10 to try: things to do this autumn

Build a palace at Marazion

Late autumn in Cornwall is a dramatic, inspiring time. Don’t miss out on the wild beauty of stormy skies, dark seas, ruby red sunsets and gigantic waves along the breathtaking coastline. Here are 5 fun things to try:

Fly a kite
Mullion in west Cornwall is a favourite haunt for kite fliers. They even have their own dedicated kite shop. Owners John and Carolyn sell a huge variety from stunt kites to power kites and they especially recommend catching the wind on the cliffs above Kynance Cove.

Go foraging
Foraging is a hugely pleasurable and rewarding pastime for all ages and is quickly becoming a popular activity throughout Cornwall. With plenty of wild foraging schools to help show you how it's done, you'll be cooking delicious recipes in secret coves in no time. 

Build a late autumn palace at Marazion
The sand here is perfect for constructing a fantasy castle. Use shells and stones to beautify your construction. Get inspiration from the real fairytale castle just out to sea on St Michael’s Mount.

Visit a food festival
Cornwall has plenty of mouth-watering food and drink festivals this autumn from the annual Newquay Fist Festival to the Falmouth Oyster Festival. Visit our What's on section for some of the foodie festivals in October. 

Fish from the shore or the lakes
Enjoy the excitment of fishing in a county surrounded by water and renowned for it's fish.  There are plenty of places to try your hand 

Go horse riding
Mount your steed and head for the surf at Perranporth. Exhilarating gallops guaranteed on a two hour hack over sand dunes and three miles of golden sand with nearby Reen Manor Riding who cater for novices as well as keen riders.

Go beachcombing after a storm
All manner of flotsam and jetsam gets washed in from the ocean. Mooring buoys, odd shoes, bottles, you name it. Have a competition to see who can find the most unusual thing.

Discover Cornwall on foot
The South West Coast Path has over 300 miles of spectacular coastline and stunning scenery.  The sheer variety of the Coast Path means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches. 

Get a taste of Cornwall’s heritage
Head to a medieval castle, a Tudor fort or an opulent Victorian mansion or delve further back in time by standing in the middle of a prehistoric stone circle or strolling around an Iron Age village. Find castles and houses to explore here.

Make time for art
Cornwall has been a natural home to inspiration, art and ideas since the early 19th century. Whilst the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum, The Minack Theatre and the Eden Project enjoy the beam of the international spotlight, outstanding local galleries and artists' workshops are everywhere, showcasing Cornwall's vibrant art scene. See our comprehensive list of all things arty here.

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