The Lost Gardens of Heligan plays host on Saturday to a new festival curated by Cornwall Heritage Trust. Awenek, meaning Creative in Cornish, will be packed with an array of hands-on activities and demonstrations showcasing Cornwall’s arts, culture, traditions, and history.

Visitors will be given the chance to explore the gardens and watch demonstrations fromhistoric re-enactors, take part in make-and-take activities, listen to Cornish music and enjoy Cornish dancing.

There’ll be the chance to have a go at Cornish wrestling, explore an Early Medievalencampment or see the endangered craft of Cornish hedging in action. Don’t miss Edward Rowe, aka Kernow King, telling stories of Cornish heroes and heroines, or cheer on Cornish warriors in an exciting battle at the end of the day.

Part-funded by FEAST, the event is included within the garden admission ticket price and is free for Heligan Local Pass and Membership holders, while Cornwall Heritage Trust members can enjoy free entry to Heligan on this day.

“Cornwall’s heritage sector is a thriving and vibrant community, and it’s really excitingto be able to share the wonderful work it does,” said trust chief executive Cathy Woolcock. “We’re already expecting over 1,000 visitors and tickets are going very quickly, so we recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you have a place.”

Cornwall Heritage Trust is a small independent charity that aims to preserve and strengthen Cornwall’s heritage through grant schemes, education projects and care of 14 historic Cornish sites.  

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