Things to Do in Newquay: Autumn 2018
Simply put, Cornwall is a beautiful county, packed with history, culture and some of the best coastline in the UK. If not THE best.
And come rain, shine, wind or snow itâ€™s a place youâ€™ll never regret visiting. Despite this, most people only consider a holiday in Cornwall during summer.
This summer, which has now cooled from a sweltering peak and is fading out, has been one of Cornwallâ€™s busiest ever.
Itâ€™s thought that 20% more visitors than in 2017 made a pilgrimage to Cornwall, spurred on by the laughably hot weather.
Tourism is the lifeblood of Cornwall, and the huge economic injection it brings each summer is welcome. But, Cornwall doesnâ€™t disappear on September the 1st. Would you like to visit a chilled out, quieter Cornwall? Nearly everyone would, but summer wins, time and time again. Be different.
Newquay is one of Cornwallâ€™s top holiday destinations, and itâ€™s still alive and kicking in autumn.
Hereâ€™s what autumn in Newquay has to offer â€“
Newquay Fish Festival â€“ 7th ,8th & 9th September
Cornwall without seafood would be no Cornwall at all. Underpinning Cornish culture is a passion for the oceanâ€™s bounty, and drive to create the best seafood to be found anywhere.
Newquay Fish Festival is a three-day annual event, bringing together inquisitive holidaymakers, local fishing communities and top chefs from around Cornwall. Youâ€™ll get to sample some delicious seafood and see the pros in action with energetic cooking demonstrations.
Thereâ€™s also live music and Cornish produce stalls to wander around. Even if seafood isnâ€™t your thing, itâ€™ll be a great day. (It will help though, if youâ€™re partial to the odd prawn).
World Bellyboarding Championships â€“ 8th September
Itâ€™s back! After a two-year hiatus.
The World Bellyboarding Championships held at Chapel Porth Beach is mix of vintage nostalgia, outlandish fancy dress and that â€œleave your ego at the doorâ€ abandon thatâ€™s in short supply.
Itâ€™s free, and anyone can take part. Donâ€™t have a bellyboard? A piece of wood will do. Youâ€™ve not lived until youâ€™ve carved a wave on your belly, using a random piece of wood. Honestly, itâ€™s brilliant fun.
If you donâ€™t feel like getting wet and taking the occasional mouthful of seawater you can watch from the shore, where thereâ€™s music and cake competition.
The BIG Crantock Bale Push â€“ 14th September
This is exactly what it sounds like.
Competitors must push a 4ft 6 bale of hay, weighing 420 lbs around the village of Crantock. Youâ€™re welcome to take part if you want?
Isnâ€™t it something you've dreamed of doing?
This is one of those crazy, yet wonderfu,l only in the South West events. Itâ€™s bound to be a night packed with laughter and flushed faces â€“ plus all proceeds go to charity.
If youâ€™re around, donâ€™t miss it.
Newquay Beer Festival â€“ 21st, 22nd & 23rd September
Newquay Beer Festival is a beer lovers dream. No frills*, just beer â€“ 50 to choose â€“ from Cornwall and beyond. Itâ€™s just sea beyond Cornwall? Sea beer?
If you sample 25ml (1 shot) of each one that would be just over two pints worth.
Whichever way you decide to address such an impressive array of beers, know, that like the bale push, your money will be going to a good cause.
*Oh, except loads of amazing live bands and some tasty food.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival 2018 â€“ 14th, 15th & 16th September
Photo courtesy of Little Orchard
Described by Visit Newquay as â€œâ€¦a three-day event fusing live music, secret cider walks, tractor rides and glamping in hobbit hutsâ€.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival has been selected by the BBC as one of their official â€˜summer of musicâ€™ festivals (although itâ€™s technically in autumn). Following a sell-out year in 2017, the festival is returning with a BBC â€˜introducingâ€™ stage featuring lots of diverse sounds, and cult legends The Wurzels headlining.
Tickets are almost gone, so be quick!
British National Surfing Championships 2018 â€“ 6th & 7th October
Fistral beach isnâ€™t just another surfing beach, itâ€™s the home of British surfing. Thereâ€™s a huge surf complex, and each year it plays host to many national surfing events.
Autumn is the peak of the Cornish surfing calendar, when low pressure systems in the Atlantic generate monster swells. The main event of the year is the British National Surfing Championships, attracting top surfers from around the UK.
Even watching is adrenaline fuelled.
An Evening of Stargazing at Bedruthan Steps â€“ 13th October
A rugged part of Cornwallâ€™s coastline, rife with folklore and legend. Standing on the cliffs here, high above the giant stacks, as white tipped storm waves thrash in the bay â€“ is awe-inspiring.
Whatâ€™s also awe-inspiring is stargazing at Bedruthan â€“ which has been awarded with international dark sky discovery status.
A night sky awash with stars, some so small and numerous they appear hazed; like smoke from a burnt out sun and behind the stars is blackness upon blackness, folding into itself eternally.
If youâ€™re a fan of contemplating the stars, pop to Bedruthan Steps on the 13th October at 7:30 pm, for a guided sky-tour with the â€˜Kernow Astronomersâ€™.
Night Surf at Fistral Beach â€“ 26th/ 27th October
Photo courtesy of Visit Cornwall
This is one of the only night surfing events in the world, and not to be missed. As night draws in, an international group of surfers will head into the ever-darkening waves to battle it out â€“ in a mesmerising floodlit scene.
Impressive surfing, DJs, an amazing beach party atmosphere and a firework finale will make this event wildly popular â€“ and one for the holiday diary.
Lowender Peran Festival â€“ 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th November
Much like Wales, Ireland, Scotland and The Isle of Man, Cornwall has a Celtic heritage that runs deep. Lowender Peran is a charity created to encourage, enjoy and preserve Cornwallâ€™s Celtic roots.
The festival is a family friendly event, welcoming likeminded people from all around the world â€“ to enjoy Celtic music, dance, arts and culture.
Newquay Sea View Hotel
Photo - Pentire Hotel View
Especially for the surf events, the best place to stay this autumn is in Newquay, and perfect place to stay in Newquay is in the Pentire Hotel.
Pentire has epic views of Fistral Beach and welcomes a diverse range of guests â€“ from young families to surfers and artists. Youâ€™ll find yourself in great company, and in a prime position from which to explore Cornwall â€“ a county like no other.
Written by Tom Hall