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October events in Cornwall

Wild food walks in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the county’s best brews at Falmouth Beer Festival, feast nights to tantalise the tastebuds and some frighteningly good Halloween events – it’s all happening in Cornwall this October. 

The return of crisp days and cold evenings heralds the start of autumn in Cornwall, but that’s no excuse to hibernate as you can be sure that there’s still plenty to see and do nearby. 

October in Cornwall is all about wild seas and romantic cliff walks, local pubs with a good Sunday roast and getting cosy in front of the log fire in your snug holiday cottage, but there’s also plenty of events to explore – with everything from Cornish films and books to local oysters, beer and gin. Make the most of the abundance of seasonal produce by visiting one of the many food and drink festivals and events this Autumn. 

In addition, although you might be too old for trick or treating these days, trust us, there’s still a LOT of fun to be had this Halloween. We’ve picked out some of the county’s best pumpkin-carving, spooky storytelling and fancy dress events for kids to ensure you and your family have a terrific, terrifying time! Or, if you’re feeling brave, why not bite into nerve-wracking, bone-shaking thrills with our hand-picked adult only scare experiences? Warning: not for the faint-hearted! 

Get out there and enjoy Cornwall this October. Here’s our guide to ensure you don't miss a thing.

Cornwall events in October


Falmouth Beer Festival

3rd - 5th

Enjoy real ales, ciders craft beers, gin, music and street food in a jam packed few days in Falmouth Town. 

Movies by Moonlight

4th - 6th

Watch Rebecca and/or Jaws with an amazing backdrop of the Cornish coastline at Minack Theatre.


5th October

Bringing Bavarian culture to Truro for one day with beer, food and music.

Falmouth Oyster Festival

9th - 13th

Celebrate the start of the Oyster dredging season with four days of feasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, food and craft stalls.

North Cornwall Book Festival

10th - 13th

A festival full of riches and personalities, where you can really feel like you have met the authors.

Curses and Crossbones

19th Oct - 1st Nov

Man the decks and weigh the anchor, because the crew at Pirates Quest are preparing to set sail on a creepy voyage this October.

Pumpkin Carving in the Stables

21st - 27th

Pick your pumpkin, scoop out the middle and get designing using one of their stencils or freehand.


To experience the magic and romance of autumn, stay in Cornwall for October.

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