Autumn in Cornwall

Wave goodbye to the summer crowds, enjoy the September sunshine and beauty of the coast to yourself on an autumn holiday in Cornwall. Strikeout along the South West Coast Path and you’ll probably encounter more seals and seabirds than ramblers during autumn. And when the Indian summer casts its balmy spell on the crowd-free beaches, the water is still warm from the summer rays. If food is your passion there’s no better time to dine on Cornwall’s bounty – in autumn the hedgerows are bursting with berries and herbs, the seafood is abundant and the local farms are still yielding plenty of produce that take just hours to go from farm to fork.

Book a luxury holiday cottage in St Ives and experience an autumn holiday in Cornwall that will quench all your senses: Feel the spray of the ocean. See the coastline bathed in magical autumnal light. Listen to the waves crash on the shoreline. Breathe the salty air. Taste the seasonal produce plucked from the coast and the countryside.

The Indian summer is the best time to hit the waves, as the Atlantic swell picks up, the water is at its warmest and the line-up is less crowded. So why not try surfing on Porthmeor Beach or St Ives Bay during your autumn break? If you don’t fancy donning a wetsuit just pull on your hiking boots and experience the seascapes from the South West Coast Path – whichever way you head from St Ives you’ve got some of Cornwall’s most gob-smacking coastal scenery a footfall away.

Autumn also casts its magic on the county’s stunning gardens: treetops in the National Trust estates turn magnificent hues of orange and russet, and when the wind blows you can wander through the confetti of falling leaves. During late autumn it’s fireworks that you’ll witness lighting up the evening sky, with a plethora of breath-taking displays taking place all around St Ives Bay.

Couples and families with babies and toddlers can make the most of autumn breaks in Cornwall outside of the school holidays. Enjoy crowd-free beaches, restaurants and attractions, and you won’t have to queue for ice creams and Cornish pasties by the beach. If you are restricted to the school holidays, take an autumn holiday in the October half term and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Cornwall’s weather, water temperature and the number of fun-packed attractions with their doors open throughout the year.

The end of summer doesn’t mark the end of the holiday season in St Ives. Once the summer crowds disperse the beaches lift their dog bans, the surf picks up and festival life ramps up with the St Ives September Festival and The Great Cornish Food Festival. Carbis Bay Holidays offer the perfect accommodation for autumn holidays in Cornwall. Short breaks are available (min. three nights, excluding school holidays) and dogs stay for free. Browse our holiday cottages in Carbis Bay or read on for further details about Autumn breaks.

  • As the summer crowds depart, September and autumn is a great time for a quieter holiday but there’s still lots to enjoy. See our Autumnal guide
  • Warm water makes it the best time for wild swimming in Cornwall or surfing the big swells.
  • Dogs welcome  Many of Cornwall’s beaches now welcome dogs outside of July and August and Blue Flag beaches from 1st October. So select one of our pet friendly holidays and bring ALL the family.
  • The country’s biggest cycling race, The Tour of Britain starts in Penzance on the 5th of September 2021 and races through St Ives.

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