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May half term activities at the National Trust in Devon

During May half term across Devon, National Trust places are hosting an array of family friendly activities. From getting to know barn owls to discovering patterns in nature and hunting for reptiles to following and archaeological dig there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained.

What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special...

Historic Branscombe Mill Reopens to the Public

To celebrate National Mills Weekend, the National Trust is opening the doors of a working watermill to the public for free on Saturday 11 May, 1pm-4pm . This is the first time the mill has been open to the public since 2019.

Following extensive restoration, visitors to Manor Mill can once more watch the impressive waterwheel in action. As the machinery turns, the air is filled with...

Rare plant set to flower at Overbeck’s for the first time in 12 years

The team at the National Trust’s Overbeck’s Garden in Salcombe, Devon are eagerly waiting for an unusual plant to flower for the first time in 12 years. The exact species of this plant has been a mystery for over a decade, and when the flowers open their colour will finally reveal its true identity.

The plant, known as a Puya, originates from Chile and can take over 10 years to...

Arlington Court Celebrates Wildflowers: Explore Arlington's Wildflower Trail and Rosalie Chichester's Historic Illustrations

Arlington Court National Trust will be hosting a wildflower trail and display of Rosalie Chichester's historic botanical illustrations from 4 May to 30 June.

Visitors will be able to learn more about the work carried out by the National Trust’s North Devon Grassland project whilst exploring the trail through the gardens and grounds, full of activities which highlight the importance...

Tamar Valley celebrates the Festival of Blossom

The National Trust team at Cotehele near Saltash have joined forces with the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Food Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and Tamar Grow Local to coordinate the region’s Festival of Blossom and create a trail of blossom events accessible from the scenic Tamar Valley train line.

Between the 26-29 April visitors to Cotehele can take...

Knightshayes upstairs reopens from April 15 

The first floor of National Trust Knightshayes will open again on Monday 15 April with a new visitor route and previously unseen collection on display.

Visitors can peek inside the private rooms of the Heathcoat-Amory family, who lived at Knightshayes for over 100 years before it was gifted to the National Trust in 1972. Displayed within these rooms are fascinating family pieces,...

New Exhibition opens at A la Ronde

A new exhibition is opening at A la Ronde, near Exmouth in Devon, focused on the information and discoveries brought to light by a recent major conservation project.

The exhibition follows the conservation journey of the rare and unusual decorative interiors created at A la Ronde at the end of the eighteenth century, including the delicate Shell Gallery, Grotto Staircase, Feather...

Volunteer recruitment day at Buckland Abbey

The National Trust team at Buckland Abbey are looking for new volunteers to help take care of this much-loved gem in the Tavy Valley.

The team are hosting a volunteer open day on Friday 22 March,where anyone interested in getting involved can meet the team and find out more about what it's like to help look after the medieval Abbey and its estate.

The team at Buckland Abbey...

Step into spring with the National Trust in Devon

Across Devon, 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 Easter adventures and family trails to tree planting and learning about veteran trees to guided art tours and much more.

What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you...

National Trust joins push for temperate rainforest revival in North Devon with new 100,000-strong tree planting project

A large-scale project to create a wilder, woodier and wetter landscape is underway in north Devon with the National Trust planting over 100,000 trees this winter to re-establish approximately 50 hectares (123 acres) of temperate rainforest, one of the UK’s most endangered habitats, and other wooded habitats.

The planting will take place across three sites, with 50,000 trees to be...