3rd August, 2022

Summer at Cotehele – get there by train

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There is so much going on at Cotehele this summer! From live music to pond dipping, Cotehele has a summer schedule that the whole family will love. Get there by taking the scenic Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock and then it’s a picturesque 1.2 mile walk to Cotehele.


What’s on

Note – Once you’ve paid for admission (and, if you’re a National Trust member, you don’t even need to do that), all the activities listed below are free and there is also no need to book them in advance.

Let’s Play at Cotehele Quay and Cotehele Mill
Saturday 23rd July – Sunday 4th September

Designed to find creative and exciting ways to play. This summer at Cotehele you can complete mini-challenges in the garden, head up to the orchard look-out point, build your own adventures, beat your best lap time around the quay play area and discover nature in the meadow by Cotehele Mill with a magnifying glass, shape viewer and ribbons.

Brilliant Bees trail at Cotehele Mill
Tuesday 10th May – Sunday 4th September

Pick up a trail from reception at the Mill and explore the meadow to find the six different bees hiding among the wildflowers and learn about the role they play as pollinators.

Pondlife! at Cotehele quay
Sat 13th August 11am – 3pm & Sat 3rd September 11am – 3pm

Hunt for the creatures which live in (and on!) the pond. Watch the water closely, or have a go at pond dipping, and identifying any insects, fish or amphibians you may find.

Sunday 7th August 11am – 3pm

Cotehele and the Tamara landscapes partnership are coming together for their very first bioblitz. Meet experts and discover all the wildlife across their amazing estate. Learn about their resident dormice, meet a bird-ringer and try pond dipping at Cotehele quay. Go bug-hunting at Cotehele Mill and do some butterfly-spotting with a ranger in the garden.

Music in the Courtyard
Sunday 7th of August 1pm – 3pm

Cotehele welcomes the talented Toutes Ensemble to Hall Court to play an array of traditional Tudor music using early instruments such as recorders, windcaps and more!

Getting there

Hop on the train from Plymouth to Calstock and enjoy a scenic 30 minute trip on the Tamar Valley Line.  From Calstock station, it’s a picturesque 1.2-mile walk to Cotehele.

The Off-Peak Day Return fare from Plymouth to Calstock is £6.70 for adults, with 5-15 year-olds half price, and under 5’s go free. Buy your ticket on the Great Western Railway website or app, or at Plymouth station before boarding the train.

All Tamar Valley Line trains call at Devonport, Keyham and St Budeaux Victoria Road stations.  They also call at Dockyard station by request.  If joining at these stations, you can buy your ticket on the train.

Save a third off the above adult fares for you and a friend (with kids travelling for just £1) with a Devon & Cornwall Railcard – just £12 a year for local residents.



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