Things to do in Cornwall this Autumn

What’s on in Cornwall in Autumn

Unfortunately all good things come to an end and so does the Cornish Summer. The good news is, the Autumn in Cornwall is just as wonderful, if not better. The weather is still warm and sunny and you can test your skills at a number of outdoor activities and watersports or enjoy long walks along the coast.

And if you would like even more excitement, visit one of the many events that are taking place around the county.

Here are our top picks:

12th  – 26th September
St Ives September Festival
2 weeks and more of 300 events including exhibitions, concerts, poetry, walks, talks, workshops, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and film from various performers and artists. More information can be found on

11th – 13th September
Newquay Fish Festival
The Newquay Fish Festival gives Newquay an opportunity to showcase one of its hidden gems ‘the harbour’. Now in its 13th year the Newquay Fish Festival is one of Cornwall’s most established food and crafts shows.
There’s always a special atmosphere at the Newquay Fish Festival, a unique mix of Newquay’s vibrant holiday scene and the traditional fishing community of the old Cornish harbour. Read more here.

11th – 13th September 
Cornish Pasty Festival

Join in with the street theatre on Friday – which re-tells the true story of a man from Redruth who is forced to sell his wife to fund emigration to foreign countries where mining was booming. On Saturday – Pasty Day – visit the Cornish food and drink market in the town centre. There will also be a “make your own pasty” activity for kids. More information can be found here.

18th – 20th September
St Mawgan Steam & Vintage Rally
A fantastic Steam and Vintage Rally with lots of activities for all the family. Read more.


18th – 20th September
ThunderCat Racing National Championships – Final
ThunderCat Racing UK will be returning to Newquay for the final rounds of the RYA National Championship.You can expect to see 20 teams in 4m inflatable boats hitting the white crests and reach heights of 20+ ft in the air during the fierce racing heats and the final 9 lap heat… a spectacle you will not see anywhere else on the UK shorelines. Read more here.

25th – 27th September
The Great Cornish Food Festival, Truro
Sample the best of what Cornwall has to offer in terms of food and drink at the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival. Visitors will be able to watch their favourite chefs in the demonstration theatre, relax in the Croust Bar and taste, sample and scoff their way around over 60 Cornish food and drink producers. For more information click here.

10th – 11th October
BSUPA National Championships
Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the UK. Described as a cross between canoeing and surfing, riders stand up on a large style of surfboard and use a single bladed paddle to steer, turn and propel themselves through the water and onto waves. BSUPA National Championships return to Watergate Bay, Newquay for a seventh year and the championships are promising to be highly contested with an increase in competitors. Read more.

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