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Eight things to do in autumn in Cornwall

Autumn in Cornwall is an enchanting time of the year. Discover our favourite pastimes and fall in love with Kernow this season.

Green to gold. Flip flops to wellies. Iced coffee to hot chocolates. Autumn is here and we can't wait to start feeling cosy in Cornwall. Check out our top eight things to do in Kernow during the autumn months.

Enjoy dog-friendly beaches

Woof, woof, hooray! We’ve got some news that’ll get your pup’s tail wagging. Cornwall’s seasonal dog bans have been lifted! Head to your favourite sandy spot in Cornwall, release the hounds and let them run wild and free.

Go for a woodland walk

In addition to gorgeous coastlines, Cornwall has a whole host of woodland areas to explore. Pull on your wellies, wrap up in scarves and jumpers, and don’t forget your rain coat too. Some of our favourite woodland walks include Tehidy Woods, Golitha Falls and Cardinham Woods, to name just a few!

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Forage your own food

Autumn brings with it batches of seasonal produce sprouting, flourishing and blooming throughout the county. Get hands on and forage your own – from juicy blackberries to plump parsnips, carrots and cauliflower. For the seafood lovers, head to the coast and scavenge for wild seaweeds. If you’re unsure where to go for a spot of foraging, a good place to start is Trevaskis Farm, who offer ‘pick your own’ activities.

Learn a hearty new recipe

When it’s chilly outside, nothing warms the soul better than a home-cooked meal. Autumn is our favourite season for whipping up hearty pies, chunky soups and wholesome roast dinners. Check out our chef’s recipes here for more culinary inspiration.

Brave a sea swim

Just because the temperature has dropped, it doesn’t mean water sports are off the agenda. Whether you’re into catching the best waves, peacefully paddle boarding or simply dipping your toes by the water’s edge, you’re spoilt for choice with sea swim spots in Cornwall.

Catch an autumn sunset

Sunsets in autumn are breath-taking, and what’s more – you don’t have to stay up late to catch one as the evenings draw in nearer. The key is timing it right and knowing the best destinations. For full blown, dramatic sunsets we’d recommend anywhere on the north coast. If you want to watch the skies transition from blue to dreamy pastels, you’ll not be left disappointed on the south coast.

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Visit a museum

It will inevitably rain during autumn in Cornwall, so for those torrential days when you can’t bear to step outdoors, why not visit a local indoor museum? Here in Truro we have the Royal Cornwall Museum, a great day out for the entire family. We also recommend the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Tate in St Ives and The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle. From Cornish heritage, art, seafaring history and even spell-binding mysteries, there’s always something new to learn in Kernow!

Browse local farm shops

Savour autumn’s bounty and visit a local farm shop for the freshest pick of the harvest. As well as supporting local businesses, you can’t beat the feeling of preparing dinner with ingredients from farm to fork.

Camp (or glamp) under the stars

One of the best things about Cornwall is the huge variety of beauty spots, from tranquil lakesides to coastal gems and rolling countryside. Autumn is a great time to return to nature and wild camp under the moonlight. Stock up on fluffy socks, hot water bottles, thick sleeping bags and waterproofs, and embrace the great outdoors. If you’re not quite brave enough to pitch your own tent and sleep on the floor, there are plenty of glamping sites around Cornwall too for a slightly more ‘comfortable’ experience.

Have yourself a Cosy Cornish Retreat

Check into The Alverton with our Cosy Cornish Retreat this autumn/winter for a staycation in our beautiful grade II listed building. We have rooms for two from £119 per night which includes a hearty breakfast to start the day right and a delicious two-course dinner in our award-winning restaurant. Your warm Cornish welcome awaits.

Start your Christmas shopping

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is coming to town and now is as good a time as any to start your festive shopping. Cornwall is bursting at the seams with independent shops, boutiques and businesses. Find something really special for your loved ones this season.

Did you know? We offer Alverton gift vouchers in any amount – give our reception team a call on 01872 276633 for more details.

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