It’s no secret that Cornwall is a magnificent county to visit ALL year round – and Cornwall in autumn is no exception. The kids have gone back to school taking with them the bulk of the summer tourist visitors and the sun is (maybe!) still shining – it’s the perfect time to explore Cornwall at a slower pace. These are our top reasons to visit Cornwall in autumn…
Quiet beaches and a calmer vibe
Whilst the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of Cornwall in the high summer months holds a magic of its own, having an expanse of sand to yourself is not part of the deal. Come September, the pace has changed and you may even find yourself with the beach to yourself – plus you’ll have no trouble finding a parking space!
Country pubs and cosy spaces
Is there anything better than cosying up by the fireplace after a bracing stroll in the fresh air? Cornwall knows how to do a good country pub, and when autumn arrives and the beer gardens close, the fires are lit and the cosy atmosphere is perfect. Nearby to Treseren our favourite is The Plume of Feathers, and if it’s coffee and cake you’re after, there are also plenty of woodland and beach walks with great cafes open all year round.
Cornwall food and drink heaven
September and October play hosts to some of Cornwall’s finest food festivals, celebrating the county’s great food heritage. Newquay Fish Festival takes places between the 13th-15 September this year combining great seafood with harbourside entertainment, and Falmouth Oyster Festival takes over Falmouth’s Events Square between October 10th – October 13th. This year we’re also looking forward to the brand-new Truro Food Festival, set to be a city-wide celebration of Cornish food and drink over the weekend of 27th – 29th September. We can’t wait!
Autumn is also ripe with apples and blackberries for picking (find our homemade jam top tips here), and it’s the time for picking sloe berries and steeping them in gin in preparation for Christmas celebrations!
Cornish wildlife spotting
With such expanses of natural habitats, Cornwall is home to an amazing array of wildlife. October is the best month for catching sight of rare birds in Cornwall – with thousands of birds continuing their southerly migrations, the right weather conditions can mean any number of rare species from continental Europe may appear in mainland Cornwall. October is also the month when most grey seals give birth to their pups and these families can often be seen on the rocks along the coast – a magical sight.
The best surf
Did you know that summer is actually NOT the best time to surf in Cornwall? Whilst the small waves may be perfect for beginners, bigger waves and quieter beaches mean more experienced surfers often opt for later in the year. The water is even still warm – with temperatures not dropping until November/December.
Treseren is the perfect base for your autumnal Cornwall getaway – after a day exploring the spectacular coastline you can light the log burner and cosy up in the sumptuous sitting room and re-charge the batteries for the following day’s adventure.