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Family-friendly things to do at Cotehele

A family enjoying one of the summer play activities at Cotehele, Cornwall
A family enjoying one of the summer play activities at Cotehele, Cornwall | © James Dobson

Discover all the things to do on a family day out to Cotehele. Explore the garden and orchards and head out on an adventure around the estate. Find out what family-friendly events are coming up and how best to plan your day out at Cotehele with children in mind.

Planning your family visit to Cotehele

  • Free entry for under 5s

  • Baby-changing facilities in most toilets

  • Buggy-friendly route around the garden, quay and towards Cotehele Mill

  • Play area by the Cherry Orchard and at Cotehele Quay

  • Children’s menu available within the Barn Restaurant

  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop

  • Please take extra care around Cotehele Quay, the pond dipping area at the quay and the ponds within the Upper Garden and Valley Garden.

Visitors in the garden at Cotehele, Cornwall
Visitors in the garden at Cotehele, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

What's coming up soon

Very Important Pollinators

Saturday 18 May - Monday 15 July

Pick up a free trail from Cotehele Reception, and discover the very important pollinators who live and work in Cotehele's gardens. Can you spot the pictures of our pollinator pals, or even spot the real animals as you explore the gardens!

Summer of Play at Cotehele

Saturday 20 July - Sunday 2 September.

Play in nature this summer, every day. What will you do first? Maybe you'll challenge the family to a race around the orchard? Or get creative in the Old Orchard Theatre? Will you become a Nature Detective at Cotehele Mill or build something amazing out of loose parts?

PondLife! at Cotehele Quay

Saturday 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October, from 10am-1pm

Head down to the pond at Cotehele Quay to discover the weird and wonderful creatures which live in and on the pond.

These pond dipping sessions are subject to cancellation in the event of poor weather. Please check our social media feeds and website nearer each event.

Hidden creatures within the house at Cotehele

Available daily from 9 March - 3 November

Explore the house and see if you can discover the animals hiding amongst the tapestries, wood carvings and windows. Pick up your trail sheet from the Hall within the house.

Family canoe trips with Canoe Tamar at Cotehele Quay

Booking essential, various dates between April-September

Join the crew from Canoe Tamar for a guided family canoe trip along the River Tamar starting at Cotehele Quay. Visit their website for timetables and booking information. Minimum age is 3 years old.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Cotehele is the perfect place for ticking off some of your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.’ There are plenty of things to try at Cotehele, whatever the weather. Here are just a few:

No. 4 Build a den

Gather large sticks and create a secret hideaway. Our favourite spot for building dens is by the Cherry Orchard play area.

No. 33 Go cloud watching

With imagination you can create whole worlds from the shapes you see in the sky. Any spot at Cotehele is great for doing this, we like lying on the grass slopes by the bowling green.

No. 48 Keep a nature diary

Bring along some scrap paper and colouring pencils and keep a diary of the things you have discovered. What did you touch? What can you hear? Draw the wildlife you spotted on your adventures around Cotehele.

Visitors exploring the garden in spring at Cotehele, Cornwall

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