Wild Week of Fun at The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The lost gardens of Heligan are as magical as the story behind them. Hidden away under decades of weeds they were discovered and now thrive. Complete with its own jungle, rope bridge, magical gardens, sculptures, woodland, giant exotic plants, rare breeds and the best holiday activities for children imaginable.
For me the plants here take centre stage. My children might disagree but even they could appreciate the Gunnera with leaves big enough to shelter under, pineapples peeking out of their beautiful Victorian manure-heated pits and tree ferns as big as I have ever seen.
We were there in half term and there was (appropriately for us) a Wild kids event on. This was like a natural wonderland for the littles. With tribal face paints to do yourself, headband making, bush craft skills, rope weaving, catapult games, an enormous assault course, hammocks to lounge in and marshmallows to toast. It was wonderful, exhausting and extremely hard to drag the children away. Luckily the lure of a 100 foot rope bridge across a jungle was enough to tease them away.
Wandering through these gardens is like walking through a series of interconnected worlds from the depth of the jungle to the light of the Victorian country garden and with over 200 acres to explore this has to be one of my favourite attractions this country has to offer.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St Austell
Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Family ticket - £37.50
Special children's activities put on throughout the year - check their website for details