Late Summer and Early Autumn Events in Cornwall

Summer and Autumn Events in Cornwall

The end of the summer holidays might be within touching distance, but there’s still plenty to do if you’re visiting us from September onwards. Here’s some ideas for things to do and see:

September 8 – 11
Heritage Open Days

A rare chance to explore Cornwall’s heritage free of charge. Discover the architecture and culture of our beautiful county, by gaining access to properties and land that usually charge or are closed to the public.


September 9 – 11
Food lovers’ fun

Food lovers will love these two favourites: pasties and the Eden Project.
The Mining and Pasty Festival is a three-day event that takes place in Redruth. It’s free to attend and includes cookery demonstrations, exhibitions, displays, activities, storytelling, live music, fairground rides and more.


At the same time the Eden Project will be hosting its Festival of Food. From spirits and wine, to sea salt and brownies, local producers will be displaying their delicious goods.
A host of celebrity chefs will also be giving demonstrations and sharing top tips.




September 12 – 18
South East Cornwall Walking Festival

This week long festival of walks around the south east coast of Cornwall takes in beautiful collection of rural hamlets, seaside villages and more. This particular event has been running for more than a decade and most walks are free, however walk leaders may ask for a donation.



September 10 – 24
St Ives September Festival

An endless supply of music, arts, poetry, cinema and literature events will take place during this fabulous festival. Running since 1978, this year’s acts in Rick Wakeman and Seth Lakeman. Ticket prices will vary, but are usually priced around £20 – £22.50, but there are a range of other events taking place as well, including an art exhibition on Porthmeor Beach. While you’re down there, why not pop in to Tate St Ives, which recognises the importance of local Cornish art.


September 16- 18
Newquay Fish Festival

Right on our doorstep, the Newquay Fish Festival will be in its 14th year in 2016.
With live music, practical cookery demonstrations and activities for all the family this is a great weekend of brilliant performances showcasing the best Cornwall has to offer.
As well as the obvious seafood based theme, there are plenty of craft stalls selling Cornish crafts.


September 24 – 25
Thundercat National Championships

Making a welcome return to one of our local beaches – Watergate Bay – is Thundercat racing.
These light-weight, inflatable surf powerboat catamarans reaching speeds of up to 65mph crashing through the Cornish waves.
Teams compete in six heats around a pre-determined course. A spell binding spectator sport.


October 7 – 8

Bringing Bavarian culture to the heart of Cornwall, Oktoberfest will be taking place on Truro’s Lemon Quay. Beers, food, music make this an event not to miss!
Tickets sell out fast so make sure you pick yours up before you attend.


October 13 – 16
Falmouth Oyster Festival

Celebrate the start of oyster dredging season by visiting the Falmouth Oyster Festival.
A full programme of events include live music, Cornish produce, a working boat race wine bars, arts and crafts and a grand parade. The event is now in its 20th year and is one not to miss!

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