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October Half Term Highlights

Embrace everything that Cornwall has to offer with a half-term holiday jam-packed with family fun. There’s a fabulous range of things to see and do, whether you wish to relish the outdoors, celebrate Halloween or tap into your creative side.

Here’s our round-up of what’s on in Cornwall this October half term...

Autumn Rockpool Ramble – 24th October

Starfish Looe Marine Conservation

Head to Hannafore Beach for a free foray into rock pooling with Looe Marine Conservation (tickets must be booked in advance). Discover a variety of sea and beach critters as you hunt for crabs, fish and starfish under the guidance of local experts who will help you to spy and identify an array of species all hidden within the rock pools.

Autumn Impressions – 23rd October

Wheal Martyn’s family-friendly schedule of entertainment kicks off in style with a spot of foraging outside for the likes of stones, feathers, flowers and leaves to then impress into clay to make gorgeous seasonal patterns. Join Choose Nature CIC in the woods for a day of outdoor activities and nature crafts on 25th October; or for Halloween fun, Owdyado Theatre’s ‘Twisted Tales’ returns to Wheal Martyn on 28th October for their signature darkly comic tales (ages 14+). Alternatively, ‘Halloween Hijinks’ (26th-29th October) presents drop-in sessions for little ones to enjoy activities including spider web weaving, candy basket making and decorating pumpkin faces.

Halloween at the Museum – 31st October

Halloween clipart from Falmouth National Maritime Museum

Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum continues to enthral all ages with its array of exhibitions and events, which includes a fabulous trick or treat evening of dress up as you embark upon the trail in search of spooky sea spirits. There’s also ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’ (23rd-31st October), where visitors can get crafty, follow the museum trail and explore the variety of galleries and interactive exhibitions such as climbing the 100-foot Lookout Tower and going underwater in the Tidal Zone.

Dead of the Night Dance – 22nd-31st October

Actors performing in the evening

Discover the dark side of Tehidy Woods with the ever fantastic, Rogue Otherworld, whose immersive theatre adventure and exciting storytelling will leave you utterly spellbound. Stir your senses with a heady dose of frights, laughter, music and mixed performances, designed to tickle and thrill all ages.

Holiday Art Challenge – 23rd-31st October

Tate St Ives Art Challenge 

The Tate St Ives looks set to inspire with its usual gusto this half term. Embrace its alluring art challenge, allowing you to roam the world-famous gallery and discover your inner Performance Poet, Shape Shifter, Map Maker and more! 

Halloweden – 23rd-31st October

Eden Project’s annual season fest promises to pique all interests as visitors meet the stunning owls from Screech Owl Sanctuary, see the Bakehouse Factory’s brilliant show, solve the creepy clues in the special puzzle trail and sign up for the Halloweden Potion Making Workshop. Plus, the ice rink will be decorated for a special spooky spin to complete a fantastically fun day out with an unforgettable difference.

Say Boo at Newquay Zoo – 18th-31st October

Pumpkins lined up together at Newquay Zoo

There is something for everyone at Newquay Zoo this half term, with a Halloween trail, themed food at Cafe Lemur and ‘fang-tastic’ talks outside a selection of the zoo’s animal enclosures. 

Halloween Trick and Treats Fireworks Spectacular at Flambards – 27th October

Make the most of an entire day out at Cornwall’s much-loved attraction, which will be open from 10am to allow you to enjoy the host of rides, activities and exhibitions ahead of an evening of fireworks and live music from band, Stone Roots. 

Halloweek at Camel Creek – 23rd-31st October

It’s back and better than ever! This year’s event looks to provide some top-notch entertainment with brand new scare zones, trick or treat, stable surprise, disco and games; and also includes a children’s buffet and entry into the soft play area.

Scaryland – 23rd-31st October

Halloween clip art Dairyland Cornwall

Dairyland Farm Park is pulling out all the stops this half term with a not-to-be-missed schedule of fun! Highlights include a Creepy Craft workshop, pick your own pumpkin (which you can then carve), alongside access to the Bull Pen indoor play area and full park experience that includes the farmyard, Meerkat Manor, wildlife trail and a brilliant assortment of play zones and activities.

Spooktacular – 23rd-31st October

Join all of the residents of Paradise Park for a day of wildlife and spooky adventure. With appearances by Mark’s Ark, a stint in the Jungle Barn indoor play centre, a journey on the Jungle Express Train and bird flights alongside a plethora of other Halloween themed events, expect a fun-filled day out for kids and adults alike.


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