5 reasons to visit Cornwall during the month of September

5 reasons to visit Cornwall during the month of September

5 reasons to visit Cornwall during the month of September

Date Posted: 23 Aug 2022

With the recent heatwave, is September secretly the best month to visit Cornwall? We think so. And here's 5 reasons why...

1. The Cornish sunshine

When you ask most people the best month to visit Cornwall, they’ll say August, or July at a push. While September may be known for being a few degrees cooler as it’s the first month of the autumn season, Cornwall has been blessed with some glorious weather during this off-peak month.

In Newquay in 2021 the hottest day in September was a whopping 29.1 °C, and in 2020, September was in fact hotter than August. Last year the surfing capital in September had average high temperatures of a glorious 20.1°C.

2. Less is more

In general, fewer people visit Cornwall in September than July or August, which makes everything that little more enjoyable. You can book a table at that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, not get stuck in traffic on the A30, and even get a great spot on the beach if the weather’s playing ball.

Of course, there’s still plenty going on so you’ll still need to be prepared for your September holiday. You’re also more likely to get a booking at that restaurant you had your eye on.

3. Vitamin sea…

Some say September is the best time to take on the Cornish sea, as it’s been basking in the summer sunshine for three months. This makes it ideal for taking a dip; whether it be swimming, surfing or diving, the sea is much more inviting.

Based on average water temperature observations over the past ten years, it’s reported that the beaches in and surrounding Bude had the hottest September sea temperatures in Cornwall reaching up to 18°C.

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4. Perfect for your pooches

Cornwall has a wonderful selection of dog-friendly beaches. During the summer months many beaches in Cornwall have restrictions, come 1st September, many of the seasonal bans are lifted and dogs are free to use the beaches all day long.

Some of our favourite beaches lifting their bans include Kynance Cove, Godrevy, Porthcurno, Mousehole and Praa Sands. Some restrictions last until the end of the month, so do check the list here before you travel.

5.  Fun fest(ivals)…

Cornwall doesn’t go to sleep once the peak summer season is over. During September there are plenty of fun festivals to embrace.

As the summer season draws to a close, St Ives September Festival (10-24th September) keeps the flame burning with a two-week celebration of music and the arts. An area known for its creativity, St Ives September Festival is one of the leading cultural festivals in the UK, covering music, art and poetry events, exhibitions, galleries, guided walks and open artist studios.

Cider lovers rejoice… the first annual Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival is back for its ninth celebration at  Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm near Truro, on Friday 9th through to Sunday 11th September.

A Cornish Secret stay for you

This September we have availability in some of Cornwall's most sought after locations including Padstow, Bude, Newquay and St Ives. Your dream September stay awaits...


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