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The internationally famous springtime Festival of the Furry, or Flora Dance has become synonymous with the town of Helston. This pre-Christian folk festival ushers in the 'prosperous harvest' and is celebrated on the 8th May (unless a Sunday) each year in a carnival atmosphere of colour and music. ­ The town is decked with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves as the town's children and adults dance their way in and out of the streets, alleyways, houses and shops.

Nestled in a wooded valley to the north of the Lizard Peninsula, Helston is perhaps the least changed of all Cornwall's main towns. To walk the streets and cobbled alleyways of Helston is to get a sense of its history, a journey best started with a visit to the town's fascinating Folk Museum.

Helston also has plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, sports clubs, a boating lake and the popular Flambards Village Theme Park.

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