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What’s On for October Half Term 2018 in Cornwall

25th September 2018

After the long, hot summer, autumn is finally upon us. But there is one last, important holiday week remaining - the October Half Term. If you’ve never been to Cornwall at this time of year, you may well think that we’ve shut up shop and hunkered down for the winter. Not a chance! Cornwall is a year-round destination with plenty to see and do, especially for the half-term school break.

This year half term is split across two weeks, depending on what region you’re from. This means there is not the usual squeeze on holiday accommodation for half term and we have plenty of availability still in and around Perranporth on the north Cornish coast. Start a search here or contact us for help finding your ideal property for October half term in Cornwall.

Once you’re all booked, you will want to find out what you can see and do in Cornwall while you’re here. The beauty of Cornwall never goes away and October can be an ideal time for walks along the beach or the South West Coast Path. And, believe it or not, the sea is not too chilly at this time of year for a quick swim, a surfing lesson or a kayaking tour. Many of the coastal towns and villages are much quieter than the summer and well worth a visit to soak up the Cornish way of life.

But besides exploring the natural and built environment in Cornwall, what else is there to do for families during half term? Here are some of the top events and attractions to attend during your October half-term break.

Halloween at Healeys
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow
Monday 22nd - Wednesday 31st October

Expect some spooky family fun this half term at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm near Perranporth. Here you can follow the Pumpkin Trail, to find hidden pumpkins and meet friendly farm animals along the way. Also available is a spooky tractor ride through the ‘haunted’ orchards and a candle-lit cyder making cellar tour.
Website: https://healeyscyder.co.uk/

SAS Beach Clean
Perranporth Beach
Saturday 27th October

Environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage is organising a series of beach cleans around the coast of Britain, including this one at Perranporth. It’s a chance to get together with other beach lovers to help clean up debris washed up by the sea and do something good this half term.
Website: https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/autumn-beach-clean-series/

Halloween Fun
Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East
Saturday 20th October - Friday 2nd November

The miniature steam train attraction will be holding a spooktacular fortnight of family friendly activities during October half term. As well as the regular train rides and activities, visitors can join a spooky trail or enter a Halloween quiz. Those who come in fancy dress will win a prize.
Website: http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/

Virtual Reality Challenge
ShelterBox Visitor Centre, Truro
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th October

For something completely different, check out the brand new ShelterBox Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the disaster relief work of this important charity. During half term they’re inviting visitors to join a virtual reality disaster challenge. Watch a short VR video about a disaster before racing the clock to pack an emergency disaster box.
Website: https://www.visitshelterbox.org/

Halloweden
Eden Project
Saturday 20th October - Sunday 4th November

Cornwall’s most famous attraction puts on a spooky series of events during the half term. Expect a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures, with challenges, crafts, storytelling and a spooky trail.
Website: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/halloweden-october-half-term-cornwall

Puptober
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Helston
Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th October

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is inviting kids to become rescue rangers and learn about the dramatic rescues of grey seal pups. This includes SOS training, a rescue adventure trail, ocean crafts and the chance to earn a ‘Puptober’ badge!
Website: https://www.visitsealife.com/gweek/

Spooky Trerice
Trerice, Kestle Mill, near Newquay
Saturday 27th October

This Elizabethan manor house is supposedly haunted, so it’s already a spooky place to visit after dark. But when the staff get in character for Halloween with scary stories and activities, you can expect an evening of surprise and mischief.
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trerice

Night Surf Contest
Fistral Beach Newquay
Friday 26th to Saturday 27th October

See the UK’s best surfers in action after dark as they battle it out on floodlit waves. This unusual spectacle takes place at Fistral Beach, where there will be a party atmosphere at the final event in the pro surf calendar.
Website: https://ukprosurf.com/surf-event/night-surf-2018/

Tate Create: Tattoo You
Tate St Ives
Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th October

Children are invited to join this creative art workshop at this landmark gallery in St Ives over half term. After visiting the gallery, kids can join a session to create a life-size figure and tattoo it with artworks inspired by the exhibitions.
Website: https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

Zombie Crawl
Newquay Town Centre
Saturday 27th October

Each Halloween the children of Newquay dress up in fancy dress and take to the streets for a spooktacular parade and gloouish goings on. This year there’ll be a performance from Titan the Robot, a monster moves dance workshop, face painting and a family disco. The Zombie Crawl itself starts at 3pm.
Website: https://www.visitnewquay.org/whats-on/newquays-halloween-zombie-crawl-p1448693

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