Is September secretly the best month to visit Cornwall? We think so. And here's 5 reasons why...
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 2020, September was in fact hotter than August in Newquay, reaching temperatures of up to 25.8°C, and the hottest day in the surfing capital in September 2018 peaked at 25.9°C.
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.
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.
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 Kynanace Cove, Godrevy, Porthcurno, Mousehole and Praa Sands.
Cornwall doesn’t go to sleep once the peak summer season is over. During September there are plenty of fun festivals to embrace.
If you’re a sucker for seafood then get yourself down to St Austell on 4th and 5th September, as its introducing the first ever St Austell Seafood Festival, hosted by Harvester Seafood Ltd at The Britannia Inn. There’ll be seafood pop ups, cooking demos, live music and much more.
Cider lovers rejoice… the first annual Rattler Fest is coming to Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm near Truro, on Friday 17th through to Sunday 19th September.
There’s always plenty going on at St Ives, but the month of September sees two fabulous festivals take place. St Ives September Festival – an annual 15-day extravaganza of music and arts – will take place from 11-25 September 2021.
St Ives Food and Drink Festival 2021 will take place 17th -19th SeptemberA celebration of Food and Drink in the iconic setting of Porthminster Beach, St Ives.
A Cornish Secret stay for you
There’s no doubt about it, Cornwall’s tourism has rocketed in 2021. However, come September, we have availability in some of Cornwall’s most sought after locations including Padstow, Bude and St Ives.
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