The summer season may be over but there are many reasons to visit Cornwall in September. Once the summer crowds have returned home, Cornwall reverts to its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere, yet there is still plenty going on. If the weather is good, September can be our favourite month as we can relax and enjoy the space and beauty of Cornwall at its best.
1. Quieter Beaches
The summer is great but sometimes there is barely a patch of sand to lay your blanket at the most popular beaches. Come September, and the scene is totally transformed. Even on a warm, sunny day it will rarely be busy and you can enjoy time at the beach with loads of space.
2. Warmer Water
After being warmed by the sun all summer long, Sea temperatures are at their highest in late August and remain comfortably warm throughout September. This is a great time for a dip in the sea, whether it’s a quick jump into a tidal pool, body surfing through the breakers or a wild swim from beach to beach.
3. Fine Weather (hopefully)
Everyone has their fingers crossed for an Indian Summer. Sometimes we’re lucky, sometimes we’re not. But we can usually be assured a series of sunny days during the month of September, which makes it ideal for long days at the beach or getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.
4. Cheaper Accommodation
Once the school holidays are over, the high season prices drop meaning you can pick up holiday accommodation in Cornwall for considerably less money than you would in the summer. September is still popular, but there is plenty of choice for holidaymakers who want to take a mellow, post-season break in Cornwall.
5. Space in Restaurants
Here in Padstow, we have some fantastic restaurants. But the best ones are often booked up months in advance in the height of summer. When it comes to September, the crowds thin and demand eases so you’re more likely to get a reservation or a walk-in table, whether it’s a family pizza at Rojano’s or a seafood meal at Rick Stein’s.
6. Swell Time for Surfers
Surfers relish the September swells when long-travelled waves deliver powerful, quality breakers on to our shores. If you’re into surfing, this is a great time to visit Cornwall as the waves in September tend to be a little more reliable than at other times of year. Plus, the sea is still warm so only a summer wetsuit is required for wave-riding fun.
7. Magical Month for Music
Cornwall does not grind to a halt when the kids go back to school. On the contrary, there is plenty going on throughout September and into August, especially for music lovers and festival fans. You can see the Fratellis and the Wurzels, and enjoy a tipple or two, at the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival (14th to 16th Sept) in Penhallow. Meanwhile, on the south coast, the Looe Music Festival (21st to 23rd Sept) promises three days of entertainment from the likes of the Stranglers and the Waterboys.
8. Fine Festivals for Foodies
See top chefs in action and sample stunning seafood dishes at the Newquay Fish Festival (7th to 9th Septem); or pick up a shopping bag of local treats and specialities at the Big Cornish Market (21st to 23rd Sept) in Truro.
9. Take a Hike
September is a fantastic month for walking sections of the South West Coast Path. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold for a saunter along the cliff tops to enjoy breathtaking views, explore hidden coves and spot wildlife.
10. Step Back in Time
A collection of historic Cornish properties and estates will temporarily open their doors to the public during this month for the Heritage Open Days (6th to 16th Sept). This presents an ideal opportunity to explore interesting and beautiful places, some of which would otherwise be off limits to tourists, while other regular attractions allow access free of charge. This year you can explore ruins, gardens and woodlands steeped in the legend of King Arthur at the Vale of Avalon Arthurian Centre at Slaughter Bridge near Camelford; or visit the National Trust’s Glendurgan Gardens, Trerice or Old Tintagel Post Office – all for free!
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