The Lost Gardens of Heligan; The Night Garden Festive Lanterns
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of Cornwall’s finest gardens. Not all that long ago, these 200 acres of stunning garden were, as the name would suggest, lost! They were rediscovered and transformed back into the incredible attraction they now are. Based just outside of Mevagissey, near St Austell, the gardens don’t sleep through the winter, they actually come alive, with their Night Garden event.
This beautifully immersive event takes you on a tour around the garden after sunset. Following the trails and winding paths by fairy light lit vines, tucked into corners and sitting peacefully amongst the flora is an abundance of stunning installations. These installations are lanterns in the shape of woodland creatures, flowers and more. Impeccably painted and perfectly nestled amongst the journey.
The Night Garden is fun for all the family; younger children enjoy the creatures but adults can also enjoy the joy of these creations. The gardens have their own restaurant and also offer several kiosks and a BBQ shack for food along the way. If you’re lucky, you may even find the marshmallow toasting fire pit!
This stunning installation was very moving; created in collaboration with their charity of the year, Little Harbour Children’s Hospice South West. The 89 stars represent families who have lost a child.
The event is running through the winter months on select dates and booking online is essential. I cannot recommend this event enough, I have such a wonderful time ‘ooh-ing and aah-ing’ at all the lights so perfectly twisted around the grand old trees. It takes at least an hour to head around and see everything but with a pit stop for food as you go around, do spare some extra time.
Find the Heligan Night Garden online here.