Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Events at Mount Edgcumbe
The Metta Catharina Exhibition
April to September at Mount Edgcumbe House
This year at Mount Edgcumbe House sees the Heritage Lottery Funded Metta Catharina exhibition which tells the story of the wreck of the 18th century brigantine, lost off the coast of Mount Edgcumbe in 1786 carrying a precious cargo of leather.
The exhibition will also tell the incredible tale of the divers who discovered the wreck and spent the next 30 years battling to uncover her secrets. It promises to be a fun packed, informative exhibition full of interactive activities for families to enjoy.
Edgcumbe 500 Celebration
On June 30 1515 King Henry VIII (by the Grace of God, King of England, France and Lord of Ireland) issued the following license:
‘For Sir Peter Eggegcombe (Sir Piers Edgcumbe). License to empark lands in Weststonehouse and Cremele, Devon, and Cuthele, Cornw, and to enclose and fortify his manor of Estonehouse, Devon.’
(Weststonehouse and Cremele – today known as Mount Edgcumbe and Cremyll – were until 1844 included as a part of the county of Devon).
2015 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Edgcumbe family’s first structure on the peninsula – the great palisade fence – used to empark the Fallow Deer.
Throughout 2015 we will be marking this historical milestone with various events and activities to recognise the careful stewardship over 500 years of a much loved Grade 1 listed landscape which is still grazed by the descendants of the original herd of deer today.
Going Bats at Mount Edgcumbe
Saturday 13 June 2015 - 8pm to 10.30pm
Join us for a nocturnal adventure and let our colonies of bats be your guide. With rare species calling Mount Edgcumbe home, you could be in for a real treat with this expedition. Meeting on the terrace at the front of the house at 8pm, the walk will take two to three hours and finish off with hot soup. Please make sure that you wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear for the walk. Tickets cost £5 per person.
3 Wishes Faery Festival
Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015
Welcome one and all to the gathering of the faery clans and the mortal realms in Celtic Cornwall. For three fairytastic days where humans and faerie folk can walk (or fly!) side-by-side in harmony, in celebration of the magical time of midsummer.
Step into the fairy ring portal and into the realms of the Fae. Glimpse into fairyland, and experience how the ‘little people’ celebrate their love of the sacred land, for they are the guardians and carers of our earth. For further information about this event, or to book your tickets visit the Faery Events website
Paintings of the Past
Thursday 9 July 2015 - 11.30am
An introduction to some of the fantastic paintings on display here at Mount Edgcumbe. Find out what stories lay behind the images and maybe see something from behind the scenes. Starting at 11.30am the talk will last approximately 1 hour. Tickets cost £5 per person and should be booked in advance. Tickets also include free entry to the House and Earls Garden after the talk.
Little Felted Animals
Sunday 12 July 2015 - 10am to 1pm
In this workshop you will learn the basic principles of needle-felting to create a small 3D felted animal out of pure wool. All equipment and materials will be provided by the tutor. This workshop is not suitable for children. The course costs £20 per person.
Segway Skills returns in 2015. It’s you’re opportunity to step on board the world’s first self balancing personal transporter. Following the normal training briefing, this taster session offers you the opportunity to give it a go and practice gliding in our private practice area. If you’re ready for more, we’ll invite you to conquer the Segway Skills assault course complete with ramps, slaloms, balance beams, limbo and other precision based features! Finally, you’ll have some free time to test out the Segway at a faster pacewhilst our instructors take some final action photos! The cost is £13.99 per person.
Good to know… We have made the Segway Skills sessions more accessible. Participants between 10 and 15 years of age can be supervised without a participating adult. It also comes with an extended weight tolerance of no less than 6 stone and no more than 19.5 stone. This session will take place in our private training area only and does not progress onto park trails. Please allow at least 90 minutes for the entire experience.
- Friday 17 July 2015: Check in at 4.45pm. Session starts at 5pm
- Monday 3 August 2015: Check in at 4.45pm. Session starts at 5pm
- Thursday 27 August 2015: Check in at 4.45pm. Session starts at 5pm
- Sunday 20 September 2015: Check in at 10.45am. Session starts at 11am
- Sunday 18 October 2015: Check in at 10.45am. Session starts at 11am
- Sunday 22 November 2015: Check in at 10.45am. Session starts at 11am
Dowsing for Beginners
Sunday 19 July 2015 - 10.30am
Sceptical? Why not try out the ancient art of dowsing here at Mount Edgcumbe and develop a new skill. Meeting on the terrace in front of Mount Edgcumbe House at 10.30am the walk will last for approximately two hours and costs £4 per person - don’t forget to bring you wire coat hangers!
Fascination for Furniture?
Wednesday 22 July 2015 - 11.30am
Casual visitors to Mount Edgcumbe are able to learn about the House’s contents by means of a self-guided tour. Yet there is much more detail available about the 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture and furnishings that are contained therein. This hour-long presentation will describe a number of prime pieces of furniture and decorative arts in the Collection. A furniture historian will open doors and drawers for a closer look at the traditional construction methods and materials, and provide greater insight into items that were treasured by the Edgcumbe family.
Tickets cost £5 per person.and include free entry to the House and Earls Garden and should be booked in advance.
