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Helston Flora Day

The whole town of Helston celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring - we don't blame them, we're pleased to see the sun too!

8th May, Helston

This ancient festival celebrates the end of winter and the fertility of spring. The houses and shops of the town are decorated with decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves, and the townspeople dance through the streets to drive out the darkness of winter. Expect lots of fun, dancing, music and beer.

There’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night with stalls and a fairground. The dancing begins early at 7am to the sound of drums. Not long after the Hal-an-Tow (a boisterous play featuring scenes of St George slaying the Dragon) begins cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes. The children of the town dance at 10am wearing flowers and lily of the valley, and at midday the formal dance of the day begins. To round off the day of dancing, the Evening Dance starts from the Guildhall at 5pm.

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