Heligan's Autumn Harvest

The best of autumn in Cornwall

As the season turns at The Lost Gardens of Heligan you’re invited to celebrate the season’s bounty from our historic productive gardens and estate. In early September we host the Awenek Heritage weekend in partnership with Cornwall Heritage Trust, where the gardens stage reenactments, heritage demonstrations and experiences celebrating Cornwall’s cultural heritage.

Our popular Heavy Horse weekend, which runs mid-September, offers a glimpse into the impressive rural traditions of working horses and showcases Heligan’s Rare Breed Survival Trust Farm status. We welcome the return of Sunday Roasts to the Heligan Kitchen, and the beginning of our fungi foraging experiences.

Autumn Harvest Festival

The Heligan harvest festival celebration is the pinnacle of the productive gardening calendar. Throughout the walled gardens you’ll see the fruits (and vegetables) of a season’s labours, with tasting sessions, cookery demonstrations and daily talks.

Heligan’s Harvest display is a magnificent, colourful centrepiece of pumpkins, ornamental flowers, and produce from the gardens and estate. Expect to see dazzling displays of over two hundred varieties of pumpkins, cucurbits and other produce, and take part in seed harvesting, apple pressing and cyder tasting at Heligan Home Farm.

Heligan October Half Term

For family days out in Cornwall each Autumn, Heligan takes its inspiration from nature and rural traditions. From family Halloween parties to pumpkin trails, and marshmallow toasting to creepy-crawly experiences, each autumn sees a new adventure activity created by stories rooted in tradition and nature.

Autumn walks in Cornwall

With over 200 acres of estate and woodlands to explore, The Lost Gardens of Heligan has some of the most impressive autumn tree displays as the leaves turn. Choose from the red acers of our tropical-inspired jungle, or the bronze leaves of a mature woodland of native English oaks, with the gold beeches and sycamores looking out over the Cornish valleys.

Remembrance Sunday

Every year Heligan holds a brief remembrance service to honour the Heligan gardeners whose lives were lost in the first world war. As the years have passed we now invite our community to pause for reflection in the gardens over a weekend dedicated to the act of remembrance.

This is a gentle, non-religious ceremony where all are welcome.

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