cock pit 2016 1As a celebration of Father’s Day and because dads deserve treats too, entry to Trewithen Gardens will be free for fathers on Sunday, June 19th.

Celebrated as one of England’s most beautiful spring gardens and famed worldwide for its camellias, magnolias and rhododendron, Trewithen has one of the longest lawns in the country. At this time of year its trees – several of them the tallest or widest in the UK – are in full leaf. The view of the garden’s canopy from the elevated platform is spectacular.

Another special feature to look out for and looking its ‘Jurassic’ best at this time of year is the Cock Pit. Bursting with exotic trees and ferns from South West Australia and Tasmania, many of Trewithen’s specimens were the first of their kind to be brought back to Cornwall. Originally these plants made their way to England as ballast on clipper ships. They were thrown into the harbour when no longer needed until it was discovered they thrive in the Cornish climate – adding a sub-tropical dimension to the county’s gardens.

Trewithen’s tea room will also be entering into the spirit of the occasion. Alongside the usual homemade cakes, snacks and light lunches, prepared with locally sourced produce, cafe owner, Sonya, will be making a special lemon drizzle curd cake and batches of cherry scones – her own dad’s favourites.

On Father’s Day and every day up to and including June 30th, Trewithen will be open from 10am until 4.30pm.