Visiting Cornwall in September

Unlike many places which are winding down towards winter, Cornwall still has a spring in its step. Throughout September music, food and culture festivals are buzzing with the excitement of Cornish produce and talent, the sea is still warm enough to swim in and to top it all off, it’s a lot quieter than the busy summer months. Whether you are a young family, a couple looking for a romantic break or just in need of a last minute holiday, September is the perfect getaway.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

This much-loved food festival runs annually in September, celebrating the very best in local, seasonal produce. Try line caught mackerel barbecued to perfection, scallops and mussels served in rich white wine sauce and the creamiest of Cornish cheese topped with tangy chutney. This event also hosts live music throughout the day and into the evening, alongside an Artisan market, street food and much more. Enjoy the atmosphere with St Ives’ tranquil harbour as the backdrop.

Music Festivals

September is festival season in Cornwall. Whether its folk, indie, blues or rock you’re into, there’s bound to be something to suit your taste at one of many live music events held throughout the month. The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival at Penhallow is a great, family friendly option, with live acts, tasty food and local drink available over three days. Or head to Looe for their annual music, arts and community festival, to finish the summer on a high.

Credit: The Little Orchard Cider Festival

Coastal walking around North Cornwall

September is a great time to explore, whilst the landscape is quieter, but the temperatures remain warm. Head to any beach in Cornwall, turn left or right and you'll be on the South West Coast Path. The county is bordered by miles of dramatic cliff path, taking you past sweeping vistas, secret coves, naturally formed sea pools and ancient tin mines. Simply pack a picnic and stride out on one of the many circular walks that can be enjoyed.

Make the most of the warm water

September is the perfect time to learn to surf in North Cornwall, as many of our beaches are exposed to swell from the Atlantic. The conditions are often consistent throughout the month, and the water temperatures remain mild, heated by weeks of summer sun. The wind speeds also pick up, providing the perfect conditions to learn how to Kitesurf. The Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay provide both surf and kitesurf lessons, so grab a wetsuit and dive in.

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