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May half term activities at the National Trust in and around Cornwall 

Posted in News by Lauren Webb on 16th May 2023

During May half term in and around Cornwall, National Trust places are hosting an array of family friendly activities. From dressing up in Tudor inspired costumes to beach cleans and learning all about bugs and flowers to a guided art tour, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained. 

What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special places for future generations. 

Here is what’s happening near you this May half term, please check property website for opening days and times:  


Marvellous Market Gardens trail: half-term at Cotehele 

Sat 27 May to Sun 4 Jun. 10am – 5pm 

Find out what grows in the Tamar Valley and make your own plant pot. This half-term we’re celebrating the amazing history of market gardens in the Tamar Valley. Pick up a free children’s trail, make your own plant pot, sow a seed and discover all the wonderful things that grow in the garden. 

Price: Free. No booking necessary.  

Pondlife! at Cotehele Quay  

Sat 3 Jun. 10am-1pm  

Discover weird and wonderful creatures in the pond at Cotehele Quay with monthly drop-in, pond dipping sessions. Join us as we hunt for the creatures which live in (and on!) the pond. Watch the water closely, or have a go at pond dipping, and identify any insects, fish, or amphibians you may find. First come first served as limited space on the pond platform. Subject to cancellation in event of poor weather. Please check out social media feeds and website nearer each event. 

Price: Free. No booking necessary.  

Glendurgan Garden 

Half Term Nature Activities  

Sat 27 May to Sun 4 Jun. 10am – 5pm 

Come and join us for some nature-based activities at Glendurgan this half term! Start ticking off some of the 50 things activities list at Glendurgan. Go on a bug hunt, create some wild art and plant a seed are just some of the activities you can take part in. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.  


Rhododendrons & Camellias in bloom 

Daily. 10.30 am – 5pm 

The rhododendrons and camellias are putting on a spectacular show in the Lanhydrock garden so now is the time to enjoy a walk in the late spring sunshine. You can find varieties including ‘Westminster’ and ‘Blue Peter’ all around the formal, higher and woodland gardens. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

Pond dipping at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk


May half-term trail at Trelissick 

Sat 27 May to Sun 4 Jun. 10am – 5pm 

Take part in a nature trail around the garden during May half-term.  

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.  


Celebrate 450 years of Trerice 

Sat 27 to Mon 29 May. 10.30am – 4.30pm 

Trerice is marking 450 years since the rebuilding of the Elizabethan manor house was finished in 1573. Join the team in celebration throughout the weekend and have a go at hobbyhorse jousting and Tudor games. 

Other special events throughout the weekend: 

Saturday 27 May – Live traditional Cornish and Celtic folk group 

Sunday 28 May – Performances from the Trerice choir 

Monday 29 May – Get dressed up in Tudor outfits for costume day 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.  

Costume Day at Trerice 

Mon 29 May. 11am – 3pm  

Join in with our volunteers and get the whole family dressed up in Tudor-inspired costumes made by the volunteer costume group here at Trerice. There is something fit for everyone, not just the kids! 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.  

Archaeological tour of Trerice 

Fri 2 Jun. 2.30 – 3.30pm  

You can learn about the archaeological and architectural history of Trerice on an hour long guided tour of the gardens. Find out about key features of the property and how they have changed over time, as well as archaeological digs and finds across the whole site. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.  

Trengwainton Garden  

May half term family fun at Trengwainton 

Sun 28 May to Sun June (closed Fri & Sat). 10am-5pm 

Head to Trengwainton this May half term and you can make fallen flower kebabs and design your own bunting. 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 butterfly. In the summer house on the Royal Meadow, design your own bunting with the material and pens you’ll find there and peg it out on the string we’ve laid out. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

Reading in the garden in May at Trelissick, Cornwall

All images courtesy of the National Trust