While people often associate Cornwall with traditional family summer holidays on the beach, visiting outside the main summer season has many advantages. Each season has its own character, and many attractions stay open most of the year. There’s a full calendar of festivals and events, so you’ll find plenty to see and do in Cornwall no matter when you visit – and we offer short stays from mid September through to mid-May, perfect if you just fancy a quick weekend or mid-week getaway!
As summer slips into autumn, the crowds and the traffic jams disappear. You might not have to go far before you find yourself in sole possession of a magnificent sandy beach. And although the days grow shorter at this time of year, they’re often still warm and bright, so you can make the most of your time and get out and explore.
This is an ideal time to visit with young children, as there’s so much to see and discover outdoors. Head to the woods to enjoy crunching through the crisp colourful leaves and collect conkers and sweet chestnuts. And if you enjoy holidaying with your four-legged friend, dogs make a welcome return to beaches with a seasonal dog ban from 1 October.
When darkness falls, you can return to the cosiness of your cottage and light a fire. Gather friends and family around to enjoy the warm glow and the rediscover simple pleasure of your favourite board game. Or curl up on the sofa, open a nice bottle of wine and relax…
Crisp yet sunny winter days are perfect for exploring Cornwall. Wrap up warm and enjoy an exhilarating coastal walk, watch the waves come crashing in on windswept shores, then seek out a cosy pub and relax by the fire with an indulgent hot chocolate or local ale.
Winter is also a time of celebration, and you’ll find a host of festivities happening across Cornwall in the lead up to Christmas. From the delights of the Eden Project’s winter festival and magical ice rink, to Penzance’s traditional midwinter revels and immersive performances in the heart of the woods from Rogue Theatre, there’s something inspire and delight at every turn.
And if you’re in need of pampering, why not take some time out to visit one of Cornwall’s luxurious spas, or indulge yourself with a treatment at Bosinver?
Spring is simply glorious in Cornwall. Thanks to the county’s milder climate, spring arrives earlier in Cornwall than the rest of the UK.
Cornwall’s magnificent gardens come into their own at this time of year, as the land wakes up after the long winter and is soon awash with colour. Daffodils, camellias and magnolias come in to bloom, followed by swathes of bluebells towards the end of April and May. As the days grow longer, lighter and warmer, it’s the perfect time for walking the coast path.
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