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Countdown to autumn, 5 great things to do in Cornwall in September

Autumn colours start to creep across Bodmin Moor, but sunny days still make September a wonderful month to enjoy outdoor events.
It may be back to school for youngsters, but there’s still plenty of fun events going on in Cornwall in September. From Bluegrass in Newquay to Rhythm and Blues in Looe, there’s plenty for music lovers, while foodies can enjoy Pasty Day at the Redruth Mining and Pasty Festival or delicious local seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Culture vultures are well catered for at the Falmouth Arts Festival and the St Ives September Festival while the Southeast Cornwall Walking Festival really makes the most of the glorious countryside. Why not enjoy the last lingering days of summer by grabbing a week in a selfcatering holiday cottage in Cornwall this September?

Newquay Fish Festival celebrates the best of the Cornish Fish Industry

Start your social calendar for September by attending the fabulous which takes over Newquay Harbour from 6-8 September, 2013. Three days of chef demos, sea shanties and sandcastle competitions enhance Newquay’s reputation as a great place for families to visit in late summer. There’s also a Summer Proms concert and a Songs of Praise at the harbour.

Sample Cornish culture at the Redruth Mining and Pasty Festival

If you prefer a more cultural weekend, the is also taking place from 6-8 September, 2013. It starts with street drama about a local miner who had to sell his wife, and ends with a Memorial Walk around the area’s mining heritage sites.

Saturday is Pasty Day and you can read why pasties are part of mining heritage and get ready to sample at least 20 different fillings at the event!

Put your best foot forward for the SE Cornwall Walking Festival

Walking is a popular hobby with both locals and tourists in Cornwall and no wonder. Gorgeous scenery, pretty villages and ancient relics make the a winner with a range of free guided walks from 13-20 September, 2013.

Our article outlines nine great walks around southeast Cornwall and invites others to add their favourite walk in Cornwall to the list.

Falmouth Arts Festival celebrates with a SPLASH!

Falmouth always makes a big SPLASH with their drama, music, poetry and arts events as part of the , which lasts from 13-22 September 2013.

SPLASH Art includes pop-up art in shop windows and an art auction for charity. SPLASH Literature includes lectures and book signings by some top UK authors as part of the Book Fest. SPLASH Exhibitions include touring exhibitions and the work of local artists while SPLASH Performances cover theatre, poetry and dance. Be there!

Brush up on the arts at the St Ives September Festival

Livening up the end of summer, the has over 200 music, drama, art and literary events taking place from 14-28 September 2013. It’s a great excuse for a late summer break in Cornwall, with open studios, comedy nights, film evenings and live concerts attracting some top names. Most of the lunchtime lectures, workshops and musical events in local pubs are free, so there’s no excuse for not joining in.

Many of these popular events are free to attend and there’s always a great atmosphere. Indulge your hobby, whatever it may be, by attending some of these great events before winter sets in.

Can you name a favourite event you might want to attend out of these 5 top festivals? Let us know your thoughts by adding to our comments box below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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