Experience Cornwall's ever-changing beauty throughout the year, with activities tailored to each season. From lively summer beach days to crisp autumn walks amidst golden landscapes, there’s something for every adventurer.
The days are stretching out and a vibrant energy stretches through Cornwall like a breath of fresh air, sweeping away the remnants of a harsh winter, clearing the way for a new season to bloom. In Spring, watch as Cornwall comes to life; sun loving flowers blossom, attractions burst into action, and we welcome a surge of wild visitors from the sea to the sky.
Embrace the quieter moments of Spring when the weather is warm and the days are edging longer. Whether it’s wandering one of Cornwall’s many gardens or immersing yourself in adrenaline inducing outdoor activities from Via Ferrata or Bare Feet Coasteer, spring offers a chance to enjoy these treasures at a slower pace.
Visit Cornwall’s beloved gardens at spring as they bloom and watch the sun breathe new life into Cornwall’s botanical wonders. Lose yourself in the sea of bluebells at Enys Gardens or admire the majestic magnolias at Trebah, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle Gardens – where the magnolia trees herald in the start of spring. Escape into another world at the tranquil Japanese Gardens or step into a tropical wonderland at the Eden Project – there’s a place to suit every taste in Cornwall.
For lovers of sea and nature, a boat trip is the perfect way to take in Cornwall’s majestic coastline while meeting seasonal aquatic visitors. Take the Dolly P in St Ives to see seals up close, spot dolphins and whales with AK Wildlife Cruises, or even swim with basking sharks with Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing.
Towards the end of spring venture out to the north coast to see puffins – a fantastic day out for the birdwatchers, both young and old. We suggest venturing out to sea with Padstow Sealife Safaris to see puffins at Padstow, Cornwall’s only remaining puffin breeding colony and one of the few locations to spot puffins in England. While you’re in the area, why not cycle the Camel Trail? Hire a bike from Camel Trail Cycle Hire and pedal through Cornwall’s rolling countryside while taking in breath-taking views across the Camel Estuary.
Spring is also the perfect time to tackle the South West Coast Path. With the weather warming up and the landscape bursting alive with colour, hiking enthusiasts can enjoy the trail at its most picturesque. From rugged cliffs to secluded coasts, every twist and turn of the path offers incredible views and unforgettable experiences. As you wander the coast path don’t forget to stop off at some of Cornwall’s best eateries offering fresh, local produce which is sure to be at its best in Spring.
As the sun climbs higher in the sky and the days lengthen into lazy afternoons, Cornwall beckons with the promise of endless adventure and boundless beauty. In Summer, Cornwall is a playground of possibilities, where golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear waters shimmer invitingly.
Embrace the sunshine and long days with itineraries full of adventure. Make the most out of your visit with tours of Cornwall, whether you’re looking for tv and movie filming hotspots or to learn more about Cornwall rich history, a tour is the perfect way to delve into Cornwall and unearth all of its hidden gems and secrets. Impress your family and friends with your newfound knowledge of Cornwall during your next visit.
The perfect time of year to take it slow, embrace the laid-back pace of summer life with days at one of Cornwall’s many beautiful beaches, best accompanied by a beach BBQ, soaking in the sun and the salty breeze. With calm waves, it’s an ideal time of year to try out paddleboarding or kayaking and explore the coastline and the serene stillness of the water. Or, if you prefer something a little more exhilarating, summer is the perfect time for beginners to learn how to surf, the waves aren’t as chaotic, offering an ideal environment for newcomers to gain confidence and learn the basics.
Make the most of the predictably sunny weather with visits to some of Cornwall's famous outdoor venues. With clearer skies and calmer seas, sunny summer days provide the ideal conditions for a visit to St Michael’s Mount or Tintagel Castle which are only accessible during certain times of the year and dependent on weather. Or, immerse yourself in a magical evening show at the Minack Theatre, a beautiful open air theatre, carved into a granite cliff overlooking Porthcurno Bay.
Summer in Cornwall is also marked by vibrant festivals. In June, celebrate Arts on the Beach at Watergate Bay, a free weekend full of live performances, ocean stories, creative workshops, and music. In July, experience the eclectic atmosphere of the Rock Oyster Festival, where you can indulge in delicious seafood paired with celebrity chef demonstrations amidst family friendly activities and live music from a range of acts including the Sugababes and Newton Faulkner.
