Autumn breaks in Cornwall: what’s on in September & October
September and October are two of the best months to visit Cornwall because the crowds have dispersed, the beaches are quieter and there’s still plenty going on.
Read our guide to Autumn breaks in Cornwall and find out about the exciting events taking place in September and October.
Our favourite Autumn breaks in Cornwall:
- St Ives September Festival – St Ives
- Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival – nr Newquay
- Looe Music Festival – Looe
- Falmouth Oyster Festival – Falmouth
- Tate Create – St Ives
- Rogue Theatre – Tehidy Woods
Things to do in Cornwall in September
Autumn breaks in Cornwall are great for enjoying an evening drink at one of the beach bars, having a go at surfing and other watersports, or exploring the south west coastal path.The weather can still be amazing in September and there are less people in the car parks, at the tourist attractions and in the sea!
There are also tons of events in September and October which are ideal for a long weekend break, to kick off a longer holiday with something fun or to dip in and out of as you choose. Read on for some inspiration for Autumn breaks in Cornwall.
St Ives September Festival
If you’re looking for events in St Ives in Cornwall, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a festival on for two weeks! From the 8th to the 22nd of September, there are events taking place all through the town for St Ives September Festival. The festival has something for everyone with guided walks, live music, art exhibitions and open studios. It’s a two week celebration of music and the arts and, best of all, it’s taking place right on the doorstep of your holiday cottage in St Ives.
Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
For music events in Cornwall a little bit further afield, try the The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival which takes place on the 14th – 16th September. It’s perfect for a weekend escape in Cornwall. This year’s headliners at Healey’s Cider Farm near Newquay include Hayseed Dixie, The Wurzels and the Fratellis. Go on a cider walk through the orchards, sample some delicious cider and dance the night away at the silent disco! Why not extend your weekend with a pampering spa break in St Ives?
Looe Music Festival
Looe Music Festival takes place at the end of September and is a great way to kick off your holiday and is a great stop off point on your way down to St Ives for a longer break. Enjoy live music performances with sea views from the likes of Mad Dog Mcrea, The Stranglers and Willie & the Bandits. Whether you pop over for the day or enjoy the full weekend of entertainment, this is a relaxed festival for lazy days by the sea with live music.
Things to do in Cornwall in October
The evenings may be slowly getting shorter but there’s still plenty on in Cornwall to make the most of the mild weather before the Winter. The sunsets get more spectacular and they’re earlier, so you can sit outside with a drink before retreating inside a cosy Cornish pub for dinner. Whether you’re planning a fun Autumn break with your partner or friends, or you’re bringing the whole family down for the October half term break, there’s something going on in October for everyone.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
On the 11th – 14th October, Falmouth Oyster Festival is back in Falmouth Events Square for a celebration of seafood. There will be chef demonstrations, live music and food and craft stalls. Sample some delicious seafood by the ocean, sip on a Cornish real ale and learn cooking tips from the experts. Finish off your day with some live music and dancing in a beautiful seaside setting.
If you’re bringing the kids to Cornwall for an October half term break, there are plenty of Halloween themed events taking place including family fun at Paradise Park near St Ives, at Lappa Valley near Newquay and at the Eden Project. If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, the Tate Gallery is right on your doorstep if you’re staying in St Ives and they will be offering ‘Tate Create’ days involving crafts, arts and different fun themes. Take part in some creative activities, explore the gallery and then head outdoors for a coastal walk before your family meal in one of the delicious St Ives restaurants.
Rogue Theatre’s ‘Dead of the Night’ dance at Tehidy Woods is suitable for children of all ages and is an enjoyable show for adults too! Embark on a spooky Halloween adventure and watch an immersive theatrical performance by the talented performers from Rogue. Wander through the woods which will be decorated with weird and wonderful objects and atmospheric lights before taking your seat for a spectacular outdoor (but undercover) performance in the woods.
There’s plenty going on to make sure that Autumn breaks in Cornwall are just as good (if not better) than summer holidays. Make the most of the mild weather and the daylight hours before the clocks change and join in with the celebrations, events and festivities that make the summer feel that little bit longer.
Tempted to book a last minute break? Browse our St Ives holiday cottages for inspiration and decide which event takes your fancy this year.