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The crowds start to go, kids head back to school, but the warm weather continues, making September the ideal time for a last minute weekend break in Cornwall. There is great food to try, gardens and historic attractions to visit, and miles of walks to try when staying at our hotel in Fowey.


One of the best ways to explore Cornwall’s natural beauty is by foot, and there are miles of coastal path to traverse, trails to follow on the rugged moors and quaint towns and villages to wander around. September also sees the South East Cornwall Walking Festival begin on the 8th of the month, ideal for those staying at our boutique hotel in Fowey. There will be walks between Liskeard and Looe, walks in Mt Edgcumbe Country Park, walks to the west of Fowey and much more to get involved with throughout the week.


The beginning of autumn brings lots of fantastic food festivals to the south west. Cornwall has become a foodie destination for the UK, with celebrity chefs opening restaurants, and local restaurants, such as our award-winning one here at The Cormorant, one of the top restaurants in Fowey, making the most of the delicious fresh produce found on our doorstep. The various food festivals taking place in September are a great way to celebrate the food of the county. There is Newquay Fish Festival from 7th to the 9th September, Budelicious in Bude on 22nd and 23rd September, The Redruth Pasty and Mining Festival on 7th to the 9th and the Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival from the 14th to 16th September.

Heritage Open Days

In September around the UK, the doors are open to heritage buildings you might not usually get the chance to visit. The open days gives you the opportunity to explore some of Cornwall’s less known history and see some fantastic buildings, architecture and artefacts. In 2018, the Heritage Open Days are taking place over two weekends, between the 8th and 13th September. You can visit nearly 40 places around Cornwall, from churches to the popular Glendurgan Garden and more. You can find out more information about the places to visit, opening times and other information here.

Beach Days

With some luck, September will be warm and sunny, perfect for a relaxing day spent on the beach. Best of all, beach days in the late summer and early autumn will be mostly devoid of kids, and a lot less busy, and the water is usually warmer, perfect for trying out some water sports. You might only have to compete to find a space with surfers and the other clever people who are holidaying off-peak when the weather is still good. If the weather is a little grey and gloomy, however, don’t be put off visiting the beach, as they are lovely to walk on and in the evenings, watch the sun go down.

Wildlife Spotting

Cornwall is not just a haven for foodies; it is also a top spot for wildlife fans. Throughout September, you might be lucky to see dormice, which is traditionally a good month for spotting the tiny mammal. They are nocturnal, and spend their nights hunting for food to fatten up for hibernation, and can be found in some of Cornwall’s wooded nature reserves. Bumblebees are also very active in September, as they make the most of the last of the summer flowers. Head to any of Cornwall’s fantastic gardens to see some of the fat, furry insects. For those walking on the coast, keep an eye out for seals. Their numbers a much higher in the autumn, and you might be lucky to spot one off the coast, basking on the rocks, or you can get up close to them on a boat ride.

Are there any activities you like to do in Cornwall during September? We’d love to hear any suggestions! Meanwhile, take a look at our other blog posts for inspiration on how to spend your time here in Cornwall.

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