May half term activities with the National Trust

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

    Antony, National Trust


    Cornwall in Conflict
    26 -30 May and 2 Jun. 12.30 – 4pm
    Pick up an information booklet and discover the stories behind some of the artefacts and militaria found throughout the house. From the English Civil War to the Second World War, the Carews of Antony have been involved in local and international conflicts. Learn more about these clashes, read their war stories, and discover the treasure trove of militaria that the Antony collection holds.
    Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary. 

    Summer Games at Antony
    27 -30 May and 2 Jun. 12 – 4.30pm
    Celebrate the arrival of summer with some traditional garden games at Antony. Why not challenge your friends or family to a game of cornhole, see who comes out on top in a game of croquet, and take part in a sack or egg and spoon race. 
    Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary. 

    Antony A-Z
    27 -30 May and 2 Jun. 12 – 5pm
    Pick up your free activity card to find an object around the house and garden for every letter of the alphabet. Challenge your friends and family to see who can complete their list quickest. What new objects will you discover, and who can come up with the most unusual answers? 
    Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

    Cotehele, National Trust


    Very Important Pollinators
    18 May to 2 Jun, 10am-5pm
    Pick up a free trail from Cotehele Reception and discover the very important pollinators who live and work in the Cotehele gardens. Can you spot the pictures of our pollinator pals, or even spot the real animals as you explore the gardens!
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). No booking necessary.

    PondLife! at Cotehele Quay
    Sat 1 Jun. 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. Subject to cancellation in event of poor weather. Please check our social media feeds and website nearer each event.
    Price: Free. No booking necessary. 

    Nature walks
    Sun 26 May. 11am – 3pm
    Join our Nature Walks volunteer Andy on free monthly walks to learn about the ecology of the beautiful and varied Cotehele estate. Andy will lead a walk and talk of 60-90 minutes from Cotehele Quay through our amazing estate. Discover seasonal highlights, what the Rangers have been doing to care of the estate and learn about all the flora and fauna which can be found on our patch of the Tamar Valley. Please note: walks are subject to cancellation based on inclement weather conditions.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking essential 0344 249 1895 or via the website. 

    Glendurgan Garden, National Trust

    Glendurgan Garden

    ’50 Things’ Challenge
    25 May – 2 Jun. 10.30am – 5pm
    Get involved this May half term in '50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' activities. Have a go at creating wild art, bird watching, scavenger hunting and more. How many activities can you tick off your list this half term?
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

    Garden Tours
    Thu 30 May. 11am – 1pm
    Join a member of the garden team for a private tour of this subtropical valley on the Helford River. Garden guides will share their outstanding expertise and expansive knowledge of plants and trees as well as some bonus tips for your garden at home. Glendurgan is packed full of exotic plants, rare trees and wildflowers, making it the perfect place to expand your horticultural knowledge. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended. The price for this garden tour is by a donation on arrival, Glendurgan want this to be inclusive to everyone and the donation you make will raise crucial funds for this special place.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking essential 0344 249 1895 or via the website. 


    May half term: Hands on at Lanhydrock
    25 May – 2 Jun. 10.30am – 4pm
    Grab your brushes and sponges this May half term and get stuck into conservation at Lanhydrock with hands-on activities and crafts to try. Join us for a variety of hands-on activities to keep every budding conservator busy. Linked with the conservation work on Lanhydrock's Long Gallery ceiling, try your hand at a variety of activities from cleaning objects to pattern art.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.

    Levant Mine and Beam Engine

    Minor Miners, Family Tours at Levant Mine and Beam Engine
    26 May to 2 June. Tours Daily at 10.30 and 13.30
    This May half term visit Levant and learning about the gruelling work of a Cornish miner. Have a go at being a miner and help to run the winder or steam engine.
    Price: Free (normal booking admissions apply). Booking essential via the website.

