Self Catering in and around Helston

The Helston area is a great place to base yourself for exploring the Lizard and West Cornwall.


Gateway to the Lizard Peninsula, Helston is a town where impressive heritage meets a modern community, no more so than in early May when Flora Day takes place, filling the town with music and dance.


Helston has a lively, friendly atmosphere with busy main streets and plenty of historical attractions that keep the town's heritage alive. In May, the town comes alive for Flora Day, one of the most ancient and famous May day celebrations in the UK.

The town's center is now home to artisan shops featuring local makers, some fantastic pasty shops, a museum and arts center, artists studios, a historical town trail, a pottery and one of the oldest (and supposedly very haunted!) pubs in Cornwall, the thatched Blue Anchor Inn on the high street.

Helston is also home to Flambards, the theme park best known for the fabulous Victorian village and Britain in the Blitz exhibitions as well as the thrill of the rides for young and old alike. Those seeking a quieter time should explore the Penrose Estate and the Loe Pool.

For more details on self-catering in and around Helston click on the link below.

  • The nearest beach to Helston is Loe Bar, about two miles away through the Penrose Estate. It's mentioned in the main section. This is not a beach you can swim from and there's no nearby parking.

    The nearest beach that you can park close to is at Porthleven (4 miles), but like Loe Bar this is not recommended for swimming due to strong currents.

  • Helston is perhaps most famous for the 'Furry' or Floral Dance held on the 8th May, unless this falls on a Sunday or Monday when it takes place on the preceding Saturday.

  • Like most Cornish towns, Helston retains a few 'local' shops plus a smattering of shops that you would find on many high streets. The majority of shops are on Meneage Street and down Coinagehall Street.

    There's also a couple of supermarkets on the edge of the town.

  • Yes, there is a good service with most busses passing through or starting from Helston.

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