Fall into Autumn with the National Trust
Across Cornwall, National Trust places are full of warmth as the trees slowly turn to red, orange and gold, enjoy crisp walks with family and friends and steaming cups of hot chocolate. There’s lots on offer this season, from spooky Halloween trails to apple weekends and getting crafty to Heritage Open Days.
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 summer, please check property website for opening days and times:
Autumn Discovery Spotters at Antony Tue – Thu from 12 Sep – 12 Oct. 12noon-4pm Head to Antony and pick up a free toddler friendly trail to spot all the sights and colours of autumn around the garden at Antony. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Heritage Open Days: Visit Antony for free Tue 12 – Thu 14 Sep. 12noon-4pm As part of Heritage Open Days, we’re waiving our usual admission fees to allow everyone to visit the house and garden for free. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Autumn adventures at Antony
Tue 24 – Thu 26 Oct and Tue 31 Oct – Thu 2 Nov. 12noon-4pm
Join in the family fun this October half-term at Antony. Pick up your activity sheet and complete as many autumn activities as you can. Take part in a conker and spoon race, see who can throw a welly the furthest, build the best den and more. Price: £3 per trail, includes prize (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
The Cotehele Apple Weekender
Sat 9 and Sun 10 Sep 10am – 5pm Celebrate Cotehele’s rare and special orchards with a weekend packed full of apple festivities. Join an orchard tour, see the amazing cider press in action, taste some delicious apples and pick your own straight from the trees to take home with you. Oh, and watch out for something special making an appearance on the grass circle! Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Pick your own apples at Cotehele Sat 9 to Sun 24 Sep. 10am – 4pm The Mother Orchard is home to more than 300 trees and 125 different heritage varieties of dessert, culinary and cider apples. By taking part, you'll be able to take a selection of these special varieties home with you, while helping us look after the orchards for generations to come. Bags will be available from visitor reception for a suggested donation of £3 for a small bag. We will also have sacks available for £5. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Heritage Open Days: Visit Cotehele for free Sat 16 – Sun 17 Sep. 10am-5pm As part of Heritage Open Days, we’re waiving our usual admission fees to allow everyone to visit the house and garden for free. Price: Free (car park charges still apply). Booking not required.
Drawn to Cotehele Sat 16 Sep – Sun 1 Oct. 11am – 4pm This autumn, visit the Victorian Drawing room for a special art exhibition at Cotehele. Artists from Drawn to the Valley are celebrating a year in the life of the Tamar Valley, as seen through the eyes of it’s local artists. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Heritage Open Days: Architectural Tour of Cotehele Tue 12 and Thu 14 Sep. 10.30am – 12.30pm Join volunteer Steve Docksey for an in-depth focus on the external architectural development of Cotehele over time. The tour lasts up to two hours, at the end you'll be invited to climb the 55 steps up the North West Tower to see Cotehele for a different angle. If it is very wet or windy, it won't be possible for us to enjoy the views from the North West Tour. Price: Free (car park charges still apply). Booking essential 0344 249 1895.
Celebrating the Harvest at Cotehele Mill Daily from Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct, 11am-4pm Soak in the delights of autumn beneath fluttering bunting and enjoy the seasonal decorations which lead to a harvest table of abundance in the Bakery. Try the tasty treats made by our volunteer bakers, and try your hand at leaf rubbings and leaf crowns at our autumnal craft station. Price: Free. Booking not required.
The Cotehele Scarecrow Trail Daily from Sat 21 Oct – Sun 5 Nov, 10am-4pm This October half-term, head to Cotehele to see how many spooky scarecrows you can find hiding in the garden. Spot the scarecrows and read their stories from local folklore to solve the mystery. This year, our scarecrows have been made by a number of local community groups. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Christmas at Cotehele: Creating the Garland
Daily from Mon 6 – Fri 17 Nov. 10.30am – 4pm
Meet the gardeners at Cotehele and take a look behind the scenes as they start to insert over 30,000 dried flowers into the pittosporum to create this year's garland. For everyone's safety there might be times throughout the day where the Hall might be closed to visitors to allow scaffolding and other equipment to be moved. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Beach clean Sun 3 Sep 11.30am – 1.30pm and Sun 15 Oct 10.30am – 12.30pm 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 27 Sep. 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.
Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct (excluding 23 Oct). 10.30am - 5.00pm
Collect a willow crown from the garden entrance and decorate it with colourful fallen leaves from the garden floor. Head over to our apple shed for some nature-based activities including leaf rubbing and sketching. Learn more about the history of orchards at Glendurgan, take a look at our beehives and you can even try on a beekeeping outfit yourself! Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Dormouse half-term trail
Daily from Sat 21 – Tue 31 Oct. 10am - 4pm
This October half-term, head to Lanhydrock to join dormouse and his woodland friends as they search the garden for the perfect autumn party food.
Price: £3 per trail (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Autumn colour at Lanhydrock
Daily throughout Sept and Oct. 10am - 4pm
As autumn dims the Lanhydrock floral borders, the garden is still alive with pops of colour; scarlet and yellow from Japanese acers, the vivid red of the Persian ironwood and the purple sweet gum tree. Enjoy a peaceful stroll and find a hidden bench for some quiet contemplation. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Inspired by Lanhydrock exhibition
Daily to 31 Oct. 11am – 4pm Inspired by Lanhydrock’s ceramic and botanical collections, renowned artist Hitomi Hosono has created 10 new pieces which will go on display this autumn. From delicate dancing petals to flowing magnolia branches, Hitomi’s crisp, detailed botanical work, created in her signature white porcelain, will sit amongst Lanhydrock’s existing ceramic collection along one of the house routes. Delve into the methods and materials to learn the story behind the creation of these exquisite works in porcelain. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Dear Future: I Leave This Place To You - Penrose Estate
Without gifts in wills, we simply wouldn’t be able to look after the extraordinary places in our care. This special event will take you behind the scenes to see first-hand how your support is helping us carry out crucial conservation work every day, and how a gift in your own will could help to safeguard the future of our special places. Join members of our expert team at Penrose, a beautiful wooded estate around Cornwall's largest natural lake, as they take you on a short "behind the scenes" tour of the Dial Garden and Walled Garden, which we're currently restoring, and which are not normally open to the public. Over light refreshments, you’ll have the opportunity to chat further to members of the team and learn more about why gifts in wills are so important to our work. Price: Free. Booking essential 01793 817703.
