Top Things to Do in October 2023
The evenings are drawing in, the air is cooler, and it's all starting to feel a little Autumnal…The perfect time to embrace the great outdoors, cosy up for hearty food and drink and enjoy all that fun that October half-term has to offer! We take a look at what's on this month.
Sunday Lunch at the St Mawes Hotel
Throughout Autumn and Winter, gather your family & friends and join the St Mawes Hotel for a delicious and wholesome Sunday Lunch, served in both the Upper and Lower Deck. Watch the storms rolling in from the comfort of the harbourside restaurant whilst you tuck into warming soups, roast beef with all the trimmings, whole roasted fish and much more. Remember to save room for dessert! Sunday lunch is served between 12-3pm, and booking is advisable.
Getting there: The St Mawes Ferry runs two crossings an hour from Falmouth, so pop over on the ferry for a proper Sunday out.
Find out more here
Falmouth Oyster Festival
12th - 15th October
The Falmouth Oyster Festival is back, celebrating its 25th Anniversary! Visitors are guaranteed a packed programme full of flavoursome fun. Falmouth will celebrate the start of the season with the annual Oyster Festival from 12-15 October. Taking place in The Waterfront Marquee on Church Street Car Park, highlights include chef demonstrations, fresh local produce and seafood, live music, and arts & crafts. Expect to see first-class chefs presenting mouth-watering food demonstrations, handmade arts & crafts from local artisans and makers, live music from some of the region's most exciting bands and the opportunity to sample delicious local food and drink.
Find out more here
Grape' v' Grain at Indidog
With a collaboration of notable talent, enjoy a 7-course tasting menu like no other at Indidog. With four chefs, one baker, one beer sommelier and one wine sommelier, you are guaranteed an evening to remember! You will be delighted with 7 courses of delectable dishes created by 4 talented chefs. Each of your 7 courses will be paired with a wine and a carefully paired beer. Which will you prefer - the Grape or the Grain? INDIDOG will donate £10 from each ticket sold to The Fisherman's Mission.
More information, including how to reserve your place, can be found here
Botanical Art Class at Hotel Tresanton
This October, Hotel Tresanton is introducing a fabulous new botanical painting workshop. Enjoy a relaxing morning of botanical painting with watercolour, taught by award-winning Botanical Illustrator Sarah Jane Humphrey. This rather special workshop will begin with a gentle introduction to observational drawing, taking in the character and form of seasonal flowers from the grounds of the Hotel. During the workshop, Sarah will offer group demonstrations and one-to-one expert tuition. Learn how to make your own colour charts and a beautiful botanical painting to take home. The workshop will finish with lunch and creative conversation. All materials provided and all levels of experience are welcome.
Find out more here or call 01326 270055 to reserve your place.
Bottomless Brunch at St Michaels Resort
St Michaels Resort is one of Cornwall's leading independent hotels and the principal sponsor at this year's Falmouth Oyster Festival. As well as running its own Seafood and Champagne Bar throughout the event, they will offer Bottomless Brunch at the Resort. Tuck into a tasty breakfast brunch washed down with a tipple or two of your choice. We're talking 'make your own waffles', a choice of delicious main breakfasts packed with local produce and a glass that feels, well, bottomless. Pair your food with Prosecco, Lager, Cider, Gin, Mimosas or even a Bloody Mary or three.
Find out more here
Falmouth Book Festival
16th - 22nd October
This year's festival offers a diverse range of novelists, travel writers, chefs, essayists, poets and comedians. The fiction headliners include two former Booker Prize winners, Eleanor Catton and Ben Okri. There are some tremendous Cornwall-themed events with Tim Hannigan, Catrina Davies and Raynor Winn talking about ideas of Cornishness, chefs Emily Willis and James Strawbridge celebrating the best of Cornish food, and an event with celebrated novelist Louis de Bernieres, who's opening the festival with a conversation about his new novel, Light Over Liskeard. And if it's laughs you're after, Radio 4 raconteur and stand-up Robin Ince shares his bibliomania and comedian and poet Tim Key will be reading from his new collection and being interviewed onstage.
