At the beginning of this month; we visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan; as it’s a nice place to have a wander around in nature!
Located just outside of Mevagissey; Heligan’s gardens were once truly lost; and over the last 25 years or so have been uncovered and carefully restored; and finished into a great place to visit for all the family!
What I love about The Lost Gardens of Heligan
There is so much to see and do! Fun kids activities; and many things to spot, amongst the woodland and plantings, including hidden statues; the mud maid and this guy!
There are lots of places for the kids to run and jump around and play! And there are also trails and other activities throughout the year, with opportunities to learn about plants and nature!
And of course there are many beautiful trees and plants to see!
The trees and shrubs proved a nice shading canopy as we visited on a hot sunny day at the beginning of the summer holidays! There’s plenty of parking, and it didn’t seem too busy when we visited on a hot and sunny Saturday.
We walked down to the Jungle; it can be steep at times, and it is recommended that sturdy footwear is worn when visiting. (I mean I wore flip-flops during this day out, but I’d probably suggest something a bit more robust!)
There is a lot of walking, but there are benches to have a break; as well as two cafes on site, with plenty of food, drinks and ice cream!
When we came here back in early spring we didn’t make it as far as the jungle rope bridge! So it had to be done this time! Not suitable for under 5’s as this crossing is a little challenging. There is an alternative footpath for those unable to use the bridge.
Again, I was wearing flip flops, I did make it across, but I really wouldn’t recommend it!
Check out our walk at NT Cotehele in this post.
The Farm at Heligan
One thing I love about Heligan is the chance to see the animals! Be careful of gates as you walk around as there are sheep walking around. Look at this cutie!
We stopped by to see the pigs and other animals, there are 18 native and rare breeds here at Heligan, and it’s always fun to arrive just at feeding time! Even now in August we saw some babies (collective “awww!”)
Things to do
The barn, where in spring you can head to see the newborn lambs, has become a fun spot for smaller kids in the summer, with ride-on toys, drawing and other hands-on activities!
This summer Heligan is home to Kneehigh and it’s fun theatre! Lots going on which you can find out about on the Lost Gardens of Heligan website.
As well as the woodland walking, the jungle, and the animals, there are also the flower garden and the kitchen gardens! Full of bright colours at this time of year, this is a great place to stop and take some photos (or even do some painting!)
On the East Lawn there are currently all sorts of summer activities taking place too throughout the holidays, from Den Building to charcoal drawing or simply relaxing in the sunshine!
There is also a Kids Summer Adventures passport to collect, with fun facts about Heligan, things to spot and even stamps to collect as you explore the gardens!
We stopped off for some food and drink in both of the on site cafe’s during our visit, and there was plenty to choose from, both hot and cold. Heligan also has a shop on site so you can take home a souvenir, or even some fun summer activities for at home or in the garden!
Where are your favourite places to visit in the summer?
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