Mid & South East Cornwall
Pendower community beach cleans Mon 4 Sep, Mon 2 Oct & Mon 6 Nov. 2 – 3.30pm Soak in fantastic views and fresh air whilst helping to keep this beautiful beach clean. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so. Please also feel free to bring your own gloves if you'd like. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Veryan Bunker tour Sat 16 Sep. 11am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 3pm Join our tour by local expert Lawrence Holmes and the ROC team and hear the stories behind what went on in a nuclear bunker and the neighbouring starfish bunker. The nuclear bunker is the only preserved ROC nuclear bunker in the south west open to the public on a regular basis and the decoy command bunker is the only known preserved one of its type in the UK. Together they make Veryan Bunkers a unique site to visit. Price: £5. Booking essential 01872 501062.
Hemmick beach cleans Sat 2 Sep, Sat 7 Oct & Sat 4 Nov. 10-11am Can you spare an hour or so to help us keep Hemmick beach looking beautiful, and safer for wildlife? Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided. Please also feel free to bring your own gloves if you'd like. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Porthcurnick community beach cleans Mon 4 Sep, Mon 2 Oct & Mon 6 Nov. 10 – 11am Soak in fantastic views and fresh sea air whilst helping to keep this beautiful beach clean. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so. Please also feel free to bring your own gloves if you'd like. Price: Free. Booking not required.
St Agnes guided walk Fri 29 Sep. 11.30am – 1.30pm Lose yourself in myth, magic and history on these guided walks around St Agnes. Chapel Porth to Porthtowan Along the beach from Chapel Porth to Porthtowan at low tide before heading back over the coastal cliffs above, taking in the wreck of the Eltham, Chapel Porth valley and Wheal Charlotte. Meet in Chapel Porth car park, if full, further parking up the path at Wheal Coates. Price: Free. Booking essential 0344 249 1895.
Geology rocks at Boscastle
Wed 13 Sep. 10am – 1pm
Join expert geologist Jane Anderson for a walk around Boscastle. Find out about the fascinating geology that formed the famous harbour and surrounding countryside. Price: £5. Booking not required. Meet in the National Trust café.
Heritage Open Days at Bude
Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sep. 10am-4pm
The Pill Box at Maer Down (just above Crooklets Beach - not National Trust) will be open for visitors to learn more about the Second World War coastal defences. Maer Down is the section of clifftop that joins Bude with Northcott Mouth. It will be open as part of ‘Bude at War’, marking 80 years since US troops arrived to train for D Day on Bude’s cliffs and beaches. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Sun, stars and planets with Kernow Astronomers
Sat 23 Sep, 5.30-9pm, Sat 21 Oct, 4.30-8pm & Sat 18 Nov, 4-7.30pm
Join Kernow Astronomers for an evening of gazing up into the sky using telescopes and benefiting from their expert knowledge. Price: Free. Booking not required. Please check website as event will move to the Fri evening if forecast is for cloudy skies.
Apple Day at Pentire, nr. Polzeath Sat 21 Oct, 12-4pm Join us at Pentire to celebrate Apple Day, with live music and some orchard inspired activities. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Apple Weekend Sat 30 Sep & Sun 1 Oct. 10am – 4.30pm In the stables you’ll find a small press, an apple display, the garden team will be on hand to help with identifying heritage apples and there’ll be plenty of traditional games for the family to play. Over in the orchard there’ll be pruning demos with the garden team at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, performances from Aggie Folk Band between 12pm and 3pm and archery sessions with Anchor Archery between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Free entry for Heritage Open Days Sun 10 to Thu 14 Sep and Sun 17 Sep. 10am – 5pm Explore winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views and 10 sections of walled garden, including a productive kitchen garden. Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens, tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors and performance-based interpretation of global plant collecting histories (on selected dates). Price: Free. Booking not required.
October half-term family fun at Trengwainton
Sun 22 to Thu 26 Oct and Sun 29 Oct. 10am – 5pm
Get welly-ready this October half term with our autumn-themed family activities. Follow the sensory trail and splash and crunch your way around the garden. Collect fallen leaves to make leaf bunting or try printing with them. Play autumn colour spotting and see how many you can tick off; collect fallen apples or guess the weight of the pumpkin.
Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.
Archaeological tour of Trerice 8 and 22 Sep and 6 and 20 Oct. 2.00 – 3.00pm 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.
Heritage Open Day Sat 16 Sep. 10.30am – 4.30pm On Saturday 16 September, you can spend the day exploring Trerice with free entry to the house and gardens in celebration of Heritage Open Days. Learn about our history in the house, take a stroll around the gardens, have a go at some traditional outdoor games, browse the second-hand bookshop and enjoy our lovely café. There will also be live Cornish and Celtic music from a local folk band at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Price: Free. Booking not required.
Halloween at Trerice Mon 23 – Sun 29 Oct. 10:30 – 4:30pm For the whole week of half term, enjoy some spooky family fun at Trerice. Get dressed up for costume day, spot the creepy crawlies around the house and make some potions in the garden. There will also be storytelling and apple pressing throughout the week. Price: Free. Booking not required.
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