Reasons to visit Cornwall in October
The glorious golden glow of autumn has arrived, 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 in October, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family half-term adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat with your dog.
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 so it’s a great time for trying out watersports like kayaking, surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding too.
2. Cosy fireside pubs
There’s nothing better than sitting 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 warm up in, 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 shorter at this time of year but you might be rewarded with a stunning autumnal sunset over the sea before dinner. Gwithian is one of our favourite spots to take it all, 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 October trip to Cornwall now!