The Helford VMCA aims are to encourage people to become more involved with the marine environment and to work together to conserve it. This programme of events has been produced to help people to learn, understand and enjoy this very special place.

Here you’ll find details of the events, walks and activities that will be taking place around the Helford River this year. The programme offers a wide range of activities, from seashore exploration and special marine talks to bird-watching walks and a conservation cruise. All will help to show the watery wonders and mysterious marine world of the Helford River. There is something for all ages, abilities and interests and everyone is welcome.


Sunday 1st September 2019
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Rockpool Ramble

Prisk Cove Meet at Mawnan Church, Old Church Road, Mawnan TR11 5HY SW 788 272

Investigate the fascinating rock pools at Prisk Cove and discover the hidden world of crabs, fish, sea anemones and strange shellfish with marine expert Ruth Williams. Please wear non-slip rock scrambling shoes that you are prepared to get wet, wellies or wetsuit boots. Booking Essential.

Free Event

Sunday 22nd September 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Snorkel Safari and Barbecue

Durgan Beach Helford River SW 773 272

Our end of summer barbecue and get together on the beach. You don’t have to snorkel to come and join the Barbecue but if you like to, join the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Experts on a guided tour of Durgan Bay.  Snorkelers must bring their own equipment including wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins.  Booking Essential (snorkel places limited)  

Barbeque £5  

Wednesday 25th September 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Volunteer for Marine Life!

Falmouth Art Gallery, Top Floor Municipal Offices, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 3QA

Come and be inspired to volunteer in Marine Conservation work, watch films of marine life off the coast of Cornwall and listen to people active in the many successful projects that are taking place, here and now in Cornwall. Many volunteers in the marine sector have developed skills that take them on to the most fabulous and rewarding employment, or on retirement bring amazing skills with them.  A great evening get together, with snacks, of course! Free Event with Falmouth Marine Conservation Group

Saturday 26th October 2019

Good Seafood and lessons learned from our past!

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Biologist Matt Slater discusses the rich history of Cornwall’s fishing industry from the heyday of the pilchard seines to the crawfish bonanza of the 70’s and discusses the lessons learned which will be important for future sustainability.

Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others 

Saturday 30th November 2019

Lasers, Lights and Fluorescent Tattoos

at Gweek Village Hall, TR12 6UG

Sam Davis from Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, talks about the lengths, and depths, their research team goes to in order to find answers to managing fisheries and marine wildlife around the coast of Cornwall.

Free for Under 18s and HMCG Members £4 for others

© Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area