Quiet beaches, mild weather, an autumnal glow and spooky events to enjoy.
October half-term is fast approaching. In just a few weeks holidaymakers will flood back into Cornwall for a late season holiday by the coast. Half-term in Cornwall is traditionally the last week of October, when families get away for the last big break of the year. It’s also the final week in Cornwall before things slow down for winter, so many attractions and destinations put on special half-term events to enthrall and entertain customers. Naturally there are many Halloween themed events throughout half-term week and those celebrating harvest festival or nature’s autumn glow.
With so many exciting events to choose from, it can be difficult to pinpoint a handful of fantastic family-friendly things to do. To help, we’ve put together our pick of events to enjoy in Cornwall this October half-term.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
North Cornwall’s biggest family theme park will be getting spooky this half term as it puts on its Halloweek celebrations. As well as the usual fairground rides and indoor adventure play park, there will be a series of Halloween themed events to keep kids and parents occupied. There’ll be a witch’s’ grotto, ghost train, spooky magic show, pumpkin carving and Halloween crafts sessions. The perfect trick or treat for families with small children.
Roald Dahl’s Halloweden
Characters from Roald Dahl’s books will come to life in a series of exhibits, workshops and storytelling sessions. Visitors can go Witch spotting, enter Mr and Mrs Twit’s house and tiptoe through The BFG’s cave, as well join in with other Halloween themed activities. All this to enjoy, plus the fantastic Mediterranean and tropical garden biomes to explore, makes Eden Project great for a half-term day out.
Harlyn Bay and Mawgan Porth
The nights may be drawing in and the weather getting colder, but the sea temperature remains surprisingly high during October. The autumn half-term week is the last realistic opportunity to sign up for a surf lesson to learn the skill of wave riding. There are plenty of surf school offering late season lessons on the North Cornwall coast, including Harlyn Surf School and Kings Surf at Mawgan porth.
Fal River Festival
Various venues in and near Falmouth
Experience the River Fal in full autumnal glory, at this festival which celebrates the best of the Fal River and estuary. Visitors can choose to take self-guided walks, join walking tours, experience outdoor activities or enjoy art galleries and workshops in Falmouth.
Halloween at Trerice
National Trust property Trerice, near Newquay
In the run up to Halloween, visitors will be able to follow a spooky trail around this haunted Elizabethan manor house and gardens. Hear scary stories of the house’s many ghosts or create pumpkin plates and messy spider webs in the children’s craft workshops. Visit during the day and enjoy the autumnal colours of the trees on the estate or arrive in the dark on the evening of Saturday 29th of October for spooky activities and a few surprises in the old house.
Retallack Resort & Spa
They’re celebrating bonfire night early at Retallack to coincide with the half-term holiday. A grand fireworks display will light up the night sky above the watersports lake, accompanied by live bands, kids entertainment and food and drink.
BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car Trial Run
Aerohub, Cornwall Airport, Newquay
For something completely different, visitors to Cornwall are invited to witness the first ever public trial run of the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car. Taking place at Newquay Aerohub, guests will be able to see the car reaching speeds of up to 200mph and also experience the ride for themselves in the BLOODHOUND simulator. Advanced booking required.
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