Nanny Pat’s days out: Heartlands

Picture of a mine building at Heartlands in Cornwall

Nanny Pat’s latest adventure took her and her family down to see what Heartlands has to offer. According to their website, Heartlands is Cornwall’s ‘first free cultural playground’. But that doesn’t mean it’s all about kids (although it’s brilliantly set up for children). There’s plenty to amuse, inspire and entertain grown-ups too.


With 19 acres to explore, there’s plenty to do – and plenty of space to relax and soak up the atmosphere, too. The Diaspora Gardens are a wonderful place to wander as you uncover the story of how Cornish people travelled the globe, taking plants native to Cornwall across the world, and bringing back exotic plants which florished in our mild climate.

The Adventure Playground is aimed at children from 1-13 (sorry parents!) and was given a big thumbs up by Wilf and Megan. With subterranean tunnels, a ‘shipwreck’ to climb on and funnel slides, it’s certainly a playground with a difference. The highlight has to be ‘The Giant’s Trap’ – a huge wooden climbing structure based on a local legend.


Events at Heartlands

One of the best things Heartlands has to offer is their events programme. There’s a range of events on offer, such as the free daily Engine House tours, which offer a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s mining heritage. There are also drop-in art and craft workshops in Heartland’s Creative Studios every day (see events guide for workshops and prices).

There’s also a huge range of special events from music and theatre performances, festivals Nanny Pat’s grandchildren were delighted to see a live performance from CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom.

Nanny Pat’s verdict: A fantastic day out for all the family. We loved all the little imaginative touches like the designs on the rocks and all the interactive exhibitions. Heartlands has been really well thought out, and we’ll definitely be going back in the future.

Getting there & useful information

Heartlands is just off the A30 at Pool. Admission is free, and there’s plenty of car parking (parking charges apply). The postcode for Sat Navs is TR15 3QY.

You can also reach Heartlands by public transport – see their website for more information.

Have you been to Heartlands yet? We’d love to see your pictures and hear what you thought of your day.

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