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Family-friendly things to do at Trelissick

Children taking part in a trail in the garden surrounded by spring blossom, Trelissick, Cornwall
Make family memories at Trelissick | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

Discover all the things to do on a family day out to Trelissick. Explore the garden and house, or head out on an adventure around the countryside estate. Find out what family-friendly events are coming up and plan your visit to Trelissick.

Planning your family visit to Trelissick

• Free entry for under 5s
• Baby-changing facilities available
• Buggy-friendly route around the garden, orchard and countryside
• Children’s lunchboxes available within Crofters Café
• Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop

Two children looking at maps at Low Wray campsite on the shore of Lake Windermere in the Lake District
Family adventures at Trelissick | © National Trust Images/James Dobson | © National Trust Images/Tiree Dawson

Spring sketchbook

Collect a small sketchbook from the welcome team in reception this spring and use it to guide your visit through the garden. There are 8 prompts in the booklet to help you explore and draw during your visit to Trelissick.

The spring sketchbook will be available until May half term.

May half term at Trelissick

May half term storytelling trail
25 May - 2 June
This May half term follow the trail around the garden to create an adventure story inspired by your visit to Trelissick.

'How to Make a Story' story sessions with author Naomi Jones at Trelissick
Weds 29 May, 10.15 and 11.30am, £6 per child

Join children's author Naomi Jones in the stables at Trelissick for a fun-packed, interactive storytelling session and story-making workshop. She will read her book How to Make a Story, answer questions, share writing tips and lead a story-making workshop.

The storytelling sessions are aimed at ages 2-9 and cost £6 per child attending. There is no ticket fee for adults and up to two may attend the sessions with each child ticket.

Please be aware admission to Trelissick applies and assistance dogs only are permitted in the stables.

Children should not be left unattended during the storytelling or story-writing activity.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Here are our top 3 favourite '50 things' to do this spring at Trelissick:

  • #28 Climb a huge hill
    The countryside at Trelissick has a few huge hills for you to scale but our favourite has to be from the beach to the car park on the south woodland walk where you'll find spectacular views of the river and garden once you reach the top.

  • #33 Go cloudwatching
    Whether you're looking through the gaps in the canopy of trees in the woodland or from the grass of the tennis lawn there are plenty of areas to stop and see what shapes you can spot in the clouds above you.

  • #44 Watch a bird
    Find a quiet place to sit, watch and wait to see the birds that call Trelissick home. The summerhouses are some of our favourite places to settle in for some birdwatching in the garden. See how many you can spot as they soar and sing, being careful not to startle them.

Outdoor theatre performances in 2024

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast at Trelissick

Tuesday 30 July 2024, 6.30pm

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer for a brand-new telling of this classic fairy tale.

When an arrogant prince is cursed to live as a hideous beast, his only hope is a kindly young woman in search of a rose.

Presented with lively original music and sparkling humour in delightful settings from picturesque gardens to sweeping country parks, Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s rollicking new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is perfect for all the family!

Adult ticket £22

Child ticket £11.22

Family tickets are available.

This is an outdoor performance so please bring chairs, blankets and a picnic and come dressed for the weather.

Please note that only assistance dogs are permitted at this event.

Miracle Theatre presents Love Riot

Wednesday 14 August 6.30pm

Step into a world of etiquette, scandal and matchmaking, with this fresh new take on an 18th century rom-com from Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre.

Promised by her father to the dashing Doricourt from a young age, Letty has worked for years to corset up her wild heart, to ready herself for a dream marriage. But now the much longed-for day has arrived, Doricourt sees her only as a business transaction. Faced with a loveless future, Letty’s heart starts beating again– can she defy convention, shape her own destiny and be free to find love her own way?

This vibrant reimagining of Hannah Cowley’s comedy of manners, The Belle’s Stratagem, takes audiences of all ages on a journey of unexpected twists and hilarious turns, towards a destination where they might all be free.

Celebrate Miracle’s 45th Anniversary with this inspiring show that will captivate adults, families and teenagers – as much as their grandparents!

Adult ticket £17.50

Child ticket £12.50

This is an outdoor performance so please bring chairs, blankets and a picnic and come dressed for the weather.

Please note that only assistance dogs are permitted at this event.

Quantum Theatre presents The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck at Trelissick

Wednesday 21 August 4.30pm

New for 2024, Quantum presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale — The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Prevented from hatching her eggs at the farm, foolish Jemima goes in search of a nesting place in the forest and soon she meets a charming ‘gentleman’ who offers her the perfect nesting place in his wood-shed. But why is his wood-shed full of feathers and why is he asking her to collect the herbs for roast duck?

Back at the farm, the Collie-dog, Kep, puts two and two together, but will he be in time to rescue Jemima from her fate?

Adult ticket £17

Child ticket £12

Family tickets are available.

This is an outdoor performance so please bring chairs, blankets and a picnic and come dressed for the weather.

Please note that only assistance dogs are permitted at this event.

Visitors watching a live outdoor theatre performance at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Visitors watching a live outdoor theatre performance | © National Trust Images/John Millar

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