Find out more and book your tickets here
Bobby's Taste of Cornwall at The Greenbank
Join Greenbank Head Chef Bobby for a taste of Cornwall this month. Savour a truly unique dining experience, expertly crafted and curated. Expect a tantalising six-course menu that will excite and indulge your taste buds and give you an authentic taste of all our coastal region offers.
Find out more and book your seat here
The Idle Rocks Supper Club
This Autumn, the Idle Rocks monthly Supper Club returns! Join them for a convivial evening in the delightful waterside restaurant, where you'll enjoy delicious food, gather with like-minded people and meet the kitchen team who create the excellent seasonal dishes on the unique 3-course menu. Last year, the monthly supper clubs were loved by both locals and visitors alike. The evenings are a unique opportunity to interact with The Idle Rocks kitchen team, taste some of their newest creations, discuss your thoughts on their dishes, and ask as many questions as you like!
More information, including booking details, can be found here
Pendennis Castle & Halloween Half-Term
21st - 29th October
Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day at Pendennis Castle this half term. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. As well as the Halloween half-term event, there's so much more to enjoy at Pendennis Castle! Be transported back to the Second World War in the recreated Battery Observation Post bunker and trace the development of the castle's weaponry and defences. Get a ferry across the estuary to visit Pendennis' sister castle, St Mawes or explore the castle-themed soft play located next to the cafe.
Find out more, including how to book, here
Silhouettes and Shadows at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall
23rd - 29th October
The nights are drawing in, and the shadows are taking over. Join the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a spooky half-term this October! Join in with the eerie shadow pirate puppet stories and songs in the Main Hall, create your own shadow puppets in Make & Take and join the Museum trail and find all the hidden pirate ghosts. As well as providing plenty of half-term fun and activities, the Museum has 15 galleries over four floors to explore. Jump aboard boats, climb the 100-foot Lookout Tower, watch boat-building, go underwater in the Tidal Zone, discover stories of ocean adventures and survival, and sail miniature boats on the waterfront boat pool. What's more, you can pay once and get in free for a whole year!
Find out more here
Journey up the Fal River with Enterprise Boats
Mon-Sat until 28th October
Prepare to embark on an unforgettable maritime adventure combining history, scenic beauty and incredible wildlife with a boat trip on Enterprise Boats from Falmouth to Malpas via Trelissick. Running to the Autumn timetable, you have until 28th October to experience this much-loved and remarkable boat trip, so book now to avoid disappointment and enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of a journey up the river. Read our Exploring Falmouth to Malpas from the Water blog for more details.
Book tickets and find out more here
NB: There will not be a service running on 03.10.23
Moulin Rouge Murder Mystery Evening at The Alverton
You are invited to join a dinner party with a difference at The Alverton! The Great Hall will be transformed into the glitzy Moulin Rouge cabaret in 20th-century Paris. Starting at 6.30pm, enjoy a tipple on arrival before taking your seat for the main event. A delicious three-course dinner will be served with a side of scandal - starters will commence the dinner at 7pm. Performed by the talented Murder by Appointment, each crucial scene in the plot will unfold before your eyes in between courses. Whilst you enjoy your decadent feast, the troupe will give you clues and scenarios to help you expose the criminal in your midst. It is your job to crack the code, deliberate over the clues and unmask the killer. Quiz the suspects and delve deeper into their potential motives and movements during the evening.
More information, including how to book, can be found here
Explore Cornwall in an open top Classic Car
Perranwell Garage Classic Car Hire, based in the heart of Cornwall just outside Truro, provides the unique experience of driving a charismatic, open-top British classic car through the beautiful Cornish landscape. Choose from a two or four-seater Morgan, an iconic 1970s sportscar, the MGB Roadster, or the timeless 1965 Morris Minor convertible. The roads are quieter at this time of year, and the scenery is changing to the rich golden, orange and red colours of Autumn, creating spectacular views. Explore the many miles of coastline and hidden beaches whilst stopping off for lunch in style.
More details, including gift voucher information and how to book, can be found here
For more information on the best things to see and do, places to stay, walks, beaches and where to eat and drink, pick up a copy of the Fal River Area Guide