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Family-friendly things to do at Trengwainton Garden

Adult taking photo of children behind a flowery selfie station
Family fun at Trengwainton | © National Trust/James Dobson

At Trengwainton we’ve a whole range of family events and activities throughout the year, including seasonal trails, Easter Egg Hunts, Summer of Play, autumn leafy adventures and the Winter Lights festival. Everyone has their favourite, with some families coming back time and time again.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby changing facilities available in the main car park and café
  • Toilets in the garden
  • Three quarters of the garden is accessible to pushchairs/wheelchairs.
  • Children’s lunch boxes available from the café during school holidays
  • Seasonal activities during school holidays throughout the year.
  • All activites are free (unless otherwise stated) but normal admission applies. Booking not needed.

Summer holidays

Join us for a summer that's jam-packed with games and activities during our Summer of Play, sponsored by Starling Bank. From 21 July to 01 September, come rain or shine, we'll have more than 15 ways to play including wild art, tug-of-war, giant jigsaw, bean bag throw, storytime and lots more. Follow the trail around the garden for all sorts of interesting stuff about the plant superheroes that live here.

From 28 July, there’ll also be den building in the woods on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The only question is, what will you do first? Why not try them all, find your favourite, then come back and do it all again!

A family with a young child enjoy a picnic in long grass on a sunny day at Calke Abbey
Find your favourite place to picnic in the garden | © National Trust/Rod Kirkpatrick

Places to picnic and play

For the ‘wow’ factor it’s hard to beat the view from the Terrace; a grassy, open space with sea views reaching to the Lizard peninsula, with seats for older legs to rest and room for younger legs to run. Just off the tree-lined drive there’s the Royal Meadow with its fairytale Edwardian summerhouse where you can sit and dream up tales of gingerbread houses, fairies and elves, or scamper amongst the trees playing hide and seek.

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Trengwainton Garden is the perfect place to have a family adventure and tick off a few of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' at the same time. Here are some to get you started:

  • No.1 Get to know a tree: There are plenty to choose from at Trengwainton and some are even 'Champion trees' - the largest of their species. You can look, touch, hug and sniff, but please don't climb them as it damages the bark and lets in disease.

  • No.35 Discover what's in a pond: With two ponds as well as streams, hold on tight to someone and peer in - what will you see? There could be goldfish, snails, insects and maybe even tadpoles when spring is in full swing

  • No. 33 Go cloud watching: At the top of the garden the Terrace is a great place to stand and stare at the clouds and the sea. With a bit of imagination you might spot a wooly sheep, castle or dragon in the clouds - the sky's the limit.

Pink azaleas and rhododendron surrounding a wooden bridge at Trengwainton Garden

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