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Top Things to do October

20 September 2018

Hibernating at home is not an option this autumn when there's so many seriously great events to going on to warm you up. Here's our pick of the best things to do in October 2018.

Falmouth Beer Festival

4 - 6 October

Falmouth Beer Festival is Cornwall's largest! Three days of great ales and good company in vibrant Falmouth.

Falmouth Beer Festival is moving to Falmouth's Events Square at Discovery Quay on the 4th, 5th and 6th October 2018. The festival will be housed in two large marquees that will cover the whole of events square and overlook the Fal River.

Getting there: Hop on board the Enterprise Boat from Truro to Falmouth & return to Truro on the bus or train using the Fal Mussel Card VISITOR.

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Apple Weekend

5, 6 & 7 October

National Trust Trelissick

A weekend of family activities in the orchard including a specialist day on Friday for those wanting to delve into the world of cultivating, growing and the uses of apples. Get advice and identification of your own apples, learn about beekeeping and attend talks and practical demonstrations about grafting, pruning and the uses of apples.

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Autumn Walking Break

12 — 16 October

The Nare Hotel, are offering a relaxed 4-day break with guided walks all over Cornwall.

The mild climate in Cornwall makes autumn the ideal time to explore a stunning part of the British coastline. The Nare, beautifully situated on the South West Coast Path, is hosting a relaxed four day break from 12th - 16th October with guided walks in three different Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – on the north coast, the south coast and along the beautiful Fal River.

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  Falmouth Oyster Festival

11 – 14 October

Events Sq, Falmouth

Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.

Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.

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Champagne and Oyster Cruise

12 October

Fal River Cruises have teamed up with Rick Stein’s Falmouth to offer this exclusive cruise as part of Falmouth Oyster Festival, celebrating the start of the oyster dredging season.

Once on board our luxury charter boat Moyana you will enjoy a glass of Beaumont des Crayeres Champagne and sample delicious oysters freshly shucked on deck. Learn all about the traditional methods of harvesting oysters with special commentary from local oysterman Frazer Johns.

All this while you take in the wonderful scenery of the Fal River as we sail past the fishery and watch the working boats in action.

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The Working Boat Race Spectator Boat

14 October

The Spectacular Working Boat Race is a highlight in the Falmouth Oyster Festival programme and this year we are pleased to offer you the chance to join the action on the water.

Living relics from a bygone age, these colourful masted vessels make an impressive sight as they race around the harbour. Join us on board our classic wooden ferry to view the spectacle up close!

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Black Britain on Film

17 October 

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Explore the history of the UK through the eyes and voices of black Britons throughout the 20th century. Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important way to understand our collective history – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

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Woodland Crowns

20 October

Glendurgan Garden  

Collect a willow crown from the entrance to this spectactular National Trust Garden and decorate it with colourful fallen leaves from the garden floor. An autumn activity for the whole family to enjoy.

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Jazz at The Poly

24 October

Bringing the best of jazz to The Poly.

Adults (inc. free drink) £9 | Students (inc. free drink) £5 

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Malpas Fireworks Cruise

27 October


Get front row seats for Cornwall’s most spectacular Firework Display on board our Spectator Boats, leaving Falmouth and Trelissick.

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