10 to try: Things to do this Autumn

Late autumn in Cornwall is a dramatic, inspiring time. Don’t miss out on the wild beauty as the trees change from green to gold, as stormy skies race across dark seas, and ruby red sunsets light up the breathtaking coastline. Here are 10 fun things to try....

Fly a kite
The Lizard Peninsula is a favourite haunt for kite fliers. There are several great spots including Poldhu beach, Mullion, Loe Bar and Kennack Sands to name but a few. Not into kites? just put your boots on and go for an invigorating walk.

Go foraging
Foraging is a hugely pleasurable and rewarding pastime for all ages and is quickly becoming a popular activity throughout Cornwall. Autumn brings berrys and mushrooms, but it's always best to check with the experts before you indulge! 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.

Trick or Treat?
Cornwall has plenty going on this Halloween, from spooky shadows at Falmouth, creepy crabs at Padstow and plenty of pumpkins wherever you look, there's no shortage of scares to be had for the young and old. More Info

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 and help us keep our oceans clean at the same time.

Discover Cornwall on foot
The South West Coast Path has over 300 miles of spectacular coastline and stunning scenery here in Cornwall.  The sheer variety of landscapes 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 may enjoy 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.