What’s On Guide – October Half-Term 2017

It’s here again, and even earlier this year!  October half-term in the North Cornwall / Devon offers a wonderfully diverse mix of entertainment.  Alongside the usual Halloween activities, you will also find everything from classical concerts to supersonic cars, bobbing apples to swimming dogs!  There’s scary, silly, soggy and sozzled!  If we’ve missed an event, let us know in the comments below.


Trick or Treasure at Pirate’s Quest
St Michael’s Road, Newquay TR7 1RA
Saturday 21st October – Saturday 28th October

Newquay’s Pirate’s Quest is inviting the bravest buccaneers to hop aboard from some fiendish family-friendly fun this October Half Term.  The piratical walk-through experience will be packed with plenty of tricks and a few treasures – but there’s no need to fear, the real-life Pirate guides are guaranteed to keep visitors on an even keel throughout the journey.  Booking recommended.  £10.95 Adult, £7.95 Child (3-16).   


The Spooks Express in Halloweek
Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East, Newquay, TR8 5LX
Saturday 21st October – Sunday 29th October

 Dog Friendly.  Join us this October half-term for a week of family friendly Halloween fun!  Alongside all of our regular great attractions will be a Spooks trail, children’s Halloween quiz, spooky colouring and a prize for everyone who comes in fancy dress! You can also meet our newest recruits, the swan pedalo boats who have been making themselves at home on our lake.  Standard entry price applies.


Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG
Can you brave Roald Dahl’s infamous villains at Halloweden this half-term?  Eden Project visitors will be pitted against villains springing from the pages of some of the most popular children’s books ever as Roald Dahl’s Halloweden is unleashed.  The whole family can brave challenges from notorious characters such as the ghastly giants from Roald Dahl’s The BFG and those devious practical jokers, Mr and Mrs Twit.

Fun By Day Halloween Festival
The Big Sheep, Bideford, EX39 5AP
Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October

Highlights Include: Arachnophobia Spider Ride, Pumpkin Carving Workshops, Haunted House, Witches Flying School, Ghost Train, Ghost Bust, The Jones Haunted Gallery, Singing Pumpkins, Halloween Free Face Painting, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, plus many more Halloween attractions and all the usual BIG Sheep shows, rides, animals and family fun.

Pumpkin Fest 2017 at Lifton Farm Shop
Lifton Farm Shop, Liftondown
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October 2017

Over 15,000 pumpkins to choose from – all different sizes, shapes and colours!  Once you have chosen your very own pumpkin/s why not come back in and join one of our Creation Time sessions?  Complete with your very own pumpkin carving kit to keep and plenty of craft supplies you can leave the mess with us but go home with your decorated pumpkin ready for the 31st!  Magic Martin, will be performing a fantastic magic show, and an added extra this year is a woodland ride on the tractor and trailers. 

Halloween Hocus Pocus
The Milky Way, Bideford
Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October

This Halloween at The Milky Way families are invited to enrol in our very special School For Witches and Wizards – and to dress for the occasion, of course!  We have a fancy dress competition, themed show and special spooky swamp dodgems sessions, plus your little horrors will also be able to take part in wand making, spell writing & casting, broomstick riding (for little ones) and potion making (from Monday 23rd October).

Lanhydrock’s Bats
Lanhydrock House, Bodmin 

 (National Trust)
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October 2017

This half-term you can learn about the different species of bat that make Lanhydrock their home on this fun free trail through the garden.  Booking not needed . Free event (admission applies)

Torchlight Terrors
Tintagel Old Post Office, Tintagel (National Trust)
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October 2017

For a treat of tricks, using your UV torch, uncover the spooky symbols hidden in the dark places of the house and solve the puzzle to win yourself a bag of ghastly goodies. £2 per trail.  Booking not needed.  Admission applies.

Freak week at Cotehele Mill
Cotehele, Saltash, 

 (National Trust)
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October 2017

The mill complex will be decorated for Hallowe’en; staff and volunteers will be in fancy dress; there will be a children’s trail with treats. We’ll be milling on the Thursday and Sundays, plus there might possibly be some scary baking going on.  This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Piatti String Quartet
St Martin’s Church, Killerton Road, BudeSunday 22nd October
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The internationally renowned Piatti string quartet will open the Bude Music Society 2017-8 season on Sunday 22nd October, 3 pm, at St Martin’s Church, Killerton Road, Bude, with an attractive selection of music by Haydn, Ravel and Brahms. £13


Cornish Apple Bobbing Championships
Healey’s Cider Farm, Penhallow, Newquay, Cornwall, TR4 9LW
Sunday 22nd October 2017

Dog Friendly.  Families are invited to Healeys this Autumn to battle it out to become kings and queens of the orchards. Head down to Healeys for a fun day out for all the family and the chance to win fantastic prizes! There will be apple bobbing competitions for both children and adults, starting at 11am in the courtyard. The winner will ‘bob’ the most apples in one minute to win a month’s worth of Cornish Rattler cyder (or juice) and a Sunday roast for two at the Old Bottlery Restaurant on the farm.  Mulled Rattler available as well as a hearty Sunday roast.


