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October Half Term in Cornwall

If you are on a family holiday in Cornwall this October you need to make sure you have a plan of attack for the half term. Cornwall is filled with plenty of free entertainment in the form of beaches and coastal walks, but there is also an abundance of attractions to visit. These attractions always have extra entertainment for the school holidays.

Here’s what is happening in Cornwall at half term:

Eden Project – Halloweden – watch magical performances and ghostly goings-on, listen to story tellers and explore the biomes with your book of enchantments. Eden simply does not disappoint when it comes to putting on a show. Make sure your kids a enjoy spine-tingly good day out!


Newquay Zoo – Zoo Boo Halloween Week – Amongst the amazing collection of animals at Newquay Zoo you’ll find extra fun for a spooky half term day out in Cornwall. There’ll be hair-raising trails, face-painting, crafting and scary stories. Perfect to keep everyone entertained and on the edge of their seat.

Flambards – Firework Spectaculars – Flambards near Helston will have two spectacular firework displays during October half term. Pick from Monday or Wednesday and book tickets online for a full day out in the park followed by an epic firework display in the evening.


Land’s End – Spooktacular Half Term – Visit the end of the country and take in the breath-taking views out over the open ocean. During half term you’ll also be able to enjoy ghoulish goings-on such as a free Halloween Craft Fair and making your very own terrifying monster.


Dairyland Farmworld – Half Term -Learn all about dairy farming and other animals at Dairyland Farmworld. At half term, you’ll also receive your own pumpkin that you will be able to carve and take home with you.

 If you are a member of the National Trust then you are spoilt for choice for a family holiday here in Cornwall. These are some of the events planned at National Trust properties and gardens through October half term.

Trelissick Gardens – Spooky Trail with clues hidden around the house and garden

Trerice – Become a ghost detective and discover hidden clues and ghoulish goings-on. You can also do this at night time for added fright factor!

Trengwainton – Pumpkin Day on 23rd October features carving and trail in the garden followed by pumpkin dishes in the tea room. Through half term there is apple-bobbing and toffee apple making alongside a trail. There is also spooky storytelling on 27th October in a bell tent in the orchard.

Lanhydrock House – Spooky trails throughout the garden and house to reveal spooky clues and history at Lanhydrock House.


Those with English Heritage membership may want to check out:

Tintagel Castle will be leading the ‘Keeper of the Castle Keys’ throughout half term. Join Florence, the custodian of the castle as she takes you on a journey to Victorian times, assisted by her cousin…and the audience!

At Pendennis Castle kids can take part in ‘Shiver Me Timbers’ a trail and story-telling event based around the pirate history of the castle and its associated bone chilling buccaneers! If you fancy something a little more spooky you can take an after dark tour of the castle to test your nerve!


Just around the corner from us, in Tehidy Woods, you’ll find something for a truly alternative take on Halloween entertainment. Our personal favourites, Rogue Theatre, are a multiple award-winning, forest-based theatre company. During half term they’ll be delivering the ‘Dead of the Night Dance‘, with three versions for different age groups into the night. Expect the unexpected and some ‘dead’ good stories and entertainment.

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