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10 reasons to visit Cornwall in September

The seas are warm, the temperatures are mild, and the beaches are quiet – is there a better time to experience Cornwall than in September?

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has the opportunity to visit Cornwall this September, here is a round-up of the best things to do while you’re here, from food festivals to rock-pooling and classic plays.

1. Wander through the ancient woodlands of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, explore the hidden jungle and enjoy the colourful Autumn harvest display.

2. Stimulate the senses at the Great Cornish Food Festival, held in the city of Truro from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th, with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs along with plenty to taste and take home.

3. Go seal-spotting off the Cornish coast this Autumn, when numbers of the fascinating sea mammals swell. Take a seal-watching boat-trip or drive to one of the many coastal spots to see what you can spy.

4. Be inspired at the Cornwall Home Show Interiors Market. This annual event showcases the county’s finest homewares, interiors and art – just be prepared to hold on tight to your credit card…. You’ve been warned.

5. Go rock-pooling on one of the many Cornish beaches. The seas are at their warmest in the early Autum and hold a wealth of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Check out the National Trust’s rock-pooling guide and have a wonderful time.

6. Experience the magnificence of the Last Night of the Proms on Newquay Harbour as a spectacular brass band brings the atmosphere and splendour of the Royal Albert Hall to Cornwall.

7. Become a dune detective with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust on the North Cornish coast and see what treasures you can uncover on your travels….

8. Make a difference to the Cornish coastline and join the Great British Beach Clean on the weekend of 18th to 21st September. Donate just a couple of hours of your time and together we will make a difference to the county’s beautiful natural environment.

9. Watch Daphne Du Maurier’s spell-binding “Rebecca”, told through the creative performance of the Kneehigh Theatre Company. The play is being shown at Truro’s Hall for Cornwall from 9th-19th September.

10. Enjoy a cream tea in Padstow’s Rest-A-While Tearoom, overlooking the bay – the perfect indulgence after a walk through the streets of the town – served best with jam first and clotted cream on top.