Autumn in Cornwall

It might be late August, officially it’s still Summer – so surely we should be thinking about beaches, barbeques and ice cream?

However, we’ve found our minds drifting towards cosy fires, misty mornings and the crunch of leaves underfoot… We’ll explain why!

 

1) Beautiful autumnal Cornwall: The change of seasons can be quite dramatic in our part of the world and the subtropical climate here means we hold back the advance of winter longer than most.

Yet, if you’re after some autumn colour – or leaf peeping as they call it in New England – then we have some great places to explore. Tehidy Woods, near Redruth, or Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin, will both start glowing with autumn colour soon. Don’t forget Cornwall’s great gardens either; The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trelissick, Lanhydrock and Trebah are all amazing – as is the biggest of them all at The Eden Project.

Family fun at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

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2) A foodie paradise: Autumn is fantastic for foodie’s as many food and drink festivals are planned for the next few months. Perhaps the most wide-ranging of them all is the Great Cornish Food Festival which happens on Lemon Quay, Truro, between 22nd and 24th September. There will be demonstrations by Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw, farmers’ market, more than 60 stalls from local producers and lots of other chefs sharing their skills and ideas.

In October, thoughts turn to beer and mussels. The Falmouth Oyster Festival on 12th to 15th October followed a week later by the Falmouth Beer Festival help to showcase two of the signature products Cornwall is famous for. Both events are great fun too so well worth planning a trip around.

 

3) Outdoor pursuits: Sometimes, the simplest things can bring the most pleasure. There’s not much that beats an autumn walk whether you decide to hit the beach (most dog bans on beaches end on 31st October), nature trails, or visiting Poldark’s mining heritage area. You could combine it with some foraging; perhaps even taking a foraging course beforehand so you know what to look out for. Sloe Gin anyone?!

One of the surprising things about autumn in Cornwall is the relative warmth of the sea. So it’s the perfect time to take to the water and learn to surf or paddleboard. Most beaches on the north coast have their very own surf school, we’re great friends with King Surf, based just a stone’s throw from our doorstep on Mawgan Porth beach.

If you feel more like being on the water than in it, Newquay Sea Safaris run trips all year round and with autumn being a season of change, you might be lucky enough to see dolphins, seals and migrating sea birds.

 

All in all, autumn really is a special time of year and well worth planning a special trip; we look forward to welcoming you to The Park soon.