Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Events at Mount Edgcumbe
All exhibitions are in the House and can be visited during the open season
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.
Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War Exhibition
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and put together by the Maritime Archaeology Trust. At the heart of this exhibition lies a desire to raise the profile of an almost forgotten aspect of the 1st World War. Whilst attention marking the centenary is often focused on the Western Front and major naval battles like Jutland, other historic remains from the war lie largely forgotten in and around our seas, rivers and estuaries. This project covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent. Mount Edgcumbe has been chosen as a venue because of its maritime connections.
The Great War: Mount Edgcumbe Before & After
Discover the life and times of those who lived and worked at Mount Egcumbe around 100 years ago through our new interactive touchscreen and photo display. Find out about the lives of the Edgcumbe family and their estate workers in the years before the First World War, and what happened to them and the estate during and after the war. Take a walk around the park to see what has and hasn’t changed since then.
Embroiderers Guild: Landscapes and Gardens Exhibition
The Embroiderers’ Guild has joined forces with the British Landscape Institute, the National Trust and English Heritage in 2016 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the idea of the classic English landscape. Although Capability Brown never worked here the Embroiderers’ Guild approached us because of the extraordinary Grade 1 listed landscape that we have responsibility for. Members of the Guild will use the landscape and formal gardens of Mount Edgcumbe to inspire textural works.
Busy bees - Needle felting for beginners
Saturday 2nd July - 10.00am – 1.00pm
To celebrate the arrival of Cornish Black Bees at Mount Edgcumbe we will be introducing this workshop which focuses on one of the “hottest” new craft trends. In this workshop you will learn how to make your own delightful little bee hive and bees using 100% felting wools. Alternatively you may wish to use your bees to make a hanging decoration eg: mobile. The tutor will supply a workshop kit* at a cost of £5/participant (*payable at the beginning of the workshop) The kit will include; a workshop information sheet, a felting foam pad, 2 felting needles; felting wools, and all the other items required to complete your project. No previous experience is required. This workshop is not considered suitable for children or those with hand-eye co-ordination difficulties. Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
Paintings of the Past
Wednesday 6 July – 11.30am to 12.30pm
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 lasts approx. 1 hr. Tickets cost £5.00 p.p (Inc free entry to House & Earls Garden) and should be booked in advance.
History around the House
Wednesday 20 July – 11.30am to 12.30pm
Find out more about the facinating history of the people above and below stairs who have lived here at Mount Edgcumbe. Tickets £5.00 p.p.and include free entry to the House and Earls Garden and should be booked in advance.
Dowsing for Beginners
Saturday 30 July — from 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 2 hours and cost £5 per person and don’t forget to bring your wire coat hangers!
Classic Car Show and Country Fayre
Sunday 7 August - 11.00am to 5.00pm
The 20th annual Classic Car Show and Country Fayre will take place on Sunday 7 August at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Classic, American and kit cars will be on show along with military vehicles.
Car show exhibitors
Once again you are cordially invited to bring your classic, American and kit cars, motorcycles and military vehicles to this event. The (non-refundable) entry fee is £5 per vehicle, including motorcycles, payable in advance. Entry is by ticket only.
The entry form can be downloaded from The Friends of Mount Edgcumbe website. Please complete and return it by 22 July with your payment and a self addressed envelope to:
Car Show Secretary, Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ.
There will be a large number of trophies to be won and a certificate of attendance will be available for collection from the information tent. The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe will open the event at 11am but entrants can arrive from 8am to find their position - it is recommended that entrants arrive as early as possible.
For further information contact the Car Show Secretary on 07572 355940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alongside the car show will be a number of stalls, caterers and entertainment. All exhibitors, traders, stallholders and caterers enquiries should be sent to Judy Lawton on 01726 66868 or email email@example.com.
National Firework Competition
Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August
Join us at Mount Edgcumbe to watch this years firework competition held annually on the Hoe in Plymouth
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August
Why not make a trip to the cinema extra special this August and come to the beautiful setting of Mount Edgcumbe to see either Bridesmaids or Star Wars in an open air setting. The films will start between 9.30-10pm (as soon as light levels drop enough). For further information see www.plymouthartscentre.org or to book your tickets contact the Plymouth Arts Centre box office 01752 206114.
