Seven reasons to holiday in Cornwall this autumn

Summer is disappearing over the horizon, but that doesn’t mean Cornwall comes to a standstill.

There are many reasons to visit the UK’s favourite holiday destination in September and October, we’ve listed our favourites below.

1. Enjoy the beaches

Crantoch Beach in September

Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s best beaches including Crantock Beach, which is a five minute or 20 minute walk from Trevella, and has been crowned best British beach by both the Sunday Times and BBC Coast programme.

If you are visiting with little ones, they’ll love splashing around in the shallow warm waters of the Gannel Estuary at the side of the beach.

If you want something more active, there are surf lessons, dunes, the South West Coastal Path, and you can head over to the Fern Pit Cafe for locally caught seafood.

2. Eden Project

September at the Eden Project

Cornwall’s world famous attraction refuses to rest on its laurels (or its giant trees). As if the incredible biomes recreating life from the tropical rainforests to the Mediterranean aren’t enough, there is also the Crater of the Tyrant King experience, where a feared Tyrannosaurus rex devours its Triceratops prey (until 16 September), a new Mediterranean restaurant, and England’s longest zip wire flying people over the magnificent domes.

From 6 September to 5 October, Eden’s Harvest Festival features celebrity chefs a Chilli Weekend, Baobab Festival and Beer, Wine and Cider Week.

3. Food festivals

Cornwall is spoiled for choice with food festivals in September. Our favourites include the Newquay Fish Festival (12-14 September), which takes over the town’s harbour; Redruth’s Pasty Festival (12-14 September), which celebrates Cornwall’s best known dish, and the superb Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in Truro (26-28 September).

4. Let the kids go wild

Ranger activities at Trevella Park

The Trevella Park Ranger will be reappearing at the park during the October half term, and taking tots (and their parents) into the wilds of Cornwall to discover bugs, learn to fish and rediscover the lost art of rock-pooling. Our Ranger sessions run twice daily during the school holidays and are free to take part in – what a great way to get active in October.

5. Iconic towns

From St Ives to Port Isaac (the setting for TV’s Doc Martin), there are tiny villages and stylish towns that get jammed with tourist traffic during the busy summer months but are free of crowds later in the year. You can have your pick of which ones to visit.

6. Coast and wildlife walks

If you love exploring with just a map and backpack for company, you’ll be spoiled by the walking opportunities in Cornwall. From the South West Coast Path which winds its away along the cliffs and dunes, to wildlife walks that bring you into contact with colonies of seabirds, lizards and sea life, there are routes for every level of fitness.  Read more about wildlife walks.

7. Garden delights

Cornwall gardens in September

There is an incredible variety of gardens to be discovered across Cornwall including exotic tropics, Victorian Pleasure Gardens, waterside settings and Georgian country houses. Here are 10 to choose from in September.

Photo credits
Photo 2: Ian Woolcock / Shutterstock. Photo 3: James Ram / Eden Project. Photo 5: khd / Shutterstock. All other photos: Trevella Park