What to do in Cornwall in autumn

Draw out the summer for as long as you can on the beach, or reap what the wider county has to offer. Here’s our guide to what to do in Cornwall in the autumn – book your stay here.

Tin mine in Cornwall

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrate the UK’s history, architecture and culture by offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all for free. We’ve explored some of Cornwall’s best treasures including Trerice and Cothele estate and gardens, Leach Pottery in St Ives and the iconic Geevor Tin Mine.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Although Watergate Bay is dog friendly all year round, Autumn is a time where our four legged friends are allowed back on Cornish sands. As a rule for most beaches, dogs can enjoy a walk and a paddle from 1 October but must be kept under control.

Tehidy Woods in Cornwall
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Walk in the woods

Tehidy Woods

Cornwall’s dense and fiery red woodlands make for a stark contrast to the coastline come autumn. Tehidy Woods, located off the A30 near Camborne, is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall, with various dog-friendly paths, woods and lakes to explore.

Hall for Cornwall in Truro, by Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall


The Hall for Cornwall draws an eclectic mix of acts to the stage. Keep an eye out for everything from ballet, opera and comedy, to musicals, panto, rock bands and children’s entertainment, as well as home-grown talent.

Cycling at Lanhydrock

Cycle the trails around Lanydrock


There’s something for all levels of off-roading cyclists at Lanydrock – from easy-peasy green trails, to cruisy blues with moderate gradients and technical features and difficult reds. If you’re after a day of it, tackle the 12km Bodmin Beast trail before refuelling in the park café. Cycle hire is also available.

Cornwall Food and Drink Festival

Food festivals

Across Cornwall

Autumn is the foodies’ favourite season. Between September and November our must-visit food and drink festivals are Fifteen Cornwall’s Winter Fayre at Watergate Bay, Newquay Fish Festival, the Great Cornish Food Festival in Truro, Falmouth Oyster Festival and the up-and-coming Bostcastle Food, Art and Craft Festival.

The #ExtremeAcademy at Watergate Bay from Watergate Bay Hotel on Vimeo.

Surf’s up

Across Cornwall

Autumn brings storms and powerful Atlantic swells to our shores, which means it’s surf’s up for wave-riders. Catch your first wave with a lesson at Extreme Academy or hunt down your favourite break at Watergate Bay and beyond – you’re spoilt for choice in Cornwall.

Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel this autumn..

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