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Wednesday August 5th sees the annual St Keverne Ox Roast which has happened on every first Wednesday of August since 1936 when the first ox roast celebrated the coronation of King George VI. The St Keverne Band has organized and run the St Keverne Ox Roast since 1961. There was a brief kafuffle during post-war rationing when it was illegal to sell rationed meat, the locals side-stepped any controversy by giving away the meat for free and charging a shilling for the slice of bread!

come along for a tour of our towns and villages

The Lizard Peninsula is approached via the ‘Gateway to the Lizard', the lively market town of Helston and the biggest town on the Peninsula. Predominated by Victorian and Georgian architecture and renowned for its spring folk festival and in particular Flora Day where shops and houses are decked out with gorse and bluebells and three generations master the intricacies of the Furry Dance.

There are many inland villages on the Lizard from the charming village square at St Keverne (watch out for the Ox Roast in August) to sleepy Gweek at the head of the River Helford and the secluded village of Lizard placed perfectly for walks around Lizard Point.

Tucked in amongst the hills and inlets on the south coast of the Helford River you will find quiet villages with stunning water views; Saint Anthony, Saint Martin and Gillan. Catch the Helford River Ferry from Helford Village to Helford Passage, but stop for a drink in the yacht club or the pub first.

But the Lizard Peninsula is probably best know for it's beautiful, unspoilt fishing villages and hamlets tucked into quiet coves. Cadgwith is picture postcard in its beauty but not marred by tourism. For a family beach with a beautiful harbour try Coverack. Mullion is well placed for several beaches and has good pubs and shops and Porthleven with its unusual harbour and inner basin is bustling with fishing, art galleries and restaurants.

Wherever you go on the Lizard you be beguiled by the charm and beauty of the towns and villages of the Peninsula, just allow enough time to get round them all.

towns & villages - highlights

Cadgwith & Ruan Minor

One of the most picturesque authentic working fishing villages...
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Echoes of a proud fishing industry remain in Coverack,...
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Gweek was probably used as a port in pre-Roman times shipping tin back as far as 450 BC...
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This is a pretty hamlet of quaint cottages nestled around the creek...
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The gateway to the Lizard. An ancient town first recorded in 1066 in the Domesday Book....
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Lizard Village

This remote out-post, the most southerly point of England has a character all of its own....
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Manaccan village is sited on the peaceful, sheltered eastern side of The Lizard,...
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Mawgan is an attractive village set between the Helford River and the historic Trelowarren Estate....
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Mullion is a thriving village community with good restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and shops....
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Once the centre of a thriving pilchard fishing industry is now a focal point for the local farming community...
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An unspoilt fishing village which has a distinctive harbour...
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Praa Sands

A mile long beautiful stretch of fine sands situated in the south west of the area...
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St Keverne

St Keverne has a beautiful church, whitewashed cottages, two public houses, restaurants and shops...
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Wendron & Poldark

Here along the bed of the river Cober alluvial tin was collected well before historical records began....
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