Need to know October 2017

Need to know October

Find out about the top events and exhibitions for you to enjoy this October:

Proms at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 1 October 

Don’t miss out on Proms at the Minack in the beginning of October. The evening will provide a great party atmosphere that brings the curtain down on another brilliant Minack Season. Proms at the Minack is presented by Mount Charles Band and friends under the  musical direction of renowned conductor David Stowell and feauting acclaimed Cornish signing sensation Alison Harvey. On the 1st October you can see it at 2pm or 7.30pm. Bring your flags, horns and whistles to help recreate the traditional Proms ambience.

North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion, 5-8 October  

Set in lovely St Endellion the North Cornwall Book Festival runs from October 5-8 located close to Port Isaac. The guests appearing for talks this year includes Michael Morpurgo, Maggie O’Farrell and Matt Haig. During the day you can enjoy delicious food and drink, workshops designed for children and adults with concerts to entertain you in the evening, With many events there’s enough for the whole family to enjoy a day out at the festival.

Mid - Century and Vintage Festival, Newquay 7-8 October 

The Mid-Century & Vintage Fair is back it will feature vintage cars, more mid-century and retro furniture stalls, live music and dancing throughout the day. Wander around the stalls, with more than 50 split across three levels there is a lot to see with a selection of antiques, collectables, handmade vintage-inspired prettiness, fashion and beauty for you to peruse and buy. It is held at the beautiful Bedruthan Hotel and new for this year,  you can stay for an evening of music with Company B. There is food and drink available throughout the day with on site restaurants and a pop-up tea room serving hot drinks and cake throughout the day.

Reopening of the Tate St Ives, 14 October 

The new Tate St Ives opens on Saturday 14 October with new gallery and spaces for exhibitions after having undergone a long transformation process. The new exhibition spaces allow visitors to better engage with the art and will now be able to accommodate large scale artworks. The first new exhibition will be by British sculptor Rebecca Warren, it will be her first UK solo show. Warren’s exuberant, roughly-worked sculptures and neon vitrines draw connections between her practice to date and the geographical context and artistic legacy of St Ives. Visit Tate St Ives and see for yourself the brilliant new gallery.

 Fal River Autumn Festival, Falmouth, 19-29 October

Celebrate the Autumn season at the Fal River Autumn Festival. The Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore the area as the woodland is brought to life by the golden hues of Autumn. There are a number of events taking place throughout the festival including a beautiful variation of walks on offer that can be either guided or self-guided walks. You can try out modest stroll, all day walks, family friendly rambles or try out a challenging walk! Find out more about the events here.

Roald Dahl’s Halloweden, St Austell – 21-29 October 

Celebrate Halloweden discover if you’re brave enough to take on Roald Dahl’s most terrible villains. It’s a spooktacular special that will delight children and grown-ups alike. It includes themes from five of his books including Matilda, the BFG and the Witches. Also the ice skating rink will have opened for the whole family to enjoy and there will also be the Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween Disco on the 28th October. 

Hallowe’en Trails and Crafts, Antony House – 24-26 October

This October half term and experience the spooky goings on at Antony House in Torpoint in South East Cornwall. Explore the grounds and the unique atmosphere of the house. Have fun with on their Hallowe'en trail in the garden and kids will love to make creepy crafts in preparation for Halloween. The price for the Halloween event for children costs £3.00 (£1.50 for trail and £1.50 for crafts) and admission charges also apply.

Halloween activities at Paradise Park in Hayle - 21-29 October

Paradise Park’s ‘Owl Prowl’ trail will be running from 21st to 29th October.  Join in the ghoulish fun by exploring the grounds hunting out the clues about the creatures of the night. And when you complete all the answers your skills will be rewarded with a lovely sweet treat… yum! 
The popular Halloween Disco returns from 3-6pm on Friday 27th October with fancy dress competition, spooky food and hot pumpkin soup! Great ‘spooky entertainment’ for all the family. Get into the spirit of things by joining staff for the Halloween Disco with loads of JungleBarn play and prizes for the best fancy dress. For a child it’s just £5.00 (under 3’s free) and for adults just £3.99 each or you could use your Return Ticket or Season Ticket.

Come and see the BLOODHOUND

On the 28th of October, Newquay will host the first ever trial run of the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car, prior to an attempt to reach a new World Land Speed record of 1000 mph.  Come along and watch and take part in this historic event where visitors can not only see the car reach dizzying speeds of 200 mph but see for themselves what it feels like to drive a supersonic car in our simulator. You can find out more at 


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