Coleton Aglow ~ Kingswear
Why not wrap up warm and explore the garden at Coleton Fishacre as it is aglow with festive light? The streams, beautiful trees and exotic features of the garden are lit for Christmas in spectacular fashion and the house is ready for a 1920s Christmas party this December.
The garden at night:
A walk through the garden during Coleton aglow truly delights. The route leads you between twinkling fairy lights down past the front of the house to the Rill Garden where the stream through the centre of the garden is filled with light and the colours of the summer recreated with uplighters. Down through the centre of the garden the ponds and trees are awash with warm and colourful light, and above your heads disco balls glitter. You’ll pass the Quarry where a giant cocktail glass spills champagne bubbles, reminiscent of the party taking place in the house. At the bottom of the garden you’ll reach the tree fern glade, before coming back up the garden to the summer house, where you can take a moment to admire the views across the route you’ve just walked and see the wave of lights cascade down Cathedral Bank.
This walk takes about 40 minutes, after which you can warm up in the gazebo with a mulled wine. There is also a short route which leads past the house to the gazebo and back, if you aren’t up for walking the entire route or you’re looking to avoid steps and steep hills. Dogs are welcome in the garden on short leads.
Christmas in the house:
The Christmas decorations this year have been inspired by a Christmas party which took place at Coleton Fishacre in 1929. The D’Oyly Carte family built Coleton Fishacre as their country home, and spent their time here relaxing and entertaining in style. When you visit the house you’ll see preparations underway for a glamourous 1920s Christmas party just waiting for the guests’ arrival. You’ll be able to try on your party outfit in the handling room, listen to party music playing in the Saloon and there’ll be parlour games in the Sitting Room such as Gilbert and Sullivan charades.
Dates, times and booking:
Coleton aglow is running on Fridays – Sundays from 1 to 17 December and Wednesdays – Sundays from 20 to 31 December. There are two time slots available to book for your visit: 5-6.30pm or 5.30-7pm.
Normal admissions apply for Coleton aglow, and entry is free for National Trust members and under-fives.
Booking is essential; please call 01803 842382 to book. Places are limited: when you book, you will be allocated a parking space. You will need to bring proof of booking with you to be granted admission to the car park.
Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt – Torquay’s Dinosaur World
Visit the only dinosaur exhibition in south Devon during the Easter holidays for the rooaarsome Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt.
Be a brave explorer to get close and personal with the dinosaurs, and be a Palaeontologist to discover fascinating fossils and find out who has been stealing the dinosaur eggs. Use the clues to solve the mystery and win a special Easter Edition Dinosaur Expert Certificate, a selection of real 160 million-year- old fossils, and a chocolatey treat.
Plus, win a Dinosaur World T Shirt and a Dinosaur Goodie Bag full of toys, models and fossils with our Easter Card competition.
Come and see the world of dinosaurs brought to life. Whether you are a little dinosaur fan, or a big one, there’s something for everyone to their teeth into over the Easter holidays!
Only £6.95 per visitor plus get our Paleo Pass which gives FREE unlimited re-entry for 3 months and 1/2 price entry to Kents Cavern* during the Easter school holidays.
Now that’s rooaarsome!
*See the website for T&Cs.
Bank Holiday Easter Monday fun at Babbacombe Cliff Railway and on Oddicombe Beach.
Take part in our FREE Easter Treasure Trail with a choc-tastic treat for all those who successfully complete it (while stocks last).
This event is for children up to, and including, the age of 15.
No charge to take part in the event but normal Cliff Railway travel charges apply.