Summer fun at Tintagel Old Post Office

children creating wild art in the garden

There is plenty of fun in store at Tintagel Old Post Office this summer. From digging deeper at the Festival of Archaeology Fringe to creating wild art, learning to be a gardener or having a go at traditional crafts such as rag rugging. Follow the family history trail and dress as a Victorian with clothes from the dressing up box.

Summer events and activities:

  • Festival of Archaeology Fringe. 14 - 29 July, 10.30am-5pm. Unearth how this historic house would have looked over 600 years ago and find out what life was like in the village before the building became known as 'The Old Post Office'. This year the exhibition also focuses on the other archaeological sites in North Cornwall National Trust, from shipwrecks to cliff castles. Let your little treasures explore the hidden history of the house with a free archaeology trail and create their own coat of arms along with inspirational motto. Free with admission.
  • Rag rug workshops. Wednesday 25 July and Wednesday 15 August 11am-3pm. Join the rag rug volunteers and workshop leader Deborah Hastings and have a go at this age-old art of upcycling left-over fabrics into furnishing for the home. 11am-3pm. Small chrage for materials used.
  • Plant it, grow it, eat it. Wednesdasy 1 August, 11am-4pm Let your budding gardeners tick-off #41 of 50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 with help from Gardener Kate who will teach you how to plant up a pot to take home, ways to nurture it and help it grow into something you can eat! Be sure to collect your free 50 Things scrapbook and stickers and start exploring.  Free with admisison. Donations welcomed.
  • Make a memory, 8 & 29 August, 11am-4pm. Using the materials provided, make a memory box of your holiday or a badge or magnet as a souvenir of your visit. Free with admission.
  • Create wild art. Wednesday 22 August, 11am-4pm. From the natural materials and paints provided, create your own masterpiece to take away and tick-off #18 of 50 Things. Free with admission.
challenge your friends and family in traditional lawn games
a baby playing garden games
challenge your friends and family in traditional lawn games

What else is happening?

  • Family history trail. Free, daily. Follow the trail in the hunt for history! Do you know what some of the items in the house were used for and who would have used them?
  • Photography competition. Free, daily. This year, the theme is 'home' and can be interepreted in any way you like with any style, technique or camera (even with your phone!). All ages and abilities are welcome and your photo might even end up on display in October and win a prize! Ask a member of staff for a terms and conditions sheet and where to upload your photos when you visit.
  • Victorian dressing up. Free, daily (weather permitting). Look the part of the postmaster and postmistress with Victorian dressing up clothing. Perfect for a family photo and with sizes for grown-ups too!
  • Garden games. Free, daily (weather permitting). Challenge your friends and family in noughts-and-crosses, dominoes or roll-a-ball.
Discover a story spanning six centuries with the family trail
A clise up of the children's trail at the house
Discover a story spanning six centuries with the family trail

A picnic with a difference

With the wonky and wavy Tudor roof as a backdrop, the cottage garden of Tintagel Old Post Office offers a unique setting for lunch! The lawn is perfect for a picnic and visitors are welcome to bring food and drink from the village with them into this peaceful retreat.

The back garden offers a quiet retreat from the bustling highstreet
A family enjoying a picnic in the back garden
The back garden offers a quiet retreat from the bustling highstreet

Upcoming events

Torchlight terrors

Sat 20 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
For a treat of tricks, using a UV torch, uncover the spooky symbols hidden in the dark places of the house and solve the puzzle to win yourself a bag of ghastly goodies.

Rag rug workshop

Wed 20 Feb 2019
11:00-15:00
Join Deborah Hastings and the rag rug volunteers to have a go at this age-old art of up-cycling left-over fabrics into soft furnishings for the home. NB there is a charge for materials used.

A story of the post

Mon 18 Mar 2019
11:00-15:30
When was the Old Post Office a Post Office? An exploration of the postal history of North Cornwall and Tintagel Old Post Office.

Rag rug workshop

Thu 18 Apr 2019
11:00-15:00
Easter themed rag rug workshop. Join Deborah Hastings and the rag rug volunteers to make either a rag rug Easter rabbit, Easter chick, daffodil sari silk corsage or bluebell sari corsage.. NB there is a charge for materials used.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 20 Apr 2019
10:30-17:00
Hunt throughout the house to crack open the Easter eggs and complete your nature themed activity sheet. Be rewarded with a Cadbury chocolate egg on completing the activity sheet. £2 per hunt, plus normal admission charges.

From fabric to flowers

Mon 29 Apr 2019
10:30-17:00
New art work by Debbie Hastings on display throughout the house. Discover how simple fabrics can bloom into beautiful flowers and create your own rag rug flower brooch. Material charges apply.