Wasson Guide: The Best Things to do in Cornwall this Autumn
How can I be writing about the best things to do in Cornwall this Autumn when I still can’t believe that SUMMER IS OVER?! Argh, let that sink in for a second. Crunchy leaves are everywhere and it feels like they’ve been waiting to come down since July. Autumn can be amazing. The colours, the bright and crisp mornings, the cosy evenings and so on. I just only feel ready for it to arrive in it’s rightful order after Summer, however, Summer didn’t really feel like it had properly arrived…
This post isn’t about moaning though, nope… instead it’s about celebrating what amazing things Autumn is bringing us here in Cornwall. To cheer myself up I’ve been researching all of the best goings on this season and compiling them into a list, for you!
These events are NOT in date order so make sure you have a good gander…!
Electric Swing Circus – September 29th
Head on down to the Watering Hole in Perranporth and check out the international touring band Electric Swing Circus. A crazy, energetic set fronted by a passionate and talented female duo. Get down to gypsy jazz guitar, electric guitar, drums and dirty electro beats. Tickets are just £8. Check here for more details or to buy tickets.
Backbeat Soundsystem – 6th October
Head down to Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan for Cornwalls favourite Reggae beats. Get ready for some ‘big bass & heavy grooves!’ as Backbeat Soundsystem return to the motherland for an intimate show at the wonderfully atmospheric Eco Park. Tickets are apparently extremely limited for this show so make sure you grab yours before they go (they’re a bargain)!!!!!
For tickets check here.
Willie and the Bandits + Alan Stokes – 27th October
One of my favourite local bands, Willie and the Bandits always put on a stonking performance that gets everyone dancing… and I mean everyone, I’m not just saying that! This isn’t a gig though – it’s actually a premier surf film Fins and Strings, produced by Willie and Alan with support from Claude Hay. Rock guitarist, Willie teamed up with UK surf champion Alan Stokes to create a live performance track that will be played alongside the film. Sounds pretty cool! Tickets are available via the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth.
For more info ant to book tickets, click here.
Portico Quartet – 29th October
I saw these guys in London and they were pretty impressive. Their haunting music isn’t the kind of thing you’d boogy on down to – it’s more of an atmospheric, cinematic soundtrack of “jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism”. Currently performing as a quartet (they did briefly become a three piece band) the band will be playing their new album, Art in the Age of Automation at Falmouth Pavilions alongside some of their more well known tracks. They’re definitely worth seeing live if you like modern jazz or chilled electronica.
For more info check out the Pavilion site here.
Hidden Cinema, October
Love music and theatre but frustrated that you have to go to London to see the best performances? Get your fix at the cinema instead AS St Mawes Hidden Cinema present their Live Arts season, broadcasting live arts performances of theatre, ballet and opera from the Royal Opera House and The National Theatre in London.
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet as he treads the boards at The National Theatre, or see Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, inspired by Lewis Caroll’s book.
For a list of performances and prices, click here.
True North: In conversation with Ambassadors Sam Bleaky and Noah Lane, 13th October
Finisterre Falmouth are bringing together ambassadors Sam Bleaky and Noah Lane at their Falmouth store to talk tales and drink beer with BACKWASH mag editor Dan Crockett. “Discussing in depth what drives them in and out of the water, the dedication and commitment required, the trials, tribulations and rewards, we’ll get under the neoprene of two interesting cold water souls.” Tickets and beers are free
Great Cornish Food Festival, 25th- 27th September
If you love food, you shouldn’t miss the Great Cornish Food Festival being held in Truro’s Lemon Quay. Street food style pop-ups, artisan producers and top local restaurants will be presenting their best, tastiest wares and there will also be loads of demonstrations from top chefs in the Chefs’ Theatre and Croust Bar Masterclass Theatre. If you fancy buying your Christmas presents early this year then this would be a great place to put together a hamper as it’s like Cornwalls version of Fortnum and Mason (just as tasty, less expensive).
From locally made artisan chocolate and cheese to butchers and breweries and bakeries, there will be food crammed into every corner so feel free to arrive with an empty stomach and leave with a belly (and bag) full of the best produce Cornwall has to offer. Entry is free.
Supper on the Green, 27th September
I was told about this event by a friend who described it as “one of the loveliest evenings he’d had all year”. The very last Supper on the Green is being held at Gweek Village Green between 4.30 and 7pm. The local, talented brass band turn up to serenade you as Sid’s fish and chip van arrives to feed you. Just plonk yourselves down on the tables and enjoy a quintessentially village supper that’s pure Cornwall.
Shine for Shelterbox with Woodfired Canteen – 20th October
Another yummy event hosted by Cornwall favourites, Woodfired Canteen.
