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Autumn roundup - what's on in West Cornwall

Updated: May 23, 2023

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cornwall. The summer crowds have departed, the weather is often lovely and there’s still plenty happening. From festivals to fun days, there's something to suit everyone and the cottages at Middle Colenso are a great base for exploring what’s on in West Cornwall and slightly further afield. Here’s our roundup of some of the main events taking place over the next couple of months.

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Cornwall. The Penrose estate near Helston (pictured here) will be hosting a festival of outdoor activities in September.

Redruth Pasty and Mining Festival

The festival kicks off with the creation of giant pasty at the Miner's Statue on Fore Street. There will be food and drink stalls and an exhibitor about Mexico and its connection to Cornwall's mining and pasty history.

Breeze Art and Makers Fair

September 13th to 15th

Historic Trereife House on the outskirts of Penzance will be hosting this popular event that showcases the work of more than 80 artists and makers.

St Ives September Festival

September 14 to 28th

One of the biggest events on the autumn calendar. The whole town comes alive with art, music, literature, workshops, guided walks, exhibitions, talks and more.

Godlophin will be throwing open its doors for free as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme

Godolphin Heritage Open Days

September 16th to 20th

Explore the garden and outbuildings at the historic country estate free of charge all this week.

The Little Big Gig Bash

September 20th to 21st

A two-day family festival at Henrys Campsite on the Lizard with live music and ale as well as lots of activities for children.

Otobong Nkanga at Tate St Ives

September 20th to January 5th

Nigerian-born contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga will install new and existing works at Tate St Ives. Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures address complex and fraught histories around the politics of land and its relationship to the body.

Red Panda Weekend at Paradise Park

September 21st and 22nd

The red pandas are a firm favourite at the Hayle-based wildlife park and you can get to meet them during this special weekend. The event is in aid of the Red Panda Network which is establishing the world’s first protected area dedicated to red pandas in Nepal.

Sample the best of Cornish food and drink at Truro Food Festival

Truro Food festival

September 27th to 29th

Cornwall has become one of the country’s favourite foodie destinations in recent years. Come and sample everything the county has to offer at this two-day event at Truro’s Lemon Quay.

The South West Outdoor Festival

September 27th to 29th

The National Trust and Cotswold have teamed up to offer this festival of all things outdoors. Taking place at Penrose, near Helston, it will give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to try a range of activities such as trail running, mountain biking, kayaking and even axe throwing.

Proms at the Minack with the Mount Charles Band

September 28th and 29th

Re-live the atmosphere of the Last Night of the Proms at Cornwall’s famous outdoor theatre.

Dog Day 2019 at the Jubilee Pool

September 29th

Penzance’s iconic Art Deco lido is a firm favourite with swimmers throughout the summer but dogs get to enjoy a dip once a year just before the pool closes for the season.

Head Gardener Tours at St Michael's Mount

Fridays in October

Find out about the challenges of gardening in this iconic and challenging location.

CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Beer Festival

October 3rd to 5th

This year’s festival will feature more than 245 real ales, 80 ciders, 20 Cornish craft beers, and 15 Cornish gins. There will also be a selection of street food and entertainment from local singers, musicians and bands.

Movies by Moonlight at the Minack Theatre

October 4th and 5th

Two classic films, Rebecca and Jaws, will be showing on the big screen at the Minack Theatre.

Giving Thanks at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

October 5th

Local artist Claire Lucas leads a meditative day of creating art using found materials. The ticket price includes lunch at Tremenheere Kitchen.

Ocean Film Festival

October 9th and 10th

Redruth Regal Theatre hosts the Ocean Film Festival for two evenings of ocean-themed films. The festival celebrates our connection to the ocean and those who have dedicated their lives to it.

Falmouth Oyster Festival

10 Oct 2019 to 13 Oct 2019

Falmouth’s famous oysters take centre stage this weekend. The festival includes cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

A Tale of Mother's Bones, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

October 19th to January 4th

An exhibition exploring the work of Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the birth of psychorealism.

Autumn fun day at Trengwainton Garden

October 20th

A day to celebrate all things autumnal including pumpkin carving, games and kitchen garden snacks.

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