Heligan Harvest

Soil, seeds, and the celebration of Garden Gold. 

Let us invite you to our 2023 harvest celebration and share with us the bounty of our gardens and estate, from the kitchen garden to the fields and woodland: vegetables, fruit, herbs, seeds, meat, flowers and even timber - all from Heligan’s Garden & Estate.

Harvest is a significant time of year for us. It is at a momentous point in the calendar, where we can fully appreciate and share all of the hard work and effort that our team has given, during the last 12 months and celebrate the fruits of our labour.

During our week of Harvest celebrations, we will be admiring all that the Heligan team make, produce, and tend to – be those vegetables, animals, or woodlands. We’ll be looking back to the past, with our heritage harvest demonstrations, and relishing the present with delicious food and drink

At the weekends, visitors will have the opportunity to get creative, with our Heligan Harvest Big Draw, alongside learning how to make a traditional corn dolly. The Cider Gang will be returning again too, where they will be demonstrating the fascinating practice of apple pressing.

Come and join us to celebrate this year’s garden gold!

Heligan Harvest Highlights

  1. Intro Talk

    Garden Introduction Talk

    11am daily, on Flora's Green

    Join a member of the Engagement Team to discover the history of the Heligan Estate, magnificent success story of its restoration and the day's harvest highlights.

  2. Produce Tasters

    Harvest Produce Tasters

    2pm daily, on Flora's Green

    Join one of our Chefs & a Heligan Productive Gardener to delight in their tasty creations.

    You'll be able to pick up some recipe cards to recreate these dishes at home.

  3. Harvest Shop

    Heligan Harvest Shop

    Daily 10am - 5pm,
    Sundays 11am - 5pm

    Discover our exclusive Heligan products, proudly made with Heligan harvested ingredients from The Garden and Estate.

  4. Harvest Trail (1)

    Head Gardener's Harvest Family Trail

    What do you know about what we grow, how it tastes and what we make with the produce from our garden, estate, and Farm? Follow our harvest trail and test how much you know about where your food comes from.

  5. Productive Garden Tours

    Productive Garden Tours

    Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October
    12.30pm, meet on Flora's Green

    Join one of our Gardeners for a tour of our Productive Gardens and learn more about their history and how they are managed today.

  6. Productive Gardens Stories

    Stories From the Productive Gardens

    Saturday 7th - Monday 9th and Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October 12.30pm, in the Melon Yard

    Join a member of the Heligan Engagement Team to learn more about our Productive Gardens, their history and how the team work them now.

  7. Farm Feeding

    Farm Feeding

    Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Sunday 15th October
    3pm, meet in The Paddocks

    Join a member of our home farm team to learn more about our rare breed livestock that call Heligan home.

  8. Charcoal Making

    Charcoal Making

    Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th October, In the Lost Valley.

    Witness the fascinating practice of charcoal making, down in the Lost
    Valley. You'll be able to see our Exeter Retort Kiln in action, and our Estate Team will be on hand all day to share more information about this historic method of turning wood into fuel.

    In the event of heavy rain, charcoal making may be cancelled.

  9. Corn Dollies

    Corn Dolly Making

    in the Play Meadow Tent

    Learn how to make a traditional corn dolly to decorate your home during harvest.

  10. Big Draw

    The Big Heligan Harvest Draw

    11am - 3pm, in the Reserve Yard

    Take part in this creative day at Heligan & join us in capturing and celebrating the harvest season, in all its shapes and colours.

    All materials will be provided.

  11. Harvest Demo1

    Harvest Demonstrations

    11.30am on weekdays only, in the Productive Gardens
    Meet Heligan's gardeners and enjoy their skilful demonstrations.
    Including seed saving, dried flower arranging and onion stringing.

  12. Aaron Headshot

    Let's Talk Food With Aaron

    Thursday 12th October
    11am and 2pm, in the Melon Yard

    Join Heligan Chef Aaron, as he cooks up some garden produce whilst sharing stories of how our produce is used throughout our menus.

  13. Cider Gang

    Apple Pressing with the Cider Gang

    7th – 8th October and 14th – 15th October

    10am – 3pm, outside the Woodturner’s Workshop

    Join the Cider Gang for an informative demonstration of juicing methods from their heyday.

  14. Harvest Apples

    Apple identification with Dr. Andrew Ormerod

    Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October

    10.30am – 3pm, outside the Woodturner’s Workshop

    Join Economic Botanist, Dr Andrew Ormerod on Saturday as he joins our celebration of apples and pears outside the Woodturner’s Workshop.

  15. Apple Drop

    Community Apple Drop

    Wednesday 4th – Sunday 15th October 

    10am – 5pm, in the Main Carpark

    This autumn, we are on a mission to not let apples go to waste. If you have any apples in your garden that you won’t be able to put to use, please bring them along to our easy apple drop, which will be located in the main Heligan car park.

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