The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Best Events in 2020

Hidden, sub-tropical rainforest in the heart of Cornwall...

Just a scenic 10 minute drive along the glistening coastline from our villas in Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan offer an internationally-acclaimed day visitor attraction, deep in the heart of the wild Cornish countryside. Mysterious and alluring, this sprawling 1000-acre estate was once lost to the local flora, before being famously uncovered by Tim Smit and John Willis in 1990; revealing a myriad of hidden gardens built centuries before.

From the towering, exotic specimens and Burmese rope-bridge in the UK's only outdoor jungle, to the riot of colour in the Victorian gardens (don't forget the iconic oversized sculptures and charming working farm!), there's much to love about the Lost Gardens of Heligan and their calendar of exciting events...

Easter at the Lost Gardens
Cost: Tickets included with entry
(28th March - 13th April, 10am-5pm)

Aimed at young explorers during the Easter school holidays, Heligan offers an incredible itinerary of spring surprises to enjoy during your visit (all of which are included within the price of your entry ticket!). From stamp collecting in your trail book to help find Lowenna the Lost Lamb, to winning chocolatey prizes and getting knee deep in fun-filled crafts in the spring marquee, there's plenty to keep your little ones entertained. 

Another incredible spring sight that attracts visitors of all ages, is the arrival of the beautiful baby lambs in the birthing Barn. Guests will be able to watch the latest additions bouncing around Home Farm, alongside the other wonderful animals that live there.

Easter at the Lost Gardens

Tim & Jimmy's Friday Feast
Cost: £90pp
(24th April, From 7pm)

Famed for his mouth-watering meals and his friendship with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty will be setting up home in the Heligan Kitchen to share his passions for creative cookery, sustainable farming and rare breed livestock. His 'Best of British' style will be showcased through an unforgettable feast night hosted by Sir Tim Smit (co-founder of Heligan), where guests can expect a three-course meal filled with delicious seasonal produce as well as plenty of laughter!

Tim & Jimmy's Friday Feast

Wild Week
Cost: Tickets included with entry
(23rd - 31st May, 10am-5pm)

Celebrating the end of another term and the start of the glorious summer sunshine, 'Wild Week' at Heligan promises to be jam-packed with fun and laughter in the great outdoors! Pick your preferred tribe in the Wild Yurt, before painting your face and crafting your headdress to represent your animal mascot - butterflies, frogs, foxes and owls can then unite at the giant assault course to test their animal instincts. 

Alongside the epic outdoor adventures, there are musical workshops, daily tribal calls and roaring campfires with marshmallows to toast. 

Wild Week - Heligan

Tim's Anniversary Tours
Cost: £30pp
(8th August, 2.30-4.30pm)

Take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to meet Sir Tim Smit, discovering unique insight into the story of Heligan and the importance of it's future. This personal tour of the gardens will take place only once per season, with plenty of chances to ask once-in-a-lifetime questions to the man who has been entangled with Heligan's incredible history from the very beginning!

Tim Smit Private Tours

Searching for other family friendly events in Cornwall? Take a read of 'The Eden Project's Top Events in 2020'.