Explore history galore in the UK’s most southerly town
From the open water channels running down the sides of the main street, to the Guildhall and impressive Grylls monument, there’s history galore to explore in Helston.
Originally granted a charter by King John in 1201, you’ll find one of the largest folk museums in the South West, with exhibits from costumes to farming, fishing and mining memorabilia spread over five halls.
Today this market town buzzes with cafes, pubs and weekly markets. Take the town trail down cobbled streets and winding opes to discover a colourful history, including the birthplace of the first triple world boxing champion, Bob Fitzsimmons. Enjoy a pint of Spingo at The Blue Anchor, one of the oldest inns in England that retains a working brewery.
A walk through the wooded Penrose Estate leads to Loe Bar, Cornwall’s largest natural lake. Local legend says Sir Bedivere gave King Arthur’s sword Excalibur its final resting place here.
Helston is also the gateway to the beautiful Lizard peninsula.
Welcoming the spring at Flora Day on May 8th. From the 7am drum to the mid-day furry dance weaving in and out of shops and buildings everyone joins the celebrations.
Local cheese, bread and juice for lunch from the Farmers’ Market, held on the first Saturday of every month at the Old Cattle Market.