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Things to do in Cornwall in Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cornwall. The buzz of crowded Summer beaches has gone.

The county breathes a contented sigh as it moves into a new season at a gentler pace. 

Here is our round-up of the best things to do in Cornwall in Autumn, whether you're looking for new experiences, peace and quiet, or adventure.

If you're inspired to visit this Autumn, check the latest availability here or browse the accommodation here.

Top 5 Things to do in Cornwall in Autumn

pottery studio autumn in Cornwall

5. Family-friendly walks

Cornwall is famous for its beautiful gardens all year-round partly because of the wide range of National Trust properties but also because of the many private estates and woodland walks.

Wander through manicured lawns and sculpted hedgerows at Lanhydrock Estate near Bodmin, Trerice House & Gardens near Newquay, or St Michael's Mount in Penzance.

Scuff through leaves along the banks of the River Fal through the grounds of the Trelissick Estate.

There are literally hundreds of walks to enjoy, whatever your level of fitness and wherever you are in Cornwall.

Be inspired with five of the best gardens in Cornwall here.


4. Deserted beaches for beach-combing

The white sands and blue waters of the Cornish coast are as beautiful as ever in the Autumn.

The season can brings strong winds and night time storms which wash up treasures to discover in among the rock pools and seaweed.

If you're really lucky you might even find some Lego.

A container carrying millions of pieces of the toy fell into the sea in 1997 and the precious cargo has been washing up on Cornish beaches ever since. Beach-combers still report finding trinkets on their travels, particularly along the North coast.

You can track the latest finds and record your own on the active Facebook page.

3. Get the adrenaline pumping

Cornwall offers plenty of action-packed fun for all the family. Fly on England's longest and fastest zip wire at the Eden Project near St Austell, or maybe you'd prefer to take that surfing lesson you've been promising yourself.

Or you could push yourself to the limits and take on the Adrenline Quarry near Liskeard.

2. Food festivals

Cornwall is a popular destination with foodies. And this Autumn is the perfect time to explore everything food and drink in Cornwall.

food festivals in Cornwall fresh bread

Visit Eden's Beer Festival to experience a huge range of craft ales and ciders. The event, hosted in the iconic biomes, also includes live music and a selection of delicious gourmet food.

Sample local flavours at Truro's bustling Food Festival, and enjoy locally caught seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival this September.

1. Discover Cornwall's art & culture

Drop into The Breeze Art & Makers' Fair at Trereife House near Penzance, where you'll see work by some of the region's finest artists and creatives.

Take home a small piece of Cornwall by purchasing one of the many beautiful paintings of the area, or simply absorb the buzz and atmosphere of the event.

craft festivals in Cornwall pottery

Release your inner artist by having a go yourself at one of the event's workshops, which in the past have included:

  • Make your own mosaic heart
  • Craft a decorative botanical tile, featuring plants from your own garden or from Trereife
  • Decorate your own pot using metallic glazes before firing
  • Be inspired to scrapbook, learning a range of techniques and materials


Available from just £115* pp

Ocean Blue September Short Breaks 2019

Click for details or call 01841 719090.

* Price based on four sharing the Pentire holiday apartment for three nights, week commencing 21 September 2019.

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