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. Seaview Holiday Village is blessed with a glorious setting that’s just a few minutes from the beaches of South East Cornwall. Whitsand Bay is only a short hop away and has three miles of stunning beach from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and is considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. There are also many other beaches around Looe, Fowey and St Austell that are worth a visit, including Seaton, Lantic Bay, Downderry and Polkerris.
2. Visit Fowey
Head along the south coast and visit the picturesque town of Fowey, which hangs off the west side of the Fowey Estuary. Lining the main Fore Street you will find many small, independent shops selling unusual gifts, artwork, clothing and books. If you’re a foodie then Fowey is home to many bistros, cafes and restaurants where you’ll find menus offering the best in local produce – Fowey River mussels are a highlight.
3. Sample fine cuisine
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. Port Isaac is home to the rather special Restaurant Nathan Outlaw while Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall is located on the north coast 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.
4. Walk the coastal 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 close to our park. One walk that we love takes in Looe, Talland and Polperro and is just over 5 miles long. There are rockpools on the beaches, with remnants of shipwrecks and tales of smugglers, and the walk ends with a stroll up through the picturesque fishing village of Polperro to Crumplehorn, where you can catch a bus back to Looe. A good autumn walk for spotting migrant birds: finches and warblers in the hedges, skuas and terns offshore, and sometimes even the more unusual Sooty shearwater.
5. Visit Cornwall’s only city – Truro
Cornwall has many pretty towns and villages but only one city – but it is a rather special one. Truro is arguably the number one destination for a spot of retail therapy. It’s packed with big name retail brands and independent shops. It’s also got loads of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, so you can recharge your batteries before getting the credit card out again! At the heart of the city is an impressive cathedral – and we’d recommend even the most determined of shoppers to spend a little time here too.
6. Visit historic houses and gardens
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. 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 life 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. Discover some top family attractions!
Whether you’re bringing the kids or just fancy a day out, Cornwall has some fantastic attractions that are open year-round. Nearby you’ll find a few of the county’s most popular. Bodmin Jail is a fascinating building, steeped in both social and architectural history that offers guests an amazing insight into Cornish penal life over the centuries. Bodmin and Wenford Railway offers visitors the chance to step back in time to the 1950s and experience a 13-mile journey through the Cornish countryside. One of our other favourites is the beautiful Golitha Falls – a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey on Bodmin Moor.
9 Take a boat trip
Sample life on the ocean waves with a boat trip from nearby Looe or Polperro. From March through to October, you’ll find skippers drumming up trade for trips around Looe Island, sailing along the coast between the fishing ports, or going out on a glass-bottomed boat. If, however, you fancy 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, which is 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 county. 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.