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Family-friendly days out in Cornwall this autumn

Posted by Bethany Walton on Updated on
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Woodland walks, pumpkin picking 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. Whilst October half term is notorious for sunshine and warm temperatures, November brings opportunities for the perfect crisp coastal walk.

Whether it’s a day trip to one of Cornwall’s most-loved National Trust sites or tucking into a cream tea post-coastal walk, explore the best ways to enjoy a family-friendly autumn day in the county.

Discover the peaceful woodlands

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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 half term, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are hosting an array of exciting activities for youngsters to enjoy. Learn how to make a corn dolly under the trees, carve pumpkins or toast marshmallows around the fire pit. For those visiting outside of half term, pull on your welly boots and explore the magical wonders that await in the forest and beyond – with newborn piglets ready to say hello to you too.

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. Alternatively, let young imaginations wander with a stroll through the woods at Cardinham on the Superworm Trail or hire bikes to explore the exhilarating cycling routes. 

Where to stay on Cornwall’s south coast: Eden in Downderry

Explore Cornwall’s hidden history

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Head to the North Cornwall coast and visit Tintagel Castle for a great educational family day trip. Get yourself acquainted with King Arthur’s land 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 pebbled beach below.

Or head over to Boscastle for a trip to the Musuem of Witchcraft to get into the Halloween spirit. Best for inquisitive older children, discover the world’s largest collection of magical paraphernalia. Jars of spells line the shelves, while mystical books reveal the hidden history of witchcraft in Cornwall. Afterwards, explore the beautiful ancient harbourside village of Boscastle where crystal blue waters and towering clifftops await. 

Read our full guide to Cornwall's historical landmarks and book a stay at The Paddock to explore the very best of the north coast.

Embrace life by the sea and don your wetsuits

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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 Port Gaverne. In between peaceful swims and exhilarating jumps, allow a moment to absorb the stretch of unspoilt coast for a memorable day out.

Or hire kayaks with Fowey River Hire and explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the waters around Polruan and Golant. Thought to be the inspiration behind the Wind and the Willows, spot the local wildlife in the shallows as you paddle by. Once you’re back on dry land, enjoy a warming pub lunch with views across to Polruan at Havener’s, where a roaring log burner promises to warm cold toes. 

Pick the perfect pumpkin

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Autumn in the countryside is synonymous with pumpkin picking, and Cornwall is no different. Dig out your woolly jumpers and head to Lifton Farm Shop for a crisp afternoon stomping through the fields. Dotted with bright orange pumpkins, snap some photos and let little ones pick their favourites ready for carving in time for Halloween. If hungry bellies are calling, dive into warm sugary donuts before wandering through the maize maze in search of spooky surprises. 

Located on the glorious Bodmin Moor, make a day of it and head to the Cheesewring on your drive home. With youngsters and four-legged friends in tow, walk over the picturesque moor and discover the fascinating rock tors before heading back to your holiday home to put your feet up.

Soak up the Cornish sea air

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With hundreds of miles of coastline to explore, sunny autumn days are best spent weaving between hidden coves and weather-beaten clifftops. For those staying in West Cornwall, join the coast path at Sennen Cove and play eye spy as you trek over the headland. As you reach the peak, watch as the tide reveals a shipwreck below and regale little listeners with tales of the seas. On your walk back into the small coastal village, stop by Surf Beach Bar for a cream tea to refuel. Watch the waves crash in the distance or stay until dusk where the skies transform into golden hues.

Alternatively, stretch your legs with a walk from Hawker's Cove to Stepper Point. Children will love watching the boats speed past heading for the open water, while everyone will enjoy catching glimpses of bobbing seals below. Head back via Padstow and wander through the pastel-coloured streets in your walking boots in search of decadent whipped cream hot chocolates. 

Discover our Padstow homes: Harbour Walk, Kilden Mor and Sea Haze

Where to stay this autumn

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Left: Poldhu. Centre: Morning Tide. Right: Breakwater.

Whether you’re looking for a half term escape by the sea or simply wishing to escape the busy city, we’d love to welcome you to one of our luxury homes this autumn. Perfect for active family breaks just moments from the sand in Harlyn Bay, gather everyone together for a stay at Poldhu. Home to a stunning interiors, a separate games room and a bubbling outdoor hot tub, make Constantine Bay your next destination with a week at Morning Tide. Or if sunset watching and ocean dips are more of your thing, retreat to Breakwater in Sennen Cove.

Speak to our Property Advisors to book your next staycation: 01208 895 570

Image credits: Tintagel Castle and Bodmin Moor by Matt Jessop via Visit Cornwall. Tintagel Beach by John Mark Strange via Visit Cornwall. Lost Gardens of Heligan by Barnacale and Bird via Visit Cornwall. All other images are our own or from Unsplash. 


Posted by Bethany Walton

Beth can usually be found on a Cornish beach or enjoying a swim in the sea. She has great insight about where to visit across the county, plus plenty of recommendations for finding the best Cornish ice cream.

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