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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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.
19th June 2021 VIRTUAL
Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. This year's events will be virtual, so you can watch and interact online!
12th - 16th July 2021 VIRTUAL
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. The full events line-up includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.
6th - 15th August 2021
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.
18th August 2021
A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Upcoming performers include Ben Howard, Mcgly, Snow Patrol, The Script, Idles, My Chemical Romance, Lionel Richie and Bryan Adams. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.
11th September 2021 - 29th June 2022
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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!
7th - 10th October 2021
The Mevagissey Shanty Festival showcases shanty and accapella groups from all over the UK. The event begins at 7pm on the Friday and will continue on the Saturday at 11am. The main stage at Mevagissey Activity Centre also features a Cornish beer festival.
15th - 17th October 2021
This fun event is organised by Looe Boat Owners Association in support of Looe RNLI. Enjoy the fun by making and entering your own raft, or just come and cheer everyone on.
31st October 2021
Located at Penrice Academy, Charlestown Christmas Market hosts 100 Cornish traders, showcasing some of the best food, drinks and crafts in Cornwall, alongside live entertainment. With plenty of parking and an inside venue, it's perfect for some Christmas shopping.
20th - 21st November 2021
Winter is perhaps the most magical time to visit the Eden Project. Not only can you explore the biomes, there's also the opportunity to go ice-skating, watch live storytelling and meet Father Christmas!
Enjoy a festival of light as giant handmade lanterns are paraded through the streets along to an array of music and flamboyant dancers. Craft and food stalls line the streets; pick up a tasty snack or warming drink while doing some Christmas shopping.
TBC November 2021
Browse an impressive selection of Cornish crafts and delicious food on the Piazza in Truro. It's a great place to find special Christmas gifts for loved ones with plenty of choice from local artisans, artists and food and drink producers.
TBC November 2021
Head to Fowey for a weekend of festivities! Get your Christmas shopping underway with over 100 local traders selling high quality food, drink and crafts, while enjoying some live music and entertainment.
26th - 28th November 2021
Find the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest at Truro's Winter Gift Fayre. You can expect to find luxury food and drink, festive decorations and gorgeous gifts, with more than 80 stalls from local South West producers.
TBC December 2021
The World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project is a great day out. With 8 different categories, many companies, professionals and amateurs from around the UK compete for the title of the best Cornish pasty.
5th March 2022
The Falmouth Spring Festival is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. Falmouth will be celebrating spring with a range of events and activities throughout the week, including spring clean days to tidy the town and beaches.
On this special weekend, Tregothnan will open its private gardens to the public. These secluded gardens have diverse trees and rare collections of flowers and plants. There are more than 100 acres of gardens to explore, featuring ancient camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.
Held on the Roseland Pensinsula, this wonderful festival offers a diverse programme of events, including music, history, films, art, walks, talks and photography. With so many activities and events, there's something for everyone.
16th April - 2nd May 2022
Celebrating the life and works of the renowned author, Daphne Du Maurier (who spent a large proportion of her life in and around Fowey) this community festival has grown into a popular annual event.
6th - 14th May 2022
An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day features traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession. In addition, visitors can enjoy craft, food and drinks stalls, as well as a large fairground.
8th May 2022
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!
26th June - 2nd July 2022