The top five Cornish events not to be missed in late summer

Escape to the paradise coasts of Cornwall to savour the last of the warm weather. Caroline Rhodes heads south and picks her top five attractions for the coming months


1. The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
Carved into the high cliffs above Porthcurno, this breathtaking amphitheatre looks out over blue seas. On a fine evening, watching a production here is a magical and unforgettable experience. Othello, The Mikado and Proms are showing throughout September, priced from £7.


2. Polo on the Beach, Watergate Bay
It will be chukkas galore on Monday 14 September, when polo’s elite clash in a tournament on the beautiful sands of Watergate Bay. This free event is hosted by champagne house Veuve Clicquot, and with a beach barbeque and champagne bar, it is a spectacle not to be missed.

3. Falmouth Oyster Festival
With a wealth of cookery demonstrations and fine suppliers, this bustling harbourside festival is a celebration of Cornwall’s legendary seafood. Held from 15-18 October to coincide with the local oyster harvest, this event will delight anyone with a passion for food.

4. Gribben Daymark Open Day, Fowey
A climb to the top of this 25m (84ft) tower will offer spectacular views in good weather or bad. Built as a daylight navigational point to guide sailors safely into deep water, it is now owned by the National trust. If the flag is flying, it is open to visitors and entry is 50p.


5. St Ives Festival
Flitting from venue to venue at this vibrant festival is a great way to explore the winding streets of this idyllic, arts orientated town. There are films, talks, poetry readings, open studios and a selection of live folk and jazz acts to set the tone. It runs from 12-26 September and tickets are available online.