Although autumn chills and frost may be apparent elsewhere in the UK, Cornwall still basks in balmy sunshine and mild nights. Why not plan a long weekend in the Westcountry in October and join in the festivals and family events, many of which are free? It's a great way to spend half-term, celebrate autumn colours and harvest, or even go trick-a-treating for Halloween.

Roseland Festival celebrates Cornwall's talent and natural beauty

The communities of St Mawes and Portscatho on the beautiful Roseland peninsula host a diverse collection of films, music, drama and literature as part of the Roseland Festival. It takes place the last week in September and the first week in October and is a great excuse to enjoy local talents and live entertainment in this beautiful area.

Callington Honey Fair is a-buzz with activity!

Callington Honey Fair is an old tradition going back to the 1800s, and possibly even longer. Sample a Honey Cream Tea, follow the mystery trail with clues in local shop windows and enjoy all the fun of the fair on Wednesday 2nd October 2013.

British Stand Up Paddle Championships enjoy Newquay's quiet season

Who needs an excuse to enjoy Newquay's beautiful beaches and exceptional watersports? The British Stand Up Paddle Championships are as good a reason as any to head down to Newquay from 4-6 October 2013 and watch or participate in this fast-growing sport.

Boscastle Food Festival has character and The Bulldog Spirit!

Boscastle Food Festival began as a signal that the village was back in business after the devastating floods in 2004. Crafts stalls, food stands and demo kitchens manned by Michelin star chefs make this a fun weekend for foodies on 5-6 October 2013.

Aw shucks – it's the Falmouth Oyster Festival!

Celebrate the start of the local oyster dredging season by sampling fresh seafood at the Falmouth Oyster Festival from 10-13 October 2013. As well as sampling oysters, visitors will be entertained with fishermen's choirs and sea shanties as well as the usual delights of this lovely waterfront town.

Lowender Peran Festival – celebrate your Cornish roots in Perranporth

This ancient Cornish Festival of Celts, known as the Lowender Peran Festival, is held in Perranporth from 16-20 October 2013. It includes a ceilidh of dancing, music, concerts and workshops and includes promotion of the ancient Cornish language, known as kernewek&hellip:

One traditional part of the festival includes storytelling with background music – a great way to relax and drink in the ancient Cornish spirit of this scenic county.

Boot Up for the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival organizes a host of walks around this scenic area from 18 October to 3rd November 2013. Walks of all lengths offer something for every ability from scenic strolls to tough hikes with local guides. With autumn foliage in abundance, this is the perfect time to enjoy Cornwall's stunning natural beauty without the crowds.

Falmouth Beer Festival – beer goggles at the ready…

CAMRA's two-day Falmouth Beer Festival is a great way to sample some of the best ales and ciders in the UK. There are plenty of pub games, live entertainment and hot food to make the weekend go with a swing and it takes place on 25-26 October, 2013.

Cornwall sings the blues at the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival

The historic town of Calstock on the banks of the River Tamar is a wonderful place to visit, and the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival is sure to draw a good crowd from 25-27 October 2013. You can arrive on foot, bicycle, by car, train or boat from Plymouth, so there's no excuse for not joining in.

There's plenty of choice entertainment as the festival takes over the local pubs, social club, village hall and the old chapel with some renowned performers in the lineup for 2013.

Sample Halloween Cornish style, if you dare!

How do you intend to celebrate Halloween? There's a Zombie Walk and Monster Ball near St Austell, Halloween Trail in Cardinham Woods and a spine-chilling Ghost Night at the Jamaica Inn to choose from in this timely Halloween article.

National Trust properties in Cornwall host dozens of Halloween events

Cornwall has 42 National Trust properties and many of them are putting on special Halloween events. From Spooky Trials and Pumpkin Carving to Lamplight Tours and a Murder Mystery Evening, there sure to be something for everyone.

There's no excuse for staying home during October with so much still going on in Cornwall. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy it to the full!