The nights are getting longer, the air a little more crisp, and the leaves are turning the most beautiful shades of autumn. The landscape of Cornwall feels even more rugged this time of year, with enchanting forest walks and breathtaking coastal path strolls, there’s an abundance of things to do and take of advantage of what Cornwall has to offer in Autumn. Whether you’re looking to explore Cornwall’s incredible landscape, want a fun-filled half-term getaway, or a cosy couples escape we’ve put together a list of our most recommended autumn activities. And the best bit… when you stay with us kids and dogs stay for free, the perfect reason to bring the whole family and make lasting memories this autumn in Cornwall.
1. Autumn Woodland Walks in Cornwall
We are lucky to be a short drive from one of Cornwall’s most beautiful woodlands, Tehidy woods is just 15 minutes away and is an amazing family-friendly woodland. The lovely walking routes are bursting with wildlife, and it’s at its most beautiful during autumn as the trees start changing colour. It’s also great for dog walking for those looking for dog-friendly walks in Cornwall.
2. Explore Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
One of the best reasons to visit Cornwall in autumn is the incredible picturesque beaches. Autumn is the perfect time of year to visit Cornwall’s beaches as the summer crowds have died down and the popular beaches allow dogs again. While you’re here why not try a sea swim or book a surf lesson? The water may be getting colder, but it’s the perfect time of year to get all the health benefits of cold water immersion… and you get some good bragging rights about braving the Cornish Sea.
3. Visit Falmouth Oyster Festival | 12th – 15th October
Falmouth Oyster Festival is back again this year and is perfect for seafood lovers. The festival celebrates the beginning of oyster dredging season by bringing the community together and putting on a host of events over the weekend. Their aim is to highlight traditional methods of oyster harvesting and celebrate the native Fal oyster. For more information about the Falmouth Oyster Festival click here.
4. Pumpkin Picking at Trevaskis Farm
Pumpkin picking is a fun-filled autumn family activity and a great way to make memories with young kids. Trevaskis’s Pumpkin Patch is a short drive from us with a wonderful farm shop, making a lovely family day out, whilst Splattenridden is a longer drive, but well worth it. The best bit… farm entrance is free, you only pay for what you pick, making it a fun and affordable day out for the whole family.
5. Lost Gardens of Heligan Autumn Events
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must-visit when staying in Cornwall. These beautiful gardens have a packed autumn schedule with lots of activities happening over October and November perfect for the whole family. From Halloween adventures to fancy dress parties, there is a range of fun-filled activities for a wonderful family day out.
6. Visit a Museum or Art Gallery
With Cornwall’s rich cultural and art history, we are lucky enough to have many wonderful museums and galleries to wander around on a rainy autumn day. The world-class Tate St Ives is a must-visit if you’re a lover of modern art and looking for an exciting cultural experience. The Maritime Museum in Falmouth is wonderful for a family day out and is a great place to learn more about Cornwall’s rich maritime history. We would also highly recommend a visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro hosts great exhibitions celebrating Cornish history and art, it’s a must-see when visiting Truro.
7. Christmas Shopping in Cornwall
Autumn is the perfect time of year to start your Christmas shopping in Cornwall, and we’re the ideal base. Being centrally located between the north and south coast and just 5 minutes from the A30, some of Cornwall’s best shopping is just a short drive away from us. Truro, Falmouth and St Ives are all within 30 minutes from us, and are some of Cornwall’s most beautiful towns.
8. Tuck into a Sunday Roast
There’s no better way to get cosy after a crisp autumn walk than tucking into a delicious Sunday roast. A classic British tradition that’s loved by many, we offer roasts all day on Sunday so no matter if you want to get your walk in before or after lunch. Click here to view our Sunday lunch menu.
9. Warm up with a Luxury Hot-Chocolate or Autumn Drink
After a busy day of exploring all Cornwall has to offer get cosy in our lounge and enjoy an indulgent luxury hot chocolate or one of our delicious seasonal pumpkin spice drinks. Click here to view our hot chocolate menu.
Angel is the Marketing Assistant at Penventon doing all things social media, photo + video. She was born in South Africa but now calls south west Cornwall home. She loves the outdoors, reading, and is a self proclaimed Oxford comma enthusiast.