Are you already missing fun and excitement of the holidays? Praying for an Indian summer perhaps? Well fear not, because there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful as the nights draw in here in Cornwall. The beaches are just as tempting, with prime surf and a more peaceful vibe, while classic pubs, fabulous wild countyside and foodie treats all add up to a magical autumn. Here are just some of the reasons to come and stay in Newquay this autumn.
1. Calmer times & quiet beaches
Big events. Convoys of surfers and families. Music festivals and summer madness. These are all brilliant and exciting, but… secretly a lot of guests and locals alike enjoy enjoying the quieter atmosphere and slower pace of life as things wind down. Whether you enjoy walking, a spot of geochacheing or sea fishing, it's a liberating feeling to have all the space and peace you please.
2. Harvest time is the best time for food & drink
Cornwall’s current golden era of culinary excellence is about the worst kept secret this side of Birmingham, thanks to cheerleaders like Rick Stein and a whole raft of top Cornish food events each year. But if you had to pick one time when produce was at its freshest and most diverse (and all the top restaurants were not booked out!) it would surely be in September and October. Our menu always reflects the best of the season, whether it is picked, plucked or landed locally! If you are arriving this month (September 2016), there are also the Newquay Fish Festival (16-18th) and Newquay Beer Festival (23-25th) to catch. Better loosen that belt!
3. Brilliant colours
The hues of autumn bring a different beauty to Cornwall. Reds, yellows and browns bring a richness to our coast and countryside that you’ll only fully appreciate if you shift the usual timeframe. Our parks and pleasant green spaces are never better. Visit Trenance Gardens or any of our local gardens and heritage sites for a colourful time. Or you could catch the cracking firework display in Newquay that always accompanies Bonfire Night celebrations!
4. Country pubs and cosy evenings
Is there anything more welcoming than a classic old pub with a real fireplace? Cornwall has hundreds of wonderful inns and public houses that offer not just a warm welcome, but homemade food, great ales and a story or ten to tell.
5. Wild visitors and late arrivals
One of the unsung glories of North Cornwall is its fabulous wildlife. Varied habitats, lush pastures and wild Atlantic beaches lead to a rich proliferation of life. However, several hundred people stomping around on a beach doesn’t often encourage our animal friends (unless they happen to be seagulls). Autumn and winter are fabulous for migratory birds especially- although the mild climate also means that our year round residents stay active. Don’t forget the binoculars!
6. Prime, private surfing!
You can surf all year round in Cornwall, provided you are well prepared. In fact, a lot of the dedicated surf addicts prefer later in the year. Thinning crowds and quieter beaches are part of the reason; but so are the excellent conditions that autumn brings. Should you want to learn, you’ll also find less of an issue booking lessons and more space and peace should you be a little shy about taking a tumble or two along the way.
Catch the best hotel deals of the year in Newquay...
Of course, the other huge advantage of sprining late season breaks in Cornwall is the great saving you can make on a well earned holiday! From off peak and low season rates, to some great special offers and late availability deals, long weekends and staycations in Newquay needn't cost an arm and a leg. Do check out our special offers section and Facebook page for our best prices and the latest discounts available.