There’s nothing better than glorious autumn days spent outdoors exploring – especially over half term! If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are our top 10 autumn family activities in Cornwall.

1. Explore the rock pools. Wrap up warm, put your wellies on and see what you can find in the rock pools. You might be surprised at how many different types of creatures you discover.

With several beaches on our doorstep, Bosinver is ideal for a locals' break in Cornwall

Off on an adventure

2. Head to the beach for some outdoor fun and games – don’t forget that dogs are welcome on most of Cornwall’s beaches after 1 October.

Autumn family activities in Cornwall - head to the beach and enjoy the mellow sunshine

3. Go for a woodland walk and enjoy crunching through fallen leaves. Cardinham Woods and Trelissick are both close to Bosinver and are well worth a visit if you haven’t already been. You can also find a wood near you on the Woodland Trust website.


4. Go blackberry picking and make a pie or crumble – delicious with custard, cream or even ice cream!

Argal Lake is a great place for picking blackberries in the autumn

5. Visit one of Cornwall’s glorious gardens. With plenty of space for the kids to run around, they’re perfect for family games like hide and seek. Some, like Trebah and the Lost Gardens of Heligan also welcome dogs all year round.

The famous Lost Gardens of Heligan are easily accessible from Bosinver

Discover the Mud Maid at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

6. If it’s wild, why not go wave watching? Cornwall has plenty of fantastic beachside cafes where you can marvel at the waves while sipping your hot chocolate – or warm up afterwards after a bracing walk.

Trelissick is a lovely place for a walk with babies and toddlers

Enjoying a post-walk hot chocolate

7. Try making some leaf art.

Pinetum Gardens is ideal for an autumn adventure with a toddler

8. Go on an autumn scavenger hunt – there’s a brilliant one on the Nature Detectives website.

A woodland walk is the perfect autumn family activity in Cornwall

9. Collect some conkers and set up your own conker championships.

10. Harness the autumn winds and go kite flying. One of the best places to fly a kite near Bosinver is Helman Tor – take a look at Nanny Pat’s kite flying blog to find out more.

What are your favourite autumn family activities in Cornwall?  Drop us a line, get in touch on Facebook or tweet @Bosinver – we’d love to know what you think.