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On Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, & Sunday 27th November, The Gardens are open from 10am - 2pm with last entry at 12.30.

The Lost Gardens Open for Charity

The Lost Gardens of Heligan will open its gates in aid of our chosen charity on New Year’s Day 2023.

Normal garden admission charges will apply on these special days with all money raised being donated to this our nominated charity.

At the time of inviting you to join us to celebrate New Year at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, we are now on the lookout for our chosen charity of 2023. If you work for a local and would like to learn more about joining forces, please click here. 

For those of our visitors with Heligan Memberships or Heligan Local Passes, we encourage you to make a minimum £2 per person donation to help raise vital funds for this well deserving local charity. 

Take a pleasant gentle stroll through the working Victorian Productive Gardens and enticing Pleasure Grounds or stretch your legs down the enchanting Woodland Walk leading on to Heligan’s sub-tropical Jungle. With the winter sun glistening on frosted leaves Heligan is truly an experience for all the senses and becomes a fabulous winter wonderland just waiting to be explored.

With bare branches all around, winter also provides a wonderful opportunity to observe The Lost Garden’s wide diversity of bird life. Woodpeckers, nuthatches and the elusive kingfisher can be enjoyed in the woodlands, whilst winter migrants such as fieldfares and redwings can be viewed over the farmland. With the purpose built Hide providing an ideal viewing point for grey wagtails, black caps, bramblings, greenfinches and much more feeding directly around the Hide.

To book tickets for New Year's Day 2023, please click here. 

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has three children’s hospices in the region including Little Harbour in St Austell which has been open for 10 years.

Little Harbour supports more than 145 local children who have a diagnosis meaning that it’s unlikely they will live into adulthood, and their families.

Little Harbour is a place where families can visit to relax and recharge their batteries. Time consuming care routines can be handed over to the multi-disciplinary care teams allowing parents the chance to catch up on sleep, spend time with each other and with their other children.

Reflecting on the care Little Harbour gives, one mum said; “Little Harbour offers us support that no-one else can. Their support enables us to step back a little from time to time. They offer us the breather we need in order to be fit to step up again, recharged and resilient.”

The hospice also has a dedicated sibling team to provide much needed support and activities for the siblings, many of whom play active roles in caring for their brother or sister and have very different home lives to their friends.

Support for families continues through bereavement and beyond with many families staying in touch for years and having long lasting relationships with the hospice.

One bereaved mum spoke about the team at Little Harbour as being like family; “The fact that they are still there for us now, we can pick up the phone 24 hours a day when we are having a tough time and they are there. They support us as a whole family it’s holistic wrap-around care. They are like family to us now.”

Little Harbour has everything a family could need on their break; a soft play room, an arts and crafts room, a jacuzzi, as well as a kitchen team that provides children and families with nutritious home cooked meals during their stay.

The gardens at Little Harbour are loved by families and staff alike. With accessible play equipment for brothers and sisters to use together, as well as lots of space to run around, let off steam or ride bikes. There are also relaxing areas such as Robin’s Song - the bird hide, the ebb and flow garden and Mermaid’s Cove – Little Harbour’s very own sensory garden.

It costs over £3 million to run Little Harbour each year, the majority of which is raised through voluntary donations so please do join us on New Year's Day 2022 to help us raise some of these vital funds!

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