From printers to painters and sculptors to seamstresses you’ll find hidden workshops, thriving galleries and pop-up exhibitions as you travel around the Lizard.

Looking for a splash of culture? Musicians play in local pubs and village halls, while festivals and feast days abound in the towns and villages scattered across the landscape.

Shanties, sing-alongs and sessions

Bands performing in restaurants and pubs, lively local festivals, folk singers on open mic nights. Music on the Lizard is a broad church.

On Friday nights catch the Cadgwith singers in full-voice in the pub at the centre of the village. From American country to rockin’ blues you’ll find plenty of bands playing at Helston’s historic Blue Anchor Inn and their annual Helstonbury Festival showcases some of the very best local musical talent – live over three days in July. And look out for the Summer Sessions at Amélies in Porthleven for dining with jazz, soul and folk on the side.

An artistic ideal

The superlative light, the dramatic natural landscape, the easygoing way of life. There’s little wonder the Lizard has become an artistic hub. Internationally renowned artists including Bryan Ingham and John Tunnard have made their homes here alongside a host of talented designers, crafters and makers.

“Visitors to the association’s exhibitions cannot fail to be impressed by members’ skills and flair by which, through work exhibited, our lives are enriched.” – HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall on the Trelowarren Cornwall Crafts Association.

The collective craft centre in the old stableyard at Trelowarren and the gallery at Kestle Barton high above the Helford are two of the larger art centres worth a visit, alongside numerous isolated workshops and studios.

Serpentine stone can be found in abundance on the Lizard peninsula and specialists in the Lizard Village have worked it for centuries. Around the village green you’ll still find a cluster of shops selling gifts and jewellery crafted from this beautiful mineral.

Cultural encounters

Unearth Bronze Age finds, an epic costume collection and plenty of activities to help kids explore the past at Helston museum. Step back in time and walk through a lifesize Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz street scene at Flambards. Enjoy ancient local feasts and festivals including Helston Flora Day and St Keverne Feast Day

DID YOU KNOW? 100 years ago the Blue Anchor Inn in Helston was so popular with local tin miners that they were paid their wages at the bar.