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Glebe Hall Holiday Cottages are an easy 30 minute drive from Falmouth. Mawgan provides a peaceful rural retreat and base to explore the beaches of the Lizard whilst being able to travel into Falmouth easily.
It's not far to Falmouth

We have lots of guests stay with us who are family members of students studying at the University of Falmouth. Glebe Hall, Mawgan, and it's holiday cottages are an easy 30 minute drive from Falmouth and make the perfect rural escape to turn a visit or special occasion into a relaxing memorable holiday.

We often venture into Falmouth for day trips, a bit of shopping or an evening out so we thought we'd jot down a few of our favourite Falmouth finds so far, we're sure the students of Falmouth University would agree!

Pendennis Castle

A great day out! Situated on Pendennis point we parked up and walked through the imposing entrance of this coastal fortress of Henry VIII's. There's a Tudor Keep, grounds to walk around, a WW1 exhibition, restored Victorian and WW2 underground defences to explore, plus guard house and cells - brings history to life.


A South African themed restaurant with lovely staff, fantastic food and drinks, and fun decor. We ordered most of the nibbles, a different starter each, different main courses and dessert - it was all delicious!

Good Vibes Cafe

We first found this cafe on Instagram and the food looked so delicious we had to go and seek it out. We were not disappointed. Healthy ingredients, although there are lots of yummy cakes if you feel more like a treat, we had lunch but it's also the perfect coffee and cake stop. I'm sure it's equally as popular with students of the University of Falmouth and local families.

West African Stew at Good Vibes Cafe Falmouth. Peanut, Sweet potato, chickpea & peas. Popular with students of the University of Falmouth and locals.
West African Stew at Good Vibes Cafe

Maritime Museum

The current Titanic Stories exhibition is great. A fascinating topic and they've packed the exhibition with loads of interesting stories and objects. I particularly enjoyed the stories it told of local people. There was also a great pirate performance for kids when we were there, and of course loads of different boats to see.

At the Tidal Zone and Lookout Tower you can see under water and a Panorama of Falmouth respectively.

You pay once and can return as many times as you like all year, so if your back and forth to visit a student at the University of Falmouth, or just decide to holiday in Cornwall more, this is a great bonus!

The Chintz Bar

A quirky bar with board games and nik naks packed to the rafters. We had espresso martinis and margarita's. Fantastic furniture, we hid from a rainy early evening in there and it was so delightful we had to drag ourselves away! A popular one with the students of the University of Falmouth, although they were clearly studying when we visited on a Monday evening!

Oyster Festival

Even if you don't like oysters this is a great event. Lots of food trucks with yummy goodies, stalls with local produce, live cookings shows and music, all under cover...and OYSTERS! Galore! The perfect celebration of the start of the oyster season.

Park & Float

To avoid busy car parks, or just because it's a lovely way to travel, you can do Park & Float. We parked at their large car park at Penryn then hopped on a ferry over to Falmouth Harbour. Tide times dictate the running of the ferry but don't fear getting stranded, they provide a bus which we took back on our return journey. A great way to travel, loved seeing all the other boats on the river.

The view of boats passed on the river whilst taking the park and float from Penryn to Falmouth
Park & Float

Gyllyngvase Beach

One of four beaches in/around Falmouth. Beautiful and a great place for a stroll or to spend the day with the family. I always think the students of Falmouth University are so lucky to have this place to blow the cobwebs away come exam time.

Imagine being a student at University and having this on your doorstep! Falmouth's beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach
Gyllyngvase Beach


If you like running and your visit ties in with one of these races in Falmouth then it's a great way to see the town and achieve something fantastic at the same time. I've only done the 5 mile race (and loved it) but there is also a Half Marathon to tempt you!

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On the 8th of May every year the sleepy town of Helston springs to life!

All we were told before we witnessed this phenomenon is that all Helstonian's take the day off work, the pubs open at 8am, and there is dancing in the streets throughout the day. Not sure what to expect the anticipation built in the weeks running up to it as people all around us started discussing their plans for it, those who were dancing or had children dancing were planning their outfits, and as newbies to the area we received invitations to join friends for various events surrounding it. Ok, we thought, we better find out what this is all about...

Helston's Flora Day has been celebrated for hundreds of years
Hal An Tow c.1930

An historical festival that makes a great family day out. Originally it is likely this was a pre-Christian festival, like those celebrated all over Europe, it is a celebration of the arrival of spring and all the flowers, fertility and vitality that accompanies it. Greenery and floral arrangements adorn all the shops and houses of the town of Helston. The roads are closed and dancers parade through the streets to drive out the darkness of winter and usher in the burst of Spring. Helston’s symbolic flower, Lily of the Valley is everywhere, and for the midday dance ladies wear ball gowns and gents wear top hats!

History lesson over it was time to dive in....

Celebrations started the evening before with a trip to town to see all the floral decorations and greenery transforming the shop fronts and houses, then a quick pint in the Blue Anchor*, and we headed on down to the giant fairground set up in the Fairground Car Park on the Porthleven Road near Penrose. A street market had been set up for some browsing and a stacked burger from a van was essential! A fierce battle on the dodgems commenced and then some stomach curdling rides (didn’t regret the burger though!) entertained us until it was time to head home ready for the next day’s festivities.

Flora Day

We set off from Glebe Hall early, we would recommend guests staying in the holiday cottage’s to book taxis far in advance as possible if not driving, but there are plenty around in town on the day for the return journey if required. If driving then Tesco often opens up it’s car park for the day and then there’s a short walk into town. There are plenty of lovely café’s to have breakfast in (but all of Glebe Hall’s holiday cottages have fully equipped kitchens should you wish to breakfast at home).

The Morning Dance

Ok, this is early, and those who have not experienced this before may find it quite bizarre, but bear with it… Beginning at 7am (!) the longest dance of the day follows the route of the ‘old town’ of Helston, the early time is due to it historically being the dance for servants and workers so they could participate before returning to their duties. This is what I love most about Flora Day, the history of it and seeing history living.

The Hal-an-Tow

A quick pint in the Blue Anchor* and at 8:30 it’s time for the Hal-an-Tow. I don’t know if it’s the insanely early hops or the pagan drums but we were starting to warm up to this Flora Day idea now! The Hal-An-Tow is a play that tours around town so you can catch it at various locations.

As far as we can figure out the story is a mesh of Robin Hood, St George slaying the dragon, St Michael and the Devil with the Spaniards of Mousehole thrown in! Basically lots of battles of good defeating evil. Your spring classic.

The Childrens Dance

Over 1,000 local children perform the set dance throughout the streets accompanied by their teachers, very sweet, and it is a proud moment for them.

The Midday Dance

Most people retreat to the pubs of Helston at this point, or the many pop up stalls for some refreshments before midday arrives with the main event. Only Helstonians may participate in this dance, or those invited as their guests of honour, less restrictive than it used to be when only the gentry of Helston and it’s surrounding districts were permitted to partake. But even now, the leader of the Dance can only be someone Helstonian born, it is considered the greatest honour for whomever is luck enough to be asked!

It is all rather bizarre, but in a very fun and unique way. With music, merriment, flowers adorning every shop front, the roads closed, dancing through the streets and refreshments in abundance it does make for a rather jolly day!

Once we had ate, drunk and partook in all the merriment it was great to have a very short trip back to the peace of Mawgan and Glebe Hall. If you’re staying in one of our holiday cottages this May 8th we would definitely recommend Flora Day.

*Try the Spingo with caution! But they do make a special Flora Day Spingo, and the thick stone walls and cosy hearths makes this ancient medieval Inn a must visit.


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