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Heligan Birthday Parties

Celebrate a special birthday at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and take part in a Survival Birthday Party to explore exciting real-life skills related to living in the wild.

Set within the enchanting backdrop of the ancient Heligan Estate, each party creates a connection the woodland’s natural resources enabling you to discover the priorities of survival!

Protection!

Rescue!

Water!

Food!

Learn the art of camouflage, shelter building, natural navigation, fire lighting and water purification.

As we all know, Cornish Summers can be variable, so we expect participants to come prepared for the weather and for the activities provided.

The Instructors

Jay (from Canoe Cornwall) has worked as an outdoor guide for over 30 years, working with people like Ray Mears and Bear Grylls sharing their passion to encourage families to get out and find their “Spirit of Adventure”.

Jay’s team of instructors are very experienced and at the same time, love to have a laugh with the people they meet so expect to come away with some great new skills and some big smiles from the experience!

When?

Our final birthday party for 2021 will be Saturday 25th September

How to book?

Please click here to download a booking form. Once complete, please e-mail Sarah at [email protected].

If you have any further questions, please e-mail [email protected] or call 01726 845118

  • Parties start at £180 for 8 children and 2 adults (2 adults must be in attendance at all times)
  • Additional children are charged at £20 per child to a maximum of 12 children.
  • Additional adults are at a cost of £17.50 per person unless they have a members’ or a locals’ pass. 
  • Food is available to book at £8.00 per person with a choice of 4 menus (our food menus can be found a little further down the page)
  • Party bags can be suppled at £8.50

Times

  • 10am – 12pm; 1pm – 3pm; 4pm – 6pm

Adults

  • 2 adults are included in the minimum price of £180 per party: extra adults at a cost of £17.50 per person unless they have a members’ or a locals’ pass

What to wear and bring with you

  • Our Survival Parties are held outdoors in natural woodland in Cornish weather, so participants are likely to get grubby! Please ensure your party guests wear appropriate clothing and sturdy safe footwear (not flip-flops or open toed shoes).
  • Your guests may wish to bring a change of clothing.
  • Further protection from the elements is advised, e.g sun-cream, wet weather clothing.

Cancellation and wet weather policy

  • Birthday Parties are unlikely to be cancelled unless the weather conditions are severe, this is why coming prepared for the weather is important. In the event where the weather is deemed too severe for the party to proceed the party will be re-scheduled at the earliest convenience. Please see our Ts & Cs for further details.

Safety

  • Party guests must follow instructions at all times. Instructors may ask any participant to leave the activity without compensation if that person acts in such a manner as to endanger him/herself or any other participant/ staff member. Please see our Ts & Cs for further details.

Prompt arrival and departure times

  • The members of the party group (adults and children) are advised to assemble at the Heligan Meeting Point near the coach parking area before heading down through the ticket office where they will be checked in by the ticket office staff.
  • Participants (including adults) must at the Party Tent for the start time (10 am; 1pm; 4pm) We advise groups to be assembled and ready near the tent on East Lawn at least 10 minutes before the party start time and to have visited the toilets if necessary.
  • Party groups will be expected to vacate the Party Tent promptly at the party end time

What are the Menu options for Party Food?

  • Child’s sandwich or sausage roll, crisps, drink, fruit: ice cream tub (veggie options/gf sandwich option) £8.00 per person
  • Child’s cheese & tomato/pesto pizza & drink: ice cream tub (veggie/vegan) £8.00 per person
  • Childs BBQ - Meat or veggie wrap & drink: ice cream tub (veggie options) £8.00 per person
  • Hummus, flat bread, carrot & cucumber sticks, with fruit, flapjack & drink (veggie/vegan): ice cream tub £8.00 per person

Some of the party guests are younger than 8 years old, is this ok?

  • Guests as young as 6 years old with additional adult supervision are welcome. If additional adults hold a locals’ or members’ pass, there is no extra charge for them.

Can we bring along younger siblings?

  • We understand that younger siblings of the birthday boy or girl may wish to come and join the fun. This is fine providing parents/carers are with them. We are flexible.

Can we stay and play afterwards?

  • We would love you to stay and play! Make a day of it and enjoy our beautiful gardens and wider estate!

Can we bring our own food/cake/party bags?

  • Food is available to book at £8.00 per person with a choice of 4 menus (please see menus slighty higher up in this section) and Party Bags can be suppled at £8.50 (email [email protected] for details of contents).
  • We don’t supply birthday cakes so we would love you to bring your own.
  • If you would like to supply your own food and/or Party Bags, we are happy for you to do this providing you leave the Party Tent nice and tidy at the end of your time slot.
  • You might like to take your birthday picnic and enjoy it elsewhere in the gardens or estate. Please always dispose of rubbish responsibly.

Where are the nearest toilets?

  • There are toilets situated at The Steward’s House Café and additional porta-loo type toilets at the top of East Lawn.

Where do we meet?

  • The members of the party group (adults and children) are advised to assemble at the Heligan Meeting Point near the coach parking area before heading down through the ticket office where they will be checked in by the ticket office staff.
  • Participants (including adults) must at the Party Tent at the bottom of East Lawn for the start time (10 am; 1pm; 4pm) We advise groups to be assembled and ready near the tent at least 10 minutes before the party start time and to have visited the toilets if necessary.

What do adults do during the party?

  • A minimum of 2 adults must be with the party group at all times; additional adults may like to relax in the Party Tent or explore the estate and gardens.

How to book/pay

  • Use the contact form to send an enquiry and we will get back to you with a booking form and details of payment.
  • You can pay by BACS or you might prefer to pop into our ticket office or call our reception and pay by phone. Please note that at busy times it may take a while to get through on the phone.

