18-20 Aug 2022


Whilst some events at Hellys 2022 are free to all, tickets for individual concerts start at £10. Save with afternoon and evening passes or treat yourself to the full festival pass!

Hellys International Guitar Festival takes place in Helston, Cornwall – the UK's most southerly town. “Hellys” is the old Cornish word for Helston.


We set up the project in the winter of 2016, with the idea of producing a local festival that would attract global talent to Cornwall and give opportunities to local concert artists. By our second year we were being talked about across the world, and visitors came from as far away as Poland in the east and California in the west, to savour what is essentially a microcosm of some of the biggest guitar festivals worldwide.


Our first three seasons were at The Old Cattle Market. We loved our time there and will always be grateful for the support the staff at the OCM gave us in the early years of our project. For seasons four and five, we planned to move, but the 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled due to the pandemic. Now we're back, bigger and better than before, and our new venue is in the middle of town, at the newly refurbished Epworth Centre.


Apart from eighteen concerts over three days, Hellys 2022 also features a host of other events during the daytime – including the opportunity for anyone to book a free lesson with an international concert performer, and the chance to win a handmade guitar by Kif Wood – worth over £2,000! As ever, accompanied under-18s can access everything at Hellys for FREE, making us one of the best value-for-money international music festivals for families in the UK.

Whether you are a local or a tourist on holiday, we welcome you and your friends and family, and hope you will have a great time at Hellys 2022!



Enter the Hellys Festival Guitar Competition by performing a maximum of three pieces of music to win the only copy worldwide of a beautiful instrument originally created by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1711-1786).

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Epworth Centre

42 Coinagehall Street


TR13 8EQ


Closest car park is the Tyacke Road car park - lower is private and £2 all day, upper is Cornwall Council and free after 4pm. Both have a pathway through to Coinagehall Street approx 200m walk. Limited on street parking. Other car parks nearby include Castle Green, or free paring at the Penrose amenity area.