Situated at Robinson’s Shaft, an iconic engine house in Pool, Heartlands is a year-round visitor attraction with a difference. One of the key gateways to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, this fascinating space spans 19 acres and has undergone a transformation from untended wasteland to a popular cultural playground, opening its doors back in 2012.
Visitors can stroll through the Diaspora Gardens and observe the many plant species from around the world which illustrate the vast spread of Cornish miners across the globe. There is also an on-site visitor centre which exhibits archive imagery and interpretation displays, a shop which stocks a wide variety of gifts, souvenirs and mementoes, as well as an outdoor adventure playground which features slides, tunnels and a shipwrecked boat.
Heartlands is also a popular space for events throughout the year. Farmers’ markets, music events, dance shows and cultural festivals take place at this much-loved visitor attraction, including seasonal events such as firework displays and Christmas markets.
Art lovers can wander through the on-site galleries and studios which occupy many of the units at this large site, watching some of the artists at work and browsing their latest creations.
Packed with unique character, a trip to Heartlands is not complete without a cup of something warm and a bite to eat at the Red River Cafe, which also features themed cuisine evenings and live entertainment throughout the year.
For more information on Heartlands, visit http://www.heartlandscornwall.com/.