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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 cosying up 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


First week of October

29th September to 1st October: Looe Music festival

30th September to 1st October: Proms at the Minack

1st to 28th October: The Money Flows In exhibitions at Trelissick

5th to 8th October: 1000 mouths feast at Nancarrow Farm

5th to 8th October: North Cornwall Book Festival

6th to 7th October: Oktoberfest in Truro

6th October: Spots and stripes day at Newquay Zoo


Second and third week of October

7th to 8th October: Mid-century and vintage festival

8th October: Wild food wild walk with Emma Gunn

12th to 15th October: Falmouth Oyster Festival

14th to 15th October: Cornwall Motor Show

19th to 21st October: Falmouth Beer Festival


Final week of October

21st to 29th October: Trelissick Halloween Half Term trail

26th October: Halloween Fireworks Spectacular at Flambards

21st to 22nd October: Heartlands Community Market Weekend

27th October: Halloween Scare Experience (adults only!) at Pirate’s Quest in Newquay

26th to 27th October: Spooky Halloween Tours of Pendennis Castle

28th October: Fright Night at Cotehele House

28th to 29th October: ThunderCat Racing National Championships at Watergate Bay

29th October to 26th November: Cornwall Film Festival

28th October: All Hallows Eve at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle


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

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