A local’s guide to autumn in Cornwall

A local’s guide to autumn in Cornwall

Autumn has arrived in Cornwall! And to help you make the most of the change in season, we’ve put together the ultimate local’s guide to autumn in Cornwall.

While some say Cornwall is at its best in the summer sunshine, locals believe the arrival of autumn is when Cornwall really shines. There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm and bracing the cooler breeze while you wander around the quieter coastline. Discover our top things to do in Cornwall this autumn below…


Hit up a food festival

Try a true taste of Falmouth during the highly anticipated Falmouth Oyster Festival. Head to Church Street Car Park from 12th until 15th October to celebrate the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood.

Enjoy an exciting mix of live music, craft markets and live cookery demonstrations from some of Cornwall’s top chefs. Don’t miss our very Bobby Southworth and Executive Chef Nick Hodges as they take to the stage.


Catch a gig

Cornwall isn’t short on great musicians, and the county is home to plenty of great music venues too!

Dance the night away to an immense line-up of local and international artists at the South West’s coolest venues this autumn. Head to our favourite local spot The Cornish Bank with a line up that includes the likes of Nawton Faulkner, The Velvet Hands and David Walters. Or popular venue The Watering Hole in Perranporth is hosting some top artists including Wheatus and 90s icon, DJ Chris Moyles.

There’s nowhere we’d rather be when the weekend arrives and the weather gets cooler than listening to some coastal tunes at our favourite spots. It’s the ultimate locals’ autumn activity.

the working boat sunday roast falmouth

Tuck into a hearty roast 

Nothing says autumn has arrived like getting cosy inside a proper Cornish pub and tucking into a hearty roast.

Gather your mates and head to our pub The Working Boat to enjoy a delicious roast. Whether your roast of choice is beef, chicken or veggie, we serve them until they run out, so head on down to our private harbour and fill your boots!

And after you’ve scraped your plate clean, don’t head off yet as our pub quiz kicks off at 7.30pm. It’s a top-notch Sunday plan. Book here.


Ride a wave 

Legend states that autumn is the best time to hit the surf. The sea is at its warmest, the swells are back and the crowds have long since dispersed. Head to your favourite north coast spot, don a wetsuit and grab your boardie for the perfect autumn activity.

For those looking to hit the water a little closer to home, sea swimming at Gylly beach is also a great way to spend the afternoon. Then head to our pub for a well-deserved brew to warm your cockles after.


Try some new brews 

Try a proper taste of Cornwall by joining in with the Verdant Beer Trail this autumn.

From 22nd until 24th September, we’ll be joining five other venues across Falmouth to serve some of the UK’s top beers (over 50 in fact!). Expect the likes of Yonder and St Mars of the Desert  as well as two special Verdant brews at The Working Boat over the weekend. Make sure to pay us a visit while you make your way around the town.


Head to the busy spots

Now the crowds have dispersed, Cornwall’s top beauty spots are truly your oyster. Whether you choose to go to Pedn Vounder, Fistral or even Gylly, enjoy the region’s top beaches at their best. Hit the coast path with your mates and take in the autumn sea breeze like the locals do.

While it may not be sunbathing weather anymore, we think that it’s never too cold for an ice cream.


Catch the latest release

When the weather isn’t doing its best work, there’s only one thing for it. Escape the Cornish mizzle by heading to the cinema. An afternoon spent with a bucket of popcorn and the latest release is the perfect autumn activity. Falmouth’s cinema is great if you’re looking to enjoy classic cinema viewing. But for film buffs we would recommend heading to Newlyn Filmhouse, who you can always rely on to show some great indie flicks.

Fancy popping into The Working Boat as you work through your autumn guide? Book your table here.