Be reinvigorated by the sea breeze this autumn with a trip to Cornwall. It’s the perfect place to find locally-made produce – like tasty Cornish pasties and clotted cream – and gifts. For a day out with a difference, head to the Falmouth Oyster Festival.
Cornwall has a strong industrial history. Its mining landscape – which you can learn more about at Geevor Tin Mine Museum – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find ancient stone circles and remains of Iron Age villages between Land’s End and Penzance, and Celtic crosses dotted across the countryside. St Ives, St Agnes and Penzance are home to a number of galleries, including the Tate St Ives
Explore the iconic castle and beautiful gardens of St. Michael’s Mount. The Lizard and Kynance Cove is the most southerly point in the UK, with stunning scenery, while the Eden Project boasts the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Head to the Minack Theatre to enjoy outdoor theatre in the most dramatic setting imaginable, while the Lost Gardens of Heligan makes for a great day out for all the family.
If it’s pasties and cream teas you want, Cornwall won’t disappoint. But the region’s food and drink scene has much more to offer. British celebrity chefs like Rick Stein have taken advantage of the fantastic local produce – Rick has 4 restaurants in Padstow, and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant is in Watergate Bay. Wherever you are in the county, you'll find country pubs serving hearty local food and Cornish ale and cider.
Cornwall’s dramatic landscape is ideal for adventure activities. It’s one of the best places in the country for surfing and you’ll find a surfing school on most of the big beaches. The steep cliff sides and expanses of open space are ideal for coasteering – a combination of rock climbing, swimming and cliff jumping – but if you fancy something a bit more relaxing, try walking along some of the South West Coast Path or a bit of fishing.
Cornwall is famous for peace and tranquillity, but it knows how to party too. Newquay is the place to be if you want a big night out, and the student town of Falmouth also has plenty to offer. But you’ll find lively pubs – including some with live music and evening entertainment – across the region.
Shop for crafts and local produce at the many independent shops and markets across the region. St Ives is a must for art lovers, antique hunters should try Lostwithiel, and Falmouth has an unbeatable selection of arty boutiques. Truro is your best bet for bigger retailers, or head to Trago Liskeard if you love a bargain.
“I’m Lauren Hogan, Editor of www.visitcornwall.com
Don’t miss the World Bellyboard Championships in the picturesque village of St Agnes on the north coast. It's old school surfing at it's very best – no wetsuits, no leashes, a bit of wood and a swimsuit is all you need! Hosted by the National Trust, don't miss this annual event on Chapel Porth beach.
St Agnes is a great place to stay, with superb coastal walks, four beaches, galleries and craft workshops, and a superb choice of places to eat.”
Travel overnight between London and Penzance with the Night Riviera Sleeper.