"This is my first time here, but it won't be my last" Sara, Plymouth
With the dark evenings upon us and leaves fallen from the trees it is easy to get cosy and curl up by the fire and get into the mind set that the great out-doors is off-limits until spring. This is not so. Be brave, pull on your mittens and put on a hat and head down to Trebah.
Winter is a great time to explore the garden without the crowds, there is still plenty of Mediterranean colour in the garden and as new year approaches you can start to see the impressive bare structures of some of the champion trees, and cheer yourself with the sight of winter flowering camellias. The giant rhubarb (Gunnera) is felled in early November creating an eerie pre-historic landscape that is fun to explore on misty days.
From early December visitors can experience the magic of the garden by following Father Christmas sleigh trail. Navigate the garden and discover giant magical silhouettes created by the elves in their hidden workshop. Perfect for family photos or creating your own Christmas card images and unique festive profile pictures.
Make it a Truly Trebah Christmas with festivities that encompass a crafty European feel thats more gingham than glitzy!
The stunning hand crafted hydrangea display will return to the visitor centre throughout December providing the perfect backdrop to convenient stress free! Christmas shopping.
Festivities intensify as the month goes on with carol singing evenings, flower and wreath making workshops, as well as traditional Christmas lunches available in the café. Once the Children have broken up from school the Yuletide activities get into full swing in the few days before Christmas when Santa makes his yearly visit to Trebah. This year the elves have been busy and have created a cosy cabin for Father Christmas in their village alongside their workshop where visitors can make their own decoration. The ever-popular Tarquin balloon bender extraordinaire will also be entertaining the crowds in the village square on these days. To find Father Christmas youngsters follow his Sleigh trail to find the Elves Village. Their workshop will be open and Father Christmas will be in his cabin ready to hear your every Christmas wish from Fri 21st to Sun 23rd (inclusive) between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Normal entry prices apply to adults; Children under 15years are £3, which includes entry to the garden, sleigh trail, visiting Father Christmas and a fantastic gift. You can also follow the sleigh trail everyday throughout December even when Father Christmas isnt visiting for just £2, which includes a fabulous festive prize!
With all this talk of Christmas it is easy to forget that January is just around the corner. Put Trebah in your new diary for a New Years Day treat. What better way to start a new year than with a family lunch or brunch and a brisk head-clearing walk around the garden?
Winter ends early in the microclimate of Trebah with snowdrops appearing early in the year. Marvel at the Champion Magnolia Tree, the biggest in the UK, usually in vivid pink bloom by mid February and heralding the beginning of an early Cornish Spring.
Frosty days are the perfect excuse to indulge in a hot chocolate, warm up with a homemade soup or treat the family to a hearty Sunday Roast, so dont forget to make Trebahs award winning café an essential part of your visit. There is always a seasonal childrens trail as well as the ever popular Tarzans camp and Fort Stuart which are ideal for letting off steam whilst the grown-ups can relax and enjoy stunning views of the Helford bathed in crisp bright winter light.