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Things to do in Helston, Cornwall

The Angel Hotel © Lorina
The Angel Hotel © Lorina

Helston is the 'quaint old Cornish town' of the Furry Dance, which is held each year, on Flora Day the 8th May. Dancers in costume, dance through the decorated streets, gardens and shops.

Helston has a Victorian Guildhall and a fine Regency Church whose churchyard contains the grave of one of the towns most famous sons, the engineer Henry Trengrouse (1772-1854), who pioneered the rocket-firing apparatus used by lifeboatmen and coastguards.

Nearby Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, open to the public with a viewing enclosure; the Air Day is held in July.

Flambards Victorian Village and Garden - A compelling, life-size recreation of a turn of the century village of streets and alleyways with over 50 shops, homes and traders. All are authentically equipped and furnished with thousands of genuine artefacts, which deserve to be lingered over.

Poldark Mine & Heritage Complex - A 17/18th century Tin Mine, unworked since about 1820. A choice of 3 walk in mine tours. Situated in the Wendron Valley which has a history of tin streaming and mining going back over 2000 years.

Trelowarren, the home of the Vyvyans since 1427. A privately owned historic estate; woodland walks running down to the Helford River. Historic Gardens, Strawberry Hill Chapel, Galleries, Pottery, Countryside centre and Restaurant.

Trevarno Estate and Gardens -Victorian and Georgian Gardens. Museum of Gardening, Fountain Garden Conservatory. There are woodland walks and abundant wildlife.

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