Classic Car Show and Summer Fayre
Sunday 2 August 2015 - 11am to 5pm
Back for another year, join the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe and Cornwall Hospice Care for this ever popular event at Mount Edgcumbe. For futher details visit the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe website.
Felted Soaps and Stones
Sunday 9 August 2015 - 10am to 1pm
In this workshop we will have fun learning to encase “beach find” stones and your favourite soaps in felt to create decorative items for your home and wonderful gifts for family and friends. All you need to bring to this workshop are a towel, a selection of smooth round stones, favourite soaps, a plastic bag to take your work home in and a sense of fun. All other materials will be provided. The course costs £20 per person.
National Firework Competition
Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 August 2015
Join us at Mount Edgcumbe to watch this years firework competition held annually on the Hoe in Plymouth.
Thursday 20 August 2015 - 11.30am
An introduction to this fascinating period of history seen through images, artefacts and furniture of the time. See who visited the family and how they influenced the estate. Meeting at the House at 11.30am, tickets cost £5 per person and include entrance to the House and Earls Garden.
Thursday 20 August 2015 - 2pm
Enjoy the delights of the lower gardens here at Mount Edgcumbe with one of our knowledgeable staff. Find out about the creation and history of these amazing Grade 1 listed gardens and some of the rare and unusual plants growing in them.
Meeting at Cremyll Gates, the event will last approx.1.5 hrs and costs £5 per person.
Mount Edgcumbe at War Weekend
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 2015
‘From Vikings to Vietnam and beyond’. Join the Cornwall Military Vehicle Trust for their 12th Annual Rally here at Mount Edgcumbe. Admission to the event is free (parking charges apply in the car parks).
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2015
Sealed Knot Weekend
Join members of the Sealed Knot Society and see what the life and times of an ordinary Civil War soldier and their families was really like. Experience the sights, sounds and smells(!) of a soldiers camp from the mid-17th century.
You will have an opportunity to see demonstrations of pike, muskets and artillery as well as encounter the activities of the soldier’s base camp where women and children would typically be preparing food and refreshments for their troops. The event is free in the lower park (car parking charges apply).
Going Bats at Mount Edgcumbe
Saturday 12 September 2015 - 7pm
Join us for a nocturnal adventure and let our colonies of bats be your guide. With rare species calling Mount Edgcumbe home, you could be in for a real treat with this expedition. Meeting on the terrace at the front of the house at 7pm, the walk will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and finish off with hot soup. Please make sure that you wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear for the walk. The cost is £5 per person.
Acts of Making
Saturday 12 to Saturday 26 September 2015
Six makers. Six moments. 14 days to discover.
Acts of Making is a city-wide two-week festival that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops – all linked to works by Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater.
There will be lots of ways to interact and collaborate with these internationally exhibited artists as the festival presents craft in unexpected spaces across the city and beyond.
Acts of Making is part of an exciting autumn season of craft in Plymouth and is a Crafts Council Touring Project delivered in partnership with Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage) and Plymouth College of Art.
To find out more visit the Crafts Council website.
(House admission charge applies to view exhibit in the House)
Fabulous Felted Jewellery
Sunday 4 October 2015 - 10am to 1pm
In this workshop you will learn how to make felted beads and ropes which can be later embellished with beads and embroidery to create unique and unusual pieces of jewellery. All you need to bring to this workshop are a towel, a bowl and a plastic bag to take your work home in. All other materials will be provided by the tutor. No previous experience required. The course will cost £20 per person.
Adventure Segway - Glide and Glow
From Thursday 22 October 2015
Every autumn we transform the Explorers Outpost into a wonderful world of colour. See the training area and Segway Skills assault course illuminated by thousands of LED’s and colourful effects that create a visual spectacle. Then, if you’re brave enough, head out into the park in the dark. Visit the Adventure Segway website for further details and to book.
Saturday 31 October 2015 – 1.45pm
The annual children’s Halloween Hunt, run by the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe is here once again at the park, starting at 1.45pm from the Orangery (where refreshments will be available).
There will be a Halloween hunt, scavenger hunt (last entry at 3pm) and a fancy dress competition. There will be prizes for the best home-made outfit and most original Halloween characters in the different age groups which are under 5s, 5 to 7 years, 7 to 10 years and 10 years plus. Judging starts at 2pm so be there in good time if you want to take part.
The event costs £2.50 per child and includes a goody bag. The event will go ahead whatever the weather so come along and join in the fun. For further information visit the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe website.
Little Keepsake Fabric Story Books
Sunday 8 November 2015 - 10am to 1pm
Catch up on one of the hottest new trends in textile work and learn how to make little calico keepsake fabric books in which you can display your treasured items and vintage finds, such as photos, cards, buttons, old embroidery, lace and textiles. All you need to bring along to the workshop are scissors, cotton/embroidery threads, needles and your finds (these can be sourced from your attic or charity shops). The tutor will provide the calico books and other materials that you can incorporate into your personal book. There will be a sewing machine available (alternatively bring your own). Basic sewing skills only are needed for this workshop. The course will cost £20 per person.
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December 2015 - 10am
Back for the twelth year, the Christmas Fayre will be better than ever! The fayre will run 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Inspirational cookery demonstrations from leading west country chefs. Local produce will be available for your culinary delight. If your looking for that special Christmas gift, there will be a wide variety of crafts and gifts available. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children.