Averages for Cornwall in October

October is a great time to visit Cornwall as temperatures are still pleasant enough to spend time outdoors and this is the last month of the year that the area beaches can be enjoyed before it gets too cold. The nearby sea also allows for more moderate temperatures than some of those that are found more inland or in some of the larger cities of England. One drawback is that rain chances are on the increase and visitors may have to adjust some plans according to the extended forecast.

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 110 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 23 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 14°C 57°F

October is a great time to visit Cornwall as temperatures are still pleasant enough to spend time outdoors and this is the last month of the year that the area beaches can be enjoyed before it gets too cold. The nearby sea also allows for more moderate temperatures than some of those that are found more inland or in some of the larger cities of England. One drawback is that rain chances are on the increase and visitors may have to adjust some plans according to the extended forecast.

After experiencing several dry months, or at least dry for the region, rain chances increase significantly during this time of the year. In fact, this month ties with January as being the second wettest months in the area, after December. Overall, the region experiences an average of 110mm of precipitation. Much of this rain is the result of frontal systems sweeping in off the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, the rain can be heavy at times as it is associated with passing thunderstorms. Additionally, these storms can produce some gales and high winds. The rain will typically fall over a period of 23 days making most of the month quite wet.

Despite the rain, the region still sees an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. This time can be used to explore the outdoor attractions and to take advantage of an average daily temperature of 12°C (54°F). Visitors will need to bundle up first thing in the morning with an average overnight low of 10°C (50°F). Afternoon highs are not much warmer with temperatures reaching an average of 14°C (57°F).

This is also the last month of the year where visitors can safely enjoy the local waters. This is due to a slow, but steady cooling of water temperatures. The water temperatures average 14°C (57°F) for the month.

Where To Stay

With a total of just 20 rooms, the St. Enodoc Hotel is a small; boutique hotel positioned above Camel Estuary. Perfect for families who are on an extended stay, the rooms are designed to be comfortable for those of all ages. Guests may choose to eat at the on-site casual restaurant that offers sweeping views of the water after a day filled with fun and adventures such as using the indoor pool, visiting the spa or playing a round on the golf course.

Guests feel welcomed from the moment they walk in the door at the Blue Hayes Private Hotel. This boutique hotel is located near St. Ives and offers sweeping views, a private garden, restaurant, bar, and a level of peace and tranquillity that will leave guests coming back again and again. The hotel offers a number of different room styles, but be advised that that hotel only takes advanced reservations and will not accept children under the age of 10.

Those looking for the perfect October holiday will want to take a look at the Pentillie Castle and Estate. This award-winning hotel features just nine bedrooms and offers a level of privacy that is hard to match. The perfectly restored Georgian house is the ideal location for a wedding or other event. For a more relaxed atmosphere, this is one hotel that can't be missed.

What To Do

Despite an average daily temperature of just 12°C (54°F) in October, some visitors may choose to brave the elements and embark on a bicycle tour of the countryside. Companies such as Cornish Cycle Tours offer a number of different options for those of all skill levels. With a wide variety of both leisure and sport tours, there is something for everyone to enjoy and be a part of.

Located in Penzance, art lovers will not want to miss the Newlyn Art Gallery.  With a wide array of artists and exhibits on display, there is plenty to look at and enjoy. Families will also enjoy the fact that the gallery offers free admission on a daily basis. This gallery houses primarily contemporary art and has also played an important role in the development of local art over the last several years.

Hit The Beach

For those who are looking for privacy and smaller crowds while at the beach, Mawgan Porth is the perfect choice. The beach offers a wide, sandy area nestled next to a sheltered bay. In addition to being a prime swimming and surfing area, there are also numerous caves and pools for families to spend time exploring. Just up the road is the village of Newquay that offers plenty of areas for visitors to eat and drink and take a brief break from the sand and surf. Since October is the last month to really enjoy the local beaches before winter sets in, this one should not be missed.

Restaurants And Nightlife

Located in Port Isaac, the Chapel Café is situated in a 19th century chapel in the heart of the city. The restaurant promises great service and attention to detail in addition to fresh, locally sourced food. All meals are prepared fresh and to order and contain only the best ingredients. Guests are also treated to servers and staff who are encouraged to display their personalities allowing for a more relaxed dining experience.

Bosevena is another local restaurant located in Bodmin that prides itself on using only the freshest local ingredients.  This quirky restaurant is home to three different floors with a coffee house on the bottom, main restaurant on the second floor and a private room on the top. The restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinner and all are served with top-notch service along with a wide array of goodies and excellent coffee.

Located in Penzance, The Lamp & Whistle is a traditional English pub that is a must see for any traveller. The pub is warm and inviting and offers not only a well-stocked bar with over 100 rums, but also a number of beers and ales to choose from. Additionally, the staff is very knowledgeable about what they have behind the bar and are more than willing to offer suggestions.

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