With the summer season of 2023 well and truly over, you may be looking ahead and starting to plan your Cornwall holiday 2024. When you ask most people the best month to visit Cornwall, they are likely to say August, or July. With the kids off school, and temperatures at its highest, not forgetting the plethora of summer events in Cornwall, naturally it’s a popular time to flock to Cornwall. While we can’t deny that it’s certainly warmer during the summer months, in fact on 18 July 2022 Bude experienced a record high for Cornwall of 36°C, it’s also the busiest time to visit.
The season for visiting Cornwall has certainly expanded in recent years, with plenty of holidaymakers choosing to vacate in what’s known as shoulder months – the months just before or after peak season. The shoulder seasons are some of the best times to travel to Cornwall, you’re often treated to gorgeous weather, far fewer people and cheaper prices.
We’ve highlighted a few alternative months for your holiday in Cornwall 2024.
Based on the last few years, Cornwall has been blessed with lovely weather in June, with highs reaching 25°C in 2023, with monthly average around 18°C, both indeed hotter than July.
Cornwall also gets on average around 12 hours of sunshine per day in June and the sea temperature starts to rise to around 14°C. With Cornwall beaches coming to life, albeit much quieter than peak summer months, the main RNLI lifeguard season runs from May to September, although this does vary from beach to beach. The good news for those wanting to visit Cornwall with a dog in June is that many dog bans on beaches don’t come into play until July.
Surfers headed for the waves at Chapel Porth, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
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 2023, Cornwall experienced a ‘heatwave’ in September, reaching the daily maximum temperature threshold (25°C and 28°C) for three days in a row, but historically it’s a pretty reliable month for good weather.
Many also 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.
Autumn in Cornwall is a beautiful time of year. October is a wonderful month to visit Cornwall with plenty of special events, quieter roads and crisp autumn walks. A precious period before Christmas, where you can appreciate a holiday before the chaos commences.
The weather is certainly milder in October, with the average temperature in Cornwall around 14°C, having said that it’s been known to be sunbathing heat, too. But if the weather isn’t up to scratch, there’s nothing quite like a laidback afternoon spent in a Cornish pub. Full of charm and character, with many dating back as far as the 12th century, Cornwall’s pub scene is known for its hearty meals and friendly atmosphere. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a roaring log burner to give you all the cosy feels.
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