Blogs for December 2016

Things to do with the kids in Cornwall at Healey's Cyder Farm

Posted on Thursday 22nd December, 2016

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cornwall with the kids, look no further than Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. The award winning Cornish cider farm has become one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations with over 400,000 people visiting the attraction last year, all thanks to the guided tours, tractor rides, free cider tastings and our menagerie of animals.

Top 5 Kid Friendly Things to do at Healey's Cornsih Cyder Farm

1.Visit the Farm Animals

They’re certainly a hit with the kids! Head down to the farm area where you’ll find Goats, Cornish Black Pigs, Chickens, Rabbits, Shire Horses and much more! The farm is free to visit, making it all the more fun for the parents too!

2.Take a Ride on our Tractor

Kids absolutely love our tractor rides! They get to ride Big Bertha, our 1950’s Fordson Major Tractor, exploring the orchards that lie beneath the farm. Once you’ve experienced the tractor ride, why not enjoy one of the guided tours?

3.Sampling Juice

Okay, so this one is more for the parents as you get to taste all our tasty cyders and wines, but there are also juices for the kids to try. This is where you get to find out just why Healeys is so special, and can also stock up on the cyder essentials for when you get home.

4.Lunch in the Restaurant

Healey's offer hearty home-cooked meals, using the freshest local produce. A selection of options for the kids from small pasties to sausage, beans and chips. The kids can enjoy a nice hot chocolate on a cold day, or one of the Healeys apple juices during the warmer months.

5.Ice Cream in the Shop

After you’ve had a spot of lunch, why not pop into the farm shop where for local Cornish ice cream. Whilst you’re in the shop, why not have a quick browse at all the products, as well as souvenirs.

Visit the website at this Award Winning Cornwall Attraction.


Limited-edition Eden gin is a Christmas cracker

Posted on Thursday 15th December, 2016

Limited-edition Eden gin is a Christmas cracker

A new limited-edition gin with tropical ingredients inspired by the Eden Project is proving to be a favourite tipple this Christmas.

Tarquin’s Eden Project Baobab Gin, specially made at Southwestern Distillery near Padstow, Cornwall, is infused with the African superfruit baobab and grains of paradise, a spice related to ginger that is sometimes referred to as alligator pepper.

Baobab boasts six times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange, as well as containing high levels of potassium, antioxidants, calcium and fibre.

The African baobab (Adansonia digitata) can live for thousands of years and is an important source of food, shelter and medicine for humans and other animals.

Eden baobab is bought from rural groups in Malawi, providing valuable income for the harvesters. The trade in baobab fruits helps relieve poverty in Africa by supporting harvesters and their families. Eden baobab is sustainably harvested and bought from rural harvester groups in Malawi, providing valuable income for the harvesters.

Grains of paradise, harvested from an herbaceous perennial plant native to the west coast of Africa, provide a complimentary botanical to the baobab, adding a peppery depth to the gin with hints of fresh citrus.

The Eden gin is based on the renowned Tarquin’s Cornish Gin, an internationally award-winning spirit distilled by Southwestern Distillery. Each bottle features handwritten tasting notes, and is filled, corked and waxed by hand.

Eden worked with Southwestern Distillery’s founder and master distiller Tarquin Leadbetter, to find the perfect ingredients to complement the unique botanicals of his flagship Cornish Gin. Baobab and grains of paradise were chosen because of their exotic spice and fruity flavours that work in beautiful harmony.

Amy Higgins, Senior Retail Buyer at the Eden Project, said: “This is a very special gin. Tarquin has taken inspiration from Eden and given his already excellent dry gin a uniquely tropical twist. This limited edition gin is selling fast so we’d recommend people get theirs quickly, just in time for the Christmas party season!”

Tarquin’s Cornish Gin was Cornwall’s first gin for more than a century and is at the vanguard of the UK’s artisan gin movement. It won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this year. It is copper distilled in small batches of only 300 bottles and uses handpicked violets and fresh citrus zest to create its unque flavour.

Tarquin’s Eden Project Baobab Gin is exclusively available at the Eden Project’s shop, as well as online at It costs £30 for a 70cl bottle.

Photograph: Amy Higgins, Senior Retail Buyer at the Eden Project, and Tarquin Leadbetter, Southwestern Distillery’s founder and master distiller, at Southwestern Distillery near Padstow with Tarquin’s Eden Project Baobab Gin.

It’s hotting up for Noel as Deal or No Deal comes to the Eden Project

Posted on Friday 9th December, 2016

It’s hotting up for Noel as Deal or No Deal comes to the Eden Project

The heat is on for game show contestants when the hit Channel 4 show Deal or No Deal features the Eden Project on Tuesday (December 13) as part of a national tour.

After nearly 3,000 shows recorded over 11 years in the studio, the Banker decided to take the programme and host Noel Edmonds on the road and while travelling they spent a hectic day at the home of the famous Biomes in Cornwall.

Noel said he found filming in the Mediterranean Biome hot and challenging: “I’ve never, ever walked so far while making a show. We had the player’s friends and family scattered all over the Biome – we were running upstairs and going behind palm trees and doing all sorts. The whole thing was great fun.”

Deal or No Deal launched on Channel 4 in 2005 and became a big hit, landing a number of awards. The infamous phone, 22 red boxes and The Banker bring the show out of the studio and physically to the audience as the contestant plays on location in the Eden Project for a jackpot of £250,000.

Noel said: “These shows are some of the most ambitious ever attempted on television - the sky has quite literally been the limit for this incredibly special series. It has been an absolute joy and honour to meet Deal’s loyal fans whilst out on the road at this hugely exciting time and I can’t wait for our loyal audience to see them on screen.”

Deal or No Deal on Tour (at the Eden Project) will be shown on Channel 4 at 4pm on Tuesday December 13th.

Christmas activities at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Posted on Monday 5th December, 2016

Christmas activities at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Winter Warmer Offer

Full Guided Tour & Cornish Cream Tea for Two People – Normally £41.50 – Save £10 / 24% off – Winter Warmer Deal £31.50 for two people – Quote WW17/2 to redeem this offer

Full Guided Tour & Cornish Cream Tea for Four People – Normally £83.00 – Save £25 / 30% off – Winter Warmer Deal £58.00 for four people – Quote WW17/4 to redeem this offer

Tours at 10:00 or 12:00 or 14:00 

Excludes 25th & 26th December 2016    

Valid until 8 February 2017

The Spirt of Cornwal

‘Spirt of Cornwall’ whiskey and cider tour launched

Taste England’s oldest whiskey in a unique distillery and cellar experience this winter.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and unique aromas of a traditional distillery and gain a new-found understanding of the craftsmanship that goes into making England’s oldest whiskey, made right here in Cornwall.

The new ‘Spirt of Cornwall’ whiskey and cider tour at Healey’s Cyder Farm near Newquay is running for three weeks during the lead-up to Christmas, running from November 28 through to December 19.

The tour includes exclusive tasting of Healeys very own 3 and 10 year old brandy and England’s oldest whiskey which the family still produce in collaboration with St Austell Brewery.

Visitors will also get a tasting tutorial by one of the tour guides who will introduce the group to the 23 different ciders, wines and juices produced on the farm.

The tour will run exclusively from November 28 – December 19, and will cost £39 per person. To book call 01872 573356 or email and for more information, visit

Christmas Trees

We have seasonally swapped our apple trees for Christmas Trees available for sale at the farm, starting from £25.




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