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The Furry or Floral Dance - same thing, different name.
It is one of those great centuries old traditions that is amazingly still going strong today.
All the shops decorate their fronts with flowers and greenery and various dances take place throughout the day all through the streets of the town. The dancers are led by bands just playing the one song, but it is great. In the morning the school children dance and dress all in white. Different schools wear different flowers. Later at the main dance all the men wear formal morning dress and the ladies where their best evening dresses. The dances even go in and out of the shops! It is so worth visiting.
Written Jul 29, 2007
Address: Throughout the town!
This monument was built in 1834 to commemorate Humphry Millet Grylls, a local banker and solicitor who helped to keep open the Wheal Vor tin mine and which subsequently saved 1200 jobs.
Behind the Monument is where a castle used to stand and is now a bowling green, there are no remains of the castle to be seen.
Updated Nov 25, 2005
Address: Coinage Hall St
This park, developed in the 30's, is located near the bottom of town, parking is off the Porthleven Rd, and includes a boating lake where many children can be found on sunny days. Rent a boat and paddle about soaking up the sun, try to avoid the ducks and swans which are also found here. There's also a play area for small children and last time I was there it was overrun by wee ones.
The Lakeside Cafe sells the normal cafe fare and the inevitable ice cream.
There are a couple of skate boarding ramps so if you've got a skater boy or girl, have them bring along their board and they can work off some steam on the ramps.
Updated May 7, 2004
Formerly the Butter Market, this building was built around 1837 and now houses the museum which opened in 1849. It's now extended into the former Meat Market as well.
Exhibits inside include the innovations of Henry Trengrouse who invented the rocket line used in sea rescue. There are also exhibits depicting Cornwall's connection with the wireless and Helstons crafts and industries. You can see everything from the makings of a Blacksmith's shop to items used in making Cornwall's famous cider.
I especially liked wandering around the costume gallery, it always amazes me the changes that clothes people wear have gone through.
Located in front of the museum is a cannon taken from the shipwreck of the Frigate HMS Anson which went down in 1807 off Loe Bar.
There's a small gift shop inside in which you can buy books, postcards, jewellery and other items.
Price of admission is very low, only £2.00
for adults and if you're under 16 it's free.
The Museum is open Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays and Bank holidays.
Written Jan 24, 2004
Address: Market Place, Helston
Phone: 01326 564027
Flambards Theme Park is a great place to take your kids to spend the day.There are all sorts of amusements to entertain them from paddleboats, bumperboats, simulator rides and others. Other attractions include Flambard's Victorian Village and Britian in the Blitz. These two exhibits are streetscapes made up in these time frames. You wander through and see the sights, hear the sounds and smell the smells of these eras, might want to hold your nose near the stables ;-)
I found those exhibits fascinating, especially the Blitz section as I had my aunt by my side telling me what it was really like to live through it.
The other main exhibit is Aero Park which allows you to get close and personal some of their exhibits; actually see the cramped cockpit of a fighter pilot.
The pic shown is from Blitz exhibit, it's a postcard I bought as we weren't allowed to take pics then, you might be able to now.
Written Aug 29, 2002
Phone: 0326 564 093