Cornwall’s top tourist attractions will be offering plenty of family fun during the October half-term holidays, as visitor attractions across the county reveal the activities they’ve lined up.
For holidaymakers and locals looking for something to keep the kids amused during the school holidays, there’s a feast of fabulous fun to pick from – from spooktacular Halloween adventures at Paradise Park to Harvest at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Here’s some of the best October family days out in Cornwall, running in late October. Dates and opening times may vary so visitors are advised to check attraction websites before visiting.
We will continue to update this page as we discover new events, so please do keep checking back for new information!
This October half-term, head to Cotehele to see how many spooky scarecrows you can find hiding in the garden. Spot the scarecrows and read their stories from local folklore to solve the mystery.
Get into the Halloween spirit with Spooky Tea & Tales this October half term at Newquay Zoo!
Join us this half term to celebrate the harvest at Cotehele Mill.
Join us this Halloween for a spooky story.
This October, PK Porthcurno, Museum of Global Communications, opens a new exhibition on the 40-year history of the mobile phone. Delivered in partnership with the Mobile Phone Museum, and sponsored by Vodafone UK.
Collect a willow crown from the garden entrance and decorate it with colourful fallen leaves from the garden floor. Head over to the Apple Shed for some nature-based activities including leaf rubbing and sketching. Learn […]
Monster Splash is our first ever kids aqua fitness class! Join in the spooky fun with instructor-led water activities designed just for kids with themed music that will set the mood. Feel free to wear a water-appropriate Halloween costume or funny hat!
Enjoy family fun at Jubilee Pool this October half-term this Halloween. Join this workshop to carve a real pumpkin with your kids or grandkids. An instructor will teach you how with fun and easy patterns and tools. Bring home your hand made jack-o-lantern
The best, barking mad day of the year. End of season doggy swim at Jubilee Pool!
Join us on two dates this year for one of our spectacular fireworks displays. The historic 18th century engine house is brought alive by the Kernow Fireworks Company with a dazzling display of rockets, fountains, candles and more!
Help Bertie Bat find his bugs to munch on by following the trail of clues around the historic grounds in the run-up to Halloween. With prizes to be won, see if you can discover all the tasty treats our bats at Wheal Martyn.
Join us for our creative Halloween themed family workshops where you can make your own spooky decoration using clay and other natural materials.
Immerse yourself in the historic grounds at Wheal Martyn and become part of an unfolding story. Join our guides in crafting a spooky story as you learn more about the history of the site.
Enjoy £1 entry to Tate St Ives and celebrate the festive season with a weekend of special activities.
Get into the Halloween spirit with Spooky Tea & Tales this Halloween half term at Newquay Zoo!
During October half-term in and around Cornwall, National Trust places are hosting an array of family friendly activities. From dressing up in Tudor inspired costumes to beach cleans and learning all about bugs and flowers […]
Go wild with creativity and unleash the artist within as you paint onto ceramic from our earthenware pottery selection.
This October half term explore Trelissick and find the autumnal words hidden through the garden. Once you’ve found all the autumn words use them to create your own poem about autumn at Trelissick. The free […]
Join one of our award-winning Heritage Guides and experience a personal, in-depth historical tour through Bodmin Jail. Designed by Sir John Call and built in 1779, Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III and is an excellent example of the ing
Be an Art Explorer this holiday at Tate St Ives! Have fun exploring the galleries with our Explorer Backpacks and Tate Shapes activities. Get creative with our Sketchbook or pick up an Art Explorer card. […]
Meet a host of Halloween favourites as you venture around the Jail and enjoy a few tricks and treats on the way. Embracing the fun of the spooky season, these special events have been created for little devils in order to thrill and not frighten.
… or Why You Should Not Keep Your Horse in a Lighthouse! 23 & 25 October at 10.30am Percy moves to a lighthouse to find peace and quiet away from his noisy knitting obsessed neighbour. But when disaster strikes can either of them save the day?
Join us this Halloween as we transform Dairyland into Scaryland! Get ready for a spine-tingling experience like no other at Dairyland’s Halloween Event, SCARYLAND! Step into a world of enchantment and eerie delights as Scaryland […]
Get ready to shiver, shake, shudder and scream as Squashbox Theatre presents its first ever show for Halloween! Craig, your friendly host, has just inherited a creepy mansion from his Great Uncle Vladimir. Join him as he explores the mansion’s secrets an
Spook-tacular family fun awaits at National Maritime Museum Cornwall this Halloween! Visit the Museum out of hours for spooky storytelling, a Make & Take craft workshop, a Pirate Ghost Ship Trail, and plenty of tricks and treats along the way.
A bewitchingly brilliant day out at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth.
Spooky filled adventure and wonderful wildlife at Paradise Park this Halloween Half Term. Special appearances by Mark’s Ark with creepy crawly wildlife encounters!
A youth production by British Theatre Academy and the Minack Theatre Book by Kevin Del Aguila Music. Lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. Get a taste of the wild life with Alex the lion and his friends in this musical adventure.
This spooky season take on a special quest to protect the world’s forests, guided by the legendary Tree Giants. Discover the Tree Giants’ ancient wisdom, hear extraordinary tales and witness enchanting performances.
Get involved in our family-fun creative and nature-inspired Halloween activities this half-term at Wheal Martyn. See our website for full details.
Splash and crunch your way into autumn with Trengwainton’s October half-term family activities.
The nights are drawing in and the shadows are taking over. Come and join us for a spooky half term this October! Join in with the eerie shadow pirate puppet stories and songs in the Main Hall, create your own shadow puppets in Make & Take and join the Mus