Step into spring with the National Trust in Cornwall

    Across Cornwall, National Trust gardens are filling with colourful spring blooms, and houses are looking tip-top after their intensive winter cleans. There’s loads going on this season from half-term full of activities to garden tours and Easter adventure trails to grafting your own apple tree and much more. What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special places for future generations.

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    Cotehele, National Trust

    Cotehele

    Little Gardener's Family Trail Daily from 3-25 Feb. 10am – 4pm It's time for the family to get out in the garden and try out our Little Gardener's trail. Even in the winter there are so many things to do to keep the gardens looking tidy and the Cotehele gardeners need your help. Become a Little Gardener and complete activities such as sowing seeds, smelling herbs, watching birds and finding your very own nature treasures. Can you help get the garden ready for spring? Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

    PondLife! at Cotehele Quay 2 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May & 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 (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

    Daffodils at Cotehele 16 – 24 Mar. 10am – 4pm Each spring Cotehele plays host to more than 300 different varieties of daffodil, many of which date back to the 17th Century. Visit between 16 - 24 March to see the spectacular daffodils at their best and follow the trail of slates highlighting Cotehele's most unique, heritage varieties. Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

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    Glendurgan Garden, National Trust

    Glendurgan

    Garden Tours Thursdays from 15 Feb. 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: donation. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 or via the website.

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    Godolphin, National Trust

    Godolphin

    Trust10 25 Feb, 24 Mar and 28 Apr. 8.30 – 11am Join a fun, free and friendly trail run around the beautiful Godolphin estate. Two loops of 5km with stunning views throughout. Post run refreshments and cake available from the tea-room. And this December join us for the Tinsel10 where Christmas fancy dress is welcome and highly encouraged! Price: Free (car parking charges apply for non-members). No booking necessary.

    National Lottery Open Week 9– 17 Mar. 10am – 5pm We’re saying thank you to National Lottery players with free entry to Godolphin from 9-17 March during normal opening hours. Bring along proof of purchase of a lottery ticket or scratch card (hard copy or digital) and one lottery ticket or one scratch card = one free adult admission (accompanying children under 18 free). This is our opportunity to thank the Lottery players who’ve made so much conservation work possible at the places we look after, through contributions from the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Price: Free. No booking necessary.

    Visit the house at Godolphin First week of every month Join us on the first week of every month, from the first Saturday to the following Thursday as the doors to Godolphin House open to the public. 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 prices apply). No booking necessary.

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    Lanhydrock, National Trust

    Lanhydrock

    Garden reopens for 2024 1 Mar. 10.30am – 5pm Come and see spring bloom in Lanhydrock’s 30-acre garden as it opens for the 2024 season. With displays of bulbs, carpets of bluebells, snowdrops and camellias, there’ll be plenty to enjoy in the garden throughout the season. Lanhydrock is famous for its magnolia trees, with a magnolia glade and arch to wander through. Over 200 magnolias grow in the garden and spring see the most magnificent of their displays. Price: Free (normal admission applies). No booking necessary.

    C:UP Long Gallery conservation project From 1 Mar. 11am-5pm This year, take the unique chance to get up close to Lanhydrock's Long Gallery ceiling as conservators work to restore it. Opening in March, walk along the raised platform and take the once in a lifetime opportunity to see this masterpiece of Jacobean plasterwork up close as it is cleaned and conserved. Price: Free (normal admission applies) No booking necessary.

    National Lottery Open Week 10 – 17 Mar. 10.30am – 5pm We’re saying thank you to National Lottery players with free entry to Lanhydrock from 10-17 March during normal opening hours. Bring along proof of purchase of a lottery ticket or scratch card (hard copy or digital) and one lottery ticket or one scratch card = one free adult admission (accompanying children under 18 free). This is our opportunity to thank the Lottery players who’ve made so much conservation work possible at the places we look after, through contributions from the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Price: Free. No booking necessary.

    The Dodman

    Hemmick beach clean Saturdays, 3 Feb, 2 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun10 – 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.

    The Roseland

    Pendower community beach cleans Mondays, 5 Feb. 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun. 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.

    Porthcurnick community beach cleans Mondays, 5 Feb. 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May. 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.

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    Trengwainton, National Trust

    Trengwainton

    Garden reopens for 2024 11 Feb. 10am – 5pm

    Make a date to visit the garden and see what's in bloom at the start of our 2024 season. A mild winter could mean magnolias might already be budding, along with early camellias and snowdrops. Nearer the time, check out 'The garden at Trengwainton' article under our Things to see and do tab for an update on what's blooming. Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

    Animal aerobics trail 11 – 29 Feb. 10am – 5pm

    Spring into the new season with our Animal Aerobics family trail. Can you wriggle like a worm, hop like a bunny or flap like a bat? Follow the trail around the garden, get moving again after winter's hibernation and spot the signs of new growth popping up all around the garden. Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary.

    National Lottery Open Week 10 – 17 (exc 15 & 16) Mar. 10am – 5pm

    We’re saying thank you to National Lottery players with free entry to Trengwainton Garden from 10-17 March during normal opening hours. Bring along proof of purchase of a lottery ticket or scratch card (hard copy or digital) and one lottery ticket or one scratch card = one free adult admission (accompanying children under 18 free). This is our opportunity to thank the Lottery players who’ve made so much conservation work possible at the places we look after, through contributions from the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Price: Free. No booking necessary.

    May half-term family fun at Trengwainton 26 – 30 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 prices apply). No booking necessary.

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