Reasons to visit in September & October

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Summer may be over but Cornwall doesn’t suddenly stop. Autumn is a vibrant time to visit with plenty of happenings around the county. We’ve even had to dedicate a special autumn food event blog in addition to these activities below.


The British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) National Championships
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October
Where? Watergate Bay

Britain’s best stand up paddleboarders (SUP) will head for Watergate’s waves to compete for the title, in the seventh BSUPA National Championships (pictured above). With Cornwall’s much anticipated autumn swells often hitting the coast, conditions could see big waves – and big muscles to match. Competitors will be judged on their style and how they ride the waves much like a surfing competition but with scores taking into account how surfers make use of the paddle.


Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September
Where? Penhallow, Truro

The Little Apple Festival is back for its second year and has grown into three days of festivities. In terms of music the big pull is the BBC Introducing Stage, The Big Little Apple Top, Granny Smith’s Dance Emporium. You can expect sea shanties, a huge selection of world class bands and musicians, dancing and fun for all the family, all on the beautiful working cider farm that is Healey’s, where the famous Rattler is created. Weekend tickets available online.


Heritage Open Days
Thursday 10 September – Sunday 13 September
Where? Across Cornwall

Every year on four days in September, the UK throws open the doors to buildings of every age, style, size and function, as part of Heritage Open Days – celebrating our fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or that normally charge for admission. In Cornwall you’ll be able to visit National Trust’s Trerice Estate, the iconic Geevor Tin Mine, Leach Pottery in St Ives, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Gelndurgan Gardens and even Camborne Sewage Treatment Works. Tickets should be bought in advance.

St Ives September Festival
Saturday 12 September – Saturday 26 September

Where? St Ives

Two whole weeks offering a range of music, arts, and literature events around the picturesque seaside town. Some of the latest acts confirmed are violinist Seth Lakeman, Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir and comedian Kernow King among many many more. Other attractions include arts workshops and classes, arts exhibitions, talks, walks, theatre, comedy, films, cabaret, street entertainment, poetry and open studios. Ticket prices vary.


Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel this autumn.