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Swing into summer with the National Trust in Cornwall

Posted in News by Lauren Webb on 12th June 2023

Across Cornwall, National Trust places are alive with the promise of warm summer days, lazy weekend picnics and trips out with family and friends. There’s loads on offer this season, from archaeological tours to archery lessons and garden tours to beach cleans and much more fun.

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

Kids playing summer games on the lawn at Killerton, Devon

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


Pondlife! At Cotehele Quay

Sat 3 Jun, Sat 1 Jul & Sat 5 Aug. 10am – 1pm

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.

Price: Free. Booking not required.


Beach clean

Sun 16 Jul. 11.30am – 1.30pm

We have collaborated with One Bag Beach Clean and Plastic Free Helford River to carry out a beach clean in the North Helford countryside. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm to help for a couple of hours. We will finish the beach clean at the fish cellar, where there will be tea, coffee and cake.

Price: Free. Booking not required.

Meet Anna Maria Fox

Wed 14 Jun & Wed 30 Aug. 11 – 11.30am & 2 – 2.30pm

Step back in time and meet Quaker Anna Maria Fox, the niece of Alfred and Sarah Fox who began Glendurgan in the 1820s. Drawing on stories from the journals of Anna Maria’s siblings, Barclay and Caroline as well as the poetry of Charles Fox of Glendurgan, Anna Maria’s performance provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the famous Quaker Fox Family of Falmouth. 

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


Rhododendrons & Camellias in bloom

Daily to Fri 30 Jun. 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.

Lanhydrock Summer of Play

Daily from Sat 22 Jul. 10.30am-5pm

The Lanhydrock gardens are being transformed into a family play hub for the summer. There are lawn games and giant building blocks on the old tennis court, a specially constructed barefoot trail in the parterre and a magical music circle in front of the house. Take part in a family sack race, dress up in the theatre room or enjoy a picnic and some cloud-spotting on the formal lawns. Catch Mrs Candy the cook and the other Victorian staff around the house and garden every Thursday to learn about life in the Victorian country house. Look out for Friday storytelling sessions in the nursery and garden, subject to availability.

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

Pot and Paint Workshops with the Victorian Gardener

Subject to availability, every Fri throughout the holidays (7 days in total)

Join William the Victorian gardener for a children’s pot and paint workshop every Friday throughout the school holidays. Learn about gardening the Victorian way and discover some of the wonderful plants and trees that grow in the Lanhydrock garden. Decorate your very own terracotta pot and plant seeds ready to grow at home. Please contact the property first to see if the event is scheduled, to avoid disappointment.

Price: £5 (normal admission applies), for ages 4 and up. Booking essential 0344 249 1895.


Great Big Green Week Tours

For dates and times please visit the website

To celebrate the Great Big Green Week join us on a tour of the outside of the house and parts of the house that rarely get seen to get an understanding of how our ground source heating has transformed Trelissick.

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

Big Butterfly Count at Trelissick

14 Jul – 6 Aug. 10am – 4.30pm

Help the Butterfly Conservation take nature’s pulse by joining the Big Butterfly Count. How many different species will you be able to identify? We’ll provide recording sheets for your sightings, and this will help us assess the health of the environment.

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

Summer of Play at Trelissick

Daily from 26 Jul. 10am – 4.30pm

Visit Trelissick with your friends and family this summer to take part in the Summer of Play activities including a nature trail around the garden, summer sports, garden games, puzzles and crafts. Have a go at the garden games on the turning circle such as quoits, skittles and boules and venture into the house to view the traditional games that the family used to enjoy playing together at Trelissick. After a day of play relax on a deckchair on the terrace with an ice cream from the kiosk.

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

Archery at Trelissick

31 Jul & 7, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Aug, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

Try your hand at archery at Trelissick this summer. A coach and Trelissick volunteers will be on hand to show you the basics of handling a bow and hitting the target – you’ll be scoring bulls-eyes in no time!

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


Trengwainton’s summer of family fun

Daily from Sun 23 Jul. 10am – 5pm

Get set for family fun at Trengwainton with our Summer of play activities. We’ve lots of fun things for you to do in the orchard and on the Royal Meadow including giant Jenga, tug o’ war, loose parts play and design your own story. There’s den building in the woods on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and the annual scarecrow exhibition in the kitchen garden, with a chance for you to vote for your favourite. Alternatively, simply soak up the atmosphere of the winding paths, streams, walled gardens and award-winning plant collection.

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


Archaeological tour of Trerice

2, 16, 30 Jun, 14 & 28 Jul, 25 Aug. 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.

Costume Day at Trerice

Every Mon from 24 Jul to 28 Aug. 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.

Archery at Trerice

Every Thu from 27 Jul to 31 Aug. 11am – 3pm

Have a go at family archery sessions at Trerice with family-friendly arrow kits and learn about different types of armour with Trerice volunteers.

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

Summer of Play

Daily from Sun 23 Jul. 10.30am – 4.30pm

Enjoy the outdoors with our summer of play activities at Trerice. Head down to the Mowhay field to have a run around and challenge your family to an obstacle course, get up close with nature amongst the long grass and winding paths, and get creative with some outdoor crafts to take home and put in your garden.

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

Summer of Play with the National Trust

From 21 July 2023

Discover a world of adventure and play this summer across many National Trust places in the South West. There’ll be lots of fun for you and your family from lawn games, such as quoits and skittles, to den-building, arts and crafts to pop up sports days, costumes and role play to giant Jenga, there is something for everyone.

Price: Free, normal admission prices apply. Booking not required.