Events in or around Helston

Christmas Lights Events in Helston

Switch On Date: Friday, 29th November 2019

Helston Christmas Lights Switch-on

Events from 5pm -9pm

Lights 7.30pm

A fun-filled festive event for the whole family. With a wide variety of food & craft traders, live music (including Helston Town Band) in two locations, children’s & pony rides too!

Santa will be in his grotto from 5pm & there’ll be fireworks & the official switch on at 7.30pm get in town early to get a good view.


Regular Events in Helston

Yeth an Werin / Conversation groups
See details below

Do you speak Cornish and want to practice your Cornish skills in conversation?

See the list of conversation groups / Yeth an Werin

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Penrose Parkrun

5km run - not a race, it's you against the clock.

Every Saturday at 9am.

Penrose Estate, Porthleven Road, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0RA.

It's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

Everyone runs for their own enjoyment. Please join in whatever your pace!

Penrose parkrun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers - email to help.

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the lakeside Café - please come and join us!

Register here

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Cornish Language Conversation Group - Yeth an Werin
8pm - 10pm

Practice Cornish conversation

Running on the fourth Tuesday of every month. For further information:

Blue Anchor Inn, Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall

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Annual Events in Helston

Helston Flora / Furry Day
Every May (Usually on the 8th May unless this is a Sunday))

Helstonians dance through the streets in this annual festival known locally as Furry Day.
A series of dances take place throughout the town
Morning Dance starts at the Guildhall at 7am
The Hal-an-Tow starts on St John's Bridge at 8.30am
The Hal-an-Tow another integral part of the day re-enacts the battle of good against evil.
The Children's Dance starts from Wendron Street at 9.40am
The Midday Dance starts from the Guildhall at 12 midday
The Evening Dance starts from the Guildhall at 5pm
Also street stalls, a fair and more.

Helston Flora Day website


Freedom of Helston Parade
Every June

Annual parade of sailors from RNAS Culdrose when they exercise their right to march through the streets of Helston with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying in accordance with the grant of the Freedom of the Borough of Helston which was given in 1958.

The Town Mayor of Helston inspects the parade and then takes the Salute at the Guildhall accompanied by the Captain of the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and Members of the Town Council.

The General Public are invited to attend the ceremony.


West Cornwall Motor Show
Every June

Motor show with stalls and entertainment. Wendron Football and Cricket Club, near Helston.
West Cornwall Motor Show


Culdrose Air Day
Every July.

Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day (from 9a.m.)

Come and experience ‘Fly Navy’ with plenty to see in the sky and experience on the ground.

For more information see RNAS Culdrose


The Santa Series
Every November/December

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Cornwall Hospice Care’s long established Santa Series that collectively attract more than a thousand Santa’s every year who run, walk and cycle in their jolly red suits.

Choose from 5 locations across Cornwall and register today

Your registration includes a free santa suit and medal so why not kick off Christmas with a cracker, whilst supporting your local adult hospices and all that we do for those with terminal illness across Cornwall.

Wadebridge 8th Dec 8k Cycle - Starting at Bridge Bike Hire PL27 7AL

Padstow 8th Dec 2k run - Starting at The Padstow Centre PL28 8LA

Truro 9th Dec 3k - Starting at Truro Methodist Church TR1 1EP

Falmouth 15th Dec 1.5k or 5k - Starting at Falmouth Methodist Church TR11 3PG

Helston 16th Dec 1.5k and 3k m- Starting at The Bowling Club TR13 8ER

Under 3 free
Children £7.50
Adults £13.50
Family £37.50

For more information and details of how to take part: Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Series


Tel: 01726 66868 (option 3)



Farmers Markets in Helston

Farmers' Market The Old Cattle Market, Boating Lake, Helston. Over 40 stalls selling local, seasonal produce. 9.30am to 1.30pm First Saturday of each month. Contact Joanne Schofield Tel: 01326 231146 Email:


Farmers Markets in Helston

Country Market The Guildhall, Helston TR13 8ST Every Friday From 8am to1pm Contact Jacky Andrew Email: Locally produced cakes, preserves, eggs, vegetables and seasonal fruit and plants. Anyone with an allotment or garden surplus is welcome to sell through the Country Market.


Helston - Coinagehall Street
Helston - Coinagehall Street


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