Many people see Newquay as a summer resort, but there is plenty to do in the colder months too. Newquay is far quieter in the Autumn season, meaning you can enjoy plenty of local attractions and sights without the crowds. Here are some perfect Autumnal activities in the local area.
Head out on the water
It may be a bit too chilly to get in the water (although if you’re feeling brave, you could join the Newquay Bluetits Sea Swimmers for a dip!), but there are plenty of activities to do on it. Hire a paddleboard or kayak and head out along the Newquay coastline or down the Gannel to explore the area by sea. Make sure you check the local tide times and only head out when the conditions are calm.
Go for a walk
There are plenty of scenic walks in and around Newquay, including Colan Woods, the Coast Path, and The Gannel. Cooler temperatures mean you can enjoy a more comfortable and brisk walk without sweltering in the summer heat, whilst still enjoying some incredible scenery and views. We suggest putting on some comfortable walking shoes, packing up a picnic, and making sure you have a camera handy to capture those lovely autumnal coasts and woodland.
Visit Trenance Gardens & The Boating Lake
Trenance Gardens and the Boating Lake is pleasant all year round, but it’s extra special in Autumn when it’s covered in crunchy orange leaves. Why not explore the gardens, feed the ducks and swans, and then head into the Lakeside cafe for a hot drink and some lunch.
Attend a festival
Festivals aren’t just for summer! There are a number of local events this Autumn, including Tunes in The Dunes in Perranporth, The Cider & Music Festival at Healey’s Cider Farm, and Newquay Beer Festival. If festivals aren’t your thing, then maybe see what’s on at the outdoor drive-in cinema in Watergate Bay.
Visit one of cornwall's gardens
Visit a National Trust Property
If you fancy an indoor activity, there are some lovely National Trust houses to explore which are packed with history and antiques. Trerice is not far from Newquay, or if you don’t mind a drive then Lanhydrock is an excellent estate to visit. Trelissick is another popular estate to explore, with stunning house and gardens.
What are your favourite things to do in Newquay in the autumn?