10 Reasons to visit Cornwall in September

Here are the top ten reasons for visiting Cornwall in September...

Quieter Cornwall

Padstow by A Gibbard

With the summer crowds gone, September gives visitors the chance to explore a calmer Cornwall and visit popular places with less people. You could visit the foodie destination of Padstow, popular Newquay or the cultural haven of St Ives. Sea temperatures are at their warmest, and beaches are quieter, so make sure you pack your swimwear!


Enjoy a Festival with a difference

Looe Music Festival 2018

For three days in September the beautiful port of Looe in South East Cornwall delivers a big weekend of music, entertainment and culture. Looe Live music festival takes place in the heart of town with the main stage alongside the bustling harbour, offering the perfect weekend to end a great month of events in September. Headliners for 2019 include Level 42 and The Fishermen's Friends. 


As the Curtain Falls...


There's still plenty of time to catch some outdoor theatre across Cornwall. Down at the Minack in the far west there's a chance to catch some opera, some classic plays and two nights of proms to round off September. Cornwall's Kneehigh Theatre have been based at Carlyon Bay this summer and round things off in early September with a number of  special events, whilst up at Sterts on Bodmin Moor it's your last chance to catch their summer performances.


Discover Cornwall through great walks 

A great way to see Cornwall is through walking, both inland and along the South West Coast Path. With the heat of the summer receading, why not get out there and explore?  There's no shortage of wonderful walks across Cornwall. Have a look at our selection here.


Discover the Redruth International Mining & Pasty Festival 


On the 7th September in Redruth there is a celebration of the famous icon of Cornwall – the Cornish pasty.  The event encompasses the mining history that is inextricably linked to the meal. The event shows the magic of Redruth at the heart of Cornish mining. Activities include cookery demonstrations and 'make your own pasty', exhibitions, displays, activities, story telling. fancy dress competition, live music and fairground rides.


Enjoy the two week long St Ives September Festival 

St Ives Festival

This wonderful event is taking place from the 14th September, the festival lasts for 14 days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout St Ives, attracting visitors from far and wide. In 2019 headlining on the musical side of things are Show of Hands, Otway and Barrett, Geoff Lakeman, Sarah Jane Morris and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys amongst others.  Elsewhere there are 100s of other events planned for this year, including poetry, art exhibitions and workshops, walks.. in fact there's something for everyone to enjoy. 


Cornwall Motorsports Month

Cornwall Motorsport

Cornwall has always been famous as a sailing destination and yet it also has a thriving motorsport community with a wide variety of events taking place throughout the year. Because of this it has been decided that it was about time to champion the diversity of motorsport in the county by showcasing some of the best events on both two and four wheels throughout the month of September. This includes the Watergate Bay Hillclimb and a Drag and Drift at Perranporth.



See the changing seasons as you cycle the Camel Trail

Camel Trail

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line that runs from the edge of Bodmin Moor at Wenfordbridge, into Bodmin and onto Wadebridge and Padstow. In September it is particularly beautiful with the beginning of the Autumn changing the colours for the trail that passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.


Experience Heritage Open Days


Every September, the UK throws open the doors to buildings of every age, style, size and function, as part of Heritage Open Days, giving you the perfect chance to learn more about Cornwall's past and landscape. This year it takes place between the 13th-22nd September.  Full details of all the interesting places in Cornwall taking part can be found  here.
Visit Poldark film locations 
With season five fresh in our minds, September is the perfect time to visit some of the film locations in Cornwall.  This includes Church Cove Gunwalloe that relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes. The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many capturing the cast on horseback.  Find out about more filming locations here.