Heartlands is a new FREE visitor attraction and Cornish Mining World Heritage Site gateway in Cornwall. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore. State-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of epic diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and craft studios and a funky café in the old carpenter’s workshop. With swathes of green outdoor space for warm, sunny days and ever-curious indoor space when it’s wet, Heartlands is all-year round, all-weather entertainment for anyone and everyone. Go see, go play, go wow.
Play & Outdoor Adventure
Heartlands is a spectacular, free playground for visitors of all ages, all year round. With one of the largest children's adventure areas in the South West, gardens, lakes and fountains, nature trails and parkland, plus links to cycling routes for those keen to discover the surrounding countryside, exploring the heart of Cornwall couldn't be more fun.
Arts, Entertainment and Events
Celebrating local talent and creativity in a riot of colour and spectacle, Heartlands offers a developing programme of art exhibitions, festivals and music and theatre performances attracting visitors throughout the year. Two outdoor spaces accommodate performances and events for up to 6,000 people, while two market squares hold farmer's markets and arts fairs. A series of adaptable indoor venues, including an audio-visual theatre, host everything from regional business conferences to community group meetings and craft workshops.
Gardens & Planting
With sensory gardens, lakes, water features, and nature trails, the ever-changing landscape at Heartlands is set to become a paradise for nature lovers and gardeners.
From farmer's markets to food festivals, visitors to Heartlands have the chance to sample produce from the region's best and most innovative food producers and suppliers. Fresh, healthy, local specialities produced using sustainable sources and farming techniques take centre stage at the restaurant and café, and everything from organically-reared meats to artisan chocolates are on offer at Heartlands' two outdoor market squares.
History & Heritage
Heartlands is a landmark destination within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. At the centre of the development, the Grade II listed Robinson's Shaft mine complex will be restored to become an exhibition centre to cover the past, present and future of Cornish ingenuity enabling visitors to learn more about Cornwall's mining history, landscape and cultural heritage. The complex houses an innovation and interpretation centre with a permanent exhibition of colourful, interactive learning resources and historic artefacts.
Heartlands aims to engage, intrigue and excite the imagination of every visitor. Thought-provoking art installations are dotted throughout the development to enrich understanding and appreciation of the region's cultural and natural heritage. In collaboration with local schools and colleges, Heartlands offers a wide range of hands-on learning activities focused around the key themes of Cornish mining history, heritage and culture, science and energy. These range from outdoor seminars and events days to craft workshops and gardening projects.
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- Educational Visits available
- Guided Tours available
- Group Visits available
- Disabled access
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Guide dogs permitted