Beach Days in Cornwall – In October!

The summer this year was, as often happens disappointing weather wise, once the children were actually off school. We had some lovely days, but in my part of Cornwall, it didn’t really feel like proper summer actually ever arrived. The end of September and beginning of October however, have been so lovely down here that it feels like good compensation, and the perfect excuse for some beach days.

We’ve been to the beach in the first couple of weeks of October, more than we did in the whole of August.


I’ve walked to Pentewan beach both alone, with Harley’s school class on a school trip I helped out on, and for a picnic tea after school with my little family.┬áDespite the water being freezing, the boys loved paddling in the river that runs through the beach at Pentewan, and it was lovely to sit and chat to Si whilst we laughed at the boys’ antics.

Pentewan Beach

I hope that when the boys grow up, evenings like these are the memories they have of growing up. Relaxed family nights in a beautiful place, with lots of laughs and a hundred smiles.

We’ve also had the chance this month to introduce Jack, the baby son of Lisa from The Love of a Captain and Trev (a good friend of Simon’s) to the beach. When they came down to stay, we took them to Par beach for the afternoon for a beach picnic of pasties and doughnuts – good healthy choices of course.

Lisa was also not used to Cornish beaches, and Si very kindly dug up a lug worm to show her, and we came across a dead jellyfish. Bit of a baptism of fire, but she enjoyed the rest of the day!

Par Beach

Whilst we were at the beach with Lisa, Trev and Jack, Trev unfortunately lost a ring. Si has wanted a metal detector for ages though, so he saw this as a good excuse to get one. This has led to another beachy night, whilst we had a good hunt for it.

Sadly we didn’t find it, so far Si has found 49 pence, 2 hair clips, a mcdonalds toy, some tin foil and other random bits but no ring. It was a slim chance really, but I’m happy for Si that he has something he wanted for ages regardless. Even if I did tease him a little, now though I’m just waiting for him to find our fortune.

Whilst we were on the beach at Par that night, over 100 geese flew over just above our heads. It was amazing to see, and I managed to record a little bit of it for my Instagram account.

Par Beach Metal Detecting

Have you made the most of the sunny and mild October so far? I’m looking at some dark clouds coming over outside at the moment, so I’m glad that we have.

Stevie x

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  1. 23 October 2015 / 7:51 am

    Your photography is really beautiful and I love to see the kids really mucking in and exploring the beach. The beach is one of my families favourite places too. We paid an impromptu visit there one evening this week and took our kites to fly. It was a beautiful evening, fantastic cloud formation and not too cold with just the right amount of wind. I got some great shots. We are so fortunate to live near the beach. I have said it before but Cornwall looks so beautiful too, I’d love to visit.

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:18 am

      Aw thank you, I love taking photos and the beach :) I don;t think my two have ever flown a kite, I might have to get them one for Christmas!

      Stevie x

  2. 23 October 2015 / 8:02 am

    Beautiful area you live in. I live in the states and where I am the landscape looks very similar. I couldn’t imagine not living close to the ocean. Great post, I think it’s important to get outside as often as possible, especially now since we’re about to be stuck inside for the winter. I’ve always wanted to try using a metal detector, I love beach combing for sea glass and shells so I think I’d really like that. Glad you’re getting as much fun in the sun as you can! Also, thanks for hosting Pick ‘n’ Mix Fridays, this is my first ever linky party.

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:22 am

      Aw I’m pleased you chose our linky for your first ever link up! I love the beach, the sea here is never warm though, but it’s half the fun hearing the boys shriek when they first get in :) I’ve never been to the States, but I’d love to one day.

      Stevie x

  3. Mimiroseandme
    23 October 2015 / 8:29 am

    How lovely, I agree weather was not great summer but we did in some beach days tho. I love going to the beach when it’s no so busy. It looks like you all had a fab time tho. Love this post x

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:53 am

      I’m the same, I love a quiet beach, especially sunny beach nights :)

      Stevie x

  4. 23 October 2015 / 8:47 am

    Cornwall has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit but have never had the opportunity to. It looks so beautiful! The weather has been so odd this year, we’ve had such an Indian summer, it’s been lovely though xx

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:29 am

      You definitely should if you get the chance, I’m a little biased but it’s my favourite place in the world. Definitely odd weather, it’s been lovely though to get out so much in the evenings still, although it’s definitely getting colder now!

      Stevie x

  5. sarah
    23 October 2015 / 9:07 am

    Love the photos – what a wonderful place to live! Good luck with the metal detector ! #PicknMix

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:31 am

      Thanks Sarah, I think he’ll be out with it on his own for a while though as it’s getting too cold at night for wimpy me ;)

      Stevie x

  6. 23 October 2015 / 9:41 am

    Awww I love October on the beach. So much space and the air is just warm enough and not too cold to enjoy it. Your pictures are so beautiful. I hope that Si finds the ring and your fortune! In summer evenings I bet you’d find so much on the beach. xx #picknmix

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:34 am

      I do love it when the beach is quiet :) I’m still waiting on the fortune, crossed fingers ;)

      Stevie xx

  7. 23 October 2015 / 9:44 am

    Metal detectors are pretty cool. I think I’d have a lot of fun with one (and maybe I’d let Tyger use it, too). Shame the ring hasn’t turned up, though; I hope it’s found.


