As summer slides in autumn, there is admittedly a sense of ‘summer blues’ we all feel as we bid farewell to Cornwall’s prime time of the year, but it can’t be overlooked that autumn in Cornwall is equally as enjoyable. The land is bursting with juicy blackberries, ripe apples, sloe berries and the golden glow of browning trees fill the woods, forests and country lanes. It’s a time many locals emerge from their burrows to enjoy what’s left of the warmer months now that the roads and beaches are much quieter. With that being said, we’ve come up with ten things you can do this autumn around Cornwall…
1. The St Ives September Festival
There’s still a week left to go for the St Ives September festival and if you haven’t explored it much before, there’s definitely something to find here. With two weeks of music, art, performance and activities taking place, the festival. At the St Ives School of Painting, there are a host of mini workshops at £35 that still have spaces available, from Landscape to Portraiture. Visit the School of Painting’s September Festival lineup to check out availability and workshops.
2. The Bude Food Festival: Budelicious
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd September – Bude’s number one foodie festival is back. Taking place on the picturesque grounds of the Falcon Hotel a whole larder of street food vendors will be pitching up outside, with an Artisan’s Hall inside where local producers will be offering tastings of their wares. There’s also plenty going on within the town of Bude itself, with plenty of offers, events and pop ups taking place amongst the local restaurants, cafes and shops. For more info, you can read this great blog on the Visit Bude page here.
3. Truro Food Festival
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September – Whilst all these foodie events might not be helping with the post-summer diet, they are a great opportunity to taste all that Cornwall’s foodie producers have to offer. The brand new Truro Food Festival is set to combine food, drink and live music across the city. Day time chef demos, workshops, a local producer’s market, a gourmet street food stall section and a local restaurant trail will make up this weekend long foodie extravaganza. There will also be a beer and cider festival and live music on all three nights!
4. Falmouth Beer Festival
Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th October
As Cornwall’s largest beer festival, brewers from across the county and beyond gather here for three days of great ales in the vibrant town of Falmouth. Housed in two large marquees that will cover the entire Events square on the Quay, it’s easy to enjoy the entire town on this great weekend whilst sampling some old and new favourites from the 240 real ales and 60 real ciders and perries taking part in this years festival.
5. Fun Palaces at Krowji
Saturday 5th October
Fun Palaces is a free, international celebration of community aiming to bring people together through arts, science, craft and technology. Taking place across the UK, Cornwall’s Krowji will be holding their own Fun Palaces event where artists and makers based at Krowji run free workshops and activites in a range of art and craft mediums. Make something to take home with your or discover a new hobby. The event is FREE. Follow Krowji’s Facebook page for details on what to expect and we look forward to seeing you on the 5th October!
6. Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Wednesday 9th October – Friday 11th October
If you’re a fan of all things ocean, then this film festival might just be the evening for you. Every year the Ocean Film Festival tours the world showcasing a selection of stunning, captivating films created by ocean lovers from around the world. From surfers in Iceland to Humpback Whale conservation in New Zealand to name a few previous films, this insightful and inspiring evening aims to raise awareness and appreciate the big, beautiful blue. For tickets and more see the Ocean Film Festival Website.
7. The North Cornwall Book Festival
Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th October
With national and local authors offering talks, workshops, readings and more alongside a host of all things a book lover could dream of, the famous North Cornwall Book Festival brings together plenty of Cornish reading alongside wider names and styles in this immersive festival for those who love a good book! Visit www.ncornbookfest.org to find out more.
8. Rogue Theatre’s Dead of Night Dance
19th October til Halloween – One of our favourite parts of Halloween is the immersive theatrical adventure that takes place deep in the heart of Tehidy Woods from the troupe at Rogue Theatre. With ‘Spirits of All Ages’ welcome and brand new stories that will having you laughing silly and chilled to the bone the Dead of Night Dance promises to be a wild and wonderful event with laughter, music, lights, frights, delights and dancing. To book your tickets visit their website here!
9. Heligan Halloween
22nd – 30th October – Heligan never fails in making the most of the seasonal offerings and this Halloween is no exception as the gardens become a hive of Hallowe’d happenings for the whole family to enjoy. Listen to enchanting tales by the fire, discover spooky goings on or get crafty and make your own willow wand, herbal sleep pillow or shadow puppet which you can try out in the Shadow Puppet Theatre. Wander through pumpkin patches and explore the gardens. All activities are free with general admission fees.
Visit www.heligan.com for more.
10. Anarchic Halloween
Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October
Bodmin Jail becomes the perfect setting for Amber & Ink’s special edition of The Anarchic Market as the dungeons of the iconic jail are filled with artisan stalls, live music, burlesque plus the option to take part in the infamous paranormal tours for an added fright and delight experience, as well as an after hours ghost hunt! There are limited spaces available for the whole event and tours can be added on to general admission tickets. To book tickets click here!