Helston is the most southerly town of mainland Great Britain and is situated between Falmouth and Penzance on the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula. It is generally believed that this bustling market town used to be a port on the River Cober. The river originally formed an estuary on the south coast of Cornwall, but hundreds of years ago the river was blocked by sand deposits, creating the Loe bar. This formed Cornwall’s largest fresh water lake, Loe Pool, which sits on Penrose Estate. Penrose has 1,536 acres of woodland, parkland and coastline and is now owned by the National Trust. St Ives Penzance shares the best restaurants in Helston, as well as things to do and places to stay.
The town is perhaps best known for the Flora Dance (or Furry Dance); a dance that takes places in the town centre each year on the Feast of St Michael on the 8 May. The dance is one of the oldest British customs still practiced to this day, and is said to originate in Medieval times. The day is known locally as Flora Day, and attracts thousands of visitors to Helston every year. Modern day celebrations consist of five dances throughout the day, with dancers weaving in and out of locals shops and gardens with the Helston Town Band. There is a carnival atmosphere all day, with stalls, food, music and a fair.
Helston is an inland town, but is situated just two miles from the south west coast of Cornwall. Helston is ideally located for exploring the many beautiful beaches of the Lizard Peninsula including Mullion Cove, Kynance Cove and Poldhu Cove and well other nearby beaches such as Porthleven beach, Gunwalloe and Praa Sands. If you head east you can explore the beautiful Helford River, home to the exquisite Trebah Gardens and Glendurgan Gardens as well as picturesque towns such as Helford and Flushing.
There’s lots of exciting things to do in and around Helston including Flambards Theme Park; a family friendly theme park with a Victoria Village, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary; where visitors will get to explore behind the scenes at Cornwall’s only working Seal Hospital, and the Godolphin Estate, a National Trust property made up of a historic house and medieval gardens, 7 miles North East of Helston.
The up-and-coming food and drink scene in Helston features the likes of Boo Koos, a popular American style burger restaurants and Henlys Bar and Restaurant, a delicious eateries with cocktails and seafood. There is also an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes in the surrounding villages of St Keverne, Porthleven and Mawgan.