I love it when local places in Cornwall make a real effort to be welcoming to locals. With so much down here being seasonal, it’s refreshing when somewhere like the Lost Gardens of Heligan is open all year and decides to have a special pass for locals.
I took the boys there yesterday for lunch and a walk around the gorgeous gardens. They really enjoy it there, especially the woods where they can climb, jump off things and enjoy walking through arches made of branches. Obviously sticks make great Harry Potter wands or swords as well.
You can also keep an eye out for the Mud Maid, but be careful not to wake her ;) There are also other woodland characters to try to spy as you stroll through the woods.
Yesterday the cafe area was busy and very queued up, but the staff were brilliant and worked quickly to clear the queues so we didn’t actually have to wait long. Since it was such a beautiful sunny day we decided to buy pasties and drinks before we entered the actual gardens, and eat outside. The pasties were delicious, just like everything else we have tasted at Heligan before.
We had to queue a while to get in to the gardens, but this is understandable as during the month of March Heligan are letting locals arrange a free years pass when they pay for entry to the garden. Well worth queuing for, and our pass will get a lot of use this year as we really do love Heligan. We’ll be heading back for the Easter activities!
Before I originally visited Heligan for the first time, I’ll be honest I thought it’s just a garden so bound to be boring. I only visited for the first time last year, when I was writing for a holiday company, but I love the place now. So many stunningly beautiful views to see, cute baby animals at this time of year and room for the boys to roam and have fun.
Over Easter there should be newly hatched or hatching chicks, they often have piglets and there were really cute fluffy lambs when we went there.
With the local’s pass I’ll be going back on my own sometimes for a walk as well, just to enjoy the peace and quiet whilst the boys are at school. I have plans to read a book by the fountain below, wander through the woods and get some exercise whilst soaking in the views, the fresh air and the magic of Heligan.
By the way if you are local and wanting a pass, be quick as you need to get yours before the end of March!
I really do recommend the Lost Gardens of Heligan for a day out, as well as the woods and the animals there are beautiful walled gardens, a jungle area that is seriously stunning and so tropical looking. A rope bridge to make your way across, beautiful old trees and more. There are loads of places to have a picnic, and for all you dog loves out there, your furry friends are welcome all year round on their leads.
For more information on opening times and prices etc pop to the Lost Gardens of Heligan website. By the way this isn’t an advert, we paid for our own entry and just love the place ;)
Have you ever been to Heligan? If so what was your favourite part?
If you’re looking for more places to go in Cornwall, I have a post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall, one with things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining and another with places to go in Cornwall all year.
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