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The Area - Seasons

Spring

March / April.

The hedgerows are a spectacular sight when they come to life with bright yellow gorse, blackthorn, celandine and wild daffodils as spring arrives early and colour is everywhere. The fishing boats are brought out and newly painted, made ready for the sea. Easter brings the Bonnet Parades of Helston and Lizard Town.

May.

Gorgeous, displays of gorse on the heathlands, with red campion, violets, bluebells and thrift. Sea birds come to nest on the cliffs, the beaches have been swept clean by nature after the winter storms and the lobster pots are ready to put out. Helston celebrates Flora Day with the famous Fury Dance. Gig racing practice starts in Cadgwith and Coverack holds its first art exhibition of the season.

Summer

June.

The hedges are beautiful with wild parsley, foxgloves and purple spotted orchids. The wooded valleys become dappled with sunlight as the young leaves grow. Mid-summer is celebrated with bonfires and pasties. Porthallow has a Fishing Festival and Pig Roast. The craft exhibition opens in Coverack while Mawgan and Lizard Town have Feast Weeks.

July.

The lobster season is in full swing, there are fishing trips for mackerel and pollock and line fishing starts from the rocks. The lanes are alive with buttercups and poppies. This is the time for skiff racing at Porthallow, Regattas at Cadgwith and Coverack, Band Concerts at Mullion, Porthoustock Gala and St.Keverne Carnival. RNAS Culdrose has Air Day and RNLI celebrate Lifeboat Day at Coverack.

August.

The hedges are creamy with meadowsweet, the heather is out in bloom and the local honey changes from soft golden to rich brown. A lively month with Mullion Carnival and Regatta, Ox Roast at St.Keverne, Gig Racing at Cadgwith against France and The Scillies. Teddy Bears Picnic at Ruan Minor, Gweek Silver Band Week, Concerts at Trelowarren and the St.Keverne Male Voice Choir entertain around the Peninsula.

Autumn

September.

The warm dewy mornings are ideal for mushroom picking. Blackberries and elderberries are out and their rich colours contrast with the rusty, golden shades of autumn. The sea has been warming all summer and it is an ideal time for watersports. The Peninsula often has its best weather in this month with long, crystal-clear sunny days.

October.

The misty and mellow month. Autumn lingers in this most southerly region and the trees are still a riot of vibrant colours which look stunning against the breathtaking sunsets. As the season draws to a close the Carnivals are over but Craft Fairs still continue, showing off the local talent. All the villages celebrate Harvest Festival.

November.

Starts with a huge firework display at Flambards, and a smaller yet no less spectacular one at Coverack.



Winter

December.

Spellbinding Christmas Lights abound in a number of the villages. Coverack has lighting up ceremony with hot chestnuts, barbecue with roast beef sandwiches served while there is an open air Nativity Play. Father Christmas arrives by sleigh with an apparently endless sack. St.Keverne square is a blaze of colour, illuminated by a myriad of Christmas lights.

January/February.

No sooner have the chrysanthemums finished showing, than the crocus begins to flower and the primroses start to peep through. The Peninsula is never without colour and a walk along the cliff tops can be as joyful at this time of year as at any other season. This is when the elements take over, as you watch the great seas crash against the cliffs in the howling gales and you can marvel as the waters later turn to the most incredible azure blue.