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Autumn Events in Cornwall

As the weather gets a little cooler and the days become shorter, it is a sign that autumn has arrived. This time of year is truly spectacular due to the change of the leaves and landscapes, more manageable weather and a whole host of events which will really get you in the mood for the forthcoming festive period.

Due to Cornwall’s farming heritage and strong community values, there are plenty of events during this time of year for locals and visitors to enjoy. We have taken a look at some of the events, which are a great way to immerse yourself in the season.

Autumn Events in Cornwall

  • Falmouth Oyster Festival
  • Ives September Festival
  • Halloweden at Eden
  • Halloween Event at Tencreek
  • Halloween at Bodmin Jail

Falmouth Oyster Festival

The Falmouth Oyster Festival is an annual celebration held in the historic maritime town of Falmouth, showcasing the region’s rich maritime heritage and, of course, its delectable oysters. This festival typically takes place in the heart of Falmouth and has become a highlight on the local calendar, attracting both locals and visitors alike. The festival is a vibrant combination of culinary delights, live music, and maritime-themed events. One of the main draws is the opportunity to savour the finest oysters sourced directly from the waters of the Fal Estuary, known for producing some of the best oysters in the world. Local oyster fishermen and seafood vendors set up stalls, offering an array of mouthwatering dishes, from freshly shucked oysters to creatively crafted seafood platters.

The festival not only celebrates the gastronomic pleasures of oysters but also pays homage to Cornwall’s maritime traditions, featuring boat races, cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, and live performances by local musicians. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere, tasting the unique flavours of Cornwall while enjoying the picturesque setting of Falmouth’s charming streets and waterfront. The Falmouth Oyster Festival is a delightful blend of culinary exploration, cultural celebration, and community spirit. It is a must-attend event for anyone seeking an authentic taste of Cornwall’s coastal charm.

St. Ives September Festival

View of St Ives in Cornwall

The St. Ives September Festival is an eagerly anticipated and culturally rich event that unfolds each year in the picturesque seaside town of St. Ives. Held during September, this festival has become a cornerstone of the region’s artistic and musical calendar. Renowned for its diverse and dynamic program, the St. Ives September Festival encompasses an array of creative expressions, including visual arts, music, literature, and performing arts.

St. Ives’ charming streets and venues come alive with an array of events featuring local and international artists, musicians, writers, and performers. The festival offers a unique opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the vibrant arts scene, with art exhibitions showcasing the works of talented local artists, live music performances spanning various genres, literary events such as book readings and author discussions, and captivating theatrical productions.

The atmosphere feels like a huge celebration, bringing a sense of community as residents and visitors alike come together to appreciate and support the arts. From intimate gallery settings to open-air concerts against the backdrop of St. Ives’ stunning coastal scenery, the festival provides an eclectic and inclusive platform for creative expression. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, music lover, or simply seeking a cultural escape, the St. Ives September Festival promises a delightful and enriching experience that captures the spirit of this charming coastal town.

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Halloweden at Eden

The Eden Project in Cornwall

Halloweden is a spellbinding and family-friendly Halloween event held within the iconic biomes and grounds of the Eden Project. Combining Halloween with the ecological wonders of the Eden Project, this annual event transforms the lush landscapes into a mystical realm of lights, colours, and immersive experiences.

As the sun sets, the biomes are bathed in an ethereal glow, and visitors embark on a journey through themed zones that blend the eerie and the ecological. Families can wander through magically lit gardens, encountering interactive installations and enjoying captivating performances by artists and actors. The entire site is adorned with spooky yet eco-conscious decorations, highlighting the Eden Project’s commitment to sustainability. The festival often includes creative workshops, storytelling sessions, and engaging activities for children, making it an ideal destination for families during the Halloween season.

From mysterious creatures lurking in the shadows to botanical wonders illuminated with a ghostly radiance, Halloweden captures visitors’ imaginations of all ages. It’s a unique blend of Halloween festivities and environmental education, creating a magical and memorable experience within the breathtaking setting of the Eden Project.

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Halloween Event at Tencreek

If you are staying at our caravan parks in Cornwall, we have a number of autumnal activities based around the Halloween season. During your stay, you can join Deano and the Yellow Coats for a fun-packed time for the whole family. Due to the unpredictable British weather, many of our activities will take place indoors, so there is no need to worry about the rain ruining the fun. During your stay, you will be able to gather the whole family and get involved in some ghoulish goings on, from pumpkin carving to trick or treating.

Halloween at Bodmin Jail

Every year, Bodmin Jail offers a hauntingly immersive experience, given the historical and eerie nature of the jail. It is known for its dark history and paranormal associations, and during the Halloween period, there are often special guided tours, ghost walks, or themed activities designed to create a spooky atmosphere.

Participants might have the opportunity to explore the jail’s chilling corridors, cells, and other historically significant areas while hearing tales of the jail’s grim past and reported paranormal activities. The special effects and atmospheric lighting are used to enhance the haunted experience, providing visitors with a memorable and spine-tingling encounter with the supernatural. However, there is a special Go Darker Junior Jailers tour that has been created for brave seven-year-olds and upwards, which is more suited to the younger crowd.

With some incredible Halloween events and some more relaxed autumnal festivities, there is plenty to see and do during your visit to Cornwall. For more information and travel guides, take a look at the rest of our blog.

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