Things to do in Cornwall for Autumn – From woodland walks to Christmas festivities

As the nights draw in and the rainy days seem endless, Cornwall is brightened up with a plethora of activities on offer to welcome in the autumn chilly season. As well as things to do for a range of ages and abilities our beautiful county is also bursting with stunning autumn colours and offers numerous spectacular walks where you can enjoy the turning trees, crunchy leaves and muddy puddles.


Visit South West Coast Path or Visit Cornwall websites to find your next autumn wild walk or why not venture up to Heligan Gardens  near St Austell, and explore 200 acres of “garden history, mystery and romance” and join in a winter welly walk between 7th-30th November and discover how far you can wang a welly!


Find out about Cornwall’s wide range of foraged food with day courses on the River Fowey run by the Wild Food School or learn how to capture Cornwall’s changing winter beauty with a painting course at Newlyn Art School.


This time of year also bring with it the start of festive cheer and many Christmas themed events pop up over the next few weeks to make November seem less bleak – for full listings What’s On Cornwall provides a very comprehensive round up of things to do but here’s our top five favourites for all ages, big or small:


See the Festival of Lights in Truro  – a feast of festive cheer with a stunning parade of paper lanterns made by local schools across Cornwall accompanied by local bands and dancers, then warm up with a mulled drink or two at the Christmas street market- 18th November from 7pm


Visit the numerous Christmas craft markets Cornwall has to offer from Truro’s city market on the piazza on 13th November to the Garden Christmas fair at Trenance in Newquay on 14th and 15th November  and marvel at Treriefe House’s beauty whilst buying some of the counties best artisan products from 20-22nd November.


If you need some last minute exercise to accommodate all those extra mince pies, there is the Santa night run in Truro on 25th November from 6pm


Or if it’s crafty days you seek for that extra special Christmas gift there are a number of activities to turn your hand at, like festive bread making at the Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth on 13th November, Bauble blowing in Penryn on 28th November and wreath making at Truro Arts on 8th December.


And if the kids just can’t wait, Santa will be at the beautiful Trelissick Gardens near The King Harry Ferry from 6th of December where you can visit the beautiful gardens, explore the surrounding wild coastal woodland walks and warm up by their beautiful open fire in the cafe.


A beautiful tree in Autumn colours at Bosvathick House

a beautiful tree in Autumn colours