why Lanhydrock is a firm family favourite.

Family times cycling the trails at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Pedal power at Lanhydrock

Whatever your experience as a cyclist, there's bound to be a trail to suit at Lanhydrock. Enjoy the ride through woodland and choose from a range of flat or hillier routes.

A girl aims a bow and arrow at a National trust archery event

Summer fun for families at Trelissick

Summer's here and there's lots for families to get up to over the school holidays here at Trelissick. Have a go at archery or pick up a racket for a game of tennis on the West Lawn.

Family at East Pool Mine in Devon

Family activities at East Pool Mine

Find the clues and take part in a free family Tin Trail or Nature Trail or dress up as the Engine Inspector and follow the route around the Engine Hose and pumping engine and discover more of East Pool Mine.

Herbaceous borders and box hedges in the sunshine at Godolphin

Summer at Godolphin

Summer at Godolphin means picnics in the orchard, barefoot walking, challenging your friends and family to sport activities and exploring the garden full of colour, height and scent.

A view of the harbour at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Take a voyage to this fairytale island with your family 

Whatever your age there's a lot to see and do on St Michael's Mount, from exploring the exotic subtropical gardens to playing king of the castle.

Young girl enjoying archery

West Cornwall's Summer of Sport 

See how many activities you can take part in over the summer holidays to make it a great Summer of Sport. Take part in rugby, tug-of-war, Arrows archery, badminton, tennis, and more across West Cornwall.

Helping with a beach clean

Beach cleans in Cornwall 

A huge amount of litter gets washed up on the beaches of the South West. It's a true team effort keeping them clean and we're very grateful to all that help. If you fancy giving it a go here are our upcoming beach cleans in Cornwall.


Miles of coast paths, sandy beaches, exotic gardens and a rich mining history. Cornwall's varied landscape offers a rich variety for summer days out.