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What to do in Cornwall for October Half Term 2018

Thinking about heading to Padstow for October half term? Go ahead, you won’t be disappointed. This area of North Cornwall is a fantastic place to visit for a week’s holiday or short break in October. Cornwall is especially beautiful when rough seas and autumnal colours create magical sea and landscapes to explore and experience. And as a year-round destination, there is always lots to do for family fun and adventure.

Here are some of the top things to do in Cornwall during the half-term break.

Take a Hike
South West Coast Path

Explore the hundreds of miles of coastal trails in and around Padstow. Stroll along the estuary, walk up to Stepper Point for wild Atlantic views or stray further for more dramatic coastal scenery.


Get Spooked at Halloweden
Eden Project
Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November

You can expect Halloween fun and frolics at the Eden Project at half term. This iconic landmark and garden attraction really puts on a show during the school break with a mix of spooky challenges, crafts, storytelling and treasure trail. The theme for this year’s Halloweden is the mysterious world of magical beasts and mythical creatures.

Get on Your Bike
Camel Trail, Padstow

Hire a bike and pedal along the Camel Estuary to Wadebridge and beyond. This off-road cycle path is perfect for family adventures and exercise amid beautiful coastal scenery.

Camel Trail Cycling

Save Our Seals
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Helston
Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October

During ‘Puptober’, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary invites kids to become rescue rangers and learn about this charity’s dramatic rescue of grey seal pups around the coast of Cornwall. https://www.visitsealife.com/gweek/

Solve a Murder Mystery

Take a self-guided murder mystery treasure trail around Padstow as a fun way to get to know the town. The trail, which can be downloaded online, takes in Padstow’s landmarks as you solve clues and discover the killer’s identity.

Padstow Harbour Cornwall

Boats in Padstow Harbour

Take a Spin
St Eval Kart Circuit

Pit yourselves against your fellow family members as you race speedy go-karts at this all-weather circuit near Padstow. This is great for fast-paced, adrenalin-fuelled excitement during the half-term break.

Savour a Sealife Safari

Wrap up warm and hold tight as you take a powerboat trip around along the estuary and into the Atlantic to explore the wildlife and scenery of the Cornish coast.


Witness Night Surfing
Fistral Beach, Newquay
Friday 26th to Saturday 27th October

See the UK’s best surfers in action on floodlit waves at the annual Night Surf Contest. This unique contest showcases the extreme wave riding skill and talent of the surfers, accompanied by music and entertainment.

Surfing in Cornwall

Go Out With a Bang
Retallack Resort & Spa
Thursday 25th October

Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night early with a fantastic fireworks display above the lake at Retallack. There will be arts and crafts sessions for children, tasty treats and warming drinks, and a massive fireworks display to finish half term off with a bang.

Visit Padstow in Half Term

If you’d like to visit Padstow in half term and have not yet secured your accommodation, please contact us or search for available cottages and holiday homes here.

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