No matter how you spend a summers day in Cornwall, make sure to carve out an evening to watch the sunset over one of Cornwall’s stunning beaches. If you happen to be in Cornwall during August, end the summer with a late-night dip in Cornwall’s calm waters, we recommended Grebe Beach, to see the bioluminescent algae that visit on warm August nights.
Make the most of the bright and mild days as we transition into Autumn. Watch as the season transforms the colours of the Cornish landscape from bright hues to golden tones that cast a warm glow over Cornwall’s rolling hills, historic towns, and rugged coastline.
Despite the retreat of summer, Cornwall remains a vibrant hub of activity throughout autumn, with festivals and events that celebrate under the lingering warmth of the season. From the St Ives September Festival, a two-week celebration of art and music set against the stunning coastal backdrop, to the Falmouth Oyster Festival, a four-day culinary celebration heralding the start of the oyster dredging season with live cooking demonstrations and live seaside entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Take in the changing season with a crisp autumn walk. Wrap up in cosy layers and embark through Cornwall’s ancient woodland, walk amidst historical sites or venture alongside the expansive coast. Feel the crunch of leaves underfoot and breath in the salty sea breeze or the scent of comforting pine.
During the autumn half term, families can delight in a wide variety of activities and events across Cornwall to get you all in the Halloween mood. From pumpkin carving to spooky storytelling, all set against the backdrop of Cornwall’s autumnal beauty. The Eden Project is particularly a great place to visit during autumn. With climate-controlled temperatures, the rainforest and Mediterranean biomes offer a flashback into summer – perfect exploration opportunity no matter the weather.
For those with a passion for wildlife, autumn presents the perfect opportunity to see adorable seal pups during their pupping season. The best way to see the seals safely is with a visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, a lovely day out even on a rainy day. Between September and March the Sanctuary rehabilitates over 70 seal pups, offering plenty of opportunity to admire the cute seal pups alongside opportunities to see the Humboldt penguins, sea lions and even paddock animals that all call the Seal Sanctuary their home.
And of course, there’s no better place to spend Bonfire night than Cornwall, with seaside bonfire events offering food coupled with amazing fireworks over the sea and evening entertainment.
Winter is a special time when it feels you almost have Cornwall to yourself. There is a magical atmosphere with moorland tinged with sparkling frost and the coastline bathed in mid-winter sunshine that illuminates the leafless trees and yellow gorse flowers.
Wrap up well and brave the outside with a walk along the shore and nine times out of ten it’ll just be you, the sea and the sky. On the south coast’s misty inlets and river estuaries, take a ferry from shore to shore and get a heron’s eye view of the winter landscape. On the north coast hunker down in the sand dunes and simply watch the sea whip up a swell and unleash its power as giant waves explode on the shore. The wilder waves craft the perfect conditions for sea glass hunting. You’ll find plenty of long buried treasures waiting to be discovered alongside our Cornish coastline.
To warm up, there’s nothing better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate in a beachside café or a pint in a friendly pub with a roaring fire and more than hearty food - just the thing to finish off a trek on the moor or a jaunt along the coast path.
On rainy days, make the most of Cornwall’s indoor venues. Delve into Cornwall’s mining past at Geevor Tin Mine, marvel at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall oceanic exhibitions and explore Cornwall’s rich cultural heritage The Royal Cornwall Museum. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained when it may be a little too wet to venture outdoors.
It’s also a great time to explore the atmospheric narrow streets of our coastal villages, relax and do a bit of shopping. Browse an antique shop, pop into a local restaurant or potter around the local museum. Leading up to Christmas watch as Cornwall’s communities fill with festive spirit. Attend Christmas lights switch on events and watch Cornwall light up with fantastic illuminations in harbourside villages and stately homes. Attend Christmas markets to find locally crafted souvenirs and unique gifts for Christmas.
And don’t forget New Year, where Cornwall hosts some of the best celebrations in the UK with spectacular firework displays and revellers in fancy dress who take to the streets for a fun night out.
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