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Festival of Blossom

A woman holding up her child with a blossom tree behind them in the Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall
Visitors enjoying the blossom in the Mother Orchard. | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Discover Cotehele's orchards brimming with blossom and buzzing with pollinators. This year we're celebrating with a special program of blossom themed events and activities across the entire Tamar Valley.

Festival of Blossom at Cotehele

Friday 26 - Monday 29 April, 10am - 4pm at Cotehele

Normal admission applies or free with a Festival of Blossom leaflet.

This spring we're celebrating the beauty of blossom at Cotehele.

Relax with a blossom picnic, try your hand at lawn games, write a blossom inspired haiku, and enjoy a whole host of blossom themed events.

When you visit, become a citizen scientist and use our photography stations to track the progress of our blossom as it spreads from the cherry orchard to the old and mother orchards. Share your photos with us: #Cotehele and #Blossomwatch.

Abundance - Alice Robinson-Carter

Saturday 13 April - Monday 29 April, 11am - 4pm at Cotehele

Free (normal admission applies)

Head to the Victorian Drawing Room to see paintings inspired by Cotehele House and Gardens.

Alice is a painter, walker and explorer based in Cornwall, passionate about capturing the essence of place. Alice uses a mixed-media approach to capture both the details and expansiveness of these unique landscapes.

In partnership with Alice Robinson-Carter

Alice Robinson-Carter: Abundance | National Trust

Meet the Maker

Friday 26 April, 11am - 3pm at Cotehele

Free (normal admission applies)

Head to the Mother Orchard to meet some of the fantastic local makers who supply our shop with seasonal treats. Try some samples, meet the creators behind these great products and maybe even find a new favourite treat.

Blossom: Meet the Maker | National Trust

Gwel an Bleujenn (View of the flowers)

Saturday 27 April, 2pm - 3pm at Cotehele

Free (normal admission applies)

Join us as we process through the blossom, giving thanks to the flowers and the promise of the fruit that will follow. Enjoy music by Rosie Fierek, poetry read by Robert Forshaw and dance by Moondance studios among the blossoming trees. Dancing and costumes encouraged!

Gwel an Bleujenn (View of the flowers) | National Trust

Blossom Bioblitz

Sunday 28 April, 10am - 4pm at Cotehele

Free (normal admission applies)

Take a closer look at the mother orchard with staff and students from the University of Plymouth. See how much wildlife you can spot, uncover a hidden world of amazing orchard wildlife and help us build a picture of this amazing habitat.

Blossom Bioblitz | National Trust

Whitsand Harmony

Monday 29 April, 1pm and 2pm at Cotehele

Free (normal admission applies)

Enjoy two performances of songs inspired by blossom, springtime and love by the Whitsand Harmony choir in the Mother Orchard, surrounded by our blossoming apple trees.

Festival of Blossom: Whitsand Harmony | National Trust

​​Blossom Yoga at Cotehele

Sunday 28 April and Monday 29 April, 10.30am & 11.45am at Cotehele

Free (normal admissions apply)

Join a free yoga class, and take some time for yourself to stretch out in the beautiful Old Orchard and connect to the natural world with yoga instructor Lucy MacKay. Beginners welcome but please bring your own mat if you have one.

Adult only session: 10.30am

Family friendly session: 11.45 am

Booking essential.

Click here to book adult only yoga.
Click here to book family friendly yoga.

A family sat on deck chairs beneath a blossom covered apple tree.
Visitors enjoying the blossom in the Mother Orchard. | © Trevor Ray Hart

Other events in the Tamar Valley

We've been working with the Orchard Network and other partners to bring together a programme events across the whole Tamar Valley. Find out how to join in the fun.

Blossomise at Market Hall

Saturday 20 April at Market Hall, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4PS


Experience Blossomise - a live music and poetry performance by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the band LYR. Supported by a playlist and found sound from musician SL Walkinshaw and special contributions from the local community. Lose yourself in the beauty of spring when you head to the immersive dome.

Click here to book your ticket.

In partnership with Home | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK, Greenminds | Green Communities ( and Market Hall | Home to Plymouths awe-inspiring 15m immersive dome (

Devonport Blossom Walk

Wednesday 24 April, 4.30pm - 6.30pm. Meet at Devonport Station, Plymouth, PL1 4QN


Join fruit tree expert Tess Wilmot on a walk to discover more about the blossoming trees in Devonport Park and the Fruiting Arboretum.

In partnership with Home - Food Plymouth

Kingston Orchard at Bere Alston

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, 10am-4pm. Bere Alston, PL20 7EP


Starting from Bere Alston station, enjoy a picnic in the apple orchard and then take the 4 mile looped Heralds of Spring walk to enjoy the springtime flowers, returning you back to the station.

The walk has sloped and sometimes uneven terrain. No Parking or facilities available at Kingston.

Download the walk route here.

In partnership with Tamar Grow Local

Photograph of a bee on almond blossom at Stowe
Celebrate the beauty of blossom in the Tamar valley this spring | © National Trust/David Humphries

Blossom at The Tamar Inn

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, Calstock, PL18 9QA


Celebrate the beauty of blossom with live music and local ciders at the Tamar Inn. With blossoming trees nearby in Calstock, this is a perfect spot to soak in the spring feeling.

For more information visit

Blackie Woods Blossom and nature walk

Thursday 2 May, 10am, Meet at St Budeaux Ferry Road, Plymouth, PL5 1JQ


Join fruit tree expert Tess Wilmot on a walk from St Budeaux Ferry Road station to look for blossom, and learn more about the nature and wildlife in this inner city woodland.

In partnership with Home - Food Plymouth

South Hooe orchard trail

Saturday 4 May, dawn until dusk. Located at What 3 words? fractions.stint.tinted. Grid Ref: SX 42091 65439.


Walk the South Hooe Cottage farmland nature trail on the Bere Peninsula. Enjoy 1-2 hours of peace and tranquillity on this 2 mile stroll, sit and take in the splendid river views and spot some local wildlife. There are no facilities at the site. Please note, no dogs due to wading birds.

Download the walk route here.

In partnership with Tamar Grow Local

Travel by train

Your nearest orchard is closer than you think. The Tamar Valley Line, from Plymouth to Gunnislake, runs 7 days a week, all year round. For more details visit Tamar Valley Line (

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