Helston is the most southerly town in the UK and is around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) further south than Penzance! In 2001, the town celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of its Charter, making it the second oldest town in Cornwall after Marazion.
The former tin mining and cattle market town is best known for the annual Furry Dance (known locally as the Flora Dance), which is said to originate from the medieval period.
Helston is situated along the banks of the River Cober in Cornwall. Downstream is Cornwall's largest natural lake Loe Pool, formed when a shingle bar blocked the mouth of the river by rising sea levels forming a barrier beach.
To the south is the Lizard Peninsula, an area important for its complex geology and wildlife habitats. Helston is a great base for exploring the Lizard as well as the north and south Cornish coasts.