Reasons to come to Cornwall in autumn

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Cornwall is a great place to visit in Autumn. From food festivals to music festivals, surf competitions to heritage open days, there is so much going on. Here are more than ten reasons to come to Cornwall this autumn, which will you be going to?


Newquay Fish Festival: 6th – 9th September
Newquay Fish Festival takes place on the harbour and the highlight is definitely the cookery demonstrations. Chef line up to show off the best in fresh, locally caught fish and shellfish. There will be sea shanty singing by the local choirs and sword fighting from the Pirates of Piran, as well as sandcastle building competitions on the beach. You will be able to see Executive Chef, Neil Haydock, take to the stage on Saturday 7th September at 1pm. He will be cooking a Beach Hut favourite – mussels!

Proms in the Park, RAF St Mawgan: 7th September
The station will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Saturday 7th September with proms in the park, a public event featuring fireworks, a sunset ceremony and music all the way from 1940’s to present day. Including the RAF Central Band, a range of high quality solo and group acts and the RAF’s Spitfire Choir Did you know that when the airport opened in 1943 with the largest runway in the country.

World Bellyboarding Championships: 8th September
A very simple, back-to-basics competition with no wetsuits, no leashes and no swim fins. A bit of wood and a swimsuit is all you need. Whether you plunge into the ocean to take part, spectate from the fantastic setting at Chapel Porth beach, St Agnes or join in the Cornishware WBBC bake off competition where you can enter your homemade cake, a great day of fun and frolics by the sea is guaranteed. 

Heritage Open Days: 12th – 15th September
Every year for four days in September buildings of every age, style and function open their doors to the public to share their history and heritage for free. Find a full list of properties involved in

St Ives September Festival: 14th – 28th September
Over two weeks St Ives will host over 300 events ranging from comedy and theatre to art exhibitions and tours of the area.The Film Season at St Ives Arts Club will show classic films in line with this years ‘monster’ theme. Including screenings of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein. Fairport Convention, Chastity Brown, The Manfreds and Emily Barker are some of the music events confirmed

The Little Apple: Cider and Music Festival: 27th – 29th September
Hosted at Healey’s Cyder Farm near Redruth, central Cornwall, where 100 live acts and 100 different types of cyder (plus a few ales thrown in for good measure) from across the UK will be celebrated. Healey’s are the founders of famous cyder’s such as Rattler and Cornish Scrumpy. Tickets include cider samples and a tractor ride into the festival. Not to be missed!

Looe Music Festival: 27th – 29th September
Head to Looe for a weekend of tunes at the annual Looe Music Festival where more than 60 bands will be playing on their different stages on the beach and around the harbour. Expect brass, indie, rock, jazz, easy listening and Cornish folk, a full eclectic music mix, from bands all over the South West and London.

Cornwall Food & Drink Festival: 27th – 29th September
This year is the tenth anniversary of the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival and will be celebrating the food revolution which has happened across the county over the last ten years. See local chefs in action as well as street-food pop ups and children’s ice cream-making workshops. Executive Chef, Neil Haydock will be showcasing the best of Cornish with his homage to Buttervilla tomatoes. Get the recipe for his fried green tomatoes and Cornish crab which he will be demonstrating on Saturday 28 September at 4.15pm.


BSUPA competition: 4th – 6th October
The fifth British Stand Up Paddle Association National Championships come to Watergate Bay this October. Be shore side to watch the competition unfold over the weekend. Who will be crowned 2013 BSUPA Champion?

Boscastle Food Festival: 5th – 6th October
The Bocastle Food, Art and Craft Festival will be the first venue where all of Cornwall’s Micheline Star chefs will appear together; Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and Chris Eden will be joined by another ten chefs in the cookery theatre. Along with more than 60 exhibitors showcasing the South West’s finest food and craft throughout Boscastle.

Thundercat Worlds Championships: 7th – 9th October
It’s like Formula One racing on water. It’s a fantastic sport to watch and with a bit of luck Watergate Bay will be throwing up some challenging conditions in the surf for the competitors. Watch the fastest motorised catamarans zoom along the shoreline in three days of high-octane sport.

Falmouth Oyster Festival: 10th – 13th October
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season and the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood. Each year, a cookery master-class from a celebrity chef, followed by a book signing opens the festival which is then followed by a great line up of entertainments from children’s shell painting to sea shanties and live music.

Fifteen farmers’ market: 19th October
Now in its seventh year, Fifteen farmers’ market will be bustling with all sorts of seasonal produce, from Cornish fish to local meat, from store cupboard chutneys to artisan cheese and bread plus a great line up of chef demonstrations


Fal River Autumn Walking Festival: 18th October – 3rd November
Encompassing the very best of what the Fal River has to offer, the walks will encounter historical points of interest, meander along coast paths, pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites.


Padstow Christmas Festival: 5th – 8th December
Get into the festive spirit at Padstow’s Christmas Festival. Market stalls will be full of jewellery, wooden toys, wood turning, decorations, aromatherapy, candles and children’s clothes. Great for last minute Christmas shopping. Alongside this a line up of celebrity chefs with be demonstrating seasonal dishes to make your Christmas lunch spectacular. Micheal Cains, Emily Scott, Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks and our very own Neil Haydock all feature in the line up through out the weekend. Not to be missed! Neil will be demoing at 2:45pm on Saturday 7th December

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