Wednesday 24 August – 11.30am to 12.30pm
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 £5.00 p.p. and include entrance to the House and Earls Garden.
Wednesday 24 August - 2.00pm to 3.00pm
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.1½ hrs and cost £5.00 p.p.
Mount Edgcumbe at War Weekend
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
‘From Vikings to Vietnam and beyond’. Join the Cornwall Military Vehicle Trust for their 13th Annual Rally here at Mount Edgcumbe. Admission to the event is free (parking charges apply in the car parks).
Edgcumbe at War weekend – Learn how to make; Paracord “Combat/survival” bracelets & Lucet “Friendship bracelets”
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August - 10 am – 4.30 pm
As part of the “Edgcumbe at War” weekend event one of our craft tutors will be demonstrating how to make:
- “Combat/Survival bracelets” using paracord braiding techniques employed by military personnel in World War II
- “Friendship bracelets” using a Lucet and braiding techniques used in the; Viking, Mediival, Georgian & Victorian periods
The tutor will bring to the event the Viking- style braiding tools for purchase which are handcrafted from foraged or recycled woods. These cost from £5 - £10 dependent upon size and style.
Proms on the Peninsula
Saturday 3 September from 7pm
A fantastic opportunity to enjoy the sound of Plymouth Symphony Orchestra in this stunning Grade I listed landscape. This event will take place on the Avenue in front of the House with a grand firework finale.
This is strictly a non-profit making exercise with any excess monies being shared in the following way with some very well worthwhile charities namely;
50% Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, 10% each to The Lords Lieutenant of Devon and Cornwall Youth Projects (with a musical base) 10% Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Park, 10% Nordoff Robbins (please see www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk for further information) and the final 10% towards the Plymouth Palace Theatre Restoration Project.
Tickets cost £15.00 for all apart from children under 10 (free) are currently on sale at the following outlets:
- Torpoint - Computer Shop
- Saltash - Piglets Haberdashery
- Bodmin - Tourist Information Centre
- Plymouth - Tourist Information Centre Barbican
- Liskeard - Seasons Cafe Bistro.
For further ticket information please call 01752 813 613 or 01752 813 762.
**As part of the traffic management there will be designated parking for this event in Chapel Lands field just off the main road at Cremyll so please follow the signage to avoid congestion.
Going Bats at Mount Edgcumbe
Saturday 17 September – 7.00pm to 9.30pm
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 7pm, the walk will take approximately 2-3 hours and finish off with hot soup and cost £5 p.p. Please make sure that you wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear for the walk.
Sealed Knot Weekend
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September
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 (parking charges apply).
Beautiful braided necklace (ancient braiding for beginners)
Saturday 15th October 10.00am – 1.00pm
Would you like to be able to make bespoke and unusual gifts for friends and family? In this workshop you will be taught how to use a hand carved wooden tool to create your own bespoke braided jewellery. The technique is quick, simple to learn and is suitable to for older children/adults. You may also decide to book onto the wet felting workshop on the following day (Sunday 16th October) and learn how to make a wet felted beads or a needle felted brooch with which you can embellish your braided necklace. The tutor will provide a workshop kit* at a cost of £5/participant (*payable at the beginning of the workshop). The kit will include: a workshop information sheet, the wools/fibres, buttons & additional materials required to complete your project. Participants are invited to bring a selection of their own wools/fibres and buttons rather than purchase a kit if desired. Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
On conclusion of the workshop the hand made wooden braiding tools will be available for purchase and cost £5 - £10 dependent upon size/style.
