The best things to do in Cornwall this Autumn
Autumn in Cornwall really is the best time to visit. The days are still warm, the beaches are that little bit quieter and the glorious evenings are perfect for sunsets, BBQs and cheeky trips to the pub. But what to do with your days? We’ve come up with some autumnal treats for you whether you are holidaying on your own or with the family.
For the adults:
Camel Valley Winery, Nanstallon, Bodmin.
Cornwall is pretty awesome at most things, wine being one of them. Set aside some ‘me’ time for a trip around the Camel Valley Winery and sample the award-winning tipples on the lush and sunny slopes above the River Camel.
The family business started in 1989 when Bob Lindo, his wife and his children planted some vines on their farm – the vines and the business turned out to be a resounding success. Featured in everything from the Good Food Guide to Rick Stein’s Food Heroes it is likely you may have already come across these outstanding drinks. Featuring everything from sparkling wines to rose and from red and whites to Pinot Noir, the selection of wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Offering wine sales by the glass, tours, or the grand tour with tastings this is a sophisticated day out for grown ups!
Charlestown Ship Wreck Centre – Charlestown, near St Austell.
It’s only right to start with the reason many people are flocking to Cornwall at the moment. Love it or loathe it, Poldark is everywhere, so head on into the heart of ‘filming’ with a trip to the historic port of Charlestown. Situated on the opposite coast to Sands, just outside of St Austell, the port is famous as a film location and now offers Poldark-inspired walks.
A visit would not be complete without a stop off at the fascinating Shipwreck and Heritage Centre. The museum (where children go free) is Europe’s largest private collection of artefacts from more than 150 shipwrecks. Cornwall’s wrecking past is dark, murky and, as Poldark has shown, just a little bit romantic while being steeped in mystery and danger.
Eureka Escape, Truro & Penzance
Sometimes the last thing you want to do on holiday is relax, no really. Some people holiday in search of adventure and Eureka Escape Rooms are just that – a chance to test your grey cells against some fiendishly tricky games.
The premise is simple, you are locked in a room (with some friends) and you have 60 minutes to escape. Everything you need is in the room with you, crack codes, untangle riddles or solve the puzzles to find the means of escape. With multiple ‘rooms’ to chose from you can plan a different escape every visit.
Ideal for grown up groups or a family outing with your teens. Eureka Escape is open seven days a week.
Bodmin Jail, Bodmin
Cornwall can be a superstitious place at the best of times, but Autumn adds a certain magical and otherworldly air to the county. There’s no better place to explore the darker side of life than within the walls of the famous and imposing Bodmin Jail.
With the slogan detaining and serving guests since 1779, you know your are in for a historical treat. Explore the cells, the detention blocks and of course the history of this phenomenal building that is equally as beautiful as it is sinister. With ‘models’ set out throughout the prison to add to the ‘atmosphere’ it is no surprise that the prison offers paranormal nights, movies and functions ‘after dark’.
Despite it’s dark demeanour they cater well for the whole family with special events for children, kids menus and even disco nights. Top this off with sumptuous Cornish foods and you’ve got one of Cornwall’s most unforgettable days out.
For the kids:
Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary near Liskard
Just outside Liskeard is Cornwall’s largest exotic animal sanctuary where you can get up close with some of the world’s wildest creatures. Take the African adventure through the Maasai Village, meet and greet the owls and the animals on the farm or simply relax in the cafe.
Since 1989 Porfell has been taking in neglected, injured or illegally-imported animals to it’s park while creating homes specifically-designed for each species. You won’t get your ‘usual’ zoo experience here – instead they favour a ‘living attraction’ vibe where you can feed, touch and get up close to the animals. See more than 40 different types of creature from monkeys to mongoose and from donkeys to zebra.
The park is open whatever the weather everyday until October 1 from 10am to 5pm, then until October 30th from 10am to 4pm.
Family Adventure, Cornucopia, Par, near St Austell
A word of advice, leave yourself plenty of time if you plan to visit Family Adventure at Cornucopia. There’s so much to do if you don’t pace yourself you’ll never fit it all in!
Firstly the attraction lies on the edge of a recently refurbished indoor market offering the best of Cornish produce and fare that beckons you before you even get inside. Family Adventure is kid (and adult) heaven. With both indoor and outdoor activities, come rain or shine you are bound to be entertained. As well as the obligatory soft play for both toddlers and older children, inside you’ll find a roller skating rink with boots to fit all sizes (even dad), trampolines, air cannons and bouncy castles.
A quick step outside and your’ll discover dodgems, an outdoor play park, crazy golf and the Sky Wire – a exhilarating clip and climb frame which is not for the faint-hearted.
Tickets offer a seven day return and boy will you need it. With two cafes serving drinks, snacks and hot food it is easy to plan your whole day without the need to leave. Parents are well catered for with plenty of seating and you can go on just about everything with your kids! There is also a quiet area for when it all gets too much!