Picnics, lunches and garden days out September in Cornwall

Cornwall has some of the most magnificent and beautiful gardens to choose from; here are just a few to try  out this September.

Trebah Garden – near Falmouth
Trebah Garden is a beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. The 25 acre garden descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River and houses a distinctive restaurant with a Mediterranean-style terrace. Visit in September for the breath-taking hydrangea valley, still in full bloom.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan  – St Austell
Discover romantic Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Heligan is described as an exotic outdoor Jungle, with over 200 acres waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the famous Mud Maid, Giant’s Head and Grey Lady.

Eden Project – St Austell
Eden Project houses some of the biggest greenhouses in the world and has become a place to discover a wealth of plants and natural wonders. As you wander between the mesmerising biomes you will step into a tropical rainforest and experience a Mediterranean oasis.

The Harvest food and drink festival takes place at Eden 6 September – 5 October.

Glendurgan – Falmouth
This thriving sub-tropical valley garden runs down to the Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan. Wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water’s edge. One of the most exciting features is the cherry laurel maze dating back to 1833, where you can lose yourself and the kids in a magical web.

Trewidden Garden – Penzance
A large yet peaceful and intimate garden, with a maze of paths allowing you to explore dramatic tree ferns, magnificent shrubs, ancient tin workings and water features round every corner. After a stroll around the garden, head over to the newly refurbished tea room (closes 21 September).

Trerice House and Gardens – Newquay
An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, Trerice House and Gardens is favourited for its tranquility and stillness. Look out for Tudor-themed family and adult workshops, family trails and special Living History days

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – Penzance
Set in a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for an exotic and sub-tropical garden. The garden boasts spectacular views of Marazion’s St Michael’s Mount and has a wide collection of art throughout.

Trelissick Garden – near Truro
Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping river views and a massive 375 acres of gardnes and woodland. For the full experience, catch a ferry from Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula to land at this waterside garden.

Port Eliot House and Gardens – Saltash
A perfect outing for the family with large lawns where the children can run free. Marvel at the fantastic landscape og the Grade I listed garden; get lost in the maze and enjoy a Cornish picnic on the award winning Best Picnic Spot. There is also a beautiful Orangery which dates from the Georgian period with chandeliers romantically entwined with flowers.

Lanhydrock-  Bodmin
Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and a wooded estate. Not only is there 30-acres of formal and informal woodland to explore, but the garden opens onto an extensive network of footpaths zig-zagging through 900-acres of beautiful countryside. Great for walkers and check out the new cycle route around the estate. Great  day out.