Beautiful beaded necklaces (wet felting for beginners)
Sunday 16th October 10.00am – 12.30pm
In this workshop you will be shown how to make wet felted beads and cords from which you can make your own bespoke pieces of jewellery. The tutor will supply a workshop kit* at the cost of £5/participant (this is payable at the beginning of the workshop*) The kit will include; a workshop information sheet, 100% Merino wools, various fibres and the jewellery cords/findings required to complete your project. This workshop is suitable for older children who are aged 12 years and are accompanied by an adult. No previous experience is required. Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
If you are also undertaking the afternoon workshop you may wish to bring a packed lunch or eat in one of the facilities on-site (Stable Cafe/Barrow Centre or Orangery/Earls Garden)
Fabulous Felted brooches - (needle felting for beginners)
Sunday 16th October -1.30 pm – 4.00 pm
In this workshop you will be shown how to create your own fabulous felted brooches using needle felting techniques.
The tutor will supply a workshop kit* at the cost of £5/participant (this is payable at the beginning of the workshop*) The kit will include; a workshop information sheet, a felting foam pad, 2 felting needles; 100% hand-dyed felting wools and all the other items required to complete your project. No previous experience is required. This workshop is not considered suitable for children or those with hand-eye co-ordination difficulties Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
Sunday 30 October – from 1.45pm
Put on your most spooktacular costume and come and join in the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe scary event this Halloween. There will be a fancy dress competition for all ages - young and old held at 2pm in front the house, followed by a scary scavenger hunt down through the woods. £2.50 to take part, registration from 12noon at the Belvedere room in the Barrow Centre. Prizes for the scariest costume.
There will be lots of ghostly goings on along the way- it will be a Halloween treat for all!
Sunday 6 November - 2.00pm
This versatile choir draws its members from around South East Cornwall, and are here making a welcome return visit. Tickets & Information from Tony Hutchings - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Decorations (Needle Felting for beginners)
Saturday 12th November 10.00am – 1.00pm
In this workshop you will learn how make your own Christmas Robin using 100% carded wools and a special barbed felting needle. If you don’t wish to make a Robin there is the option to make 6 hanging tree decorations. The tutor will supply a workshop kit* at the cost of £5/participant (this is payable at the beginning of the workshop*) The kit will include; a workshop information sheet, a felting foam pad, 2 felting needles; 100% Nordic wools, 6 x polystyrene balls and all the other items required to complete your project. No previous experience is required. This workshop is not considered suitable for children or those with hand-eye co-ordination difficulties. Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
Stylish braided winter necklace/neck warmer and matching brooch
Saturday 19th November 10.00am – 1.00pm
Rather than wearing bulky winter scarves to keep warm why not join our workshop and learn how to make a stylish alternative. Learn how to braid a decorative winter necklace/neck warmer in colourful fibres (wools/acrylics) using an ancient technique which is quick and easy to learn. The tutor will provide a workshop kit* at a cost of £5/participant (payable at the beginning of the workshop). The kit will include: a workshop information sheet, the wools/fibres, buttons and the additional materials required to complete your project. Participants are invited to bring a selection of their own wools/fibres and buttons rather than purchase a kit if desired. On conclusion of the workshop the wooden braiding tools which are hand-made will be available for purchase at a cost of £5 - £10 dependent upon size/style. Tickets cost £20.00 p.p. and must be booked in advance (minimum numbers apply for course to run).
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December - from 10.00am
Back for the thirteenth year, and still fabulous! 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
- Lots of entertainment and Christmas Carolling
- If your looking for that special Christmas gift, there will be a wide variety of crafts and gifts available
- Even a visit from Santa Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm
- Admission: Adults £3 each, Children £1 each.
Craft Demonstrations & workshops at the Christmas Fayre
Saturday 10 th & Sunday 11th December 10 am – 4.30 pm
Lorraine England who is one of our craft tutors returns to the Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fair to demonstrate various craft skills. Lorraine is a passionate “Maker” in felt/fibre/textiles and has taught at events such as; Royal Cornwall & Stithians Show, Contemporary Craft festival (Bovey Tracey) , River Cottage HQ in Dorset, Stylish Homes & Gardens Event Pentille Castle and the historic Morwellham Quay.
During the weekend Lorraine will be demonstrating various craft techniques which visitors to the Christmas Fayre are invited to participate in.