Lots of dates for your diaries

I think most locals will agree that there is certainly a chill in the air, however I can confirm when the sun is out it is still very powerful and warm.   If I am honest with you we are moving into our favourite time of year here.  Don’t get me wrong, summer in a sunny Cornwall is awesome, however hot days in September and October feel extra special, especially as everything is a little bit quieter and calmer.

As locals we know that there are some brilliant events in the coming weeks and we also know the best places to find a roaring fire to snuggle up next to after a long bracing walk.  My favourite fire to nestle in to is at the Polgooth Inn.  The fire is in the heart of the pub, and with a pint of local ale warming your insides you can’t go wrong.  The Eden Cafe in town also has an amazing fire.  The large open burner has sofas all around it so you can enjoy a lovely treat off their menu whilst being tucked into cosy chairs.  Right now, at this time of year when it is still warm enough to enjoy the lunch time sun but you want to feel like winter is coming my all time favourite place to go is the Duchy Nursery just outside Lostwithel.  Their food is brilliant, their plants are fantastic and their shop will want you make to buy everything.  But my favoutite thing is sitting outside in the sun whilst smelling their wood burner that burns away inside…there is something about that smell that gets me ready for the winter!

If you are planning a visit to Cornwall in the quieter months then why not plan it around one of the many events up and coming.

Roseland Festival – 21st September – 6th October.  The full programme can be found here, but with lots of community events, talks, shows, dining and a quiz you are sure to find something of interest.  The Philleigh Way Cookery evenings looks particularly good.

Cornwall Food & Drink Fair – 27th – 29th September.  We loved this last year with all things foodie and Cornish showcased in one location.  We would advise going early though as it does get very busy.  If you don’t manage to fill yourself up on all the tasters then why not treat yourself to lunch at The Old Grammar School – we love their food.

Boscastle Food, Art & Craft Festival – 5th – 6th October.  This small village knows how to enjoy food -and this year the programme looks even better than usual with famous chefs, cooking demonstrations, talks, barn dances and concerts this is one not to be missed.

Falmouth Oyster Festival – 10th – 13th October.  Love them or hate them oysters are a bit like marmite. But the festival celebrates the start of dredging season and brings together music, food and crafts to celebrate.

St Austell Torch Light Carnival – 16th November.  This stunning events sees the streets of St Austell lit up with stunning torches crafted by local community groups and businesses   The Family event creeps through the streets of St Austell with a carnival feel to it

Fowey Christmas Market – 29th November -1st December.  The beautiful village of Fowey is transformed with a Christmas market and Christmas light switch on.

Padstow Christmas Festival – 5th – 8th December.  With the harbour decked out and some of Cornwall’s best chefs all under one roof then you will be spoilt for choice.  The small fishing harbour has a magical feel for this wonderful festival.