Step outside and explore Cornwall this autumn
Woodland walks, firework displays and brisk beach days
Kissed by the Gulf Stream, Cornwall’s oceanic setting means it boasts a remarkably warmer climate than the rest of the UK. Fortunate enough to celebrate mild autumns, escape to the southern-most county for a rejuvenating break before the Christmas countdown begins. Whilst October half term is notorious for sunshine and high temperatures, November brings opportunities for the perfect crisp coastal walk. Whether you’re planning a long weekend with friends or your last action-packed family holiday of the year, read on for our favourite things to see and do in Cornwall this autumn.
Wrap up warm and enjoy a hearty feast night
Dig out your woolly jumper and dine al fresco against the beautiful backdrop of the Cornish countryside this autumn. From rustic seafood suppers to comforting Sunday banquets, expect incredible local produce in wonderfully rural locations. For a unique experience, The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be hosting a Harvest Forage and Feast Night on the 12th October. Reconnect with the natural world as you stroll through the Cornish landscape with a local foraging expert, handpicking the contents of your very own menu before tucking into it later.
If you’d rather leave the hard work to the experts, head to a chicken themed Fire and Feast night at Bedruthan Hotel and Spa on the 1st November. With long tables perfect for socialising, make special memories with loved ones and don’t forget to factor in some time to gaze at the stunning sea views. After dinner, wrap up warm in a cosy blanket and enjoy toasted marshmallows beside the fire as the sun lapses into the horizon.
Discover the peaceful woodlands
It wouldn’t be a trip to Cornwall without exploring the acres of woodland that await. With panoramic views, fascinating local wildlife and trickling rivers, the Cornish countryside is home to so many rural gems. Throughout October and November, The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be holding historical garden tours. Experience an in-depth tour of the botanical gardens from an experienced guide, on hand to transform you into a garden romantic in no time.
If you’d rather explore independently, National Trust sites are overflowing with enchanting scenery and boundless wildlife. Take an elusive step into the ancient woodland and rich heritage with walks along the River Fowey at Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble. For those who love Cornwall for its golden sands and turquoise waters, visit Glendurgan Garden and wander through peaceful valleys and winding paths before reaching Durgan Beach.
Soak up the Cornish sea air
© Lusty Glaze
After a busy day spent discovering the Cornish countryside, the evenings are the perfect time to unwind and recharge. Whether your idea of winding down involves a glass of wine and fireworks, or a hot chocolate by the sea, Cornwall is brimming with lovely outdoor experiences to enjoy this autumn. For an al fresco bite to eat, an evening in Port Isaac is a must, complete with fireworks overlooking the water. The Port Gaverne Fireworks are due to take place on the 26th October, with pyrotechnic extraordinaire Derek Deaden behind the magic. Take advantage of the outdoor bar and tuck into their hog roast and toffee apples as you enjoy live music and the breathtaking firework display.
For a quieter Cornish retreat, Lusty Glaze Beach is home to the ever popular Sunday sessions, where you can relax fireside with friends and family to the comforting sounds of live music from local musicians. The dog-friendly on-site bar and restaurant are also perfect for a spot of lunch, a cosy coffee, or a seaside special.
Bring the whole family together for an outdoor adventure
Cornwall is bursting with family-friendly opportunities all year round. In the colder months, Cornwall’s sea temperatures are far milder than the rest of the UK, so take to the waters this autumn for a coasteering escapade with Cornish Rock Tors. In between peaceful swims and exhilarating jumps, allow a moment to absorb the stretch of unspoilt coast for a memorable day out.
If you wish to explore the great outdoors further, visit St Mawes Castle for a great educational family day trip. Get yourself acquainted with the Roseland Peninsula and soak up the sea views from the top of the castle. Don’t forget to factor in a moment of downtime, where you can make the most out of the crisp autumn sunshine by tucking into one last al fresco picnic on the grassy banks.
For a touch of inspiration ahead of your autumnal escape, browse our selection of holiday homes in Cornwall. From a fisherman’s cottage in St Mawes to modern family retreats in Harlyn Bay and sea-view beach houses in Mousehole, we can help find the perfect Cornish setting.