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Cornwall in October offers a perfect escape; as the crowds disperse and the beaches become quieter, there’s still plenty going on to entertain.

With its picture-postcard scenery, soft sandy beaches and crystalline clear waters, Cornwall is known around the world as a staple summer holiday destination. But, there’s more to Cornwall than the sweltering heat and packed beaches of the summertime.

Cornwall in October and the autumn months will see you uncover a county filled with beauty and wonder.

To get you inspired, we’ve created a roundup of fantastic things to do in Cornwall in October and beyond…

Our favourite things to do in Cornwall in October:

  1. Walk through Idless Woods – Truro
  2. Enjoy the quieter beaches – Carbis Bay
  3. Pick your own at Trevaskis Farm – Hayle
  4. Be inspired at the Tate – St Ives
  5. A cinematic experience at Newlyn Filmhouse – Penzance
  6. Get pampered at the HarSPA or CBay Spa – St Ives

the stormy seas at this dramatic coastal location in Cornwall

Discover things to do in Cornwall in October

Autumn breaks in Cornwall are great for enjoying an array of activities. Indulge in evening drinks at one of the beach bars taking in the orange sunsets. Have a go at surfing and other watersports during autumn to take advantage of the choppier waters. Or wrap up warm and begin exploring the South West Coast Path.

The weather can still be amazing into October, with only a slight drop in temperature. Plus, there are far fewer people in the car parks, at the tourist attractions and in the sea!

Autumnal things to do outdoors in Cornwall in October

The shifting colours of Autumn look beautiful in Cornwall’s countryside, woodland, moorland and coastal pathways. We are spoilt for choice with spectacular scenery in Cornwall in October and the changing season is the perfect opportunity to get amidst nature and enjoy the outdoors.

Read on to discover some of the glorious gardens and wild woodland walks in Cornwall for those cool and bright Autumn days.

Idless Woods

1. Take in the changing seasons at Idless Woods – Truro

Where better to experience the beauty of the changing seasons than beneath a blanket of leaves in the stunning Idless Woods.

Stretch your legs in the glow of the autumn sun and feel the crunch of bright auburn leaves under your feet as you stroll through the winding woodlands. And, when stomachs start rumbling, be sure to call into the Woodman’s Cabin for a bite to eat.

2. Enjoy the quieter shores of Carbis Bay – St Ives

We might be biased, but we think one of the best things to do in Cornwall in October is to take advantage of the quieter beaches with a sunrise or sunset walk along Carbis Bay and St Ives Bay.

The sun still shines throughout Cornwall in October, and while you might not feel like braving a dip in the blue waters, there’s still plenty to enjoy at the beach.

Taking a walk along the St Ives Bay shoreline in the early morning with a coffee to go from one of the many fabulous cafés in the town can be a great way to enjoy the sunrise.

You could event pack a blanket and a bottle of wine and head down to the beach in the evening to sit and share a glass while the sun sets over the south-westernmost tip of the county. The low October sun makes for stunning, vibrant sunsets that can’t be missed.

Pick your own pumpkin

3. Pick your own fruit and veg at Trevaskis Farm – Hayle

For a true taste of autumn, head to Trevaskis Farm. Renowned for its fantastic food and incredible cake counter, Trevaskis is also a great place to pick up your own produce to create a gorgeous meal back at your self-catering accommodation.

With a seasonal selection of pick-your-own fruit and veg, including pumpkins in October, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. And, with the on-site farm shop, you can stock up on a range of local products for a real Cornish taste experience.

Cosy indoor activities in Cornwall in October

If the great outdoors isn’t your thing then never fear, there are still plenty of fantastic indoor autumnal activities to indulge in during your stay in Cornwall.

Whether you’re on a cosy romantic escape, an off-season family adventure or simply want to see the best of Cornwall’s attractions without the summer queues, there’s plenty of things to do in Cornwall in October and beyond.

Tate St Ives

4. Seek inspiration of an artistic nature at the Tate St Ives – St Ives

Of course, no stay in St Ives is complete without a trip to the world-famous Tate St Ives gallery.

Featuring artworks from some of the most well known and beloved artists throughout history, the Tate is a must-visit for any art lovers.

In the autumn months expect a quieter gallery experience and stunning views from the sea-facing gallery.

5. Enjoy an intimate cinema experience at Newlyn Filmhouse – Penzance

When the temperature drops and the evenings draw in, there’s nothing better than a trip to the movies for a slice of cinematic escapism.

And, at the Newlyn Filmhouse, you don’t just get a slice of escapism, you get a slice of history. Located in a stunning converted fish smoking cellar in the heart of Newlyn, the Filmhouse shows both mainstream and art-house titles throughout the week.

And, to add even more enjoyment to your autumnal evening, a meal at the Eathouse restaurant is a great way to round off the cinema experience. Indulge in delicious plates of food made with fresh local produce and seafood landed mere metres away.

Spa in Cornwall

6. Indulge in a day of pampering at the HarSPA and C Bay Spas- St Ives

There’s nothing quite like a bit of pampering to help you relax and enjoy your autumn break in Cornwall. And there’s nowhere better to unwind than the HarSPA at the Harbour Hotel St Ives or the C Bay Spa at the Carbis Bay Hotel.

When you book one of our cottages with spa access, you can enjoy beautiful seaside views alongside all the benefits of access to the spa facilities at either the HarSPA or C Bay spas.

The HarSPA and C Bay spas have reopened for the majority of treatments however, in line with government advice, the spas are operating with reduced visitor numbers and enforcing a one-way system throughout.

There’s plenty going on to make sure that breaks in Cornwall in October and autumn are just as good (if not better) than summer holidays in the county. Make the most of the mild weather and the daylight hours before the clocks change and join in with the celebrations, events and festivities that make the summer feel that little bit longer.

Tempted to book a last-minute break? Browse our St Ives holiday cottages for inspiration and decide which event takes your fancy this year.