Woodfired Canteen is hosting a wholesome, candlelit supper in order to raise money for international disaster relief charity, Shelterbox. Shine is a campaign to illustrate the importance of light, and whilst enjoying your world class cooked supper by candlelight, you will be raising money to provide light for people stuck in disaster zones.
The events is BYO and you can get your tickets here.
Falmouth Oyster Festival, 12-15th October
The Falmouth Oyster festival is back in events square this October with (take a breath) cookery demonstrations, live music, food stalls, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts marquee, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.
Enjoy some live music from an array of artists on Friday and Saturday including the Black Rock Jazz band, local folk singer-songwriter Alex Heart, I Love Amp, local artist Will Keating and The Right Brothers.
For more information, visit the facebook page here.
Activities & Festivals
St Ives September Festival, (till the 23rd September)
If you haven’t been down to St Ives all summer in fear of being crushed to death by the crowds, now would be the perfect time to appreciate this lovely town. It’s nearing the end of the St Ives September festival and there are lots of lovely goings on. From live music and film screenings to workshops, cabaret and art exhibitions there’s loads to check out. You can find a detailed list of happenings here.
Events that stand out were the Live Music Sessions at The Castle Inn, Films St Ives Past/Future and Poetry and Music in the Square and the fused glass art taster sessions!
Even if you don’t fancy anything on offer – just soak up the atmosphere and walk along the sea front enjoying the street entertainment, swerving the seagulls with a box of fish and chips.
The Halloween Masked Ball, 28th October
Cornwall’s, no , wait, Europes biggest halloween party at Flambard’s theme park is back for it’s 7th year. To celebrate, this year the theme of this massive fancy dress bash is the seven deadly sins (welcomely less niche than last year’s Lost Boys which was probably a bit lost on some of the crowd) meaning more scope for some creative costumes. Frolic from the Asylum, the Altar and Disco Diner from 6pm till 6am listening to a line up that includes S.P.Y, NU:LOGIC, Hugh Hardie, Fred V & Grafix and loads, looooooooads more.
For more info or for tickets, click here…
Strangers on a Train mini Festival, 3rd November
I know this isn’t technically in Autumn but there WILL NOT be any tickets left if you try to get them too late, so I thought I’d pop it in here now! This amazing day festival is being held by the talented lot at Stranger Collective and boy, have they been working hard on it. I’ve got a feeling this is going to be one of their most special, creative evenings that they’re famous for. Be transported back in time accompanied by gin and first class feasts, intriguing speakers and immersive theatre.
Do you like the idea that you could “encounter possibility beneath the billowing smoke of a 1930s steam train” – the romantic notion of strangers on a train? Well then “step aboard, stow your baggage and settle in for a journey bound for new ideas and adventure.
Eyes meeting over the tops of newspapers. Friendships forged from small talk. Laughs shared as you lurch with the rattle of carriages. Trains provoke chance encounters; encounters that might just change your course – professional, creative or otherwise.
On board a 1930s steam train chugging across the Cornish countryside, Strangers on a Train is a one-day thought festival designed to celebrate these moments – and spark new creativity, collaboration and intrigue along the way.
As well as a first-class line-up of speakers, performers and immersive experiences, we’ll encourage conversation over artistically mixed gin cocktails served by Tarquin’s Distillery, dining at the station with The Kitchen, live music, and a whole lot more besides.”
For tickets, hurry up and click here for more info as the early birds have already sold out!
Eden Beer Festival, 30th September
Tis the season of beer (apparently) and things kick off with the Eden Beer Festival (with Gin added in for good measure, although I don’t recommend mixing it).
Eden’s has joined St Austell Brewery to bring us a huge range of over 60 hipster craft beers and ales, speciality ciders and (of course) artisan gins from Cornwall and beyond. There will be live bands like the blues quarter, The Kit Hillbillies and folk-rock band Ennor and tasty fresh festival food from the chefs at Eden.
“If you’re visiting Eden during the day, some bars will open early – try a selection of beers and ciders from 12 noon, or gins from 4pm (event ticket not required).”
Newquay Beer Festival, 22nd – 24th September
Sample over 50 beers from all over Cornwall and across the rest of the UK at Newquay’s 5th Beer Festival. No need to worry about driving as the event is held at Hendra Holiday park so there’s loads of camping options!
Falmouth Beer Festival, 19th – 21st October
Once you’re done with Newquay Beer Festival, don’t worry, Falmouth’s is just around the corner! Love ale, cider and perrier? Don’t miss your chance to try over 200 of them at the Falmouth Beer Festival. What’s more, if you’re stuck being the designated driver then you get FREE soft drinks. There’s also tasty pub style grub available. Tickets are £10 but that includes two pints (or unlimited free soft drinks), a free glass and a programme so it’s practically free. Once you get your souvenir glass you can come back for free on any of the other festival days (just make sure you bring your glass).
For the location or more info, click here.