10 Things to do in Cornwall this Autumn & Winter

Monday 09 October 2023

Embrace the elements and make the most of all that Cornwall has to offer throughout the autumn and winter

Think of Cornwall and you’ll often conjure images of long, lazy beach days, sandcastles and suncream. But summertime is only part of the story, and holiday season on the south west coast is all year round. Whether you’re the type that likes to get out and embrace the seasons, or you prefer cosying up with a drink and a good book, Polurrian on the Lizard is perfectly located, and equipped, to offer just the escape that you need…


Take the whole family to the world famous Eden Project between 23rd and 31st October and let them loose in a spooky puzzle trail, potion making workshop, owl display and wonderfully creepy live show. The biomes will be specially dressed up for Halloween and you never know what you might find lurking amongst the plants and trees!


What could be better than exploring the secret caves and hidden coves of the Cornish coast by water? SUP boarding is a gentle yet invigorating way to cruise around and, though conditions are more frequently suitable in the summer months, Cornwall sees many glorious days throughout the autumn and winter and, with the right wetsuit and an adventurous attitude, you can beat the elements and enjoy exploring during the quieter seasons.

For guided tours, Lizard Adventures launch from two stunning locations, offering a three-hour guided trip on the sea from Cagdwith Cove on the Lizard, or Hayle Harbour for a more sheltered two-hour trip on the estuary. This is obviously weather and sea conditions permitting & booking ahead by calling 07845204040 is essential.


Newquay Zoo is always a fun-filled day out for all the family. It’s a place to roam, discover, explore and get in touch with nature, and with skate park ‘Concrete Waves’ next door, if they’ve got any energy left you can let your own little animals go wild on the ramps. As well as a wonderful variety of happy and fascinating creatures, there are rumours that a certain jolly, bearded chap in a red suit may be visiting this December….


Taking place every Sunday in the beautiful surroundings of the ocean-view Vista Lounge, the Woodfired Sessions are a live music event featuring performances from some of the south west’s brightest up and coming artists as well as established local legends. With a deliciously tempting menu of dishes cooked in our woodfired oven, and an impressive range of drinks, including signature cocktails, this is the only way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Entry is free, but if dining then booking a table is strongly advised.


When the children are pleading for some thrill-seeking, Flambards is one of Cornwall’s most popular family day visit attractions with rides for everyone, family fun, indoor attractions and entertainment. Visit the award-winning and unique indoor attractions including The Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz life-size re-creations and enjoy some top rides including the newest ride ‘Sky-Force’. Flambards theme park is located in Helston, just up the road from Polurrian.


Themed Murder Mystery events at Polurrian have been a roaring success and 2023 has seen weekends such as ‘A Titanic Story’ and ‘Hotel 1921’ attract super-sleuths and amateur detectives to wrack their brains to solve the riddle and find out ‘whodunnit’. With more events, ‘The Speakeasy Murder’ on Friday 3rd November, ‘A Very Dickensian Murder’ on Sunday 10th December, and many more in the pipeline, now is the time to book your place. These weekends are quite simply, immense fun, full of cocktails and conundrums!


Cornwall famously has no shortage of picturesque harbours, but there is something about the small yet stunning fishing port of Mousehole that lends itself to Christmas! Every festive season, the harbour walls, boats and stone steps are adorned in a twinkly covering of colourful lights, and visitors flock to immerse themselves in Christmas spirit, admiring and photographing the display while enjoying a warming mulled wine from one of the cosy, historic harbourside pubs.


Once you’ve mastered catching a wave and riding it into the beach, you will never be the same! Winter sees the best swells arriving on the Cornish coast, and we are fortunate to have many sheltered beaches around the Lizard that offer great conditions for beginners and improvers. Dan Joel’s Surf School at Poldhu Cove offers friendly, expert tuition and all the equipment you need to get you up and riding, and smiling from ear to ear!


Cornwall’s mining history is vast and the county was once of the richest mining locations in the whole world. Learn all about it and get a taste of what life was really like for Cornwall’s tin miners at the breath-taking Geevor Mine, a family friendly, award winning, heritage attraction, learning centre and hands-on museum. Geevor Tin Mine on the rugged cliffs of the Tin Coast of West Cornwall, is a stunning place to discover the story of Cornish metal mining, at an incredible World Heritage Site.


spa break at Polurrian offers the headspace you need to truly unwind, and with qualified and experienced spa therapists waiting to soothe away your stresses and invigorate your body and mind, the winter blues can be a thing of the past. With breathtaking scenery, and an amazing menu of delicious dishes, make the most of a break by the Cornish coast and be good to yourself!

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