Famous Cornish traditional celebration, the origins of this famous celebration is of ushering in a prosperous harvest expresses itself in a lively, colourful celebration that involves the whole town.

We offer a direct coach service straight to Helston town, pick up points starting in Penzance, St Ives, through to Hayle.


Depart Penzance 8.15am

Depart Royal Square St Ives 9.00am

Depart Carbis Bay 9.10am

Depart Lelant 9.15am

Depart Foundry Square Hayle 9.30am


Helston, the Cornish market town, where for hundreds of years, the townsfolk have celebrated and enjoyed the wonderful tradition that is FLORA DAY.

This ancient festival is a Spring festival to celebrate the end of winter and mark the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life. The houses and shops of the town are decorated with greenery and floral arrangements to express the spirit of renewal. 

When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at seven in the morning, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence. Some eighty couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring. 

The colourful Pageant, known as Hal an Tow, tells the history of Helston with the participating characters singing about the challenge of the Spanish Armada, the English patron saint, St. George and the fight between St Michael and the devil.


  1. St Ives
  2. St Ives
  3. Hayle
  4. Helston