    Godolphin, National Trust


    May Half Term at Godolphin
    25 May – 2 Jun. 10am – 5pm
    Join us for a sensory friendly adventure from the 25 May - 2 June. Get in touch with your senses, explore the barefoot trail, listen to the sounds of nature and get crafting in the Cider House.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

    Short Guided Walks through a Mining Landscape
    25, 28 and 31 May and 1 Jun. 1.15 – 2pm
    Enjoy a short walk through a mining landscape, with one of our volunteer guides, who will highlight the features of mining that remain and tell you more about the historic relationship between Godolphin and mining. Please note: walks are subject to cancellation based on inclement weather conditions and are subject to volunteer availability.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

    Visit the house at Godolphin
    Sat 1 & Sun 2 Jun. 10.30am – 5pm
    Venture into Godolphin House and discover the rich history within the walls of this once great mining powerhouse. Find out more about those who lived here at lives they lead in what was once Cornwall's largest and finest house.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required. 

    Lizard point, National Trust

    Lizard Point

    Chough and wildlife walk Sat 25 and Tue 28 May. 10.30am – 12.30pm Join the volunteers and staff from National Trust and Natural England for a chough and wildlife walk, as part of National Nature Reserves Week, along the cliffs at Lizard Point. On this two hour walk we will introduce you to local wildlife and the Cornish choughs while taking in far-reaching views out to sea and share information about the work that goes into keeping this place special. Price: Free. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 or via the website.

    Poldhu, National Trust

    Poldhu Cove

    Spring wildflower walk
    Sun 26 May. 10am – 12.30pm
    Everyone is welcome to join us for stroll along the coast path starting at Poldhu to Mullion Cove, taking in the spring flowers and far-reaching views out to sea. The walks are led by volunteer walk leaders and offer the opportunity for anybody to spend time in nature and meet new people. Everyone is welcome, of all abilities and experience, and the walk leader will facilitate the walk to ensure everybody feels comfortable.
    Price: Free (car parking charges apply). Booking not required.

    The Dodman

    Hemmick beach clean  
    Sat 1 Jun. 10 – 11am 
    Can you spare half an hour or so to help us keep Hemmick beach looking beautiful, and safer for wildlife? Children are very welcome (with accompanying adults) and we will provide gloves, bags and litter pickers.    Price: Free (car parking charges apply for non-members). No booking necessary. 

    Trelissick, National Trust


    May half term at Trelissick
    25 May – 2 June, 10am-4.30pm This May half term follow the trail around the garden to create an adventure story inspired by your visit to Trelissick.
    Price: Free (car parking and admission charges apply to non-members)

    St Stythians Male Voice Choir
    26 May, 2.30-4pm
    A performance from St Stythians Male Voice Choir on Sunday 26 May at Trelissick.
    Price: Free (car parking and admission charges apply to non-members)

    ‘How to make a Story’ story sessions with author Naomi Jones at Trelissick
    Wed 29 May. 10.15 – 11.15am and 11.30am – 12.30pm
    Join children's author Naomi Jones in the stables at Trelissick for a fun-packed, interactive storytelling session and story-making workshop. She will read her book How to Make a Story, answer questions, share writing tips and lead a story-making workshop. The storytelling sessions are aimed at ages 2-9 and cost £6 per child attending. There is no ticket fee for adults and up to two may attend the sessions with each child ticket.
    Price: £6 per child (normal admission applies). Booking essential 0344 249 1895 or via the website.

    Trengwainton Garden, National Trust

    Trengwainton Garden

    May half-term family fun at Trengwainton
    26 May – 2 Jun. 10am – 5pm
    Head to Trengwainton this May half term to make fallen flower kebabs. 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.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.

    Trerice, National Trust


    Costume Day at Trerice
    Mon 27 May. 11am – 3pm
    Join in with our volunteers and get the whole family dressed up in Tudor and 1950s-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.

    May half term falconry display at Trerice
    Wed 29 and Thu 30 May. 11am, 1pm and 3pm
    Enjoy a falconry display and view a collection of hawks this May half term at Trerice. Come along to a falconry flying display at Trerice and view a beautiful collection of hawks and falcons in the mowhay field. You can also listen to Elizabethan tales delivered by Raphael Historic Falconry.
    Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking not required.

    Archaeological tour of Trerice
    Fri 31 May. 2 – 3pm
    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.

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