Autumn breaks in Cornwall – Our top 10 things to do this September & October…
Autumn – a time of dramatic skies, raging seas and stunning scenery. It is also the perfect time of year to visit Cornwall, if you love quiet escapes…
Enjoy walks on empty beaches, wander around picturesque gardens and discover quaint fishing towns and villages on an Autumn break in Cornwall.
The region may be regarded as the UK’s premier summer holiday destination, but it’s great for year-round holidays too. Autumn breaks allow you to explore the county at your leisure, avoiding the queues and congestion so often associated with the summer months.
There is so much to see and do during the Autumn months and, to help inspire you, we thought we’d highlight our top 10…
1. Head to the beach…
No Autumn break in Cornwall is complete without a visit to the beach. But, Cornwall has so many beaches that it can be a little difficult to know which ones to visit. Trevella Park is blessed with a glorious setting that’s just a few minutes from beautiful Crantock Beach, arguably one of the nicest stretches of sand in the county. We’re also a stone’s throw from Newquay, which boasts no fewer than 7 magnificent beaches, including the world famous Fistral Beach – which is a great spot for surfing. In the Autumn months, these beaches are much quieter, so why not take a casual stroll as you watch the early evening sun set and the waves roll in.
2. Visit Port Isaac & Padstow
Head up the north coast and visit the ‘homes’ of two very different TV stars. Padstow is a picturesque harbour town about 30 minutes away and is the home of celebrity chef Rick Stein. This busy little port has a working harbour at its heart but is also crammed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s also a great place to grab some proper fish ‘n’ chips and watch the boats come in. A little further along the coast is Port Isaac or, as some of you may know it, Portwenn – the home of TV’s most grumpy doctor, Doc Martin. Visit the Doc’s house and some of the most well-known landmarks associated with the village. Most of the old centre of the village consists of 18th and 19th Century cottages, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance, along narrow alleys and ‘opes’ winding down steep hillsides.
3. Sample the finest cuisine
Do you consider yourself a ‘foodie’? If you love fresh food, cooked to an impossibly high standard then you’ve come to the right place! Cornwall is home to some superb restaurants, including several boasting Michelin stars. The aforementioned Port Isaac is home to the rather special Restaurant Nathan Outlaw while Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall is just a short drive away at Watergate Bay. Rick Stein also has a few restaurants in Cornwall and The Seafood Restaurant at Padstow is the nearest to our park. If, however, you want great food without the hefty price-tag then worry not, there’s still some fantastic places to eat nearby that don’t cost the earth such as nearby Lewinnick Lodge.
4. Walk the stunning coast path
Lace up those walking boots and put your best foot forward as you trek along the South West Coast Path. The path meanders its way around the Cornish coast for dozens of miles – and you can pick it up at nearby Crantock – heading West towards Holywell Bay and Perranporth or east up the coast towards Newquay, Bedruthan Steps and Padstow. The path offers some truly breathtaking views, so don’t forget to pack your camera!
5. Visit beautiful St Ives
As I was going to St Ives… why not spend the day at this picturesque coastal town? Extremely busy in the summer months, during the Autumn it is somewhat quieter, meaning you can wander around the shops and galleries at your leisure. If you’d rather leave the car at home then you can always catch the train here, as St Ives has its own branch line. There really is loads to see and do and it is especially popular with art lovers, being the home of the Tate St Ives gallery.
6. Visit Cornwall’s gardens and historic houses
Cornwall may be famed for its stunning coastal scenery but it’s also home to many beautiful historic country estates and gardens. Some of the most popular include Lanhydrock House, near Bodmin, Glendurgan Garden and Trebah near Falmouth and Trengwainton near Penzance. However, there are also many others nearby including the Lost Gardens of Heligan which was restored to its former glory 25 years ago and Trerice House, near Kestle Mill. National Trust-owned Trelissick on the Fal Estuary is also well worth a visit. This is an inspirational garden with varied woodland planting, mixed borders with bright summer and autumn flowers together with exotic perennials.
7. Live like a local…
You can’t have an Autumn break in Cornwall and not sample one of the many great local events taking place in September and October. Some of our favourites include:
a. Looe Music Festival (Sept 29-Oct 1): Celebration of live music in beautiful Looe taking place in various locations. Over 40 bands playing on 3 music stages, from jazz and easy listening to folk, indie and rock
b. Oktoberfest, Truro (October 6-7): Celebrating all things German in partnership with Cornwall’s Skinners Brewery to combining German & Cornish Culture for two days
c. Falmouth Oyster Festival (Oct 12-15): Packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.
8. Visit the many great local attractions
Whether you’re bringing the kids or just fancy a day out, Cornwall has some fantastic attractions that are open year-round. Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo are two of the most popular in the county, and with good reason. They’re only a short distance from our park and extremely handy, especially if the rain comes down…
9. Take a trip on the water
Sample life on the ocean waves with a boat trip from Newquay Harbour. Whether you fancy a go at sea fishing or just want to see if you can spot some marine wildlife, there are plenty of companies who offer boat trips and charters from Newquay harbour. If, however, you’d prefer a more a leisurely cruise then you should head into Truro or Falmouth and jump on board one of the Enterprise Boats that take dozens of people up and down the Fal Estuary – a wonderful way to see more of Cornwall.
10. Visit iconic Eden
Last but by no means least is the Eden Project – perhaps the most iconic visitor attraction in the country. This is so much more than a garden and biomes – Eden is a place where you can learn so much about the world in which we live. It is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plant life. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.