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The 9 BEST Things To Do In Cornwall This Autumn

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Looking for an authentic experience in Cornwall this autumn? Browse our top picks for 9 amazing ideas here!

Though the appeal of Cornwall in summer is unquestionable, the magic to be found here in the autumn allows visitors to get in touch with the soul of the place. As well as many incredible experiences, you’ll find cosier pubs, quieter beaches and invigorating sea air that’ll energise your transition into winter. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find the best things to do in Cornwall for that authentic experience you’re looking for. That’s why we put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of your autumn stay. Browse our top picks below!

1. Fisherman’s friends

13th – 30th October 2021

This brand new musical is an adaptation of the hugely successful 2019 film: Fisherman’s Friends. This true story tracks the adventures of a group of Cornish fishermen as they voyage their way through the unfamiliar waters of the British music industry, after being discovered by a tenacious holidaying music exec. 

This uplifting tale is set to be as thigh-slappingly entertaining as it is heartwarming. Don’t miss out on this inspiring and moving show that melodiously navigates its way through themes of friendship, fulfillment and the importance of community. Sure to have you singing, clapping and smiling along with its heartily performed sea shanties.

What could be a more authentic way to immerse yourself in Cornwall’s vibrant culture than watching this home-grown story unfold on a Cornish stage?

Set sail to the high seas this October, running between 13th – 30th 2021. Book your tickets here

2. Underground Cinema at Carnglaze Caverns

23rd October 2021

Experience a legendary film in a place like no other – one of Cornwall’s breathtakingly beautiful hidden caverns – complete with its own underground lake. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is on at Carnglaze Caverns on 23rd October 2021, offering a sensational location for a unique holiday experience. This magical former slate mine is steeped in the rich industrial heritage that put Cornwall at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution. Echoing with the ingenuity of Cornwall’s skillful miners, this stunning spot glows blue from the waters of the lake, rendering it a superb spot to watch a cinematic classic.

Book your tickets here

Need somewhere to stay? Browse our October deals here

3.The Eden Project’s Glittering Ice Rink

Open from 23rd October 2021

Why not head South and enjoy a day out at the Eden Project?

Their legendary ice rink is back, offering a magical experience this season. Discover the autumn colours of their world famous biomes and end your excursion gliding across the glittering ice rink.

*Online pre-booking is essential.

4. Cornwall’s Drive-in Fireworks

 Saturday 6th November

A spark of light during the pandemic, this spectacular drive-in show is here to stay after enjoying marvellous success in 2020. 

Cornwall’s drive-in fireworks will be hosting another burst of blazing beauty in this year’s show, taking place on Saturday the 6th November.

Simply drive in, park up and get ready to delight in the fantastical show. There’ll be a choice of local companies serving up hot food and drink for a classic bonfire experience. What could be better on a crisp November evening? Book here

Looking for a November stay? Enter your dates and find your perfect stay here!

5. Newquay Farmers Market

Sunday 31st October 2021

Composed of a tremendous collection of local Cornish traders, Newquay farmers market has everything you need from fish to flowers. 

What a fabulously authentic place to stock up on your self-catering supplies! As well as a few treats to take home.

The next market day is Sunday 31st October at Killacourt in Newquay. Find them on Facebook here.

6. The Bearded Brewery

Situated in the beautiful Cornish countryside, this award-winning, independent brewer offers an incredible autumnal experience for those who love a drop of cider! 

The brewery holds a spacious facility complete with a tipi, and undercover huts with benches that overlook the Cornish valley. From Wednesdays to Sundays you can tuck into a rustic woodfired pizza as you sip a delicious home brewed cider 

There is also a licensed bar and bottleshop, where you can purchase a treat to take home with you. Check out their website here.

7. Storm Watching

In Cornwall, we love a good storm! And we’re not short of coastal spots to park up and watch nature put on a show. Why not grab a pasty and hot chocolate to go, pack a blanket, and venture out to view from the warmth of the car? If you’re wondering where to go, we recommend Little Fistral, Fistral Beach and the Pentire Headland.

Want to book a stay somewhere with sensational views out to sea? Check out our Rocklands Apartments here. Offering breathtaking views over Tolcarne Beach and the out to the Atlantic, if a storm kicks off, pour a glass of wine and view from the sofa.

*All Cornwall Council car parks are free from 4pm – 9am. 

8.Trerice Gardens

Open Monday – Sunday, no need to book

A stroll around a beautiful garden is a must for an October stay in Cornwall. If you’re staying in Newquay, make sure you check out the stunning Trerice Gardens. You’ll find crips, orange leaves that glow against the cool blue sky. There’s also an abundance of apple trees, perfecting the delicious pies and cakes being served at the onsite kitchen. There couldn’t be a lusher place to relax in the autumn sunshine! Find out more here.

9. Bodmin Jail Heritage Tour

2pm every day from 18th- 30th October 2021

Fancy a scare in celebration of Halloween? We have just the thing! Bodim Jail goes darker than ever before in this new heritage tour, stepping into the grimest tales throughout their rich history. From gallows to grave, their tour guide will take you on a journey worthy of halloween jitters!

Book here.

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