October is a last chance to enjoy Cornwall's mild weather and glorious countryside on a long weekend break or during half term. We have a cauldron full of events and activities to keep families busy while adults may prefer the Falmouth Beer Festival, the Lowender Peran Festival or the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival.
Watch paddle boarders demonstrate their skills at the Newquay Stand Up Paddle Championships or tuck into tasty Cornish seafood at the Falmouth Oyster Festival and the Boscastle Food Festival. There are dozens of Halloween themed activities over half-term, so why would anyone not want to be in Cornwall this October?
Roseland Festival celebrates Cornwall's talent and natural beauty
The Roseland Festival embraces the best of the autumn season with 15 days of walks, crafts, drama, music, lectures and films as well as a Heritage exhibition and a family quiz. The event runs from the last week in September through the first week in October (20 Sept-4 Oct 2014) and is perfect for visitors enjoying Cornwall's Indian summer.
Brass bands and choirs put on some splendid concerts so read more about it and get your tickets well ahead of the dates.
Callington Honey Fair is a-buzz with activity!
The 1 October 2014 sees thousands of visitors at the Callington Honey Fair, which has connections as far back as the 1800s. View the exhibits, taste the prize-winning honey and treat yourself to a special Honey Cream Tea. The Lions Club of Callington puts on this splendid community event which includes one of the largest street fairs in Cornwall.
British Stand Up Paddle Championships enjoy Newquay's quiet season
The crowds return to Newquay's Watergate Bay on 4-5 October 2014 to watch the British Stand Up Paddle Championships. We offer some tips on the many things to see and do on this watersports-themed weekend so plan to get down there are join in the fun!
Boscastle Food Festival has character and the Bulldog Spirit
The same weekend (4-5 October 2014), and further up the north coast of Cornwall, the Boscastle Food Festival is taking place. It is now 10 years since the flooding disaster that led to the first Boscastle Festival and the event has certainly gathered a firm following since.
By day, local chefs demonstrate a diversity of dishes from local produce and in the evening there are a series of musical concerts from Boscastle Buoys to the Plymouth Military Wives Choir.
Aw shucks ‐ It's the Falmouth Oyster Festival!
Yet more food at the Falmouth Oyster Festival from 9-12 October 2014 as the harbour town celebrates its unique method of oyster dredging to maintain the delicate oyster beds. Enjoy champagne and oysters, watch the Oyster Parade and cheer on the participants in the Working Boats Race. It's all detailed in this article about the Cornwall's top Oyster Festival.
Lowender Peran Festival ‐ celebrate your Cornish roots in Perranporth
Ever attended a Lowender Peran Festival? Now your chance as it takes place in Perranporth from 15-19 October 2014. Read more about this unique festival of Cornish language, music, history and culture and plan to attend this entertaining event. Our article about Lowender Peran tells you all you need to know!
Boot up for the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival
You can't beat a bracing walk in the autumn which is why the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival is so popular. It runs from 17 October to 2 November 2014, plenty of time for you to get your boots on and join in the fun.
There are town walks, country hikes, city strolls and country rambles so read on and choose which walks you will be joining as part of this healthy outdoor event.
Falmouth Beer Festival ‐ beer goggles at the ready…
All this activity and action has probably worked up a thirst, so make tracks for the Falmouth Beer Festival on 24 and 25 October 2014. We suggest the best way to arrive in Falmouth, where to go and how to make the most of this top beer festival which features 150 beers and ales. Cheers!
Cornwall sings the blues at the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival
The small town of Calstock on the banks of the Tamar is well off the beaten path, but it is worth seeking out for the Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival from 23-26 October 2014. Read all about the village, who's attending and what the festival has to offer. You may just be tempted to book a cottage nearby and enjoy all four days of haunting jazz and blues music in this delightful area of southeast Cornwall.
National Trust properties in Cornwall have plenty of Halloween events
As usual the National Trust has a whole range of Halloween activities during half term week at over 40 properties around Cornwall. We highlight just a few of the events including spooky garden trails, pumpkin lantern making, scary storytelling and more than a few things that go bump in the night.
Attend a murder mystery dinner or bring a torch and join a guided ghost walk around some of the eeriest, emptiest and most haunted buildings in Cornwall. Our article will tell you where to visit ‐ if you dare!