7 Reasons to Visit Cornwall this Autumn

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7 Reasons to Visit Cornwall this Autumn

Looking for an autumn getaway? Why not head to Cornwall where you’ll enjoy quieter coastal villages, excellent surf and more dog-friendly beaches than you can shake a, well, stick at! Here are seven reasons we think Cornwall is the perfect autumn holiday spot…

1. It’s still buzzy but less busy

Beat the Cornwall crowds and visit in autumn instead of summer.

The summer holidays in Cornwall bring with it a huge influx of visitors and while it adds to the atmosphere and economy, it can get a bit gridlocked from time to time. If you prefer congestion free roads, less crowded coastal villages and beaches all to yourself, you’d be better off postponing your Cornish holiday until autumn.  

Families head home in time for the start of the school year and in their place you’ll find couples and friends in search of some Cornish sunshine without the crowds. If you like things even quieter wait until October, though the air is definitely crisper and the nights certainly cooler you’ll often be treated to crisp sunny days. And if you don’t mind the cold? Book a trip in November when you’ll be treated to epic storm watching and cosy local pubs. Anyone for a roast on the coast?

2. The seasonal dog ban is lifted

Dogs love the beach so come when the ban is lifted and take your pick of Cornish beaches.

While there are plenty of dog friendly beaches year-round, some operate a seasonal dog ban which runs from Easter until the end of September. So, if you and your pooch want the pick of the beaches, book your trip from October onwards when you’ll be able to visit everywhere from Falmouth’s beautiful Gyllyngvase to the long stretch of shoreline known as Gwithian. 

3. The calendar is packed with festivals

Festival season continues way beyond August in Cornwall.

Think everything’s over once the summer crowds leave? Think again - Autumn is an excellent time to visit if you’re into festivals. Real Ale enthusiasts will be in heaven at the Falmouth Beer Festival and bookworms will delight with a day spent at the North Cornwall Book Festival which this year features the Man Booker prizewinning author Anne Enright. Head to Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival and get ready to rock. 

4. You can make the most of Heritage Open Days

See some of the most iconic landmarks up close and personal on a Heritage Open Day.

Every September the UK throws open the doors to a whole range of hidden places which are totally free to explore. If you’re a budding historian or serious culture vulture, it’s well worth saving your Cornish holiday for September!  Climb up the iconic Gribbin Daymark or take a peek in the Cornish poet Charles Causley’s house. Check out all the places involved this year.

5. It’s the perfect time to learn to surf

Learn to surf in autumn and make the most of the popular surf spots.

Even if the skies are a bit greyer, September is an excellent time for getting in the water as the sun has been heating it all summer long. The sea temperature is around 16 degrees, which is the same as July and it still averages five hours of sunshine every day. Plus, the popular surf spots are far less crowded making it easier for novices to get to grips with the sport. 

6. You can witness autumn unfold in nature

As the trees begin to turn, autumn colours make Cornwall even more beautiful.

Put simply – Cornwall is breathtakingly beautiful in autumn. The woodlands turn into a carnival of golden hues, the steely seas get a bit more brazen and the whole county feels on the verge of golden hour at all times. It’s a great time for those who like to go foraging in nature too and storm watchers will relish this season. Particularly with a hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand, preferably in front of a fire. 

7. It’s more affordable

And last but not least, holidaying in Cornwall out of peak season is less expensive to boot! Check out our special offers and start planning your perfect autumnal getaway.


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