Superworm's Summer Adventure

Please note that we are unable to run our Superworm trail on Wednesday 6th September. 

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A super adventure is in store at The Lost Garden of Heligan this summer with a brand-new trail inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s renowned picture book, Superworm. The trail is created in partnership with brand owners, Magic Light Pictures.                                   

From 8th July to 10th September, the exclusive adventure trail will follow the wiggly, underground superhero’s journey through a section of Heligan’s 200-acre working estate, taking in extraordinary meadows and woodland walks to showcase the superpowers of soil, and the minibeasts and mega-beings who live in the soil.

Woodland play areas, iconic outdoor sculptures and views of wildflower meadows will all be part of the adventure with exciting activities and incredible facts to learn along the way. Fans of the ‘long, strong worm with amazing skills’ can have a go at the Superworm lasso, take on the Superworm skipping challenge and enter the Super-Tent to dig for treasure, get up close to a wormery and join knot-tying workshops. Plus, every week on Super-Skills Thursdays, there’s the chance to learn how to juggle, unicycle and even walk a tightrope with professional acrobats.

The trail wiggles through Heligan’s 200-acre estate, where children can keep their eye out for a range of wildlife, spot creepy crawlies beside Bugginghum Palace Bug Hotel – the record-breaking nesting space for insect and invertebrate life, and in specially created shepherd’s huts, listen to interviews with the minibeasts and mega-heroes of the soil, voiced by Steve Backshall, and Merlin Sheldrake among others. The Superworm family experience sits alongside Heligan’s other family-friendly activities, including Cornwall’s largest outdoor playground, Heligan Play Meadow where energetic kids can climb, slide, and scramble across the natural wooden course. Heligan’s jungle is also home to the Burmese Rope Bridge, where families can explore the UK’s only outdoor jungle.

Our Superworm trail is included in the cost of garden entry and is free for Local Pass and Membership holders. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Special relaxed sessions will take place for families with additional needs from 9.30am-11am Tuesday 22nd August. There will also be numerous outlets, restaurants and cafes open across the site to keep soil superheroes fully fuelled throughout the summer.


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