Maximum numbers

  • So that your birthday boy or girl and guests have plenty of hands-on time with the activities, we prefer a maximum of 12 children please.

First aid and accidents

  • Here at Heligan, we have a large team of fully qualified and experienced first aiders. We all carry radios and can be on the scene to assist within minutes.

COVID 19

You and the members in your group accept that The Lost Gardens of Heligan in association with Canoe Cornwall has implemented all the recommended government and industry-specific measures to minimise the risk of Covid19 virus transmission on site.
You all also accept that no measures put in place can be fully effective without your co-operation, namely:

  • adhering to social distancing,
  • implementing additional hygiene protocols

You must keep away from The Lost Gardens of Heligan and follow the Government advice found here regarding isolation if:

  • you fall into the Government at-risk group,
  • you, or someone you have been in close contact with has coronavirus symptoms.

Booking & Payment

  • All bookings are subject to availability.
  • A booking is not confirmed until Birthday Parties @ Heligan has received a fully completed Booking Form and received the deposit. Until such time, all bookings are deemed provisional. Completed Booking Forms establish a contract between the individual booking an activity and Birthday Parties @ Heligan.
  • A deposit of 50% must be paid upon booking.
  • The remaining balance is due 14 days before the activity date.
  • In the event that the balance is not paid, Birthday Parties @ Heligan will have the discretion to treat the booking as cancelled by the client, whereupon the initial deposit will be forfeited and Birthday Parties @ Heligan may re-sell the session.
  • When you make a booking with Birthday Parties @ Heligan by completing a booking form, this forms a “contract” between you and Birthday Parties @ Heligan and gives lawful purpose for Birthday Parties @ Heligan to contact you in relation to your booking. Your data will be securely stored and will not be passed onto third parties. You will only receive marketing emails if you choose to opt-in to them by ticking the box on the booking form. For more information on our privacy policy click here.

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Should you cancel your booking for any reason within 14 days of the date of the party, the client shall forfeit the initial deposit only.
  • Should you cancel your booking for any reason up to 7 days of the date of the party, the client shall forfeit 75% of the booking cost.
  • All cancellations must be made in writing, by the person who made the booking.
  • In the case of minor changes made to a party by Birthday Parties @ Heligan, such as a change to the start time, duration, itinerary, etc., we will advise you of these changes at the earliest possible date. Minor changes will not constitute a reason for cancellation.
  • If a major change becomes necessary, such as a change of date of the party, we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible. When a major change occurs, you will have the option of accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your party. Should you choose to cancel, we will refund all recoverable payments made directly to us in respect of the party.
  • Every effort will be made to follow the planned programme however, changes may be required on occasion to meet the needs of the group, as a consequence of weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. In all cases Birthday Parties @ Heligan will endeavour to deliver a suitable alternative replacement party activities.
  • Any person leaving the party of their own choice will not be entitled to a refund.

Liability & Insurance

  • All sessions are staffed by appropriate qualified Instructors supplied by Canoe Cornwall who will maintain a high level of safety throughout the activities. Instructor to client ratios is in accordance with National Governing Body guidelines. All Instructors are CRB checked.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Canoe Cornwall hold public liability insurance cover.
  • Birthday Parties @ Heligan cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal property howsoever caused.

Health & Safety/Conduct

  • Outdoor Activities are inherently dangerous and the risk of serious injury or death cannot be completely eliminated.  Canoe Cornwall takes every care to ensure the safety of both clients and staff and strives to minimize any risks during the activities. Participants should be aware of all risks involved and take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Canoe Cornwall will not be responsible for any injury, illness or death sustained on our activities, nor will it be liable for any losses or damage to property.
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  • All activities you partake in with Birthday Parties @ Heligan in association with Canoe Cornwall are at your own risk.
  • As it is a physical activity some fitness is required.
  • While on session you must follow the instructions for your session leader at all times. Instructors may ask any participant to leave the activity without compensation if that person acts in such a manner as to endanger him/herself or any other participant/ staff member.
  • Anyone under the influence alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate in the activities we offer.
  • When on The Lost Gardens of Heligan estate you must abide by their rules and regulations.
  • If Canoe Cornwall equipment is damaged due to not following the instructions of your session leader you may be charged to replace this item.
  • Information given to Birthday Parties @ Heligan in association Canoe Cornwall will be treated in accordance with provisions of the data protection act 1998.
  • At least 2 adults must accompany the party group.
  • We sometimes take photos of our clients on session, through completing the booking form you have consented to this unless you have stated otherwise.
  • Birthday Parties @ Heligan in association Canoe Cornwall must be given details of any illnesses, injuries, relevant medical treatment or allergies. Please inform instructor on the day.

Equipment & Clothing

  • Any safety equipment necessary to participate in the activities will be provided by Canoe Cornwall. Participants will be responsible for their own clothing requirements (including spare clothing), as dictated by the weather conditions.
  • Damage to or loss of Canoe Cornwall equipment caused by negligence, malicious acts or carelessness must be paid for at the time and at the current replacement value.

Complaints

Complaints concerning the activity should be referred to Birthday Parties @ Heligan within 14 days of the activity. Birthday Parties @ Heligan will adhere to its complaints procedures and therefore act to do everything possible to rectify the situation, and the client will receive a written reply.

Conditions of Service

By completing a Booking Form, participants are hereby deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
These terms and conditions apply to every person booked onto a Birthday Parties @ Heligan event. If booking on behalf of a third party you accept these terms on their behalf and so it is important that you also make them aware.

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