Need some help finding your way round at Helston's Flora Day?: ROUTE MAP + INFO (From This is The West Country)
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Need some help finding your way round at Helston's Flora Day?: ROUTE MAP + INFO
Updated 12:12pm Wednesday 7th May 2014 in Cornwall
Thanks to the Flora Day Association we have a little map to help you find your way round during Helston's big day.
The Morning Dance starts at 7am and leaves from the Guildhall in the town centre.
Next up is the Hal an Tow, which will be held from 8.30am at different locations around the town, with the first at St John's Bridge.
The children's dance is next at 9.40am, with the children coming down towards the centre of the town from Wendron Street.
Leading the Children’s Dance this year at 9.40am is Parc Eglos Primary School.
During the Children’s Dance the second Helston Town Band group will stand outside Grylls Monument at the bottom of Coinagehall Street, while the school pupils dance around the Bowling Green, to allow more of the children to hear the music as they make their way along the final stretch of the dance.
The Ancient Furry Dance, at midday, always attracts the largest crowds, with the lead dancers setting off from the Guildhall at the stroke of noon.
One of the most picturesque places to watch is the beautiful Lismore Garden, opened to the public once a year for Flora Day by kind permission of owner Michael Jay.
With a large lawn for spectators to sit on and a lake at the bottom to dance around, via a gravel path, it is the perfect backdrop for the rainbow of coloured dresses.
However, its beauty also means it is one of the most popular locations to see the dance and for this reason the gates are closed once the garden is full.
Other popular locations to see the dances include around the Bowling Green at the bottom of Coinagehall Street (not the Morning Dance), the grounds of Penhellis Care Home and outside the Guildhall in the centre of town, as the venue for the start of the dances (except the Children’s Dance).
Of course this also means that crowds can stretch back five or six deep here, so with almost the entire town featuring on the routes there are plenty of other places to just pick a spot and enjoy a clearer view.
After the end of the Ancient Furry Dance, at approximately 2.15pm, there is a break in proceedings before the Evening Dance at 5pm, again setting off from the Guildhall.
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