4th May 2017

Helston Flora Day

Saturday 6th May 2017 

Helston, the Cornish market town, where for hundreds of years, the townsfolk have celebrated and enjoyed the wonderful tradition that is FLORA DAY.

This ancient festival is usually held on May 8th , unless that date falls on a Sunday or Monday, in which case the previous Saturday is taken. It is a Spring festival to celebrate the end of winter and mark the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life. The houses and shops of the town are decorated with greenery and floral arrangements to express the spirit of renewal.

When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at seven in the morning, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence. Some eighty couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring.

The colourful Pageant, known as Hal an Tow, tells the history of Helston with the participating characters singing about the challenge of the Spanish Armada, the English patron saint, St. George and the fight between St Michael and the devil.

 

There is lots to do around Falmouth

See the list below for our recommendations

Explore Falmouth’s lovely beaches

Explore Falmouth’s lovely beaches

Falmouth is home to four spectacular beaches, all within walking distance of The Royal Duchy Hotel! Gyllyngvase Beach one of the most popular beaches in Cornwall with Blue Flag status and RNLI Lifeguards across the summer months. Maenporth Beach, a stunning sandy cove with views across Falmouth Bay, jump on the coatal path to explore a little further. Swanpool Beach and Nature Reserve, a delightful swimming cove with adjoining Swanpool Lake Nature Reserve, excellent for watersports. Castle Beach, situated alongside Pendennis Point with views of Pendennis Castle, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. At low tide each rock pool holds a hoard of wild treasure for you and your family to discover.

Explore Falmouth Beaches

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

An award-winning museum with 15 galleries spread over five floors. These excellent exhibits bring to life the maritime history of or island nation, right up to the present day. There are lots of hands-on activities to try. 

Learn more about Falmouth’s fascination maritime heritage with National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

A mighty fortress built by Henry VIII to defend Britain against invasion. The castle boasts an interactive exhibition and fantastic 360 degree views of the estuary. 

Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle/ for more information.

Princess Pavilion

Princess Pavilion

The Princess Pavilion is a year-round live music venue and theatre complex offering a wide programme of excellent entertainment, including music, drama, comedy, arts and crafts.

Click here to find out more.