Our favourite things to do in September

The King Harry Ferry, snapped from Trelissick at the start of September 2015.

The King Harry Ferry, snapped from Trelissick at the start of September 2015.

The summer crowds are gone in September which gives  visitors the chance to explore a calmer Cornwall and visit popular places with less people. You could visit the foodie destination of Padstow or the cultural haven of St Ives, both around 45 mins drive from us.

Here are our favourite things to do in September:

On the 9th to the 11th September in Redruth there is a celebration of the famous icon of Cornwall – the Cornish pasty.

The event encompasses the mining history that is inextricably linked to the meal and includes a Pasty Day, Miner’s Day and Memorial Day. Activities include cookery demonstrations and ‘make your own pasty’, exhibitions, displays, activities and live music. Redruth is also home to the Keltek Cornish Brewery, which began life in a small stable on the Roseland Peninsula… whist you can’t visit the brewery there are plenty of local pubs where you can try it or order online at http://shop.keltekbrewery.co.uk/

You can also visit the Great Cornish Food Festival which transforms Truro’s Lemon Quay into foodie heaven from the 23rd September for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past 12 years.

Over the years the event has grown to become one of the South West’s top food festivals attracting more than 20,000 visitors. The festival has a number of trade stands promoting Cornish produce and crafts – plenty to try and taste – we defy you to come home without buying a few tasty treats!

Walking the coastal path, at this time of year you can still take your swimming costumes and take a dip on a secluded beach, before continuing with your walk. Keep an eye out for wildlife too- recent sightings include porpoises, dolphins, grey seals and even a minke whale. Inland walks along river estuaries will delight you with the number of overwintering wading birds – look out for curlews, whimbrels, sandpipers and on the Fal estuary we currently have a Dalmatian Pelican in residence!

Hire a bike and cycle the Camel Trail. The trail provides eighteen miles of  largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level path which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Our favourite is to cycle between Padstow and Wadebridge – plenty of restaurants and pubs at either end. Of course if you are passing by Bodmin it would be rude not to visit the Camel Valley Vineyard  to taste a few of their wines and bubbly.

Pop over on the King Harry Ferry to Trelissick House and Garden  enjoy a walk around the gardens, the extensive parkland and the recently opened ground floor of the main house. Visit the gallery, the garden shop and finish off with a cuppa and a piece of home made cake.

So that should keep you busy for a weeks holiday and there is still plenty more to do, maybe you need to book a fortnight??