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Family-friendly things to do at Trengwainton Garden

Children doing an activity trail
Easter trail adventures | © National Trust Images/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 Christmas 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.

Take part in an Easter trail

This Easter, treat the whole family to a world of adventures at Trengwainton on an Easter trail. Make your way along the trail and find 10 nature-inspired activities including, seed planting, tic tac toe, egg and spoon racing and plant-bingo. The trail takes place between 29 March - 14 April (closed Fridays and Saturdays, except Good Friday) from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm, so come along and explore the beautiful garden at Trengwainton. Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg. Both eggs are made using Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Find out more at ra.org.

*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.

May half term

Head to Trengwainton this May half term to make fallen flower kebabs. Come along any time between 10am-5pm from 26-30 May & 2 June. Collect a stick from the reception and gather fallen flowers as you explore the garden, then pop them in the ground to create a collective piece of wild art in the shape of a dragonfly.

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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