Today, the Autumnal equinox, marks the first day of Autumn. While you may be feeling sad that summer is now officially over, Cornwall in the Autumn is tranquil, beautiful and has an atmosphere unique to this time of year. The air has become crisp, the beaches have emptied and the sunsets become more and more spectacular as the days pass. This time of year is also filled with lots of fun things happening across Cornwall. From food fairs selling local Cornish produce, an array of Halloween-themed days and nights and great theatre. We’ve put together some things to get up to this month that’ll make you forget about the summer and look forward to the cosy, autumnal and festive months ahead.
1. Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival – 3rd – 4th
Start off this October by heading to Boscastle for their Food, Arts and Craft Festival. If you are staying with us at Bude Holiday Resort or Widemouth Fields, Boscastle is around a 20-25 minute drive, so this festival is a great way to get to know the local community, explore different locations and sample the local produce. The two day event will involve cooking demonstrations by top chefs, stalls filled with local produce, arts and crafts, and a number of events around the village, including family foraging, an arts trail, art exhibitions and taster sessions.
2. Walk along the coast
While staying with us along the North coast, it is vital that you take a stroll along the beautiful coastal paths just minutes away from our resorts. Follow the coastal path to the famous Watergate Bay from Newquay View Resort, or head along the private path leading towards Bude’s beaches from Bude Holiday Resort. Do this during the day for breathtaking views across the North coast stretching far and wide in both directions, or at dusk to witness the spectacular Autumn sunsets.
3. Falmouth Oyster Festival – 8th – 11th
This annual festivity celebrates one of Falmouth’s oldest traditions: the start of the oyster dredging season and the native Fal Oyster. Experience the diversity of Cornish seafood in one of Cornwall’s most exciting centres for food, Falmouth. Enjoy four days of feasting, cooking demonstrations, live music and craft stalls. Learn something new and take home unique recipe ideas and techniques to show off to your friends and family while reminding you of Cornwall.
4. Have a lazy day
It’s OK to put aside a day to do absolutely nothing, and what better time of year than in October? No longer will you feel guilty for not getting outside and making the most of the sunshine, but you will enjoy feeling cosy and warm cuddled up in your pyjamas while the rain hits the window, sipping on a warm cup of tea, reading a good book or watching that movie you’ve always wanted to see. Trust us, it could be the best thing you do all holiday.
5. Falmouth Beer Festival – 22nd – 24th
Cornwall, not unlike the rest of the UK, enjoys its beers and ales. The Falmouth Beer Festival is Cornwall’s largest real ale festival, held every October for beer fanatics across the county and further afield. Sample what Kernow has to offer and get very merry during this weekend of the nation’s favourite drink!
6. Take the dogs to the beach
This time of year marks the end of the season, which also marks when dogs are allowed back on the county’s best beaches. Give your fury best friend a treat and take them to run along the white sands of Cornwall’s beaches and splash in the sea.
7. Visit the theatre
As the evenings slowly get colder, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy indoor pursuits including renewing your love of the theatre. This month has some great shows coming up, including Lord of the Flies, and Jesus Christ Superstar at Hall for Cornwall and Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather and The Shawkshank Redemption at the Theatre Royal.
8. Get spooked!
Across Cornwall will be various Halloween themed activities for adults and children alike this October. Traipse around the spooky woodland trail at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, see Tintagel’s Old Post Office in creepy ultra violet light during half term, experience Halloweden at the Eden Project, or enter the Maze of Horrors at night at the Cornish Maize Maze. Check out the local attractions near to where you are staying on our individual park pages and visit their websites to see if they have anything spooky planned for this year’s Halloween!
9. Take a woodland walk
Cornwall is full of enchanting and ancient woodlands just waiting to be explored. With the turning of the season, these woods take on a new and even more mysterious atmosphere as the leaves fall and the dusk edges earlier. Some of our favourites include Golitha Falls near Liskeard, Kennall Vale in Ponsanooth and Cardinham Woods in Bodmin. Take your dog to enjoy the waterfalls at Golitha, take a walk through history by exploring the ruins at Kennall Vale, or bring your mountain bike for an adventure through Cardinham Woods.
10. Go shopping
Get ready for the new season by going shopping for a much-needed new coat, boots, scarf or hat! Truro, Falmouth, and St Ives have brilliant high streets for Cornish shopping, where you can grab something from a unique and local brand that you won’t see on any of your friends back home. If you want to visit your favourite high street shops, head to Plymouth just over the border of Cornwall in Devon, where you’ll find a great shopping mall with all the top high street brands.
For more information, or to book your stay with us this October in Cornwall, please get in touch.
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