Autumn in Cornwall

The countryside is mellowing slowly into it’s autumn colours and Cornwall is easing itself out of the summer rush into a more sedate pace.

September is always a glorious month and if we are lucky the weather holds good throughout October as well. There is still plenty to do, it’s just a bit more pleasurable without the crowds.


Autumn gardens are still alive with exotic plants such as Japanese Maples, Australian Incense Bushes and Asian Ginger Lilies all providing vibrant flames of colour.

Top of the list to visit is Glendurgan – hidden from the outside world by shelter belts of woodland in a narrow and beautiful coastal valley. Intended to be a piece of heaven on earth, this secret and special garden also gives a glorious glimpse down to the bright waters of the Helford River.

Also good with vibrant autumn colours are The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick.


We thoroughly recommend Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum – which among other things has exhibits exploring the rich and varied nature of Poldark’s 18th Century Cornwall.  The 12 internationally bestselling Poldark novels are set in Cornwall where author Winston Graham spent much of his life.

The museum has a unique connection with Winston Graham; as they hold many of the author’s original notebooks, showing his novels written in long hand and this has resulted in the museum being a site of pilgrimage for the many fans who arrive in Cornwall from across the world looking for traces of Graham’s original work

Always worth a visit even for landlubbers are the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown.

Food – something dear to our hearts!

There are plenty of exciting food festivals taking place this autumn – The Cornish Food Festival in Truro from the 22nd Sept for the weekend. It takes place on  Truro’s Lemon Quay, which transforms into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival starts 12th October in Falmouth – The weekend is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

As well as the above there is a pasty festival in Redruth, a honey fair in Callington and a beer festival in Falmouth… need we go on!


The coastal footpath becomes more interesting with basking sharks, seals, and migrating birds to look out for.  Try St Anthony’s Head, Towan and Porthbean Beach.

Take the binoculars and wander through the woodland and creekside walks where you will see a variety of migrating waders, maybe a great blue heron or a glossy ibis, but certainly sandpipers, red and greenshanks, stints and knots. Best spots are along the Percuil River, Tresillian River and the Fal of course.

Don’t forget at Roundhouse Barns we are on hand to advise about the best walks, gardens, activities, pubs and restaurants and even what to do on a rainy day.