Cornwall in September
By visiting Cornwall in September, you'll escape the high season and benefit from crowd-free beaches and favourable prices.
The sea temperatures are at their warmest after a few weeks' sun, and you're never more than 16 miles from the sea.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: young families
- Flying time: one hour 5 minutes London-Newquay by train, or five hours drive from London
- Time difference: none
- Average temperature: 17-22°C
- Tourist information: Visit England - Cornwall
How to get there
- Driving gives you the freedom to explore the county while you're there.
- There's an airport at Newquay for those who prefer to fly and First Great Western provides fast rail links.
Where to stay
- Cottages: Cottages4you has a fantastic selection of cottages in the region and offers Mumsnetters a great discount when booking via this link.
- Glamping: You can't beat Feather Down Farms when it comes to glamping. Stay in a luxurious appointed tent (no damp sleeping bags here), cook on a stove or open fire and send the nippers out gathering eggs each morning. There is a Feather Down Farm, Boswarthen, located in Penzance.
- Caravans: Haven has two parks in the region - Riviere Sands in Hayle and Perran Sands in Perranport.
- Hotels: Winner of a Mumsnet Best Award, Bedruthan Steps family hotel gets a thumbs-up for its excellent childcare and adult spa.
What to do
- Some of England's finest beaches are in Cornwall, from pretty coves to large sandy expanses. Constantine Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.
- If a day of sun, sandcastles and splashing on the beach isn't exciting enough for your troops, then the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard has the UK's longest zip wire, guaranteed to blow their socks off.
- The futuristic domes and unique environments of the Eden Project make a fantastic day out for all the family.
- Go underground with a trip to Geevor Tin Mine, where you can experience Cornwall's mining history.
- In the evening, catch an al fresco play at the Minack Theatre, which has been carved from the cliff face.
- Cornwall has a packed calendar of festivals, from art to music to food. In September, you can check out the St Ives September Festival, the Newquay Fish Festival or SPLASH, Falmouth's art festival.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Cornwall
- We love Cornwall, and have great memories of sea, sand, waves, rock pools, ice creams - simple family fun. bluesky
- Perranporth has a lovely beach and is very child friendly, with nice shops and cafes. asdashopper
- The great thing about Padstow are the shops and atmosphere around the harbour. June or September would both be lovely, weather should be good but you never know in the UK! oohermrs
- St Ives, fab place. Harbour beach for chilling with little ones, secret beach coves - although with cafes, and huge surfing beach by the Tate St Ives. Fab food, amazing art. Watch out for the evil seagulls, and also for the wild seals swimming in the harbour. Brambleschooks