October Half-Term 2019
This October see’s a wealth of things to do going on in and around Cornwall. With Half-Term holidays falling across two weeks, many attractions have decided to extend opening hours and put on events themed around both the harvest festival and Halloween. There are even some special events aimed at adults, after all why should it just be the kids who have fun?
Half Term at Healey’s: Who wouldn’t want to go to a cyder farm at harvest time? Healey’s will be celebrating the nations favourite fruit during harvest season with their annual Apple Week. Explore the farm on their Apple Trail, blend your own Juice at the Blending Bar or ‘Press Your Own’ using the mill & press. You can even take part in the 3rd annual Cornish Apple Bobbing Championships! Add to this a wealth of Pumpkin themed activities, and we are sure you will enjoy your day at Healey’s.
The ‘Shriek-wreck’ Museum: This half term you can descend the candlelit tunnels beneath the Shipwreck Museum at Charlestown to hear ghost stories, sing spooky sea shanties with a pirate and tremble as your voices echo down the passageways. Encourage your youngsters to don their best Halloween fancy dress and look out for the ghost ships around the museum and claim some pirate treasure at the end of your voyage.
Adults can join in the spooky fun as well with the brand-new Dead Men Do Tell Tales ghost tour on the night of Halloween. It will be led by paranormal professional Nikki Grigg who believes the Shipwreck Museum’s rich heritage will make it a fascinating location to explore.
Creepy Critters at Pendennis Castle: There are also adult orientated tours at Pendennis Castle on the 25th and 26th October, but for children the fun lasts all week. Explore the castle on the lookout for spiders, snakes and things that go bump in the night!
Halloween at Newquay Zoo: A one off play by students of a nearby school will form part of the celebrations at Newquay Zoo this October. Halloween Wonderland is a re-working of the Alice in Wonderland story and takes place on the 30th, whilst earlier in the week your little horrors can complete in a bewitching bat hunt trail, listen to a creepy crawly talk and watch the animals go wild over eerie enrichment!
Wood to Water: If ghouls and ghosts are not your thing, head down to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth where a new exhibition featuring the work James Dodds. He is Inspired by small boats from around the South West and represents this subject in both paintings and linocut prints, including one of the largest paintings he has ever undertaken. This depicts a Falmouth pilot cutter and at over seven meters wide is a striking abstract artwork of deep blue tones.
Mad Professors and Wacky Science: Junior scientists are invited to join Flambards’ very own mad professor in their onstage laboratory for Weird and Wonderful science workshops on selected dates this October. Grab lab coats and goggles and have a go at making your own slime creations, the perfect opportunity for messy hands-on fun!
All Flambards’ rides and attractions, including the white-knuckle Sky-Force ride, are open daily throughout the half term break alongside a horrifying host of additional fun thrills and chills on offer. On Wednesday, October 23rd the theme park is staying open late to stage its famous Halloween Tricks & Treats Firework Spectacular.
Get your skates on!: Head down to the Eden Project where the ice rink is up and running for another winter. Plus, are you brave enough to venture into their deep dark woods this October half-term? Explore the forbidden forest filled with mythical monsters and outlandish beasts. Come face to face with some very unusual animals, including the extremely rare Mongolian Death Worm and the loveable Giant Beast. Get hands-on and make marvelous potions using the finest botanicals and some extra special secret ingredients.
Celebrate Cornwall’s Heritage: Lowender Peran, the Festival of the Celts in Cornish, is an annual five day event with over 300 performers, celebrating the distinctive heritage of Cornwall's traditional music, dance, songs, storytelling and the county’s links to Brittany, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland. A fun, family friendly event, the weekend consists of Ceilidhs, Family Activities, Workshops, Music Sessions, Sing-a-Longs, Craft Fayre, Storytelling, Poetry, Cornish Wrestling, Gin Tasting and much more!
Smugglers, Spooks and Folk Tales: Uncover tales of secretive smugglers, be brave as spooky stories are read, discuss Cornish Folklore and join in with puppet making workshops at the Old Sardine Factory Heritage Centre in West Looe.
So, no excuses for not coming to Cornwall this October…..