Bygone summers at Trelissick

Visitors relax in deck chairs on the terrace of Trelissick house, Cornwall

This summer, to complement our outdoor activities we are taking a look back at the pastimes and leisure pursuits that those at Trelissick have enjoyed during this season.

As you make your way through the house you’ll discover pieces of Trelissick’s collection that have never been on show before as well as one very special item, the sailing boat Daisy Belle.

Trelissick, with its prominent position overlooking the River Fal, has important ties with sailing. The estate has overlooked centuries of trade, fishing and sport on the Fal and the families that lived here have enjoyed the pastime during the long summer days here. The sail boat Daisy Belle has been kindly loaned to us by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth to bring this history out of the water for a more intimate look.

Daisy Belle
The sail boat Daisy Belle on display in the East Library of Trelissick house, Cornwall
Daisy Belle

Also on show are a selection of home films recorded by the Copeland family during the 1930s. Much like today, summers in Cornwall were spent enjoying the outdoors and the water that surrounds us. See how the young Copeland boys grow from messing about with toy boats to sailing in regattas. 

The Copelands were the most recent family to call Trelissick their home, the estate having been left to Ida Copeland by her step-father Leonard Cunliffe in 1937. As such there are sporting artefacts on display consisting of  items owned by various generations of the family. 

Looking from the windows of the house today you will see other visitors taking part in the sports and games seen in the films and on display. Times have changed but the enjoyment experienced taking part in these activities remains the same.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 30 September, open every day in the house from 11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).