While self catering in Helston, why not visit the Blue Anchor Inn, a thatched building, originally a monks’ rest house which became a tavern in the 15th century. Miners once received their wages in the pub, which is possibly the oldest private brewery in the country! They currently produce 4 different ‘Spingo’ ales brewed using traditional recipes from the on-site micro-brewery.
As you head out of Helston, you can relax at the Coronation Park and try your hand at rowing or simply feed the ducks at the Boating Lake. Head towards the fishing village of Porthleven (just two miles away) and you’ll come to the Penrose Estate offering beautiful woodland walks. Here, you can relax on the banks of the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall, Loe Pool, separated from the sea by the infamous long sand bar.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in nearby Gweek is a great day out for the whole family. Here you will find rescued seals and sea lions from Britain’s beaches, along with other animals such as penguins and otters on show.
Flambards theme park is also close by, which provides a fail safe way of keeping the kids entertained. With a selection of rides and exhibitions, there's plenty on offer that the whole family can enjoy.
Helston provides the perfect base to explore the different areas of Cornwall. With coastal towns such as St Ives, Falmouth, Penzance, and Porthleven all within easy reach, you’ll be able to experience much of what Cornwall has to offer while staying in a self catering cottage in Helston. It’s also referred to as the Gateway to the Lizard; a truly stunning area of Cornwall offering scenery unlike anywhere else. With the Lizard Peninsula on the doorstep, walkers, bird watchers and those looking to escape the crowds will be in paradise in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Helston’s greatest claim to fame is the famous Flora Day. This is held every year on May 8th unless it falls on a Sunday or Monday when it is held on the Saturday before. The town is decorated by bluebells, gorse, laurel leaves and colourful flags and dancing begins at 7am. Don’t miss the mummer’s play at 8.30 known as the Hal-an-Tow at several venues in the town. Watch St George and St Michael slay the Dragon and the Devil, cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes. Enjoy a self catering holiday in Helston and you’ll be in for a true Cornish experience!
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A festival of light delights the crowds who line the streets to see a parade of giant handmade lanterns. All manner of samba, brass and pipe bands process alongside, accompanied by flamboyant dancers. Further outdoor music performances take place throught the evening and there are many a food and drink stall at which to pick up a tasty snack or warming drink.
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Find unique gifts for your loved ones at the Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair. £2 includes entry to the gardens and access to more than 100 stalls, featuring some of the best local producers, creators and artisans.
8th & 9th December 2018
Held at Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, the 107th edition of the Cornwall Spring Flower Show is a real treat for gardening enthusiasts. The two day event features show gardens, competitive classes and horticultural stands. Enjoy the fabulous displays, pick up plants for your own garden and ask the experts for some tips and advice!
6th-7th April 2019
An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day includes craft stalls and traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession.
8th May 2019
Celebrating the life and works of this renowned author, the Du Maurier community festival in Fowey has grown into a popular annual event.
11th - 18th May 2018
A ten day festival celebrating life on River Fal. The not-for-profit event encorporates music and drama, arts and heritage, gig racing, swimming and lots more.
Early June 2018 TBC
The Falmouth Sea Shanty was founded and is organised by Falmouth Shout. Sea Shanty events aim to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole and are thoroughly enjoyable.
14th - 16th June 2018
Polperro holds an annual 9 day festival with a craft fayre, live music, comedy nights and a procession. The festival is completely free to attend so make sure you visit to experience Polperro at its best.
15th - 22nd June 2019
Celebrated since 1754, Mevagissey Feast Week is a celebration of food, music, dance and more. With a host of colourful events being held throughout the week, this is a festival not to be missed!
Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. Don't miss the Countryside Area and Exhibition Ring.
16th July 2019
Enjoy a week of live music, watersports, competitions, pasty-making, children's sports, raft races and a carnival, all with the backdrop of the famous Georgian harbour.
Date TBC July 2019
Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week is one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days.There is also a full events line-up which includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.
The Fowey Royal Regatta includes sailing contests, a carnival, the crowning of the Fowey Queen, a pasty eating contest, and as per tradition, a giant pasty which is shared out among the community.
Always a popular event, the Beer Festival takes places annually at the Princess Pavillions. Admission includes a commemorative festival glass and offers over 250 cask ales, 100 ciders and perries, fruit wines and bottled beers.
TBC October 2019
Celebrate the start of the Oyster season at Falmouth's Events Square. Get involved with food demonstrations, browse local craft stalls and taste some spectacular seafood!
TBC October 2019