Things to do in Penzance in Autumn

Sharing some of the best things to do in Penzance during the quieter seasons.

Autumn is a special time of year to visit Cornwall. The weather is mild, the leaves are changing and the streets quieten down, but there’s still plenty of things to do. For those lucky enough to be visiting at this time of year, we’re sharing some of our favourite things to do in Penzance in Autumn.

A Tale of Mother’s Bones, an exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery

Opening on 19th October at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange is, A Tale of Mother’s Bones, an exhibition of paintings and drawings paired with psychoanalytic interpretation, which tells the remarkable story of a unique artistic and personal collaboration between Dr Grace Pailthorpe (1883–1971), a trained surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff (1906–1972), an artist and designer. Both venues are open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is £3.30 for a seven-day entry to both venues.

Enjoy lunch at Tremenheere Kitchen

Tremenheere Kitchen during autumn has a cosy and comfortable atmosphere with sheltered outdoor seating for sunny autumn days and a log burner for chilly afternoons. They serve a fresh and wholesome menu featuring Classic Quiche Lorraine and Steamed West country mussels, as well as cakes and pastries from 10am – 3pm. The restaurant is extremely popular so we highly recommend you make a reservation. Please either visit their website, telephone 01736 448089 (Ex2) or email to book a table.

Visit St Michael’s Mount’s ancient castle

The medieval castle on St Michael’s Mount has been home to the St Aubyn family since the 17th century, and in the 12th Century belonged to the monks of its sister isle, Mont St Michel in Normandy. Explore the century-old corridors and discover treasures from the Mount’s past, from religious roots to times of siege and conflict. The castle remains open until 1st November, Sunday – Friday, 10.30am – 5pm. Adult entry is £10.50 and those with National Trust memberships can enter for free.

Sample small plates at The Vault Kitchen

The Vault Kitchen is a pop-up from Eat Sleep Drink, launched by the staff of the Old Coastguard whilst repairs of iconic Mousehole inn takes place. Based in the heart of Penzance, the restaurant provides a relaxing dining experience with a focus on fresh seafood and an excellent wine list. The menu has a small selection of sharing plates including; wild mushrooms on toast, sashimi fresh from Newlyn market and beef carpaccio. Open Thursday – Saturday, 9am – late and Sunday – Monday, 9am – 5pm. Breakfast is served until 11am.

Explore Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is one of most unique gardens to visit in Cornwall. Adding to the already magnificent and world-class gardens in Cornwall, the strongly structural planting scheme with a sub-tropical emphasis, means the gardens do not follow a traditional spring flourish but have an all-season interest.The creations of artists such as James Turrell, David Nash, Richard Long, Tim Shaw and Peter Randall-Page interact with the setting to create site-specific permanent work, which harmonise with the landscape. The sculpture gardens continue to open daily, 10:30am – 5:30pm until 3rd November. The gardens close on 4th November and reopen in Spring 2020.

View Newlyn Society of Artists at Tremenheere Gallery

This October Newlyn Society of Artists present their autumn exhibition, On Show, at Tremenheere Gallery from 12th – 27th October. Their second exhibition of 2019 showcases the depth and breadth of work from Newlyn Society artist members. As a special feature four members, Anna Wallace, Paula Whitbread-Roberts, Julia Giles, and Una d’Aragona will present Elemental in the upstairs gallery. The gallery opens Tuesday – Sunday 10:30am – 4:30pm.

Image: St Michael’s Mount