    • 23 October 2015 / 11:34 am

      Unfortunately it may have even been lost in the sea, so the chances are slim but it was worth a try!

      Stevie x

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    23 October 2015 / 10:47 am

    We had amazing weather for the first few weeks of October as well. That’s so lovely you live near the beach & could enjoy a last couple of visits before the winter. Too bad the boys didn’t find the missing ring although I’m sure they will find plenty of treasures with the new metal detector. Thanks so much for hosting #picknmix x

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:48 am

      My pleasure lovely, and I’m hoping they and Si will dig up our fortune at some point ;)

      Stevie x

  9. 23 October 2015 / 11:31 am

    This looks idyllic!
    I also live very close to a beach although the surrounding scenery is not as green in the desert :-)
    October signals the start of the ‘being able to go outside’ season here in the Middle East, so over the coming months we’ll get the equivalent of a UK summer, our season for letting the little ones play outside and create some memories.

    • 23 October 2015 / 11:56 am

      I can imagine the sea is a little warmer as well ;) Aw I suspect we’ll all be jealous of your outdoors photos in the next few months as we start huddling up inside ;)

      Stevie x

  10. 23 October 2015 / 1:59 pm

    It didn’t feel like summer properly arrived here until October either – better luck next year! #picknmix

    • 23 October 2015 / 2:18 pm

      Same here, but it was still lovely to have

      Stevie x

  11. 23 October 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Sound like lovely beach visits (lug worms and dead jellyfish not included). I love seeing large numbers of geese flying (I’d guess it was migration this time of year?) #picknmix

    • 23 October 2015 / 6:30 pm

      I’d have thought so, but then they seemed to stop then fly off in the opposite direction afterwards ha, I think the warmer than average weather we were having confused them ;)

      Stevie x

  12. Ashleigh
    23 October 2015 / 4:34 pm

    To be qute honest, if i lived in Cornwall i’d do the same and make the most of it all year round. Look’s beautiful, bet it was quite chilly though! PicknMix

    • 23 October 2015 / 6:31 pm

      It was actually gorgeously warm mostly as it was really warm at the beginning of October down here strangely so! Definitely cooling down now though, especially in the evenings brrr!

      Stevie x

  13. Tracey Abrahams
    23 October 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I have spent several days going for long walks in the forest in the last few weeks. As much as I love living in the forest, I am still very envious of you living by the sea. #picknmix

    • 23 October 2015 / 6:41 pm

      I do love beaches and being near the sea, but I’m still jealous you live in the forest without as many neighbours as I have ;)

      Stevie x

  14. 23 October 2015 / 5:40 pm

    when I lived closer to the ocean, beach trips were a year round thing. Its one of the things I miss most about my old house

    • 23 October 2015 / 6:42 pm

      I love the beach at any time of year, although more layers are needed and the sea in the UK is freezing no matter what time of year you go ;)


  15. 23 October 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Lovely photos, the boys look like they are having a great time. I’d love to live closer to the beach one day, though we are lucky to have a man-made beach just down the road from us at a National Trust site. Not quite the same, but the children still enjoy days out there. #Picknmix

    • 23 October 2015 / 8:28 pm

      A man made beach sounds pretty cool though!

      Stevie x

  16. 23 October 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Fantastic photos! Sounds like some great beach days – and isn’t it typical that the nice weather comes when the kids are back at school! Even though we have lots of beaches here I’m not a beach person… I’m more mountain lakes the of a person. Loving the idea of the metal detector though! Shame that you never found the ring but hey 49 pence ain;t bad! Do you find a lot of Lego down there?

    • 24 October 2015 / 11:03 am

      Thanks hon :) I’ve seen loads of people find Lego on Cornish beaches online, we haven’t yet but we tend to go to the same beaches :) I love the beach, but prefer it on days when it’s not boiling hot.

      Stevie x

  17. 24 October 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Eek I’m so jealous of where you live. I lived by the sea in my uni years and adored the beach at this time of year. #PickNMix xx

    • 24 October 2015 / 7:48 pm

      I do feel so lucky to live down here, I’d love to live close enough to walk to the beach though – but it is only a 10 minute drive to my closest one, walkable if it wasn’t all uphill on the way back ;)

      Stevie x

  18. 24 October 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Autumn is the best time to go to the beach – it’s so much quieter after all the holidaymakers have gone home, and it’s lovely to wrap up warm and go for a stroll!

    • 24 October 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Definitely and it’s a good excuse to warm up with a hot chocolate afterwards :)

      Stevie x

  19. 25 October 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Lovely photos Stevie – makes me want to live in Cornwall just so we can be close to these amazing beaches! #PicknMix

    • 26 October 2015 / 6:39 pm

      The beaches are definitely a big bonus to living down here! :))

      Stevie x

  20. 19 October 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I’m really hoping it’s warm enough to still get to the beach next week even if it is in winter coats and hats! x

    • 19 October 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Ha erm last October we had a mini heatwave, this year one day it is freezing and the next 14 degrees… I’ll cross my fingers for you!

      Stevie x