7 Things to Do in Cornwall in Autumn

September 09th, 2019

Autumn is a great time of year to visit Cornwall – much quieter than the summer months, but still decent enough weather for outdoor exploring. Most of the activities that draw tourists to the county will still be available throughout the autumn and winter months, but it will be far less crowded and hectic, allowing you to take your time and fully enjoy each day of your luxury Falmouth holidays. We take a look at some of the best things you can do in Cornwall during the autumn months.


Visit a Food Festival

While the summer months are all about enjoying live music, autumn is all about food and drink! Autumn in Cornwall sees three big festivals – Falmouth Oyster Festival, Oktoberfest and the Big Cornish Market. Here you’ll be able to enjoy local produce and sample some of the finest Cornish ciders and ales. The Big Cornish Market takes place in Truro, offering street food, local produce, live entertainment and craft stalls.


Go Cycling

The milder autumn months are the perfect time to get active. Head out on a cycle trail without the risk of getting too hot and sweaty! There are plenty of dedicated cycle routes in Cornwall for you to choose from, or set out on your own adventure pedalling through the Cornish countryside.



Now the summer months are over, the beaches in Cornwall will be far less busy, meaning that you will get more of a chance to get exploring. There are plenty of beaches with fantastic rock pools in Cornwall, with Castle Beach in Falmouth and Kennack Sands on The Lizard, being two great choices. Rockpooling is the perfect autumnal activity if you still want your fix of the beach when holidaying in Cornwall, as you can get up close to the shore without having to take a dip in the cooler water. Crabs, fish, anemones and starfish are all common Cornish rock pooling finds – what will you discover?


Head to the Beach With Your Dog

On October 1st, the seasonal dog ban gets lifted on most Cornish beaches until the summer months come around again. Your dog will be granted unlimited access to the sandy stretches and can splash in the sea to their heart’s content! Plus, you’ll be able to visit any beach you want without worrying about leaving your pup behind at home.


Take a Boat Trip

While the autumn weather may prove a little too chilly for getting directly into the water, it certainly won’t stop you getting out on the water. With Falmouth boasting an impressive harbour, you can choose from a wide array of boat trips, or hire your own canoe or kayak and go paddling down the river.


Woodland Walks

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the crunch of crisp, golden autumn leaves underfoot, and the woodlands in Cornwall will be full of fallen leaves come autumn. Explore the woodland paths of Trelissick, head out to Kennall Vale Nature Reserve or one of the many other woodland spots in Cornwall! Whether you’re following a trail or embarking on your own adventure, why not pack a picnic and make a day of your outing? Be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife when out walking too.


Enjoy Cornwall Without the Crowds

Now that the school holidays are over, the tourist spots in Cornwall are a little calmer, and you’ll be able to visit all of those hotspots without the crowds. You have hundreds of attractions and activities to choose from, including the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tate St Ives.

Will you be joining us in Cornwall this autumn? Leave a comment to let us know what you’re most looking forward to doing!