Reasons to visit Cornwall in Autumn

The glorious golden glow of autumn is on the horizon, the air is crisp but it’s still warm enough to spend time outdoors, and whilst there is plenty going on, the pace of life is all-round more sedate. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Cornwall over September, October and beyond, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family half-term adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat with your dog.

Holywell Bay Sunset

1. Quiet beaches and cliff walks

Without the summer holidaymakers you’ll find near-deserted beaches, and dogs are welcome all day at most again from 1st October. The sea is still mild and the swell is at its best, so it’s a great time for trying out surfing as well as other watersports like kayaking, wild swimming or stand-up paddleboarding too.

2. Cosy coastal pubs 

Throughout autumn there are still plenty of days where it’s warm enough to leave the jackets at home, but it starts to feel right to be sat back with a locally-brewed ale and a hearty lunch after a brisk coastal walk. And in Cornwall you’ll find plenty of characterful pubs to wave-watch from, often steeped in maritime history.

3. Falmouth Oyster Festival

Celebrate the start of the traditional oyster-dredging season at one of Cornwall’s biggest and best-loved food festivals. Enjoy cookery demonstrations, shucking competitions, live music, and, of course, fresh local oysters.

4. Spectacular sunsets

The days might be getting shorter at this time of year but you’re likely to be rewarded with a stunning autumnal sunset over the sea before dinner. Gwithian is one of our favourite spots to take it all in, sat on a picnic blanket with a glass of prosecco amidst the towering sand dunes.

5. Half-term fun

Kids at school? Treat them to a well-earned break in the fresh Cornish air after their first term. From exploring historic castles to building their own at the beach, and marvelling at the animals at Newquay Zoo to wildlife-spotting on Lizard Point… visitors of all ages will have plenty to do in Cornwall.

So there’s five reasons why you should book your autumn trip to Cornwall now!