Out of season in Cornwall doesn’t automatically mean missing out. In fact, the beaches and tourist tracks are quieter, allowing visitors free roam of some of the area’s famed hotspots, as well the perfect opportunity for them to lose themselves to the picture-postcard landscapes.
And though October Half Term (21st-25th) signifies a definitive end to summer, there’s still plenty to see and do to keep all ages happy throughout the week, and beyond.
So here’s our top pick of half term happenings to savour during your stay…
Halloweek at Camel Creek (19th-31st October)
Wadebridge’s adventure park will be opening no less than 9 brand new Halloween attractions especially for the holidays – including Stable Surprise, The Escaped, Cryptic Corner, Ghost Train, Witch’s Grotto, Trick or Treat, Bug Ball and House of Horror. Plus with pumpkin carving and competitions, and access to the entire park and rides (weather permitting), it looks set to be a festive riot for the whole family.
Shivers & Shadows – Squashbox Theatre (various dates/venues from 20th October-3rd November)
Get set to “shiver, shake, shudder and scream” for Squashbox Theatre’s first Halloween show, which will celebrate all things scary in signature charismatic style. Expect a crowd-pleasing mix of puppetry, stories, music and comedy for a thrilling performance at an assortment of locations including The Old Bakery Studios in Truro (20th & 22nd), The Old Library in Bodmin (21st), Sterts Theatre (25th), Heartlands (26th & 31st), Praa Sands Community Centre (27th), The Acorn Theatre (30th), Minack Theatre (1st & 2nd November) and St Ives Guildhall (3rd November).
Eden’s Wild Weekends Kids’ Club (23rd October)
The iconic attraction invites 7-11 year olds to relish an adventure in their outdoor play club, where a host of physical and practical challenges featuring craft, campfires and creativity will ensure a sense-spoiling playtime with a brilliantly wild difference.
Flambards Fireworks Spectacular (23rd October)
Helston’s ever-popular theme park presents thrill rides, Halloween tricks and a fireworks spectacular as families enjoy a day and night out to remember. Follow the spooky pumpkin trial in the Victorian Village and immerse yourself into the host of indoor and outdoor rides and attractions including the Skyraker, Balloon Race, Log Flume, Thunderbolt, Space Race, Classic Tea Cup Ride, Cornwall Eye, Go Karts, Outdoor Adventure Play, Exploratorium and variety of exhibitions and museums.
Family Art Workshops (22nd-24th October, 11am-3pm)
For hands-on fun head to Falmouth Art Gallery for a drop-in session of family art activities inspired by their exhibitions. With ‘pattern and paper’ and ‘printing as drawing’ the imaginative order of the days, both young and old(er) will delight in a stint of creative self-expression.
Looe’s Half Term Rock Pool Ramble (26th October, 10am-12 noon)
Get outdoors, explore, and learn all about the environment by delving into the marine life of Looe’s rock pools. The uber scenic, Hannafore Beach is the venue, where experts from Looe Marine Conservation Group will help youngsters to find and identify the likes of starfish, crabs, fish and anemones, while giving fascinating insight into their lives and habitat.
Half Price Weekend & Kids Go Free at Bodmin & Wenford Railway (26th-27th October)
Take a trip with a difference courtesy of Bodmin & Wenford Railways’ steam train, where you can explore six miles of track with a Freedom of the Line ticket, paying just once to travel all day. And with kiddie-friendly fun such as activity and colouring sheets - as well as stop-offs at Cardinham Woods and the Camel Trail (complete with vineyard and tea room) - you can design an action-packed day to suit your whims (and the weather)!
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