The Best Things to Do in Cornwall in Autumn

October 11th, 2021

As the season changes, the trees prepare for winter, and the days get shorter, Cornwall begins its autumn festivities. With a great range of activities to explore – from spending a weekend in luxury cottages in Cornwall to splashing around in piles of crisp autumn leaves – Cornwall is the perfect place to be this autumn.

Most of the activities that draw tourists to the county will still be available throughout the year. Still, autumn and winter offer a far less crowded and hectic period, allowing you to take your time and thoroughly enjoy each day of your luxury Falmouth or Truro holiday.

Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Cornwall during autumn!

Romantic Cornish Cottages

An open kitchen within a cottage

Visit The Valley and spend your time in an oasis of serenity. Our luxury holiday cottages offer an escape from fast-paced daily life and allow you and your partner to take some time to be pampered.

With so much to do right outside your doorstep, you can fill your autumn with romantic activities and places to visit. Autumn offers a moment of reflection and peace, so why not do this in a 5-star luxury cottage with a warm indoor pool?

Visit a Food Festival in October

A bag of Cornish potatoes

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 Surfing in the October Swells

People standing with surfboards on a beach

The milder autumn months are the perfect time to get active. How does a day of surfing sound?

Cornwall has some great spots to surf, including Fistral beach, Perranporth Beach, Porthmeor beach and many more. With potential 6-8ft waves moving into the harbour, you could break your record or discover a new skill.

We do advise using a winter wetsuit for those harsher autumn days!

Halloween in Cornwall

A brown dog sat next to three pumpkins

Halloween in the west country is a magnificent display of how to enjoy the spooky season. We recommend taking your family pumpkin picking! With some great pumpkin patches throughout Cornwall, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect one!

Additionally, Cornwall holds a variety of haunted houses and scary mazes for everyone to visit and enjoy! For more information on what to do this October, check out our blog.

Go Rock Pooling and Catch Crabs

Sea life in a rockpool

Now the summer months are over, the beaches in Cornwall will be far less busy, meaning that you’ll get more of a chance to explore.

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.

Rock pooling 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 common Cornish rock pooling finds – what will you discover?

Head to the Beach With Your Dog

Two dogs running along a sandy beach

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 a beach without worrying about leaving your pup behind at home. However, if you’re not sure, check the GOV website for more information.

Woodland Walks in Autumn

A dog in an autumnal forest

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the crunch of crisp, golden 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 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.

Will you be joining us in Cornwall this autumn? For more information on what to do this October, you can check out our blog or contact us on Facebook and Instagram.