Just east of Camborne, Heartlands has transformed part of the historic South Crofty mine site into a rich cultural area with botanical gardens, an adventure playground, art studios, heritage exhibitions, markets and more… all with free entry.
Like so much locally, Heartlands combines the best of old Cornwall with the new. Overlooking the gardens is Robinson´s Engine, built by a pupil of Richard Trevithick in the 1850s – when it shut down in 1955 it was the last Cornish Engine to work a Cornish mine.
The gardens themselves tell the story of how local folk travelled overseas to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and anywhere else that needed a little Cornish mining know how, while the World Heritage exhibitions give a taste of what was happening closer to home.
From time to time Heartlands even hosts larger events, like music and cultural festivals, such as Live at Heartlands, along with theatre, concerts and art exhibitions.
And for kids there’s the adventure playground — the biggest free one in Cornwall. Inspired by both Cornish legend and Cornish industry, it’s got everything from giants to ships and trains and is a great way to tire them out while you have a cup of tea from the shack.
You’ll find Heartlands just up the hill out of town through Tuckingmill; turn right at the big crossroads.
“Unique in every way, we hope people come from near and far to experience Heartlands and marvel at all it has to offer.”