Groundwork is organised by CAST (the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust). Given to the town of Helston by the eminent philanthropist John Passmore Edwards, the CAST building was originally a school of science and art. It now houses artists’ studios, a café and a programme of public events.

CAST is the hub for the Groundwork programme, welcoming visitors and providing information about other locations and exhibitions across West Cornwall.

Opening hours:

CAST is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm from Saturday 5 May. CAST is also open on bank holiday Mondays throughout the Groundwork season.

Getting to CAST:

On Foot:
From Helston’s main street, Meneague Street, walk down hill towards the traffic lights. Cross the road at the junction and pass the Guildhall on your left. Walk down the granite steps and pass Helston Museum on your right. Immediately after Helston Museum turn right onto Penrose Road and walk up the hill. CAST is on the right hand side.

By Public Transport:
Helston is served by local bus routes:
37 from Redruth – Helston – Mullion – The Lizard
U4 from Tremough Campus, Penryn – Helston – Penzance
More information on local bus routes can be found on the First kernow website

The nearest train station to Helston is Redruth, which is served by mainline trains from London, Exeter, Bristol and Plymouth. From Redruth, Helston is a 25 minute drive or taxi ride.

By Road:
Helston is served by the main road A394.

CAST’s nearest pay and display car park is on Wendron Street, TR13 8PS.

Council owned car parks in Helston are all within easy walking distance of CAST. They are free after 4pm Monday to Saturday and all day on Sunday. These include: Trengrouse Way car park, TR13 8AG; Tyacke Road Car Park, TR13 8RY; the Cattle Market Car Park, accessed via the B3304, TR13 8EZ; and Castle Green Car Park, TR13 8HP.

The Fairground car park on Porthleven Road, TR13 8HH, is free at all times.

Local Taxis:
Meneage taxis, +44 (0)1326 560 530 or +44 (0)7773 817156
Darren’s Taxis, +44 (0)7879 770 445
Kernow Cabs, +44 (0)1326 464646
Cornwall taxis, +44 (0)7773 330165


The ground floor of the CAST building has wheelchair access and accessible toilet facilities. For visitors with limited mobility, CAST can usually make arrangements for parking at the front of the building, where there is wheelchair access.

Please contact the CAST office if you have any questions or specific requirements for your visit. Email: [email protected] or telephone: 01326 565632


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