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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corn Dolly Making
in the Play Meadow Tent
Learn how to make a traditional corn dolly to decorate your home during harvest.
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.
11.30am 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.