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Family-friendly things to do at Coleton Fishacre

Den building at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
Check out the den building area in the garden at Coleton Fishacre | © Victoria Holland

Have a family adventure at Coleton Fishacre whatever the season. Discover a host of family-friendly activities to take part in, from outdoor challenges to garden trails and more.

Planning your family visit

Here is the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out to Coleton Fishacre:

  • Free garden trails available to pick up in visitor reception
  • Baby-changing facilities are available in access-friendly toilets
  • Buggy friendly routes are available around the garden
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house
  • Children’s menu available from Café Coleton
  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

The garden has lots of paths and hills to explore. Can you follow the winding path up to the summerhouse? Try to count the steps as you go and see if you're right when you reach the top.

Get closer to nature

From designing your own natural colour palette or spotting the signs of nature in the garden, the outdoor trails are free and a great way to keep minds occupied while exploring the garden. You can pick these up and a pencil from visitor reception on arrival.

Family friendly things to do in the house

Inside the house, the design trail takes inspiration from the art deco interior. Look for geometric shapes and patterns in the collection, or spot colours and materials in the furniture. Clipboards and pencils are available with the trail at the house entrance. Don’t forget, you can claim a sticker at visitor reception for completing any of the trails.

A girl and a boy looking at a Christmas tree, covered in lights at Ickworth in Suffolk.
Are you ready for the festive season? | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Experience festive family days out this Christmas

Coleton Fishacre

Weekends 25 Nov-17 Dec, daily 20-31 Dec (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Welcome to Winter Tide and Time at Coleton Fishacre. Gather the family for a host of magical memories as you explore Coleton Fishacre. From a sparkling tunnel to a magical model village, there's moments of wonder where ever you look as the house is transformed with a frosty coastal feel.

Outside, the garden by the sea is the perfect place to stretch little legs. Don't forget to stop by Cafe Coleton for the new winter menu.


Weekends 25 Nov-24 Dec, daily 27-31 Dec

Soak up the seasonal cheer at Greenway this December. Follow the twelve wreaths of Christmas trail around the woodland garden. Each one has been inspired by a Christmas film and created by our own teams of staff and volunteers. Inside the house, it's a warm and traditional family celebration with twinkling trees and festive crafts in the House Kitchen.

A view of the flowers in the garden with the house in the background at Coleton Fishacre, Devon

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Step inside the 1920s country home of the D’Oyly Carte family where Art Deco features, sea views and light and airy designs create an intimate atmosphere.

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A visit to Coleton Fishacre would not be complete without browsing the National Trust Shop or picking up a tasty treat from Café Coleton.

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