1. Mardi Gras: 6th April 2002

A parade of colour lead by a jazz band commences from Trengrouse Way Car Park at 7.30 p.m. down through Meneage Street and Coinagehall Street, arriving at the Coronation Park and Boating Lake at approximately 8.00 p.m. for an evening of dancing and fun in the marquee. One week before the event, workshops are held in the Community Centre in Penrose Road for children to make their costumes etc and further information can be obtained from Mr Allan Healey on 01326 562822.

2. Helston Beer Festival: 12th & 13th April 2002

This event was so successful on its launch last year, that it has now been decided to hold a Helston Beer Festival annually. The event is to be held at The Community Centre in Penrose Road on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2002. All proceeds are in aid of The Lizard Club 2000 which raises money for local charities. Further information can be obtained from Chris Sharington on 01326 573854.

3. Flora Day: 8th May 2002

This enchanting day begins with the Early Morning dance at 7.00 a.m. commencing from The Guildhall. Then follows the ancient Hal-an-Tow, where St Michael slays the dragon and this is re-enacted around the town with people gathering at St Johns for the 8.30 a.m. start. At 9.50 a.m. the Children's Dance, comprising of approximately 1000 pupils, begins in Wendron Street, all the local schools are involved and whilst the pupils wear white outfits, the head-dresses of the girls denotes to which school they belong. The resplendent Mid-day dancers leave The Guildhall on the stroke of 12 noon, the men in top hat and tails and the ladies in their finest long dresses and hats. The days festivities are brought to a close with the final dance at 5.00 p.m., which again leaves from The Guildhall. Throughout the day there are many street stalls selling all sorts of goods and a funfair at the lower part of the town which all contributes to a wonderful atmosphere on Helston's special day.

4. Mayor Choosing: 14th May 2002

This annual, ancient ceremony officially commences in The Guildhall at 11.45 a.m. Shortly prior to this at approximately 11.40 a.m., the incumbent Mayor and all invited officials and guests resplendent in their robes and outfits, process from The Angel Hotel in Coinagehall Street, to The Guildhall whereupon as Town Clock strikes 12 noon, the Mayor declares his or her term of office ended and the ancient process of Mayor Choosing begins.

5. Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee: 3rd June 2002

As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, it is intended that on Monday 3rd June, at Coronation Park and Boating Lake, there will be an all day musical event for everyone to enjoy. Following that, a Torchlight Procession, lead by the Mayor, to light a beacon marking this historic occasion will leave from The Guildhall at dusk. Local people and organisations will be invited to participate in this celebratory event and further information can be obtained nearer the time from The Town Clerk's Office on 01326 572063.

6. Helston Motor Show: 16th June 2002

A most welcome annual event held on Father's Day in the School Field off Church Hill, the proceeds of which are split between Helston School and Parc Eglos School. There are many attractions including 150 classic vehicles on display, the latest cars and dealers, stalls, face painting and a full programme of stage and arena events suitable for all ages. Further information can be obtained from Mr Mick Timpson on 01326 564800.

7. Freedom Parade: 27th June 2002

This annual event whereby RNAS Culdrose exercise their Rights of Freedom commences in the lower section of the Trengrouse Way Car Park off Meneage Street at 10.30 a.m. when the Mayor, accompanied by the Commodore, inspects the personnel of HMS Seahawk. Following that inspection, the personnel march through Meneage Street, taking the salute in Coinagehall Street with drums beating, bayonets fixed and flags flying. Further information can be obtained from the Public Relations Officer at RNAS Culdrose on 01326 552461.

8. RNAS Culdrose Air Day: 17th July 2002

A chance to see enthralling air displays, clamber over aircraft and visit the many stalls and entertainment provided by RNAS Culdrose. A most entertaining and informative day out for the whole family. The gates open at 9.30 a.m. with the main Air Display commencing at 1.30 p.m.. Further information can be obtained from the Public Relations Officer at RNAS Culdrose on 01326 552461.

9. Helston Soapbox Derby: 27th July 2002

This new event which has been organised by The Lizard Club 2000 to raise money for local charities. Races commence in Coinagehall Street at 6.00 p.m. and finish at 9.00 p.m.. Further information can be obtained from Chris Sharington on 01326 573854.

10. Harvest Fair Weekend: 31st August - 2nd September 2002

This annual ancient festival weekend held in the Coronation Park & Boating Lake area, which used to be known as Plum Fair, commences on Saturday 31st August with a Pet Show in the morning, Dog Show in the afternoon, followed by the Grand Carnival leaving from Helston Cricket Ground and travelling through the town via Trengrouse Way to the Coronation Park. On Sunday 1st September there is to be a concert by Helston Town Band adjacent to the marquee at 3.00 p.m.. Finally on Monday 2nd September there is a Horticultural & Craft Display in the marquee with street stalls selling various goods. During the whole weekend there is a funfair in the area. Further information can be obtained from the Chairman of the Harvest Fair Committee, Councillor Nick Martin on 01326 574421.

11. Scarecrow Ball: 7th September 2002

A torchlight parade of scarecrows, lead by the Helston Town Band, commences at dusk from the Trengrouse Way Car Park and travels down through Meneage Street, into Coinagehall Street to the Coronation Park and Boating Lake area of the town to attend a "Scarecrow Ball" held in a marquee. The week prior to the procession, shops in the town proudly display their scarecrows and workshops are held in the Community Centre in Penrose Road for all those wishing to enter into the spirit of the occasion. Further information can be obtained from Mr Allan Healey on 01326 562822.

Sources of further information

Helston TIC 01326 565431 or email at
See also the Helston 800 web site at


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