UV Family Rave
Launceston Town Hall, Western Road – Launceston
Sunday October 22nd, 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Family friendly dance party with DJ’s palying dance music from old school drum & bass to Disney!  Expect glowsticks, UV Face Painting, Glitter Tatoos, mocktails and bar, bouncy castle, diddy cars and more!  12noon – 2pm age restricted under 5’s.  3pm – 5pm Family Rave suitable for ALL AGES. Children £4, Adults £5, Family £15.

01566 772321 or www.crbo.co.uk

Canal to Coast Walk with Moor2Coast
Tuesday 24th October 2017
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Guided walks around Bude, exploring the beautiful countryside, looking at local history, archaeology and wildlife. Booking through Bude Tourist Information Centre.   Canal to Coast:  Easy circular ambles along the Bude canal to the coast and back to Bude.  The walk includes local knowledge, archaeology, natural history, geology and beautiful landscapes.  The walk is approximately three hours long.  Dogs are very welcome.  £12.50.


Healeys Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hunt
Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st October
Penhallow, Newquay, Cornwall, TR4 9LW

Dog Friendly.  Are you daring enough to take part in Healeys Halloween weekend?  A free trick-or-treat hunt where participants must find all the giant sweets to spell a spooky word and win a treat!  There is also a chance of winning a Healeys goodie bag of treats by entering the apple carving contest. If you’re brave enough, you can go on a candle-lit tour of the old cellars or spooky tractor ride down to the haunted orchard.


Halloween Party at The Weir
Friday 27th October 2017
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Weir Cafe & Bistro are holding their annual Halloween Celebration once again.  Magic Martin returns with his Halloween Extravaganza, Apple Bobbing, BBQ, Face Painting, Fancy Dress and more.  £7.50 per child (to include refreshments)  Tickets available from The Weir, Marhamchurch EX23 0JD   01288 362234.

Fright Nights: Adults Only
Pirate’s Quest, St Michael’s Road, Newquay TR7 1RA
Friday 27th October

Join Pirate’s Quest, Newquay for an exclusive one night only SCARE experience, on Friday 27th October 2017.  Horror fans are in for a treat as the authentic caves and coves inside Pirate’s Quest will be transformed into gruesome scenes filled with deranged, disturbed, and diseased characters, creating Newquay’s only fully immersive, walk-through SCARE experience.  Due to popular demand in previous years, for the first time ever groups with teens will be able to attend our Twilight Teen Terror Tours, with limited slots running from 6pm on Friday 27th before the main scare event.  Advanced booking is essential with scare experiences lasting approximately 45 mins.  Timeslots available from 7pm: Friday 27th, 2017.  Book 01637 873379

Autumn Fayre at the Parkhouse Centre
The Parkhouse Centre, Bude,
Saturday 28th October 2017
11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Variety of stalls including: Christmas cards, 2018 calendars and diaries, bric-a-brac, plants, giftware, cat-related items, cakes, jigsaws, books, CDs and DVDs, clothes and accessories. RAFFLE. Hot pasties, sausage rolls and drinks served. Donation at entrance appreciated.

Little Monsters’ Ball
Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG
Saturday 28th October 2017.
6.00 – 9.00pm

Calling all little monsters! Get your fancy dress on and join us for a fang-tastic evening of family fun. From wizards and ghouls, to pointy hats and black cats – what will you come as? Boo-gie on down at our bone-shaking disco, join the Rave-A-Roo party, and be dazzled by glow performers. Then top-up with some ghoulish grub, and head over to the eerie Eden ice rink* for yet more thrills and chills.  Tickets £7.50 per person (under 3s go free, *note: additional charge for ice skating).


Bloodhound Supersonic Car Trial Run
Saturday 28th October 2017.
Newquay Aero Hub, Newquay Airport, Newquay, TR8 4HP

Not a cheap event but very much a one-off.  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. The trial run will take the Car to speeds of up to 200 mph and will be driven by the current world land speed record title holder, Andy Green.  Come along and watch and take part in this historic event and even see for yourselves what it feels like to drive a supersonic car in our simulator.  £65 per adult, £20 per child, family discounts available.


Clovelly Apple Day,
Clovelly Village, Bideford, EX39 5TA
Saturday 28th October 2017

Apple pressing outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75 cl bottle). On entry to Clovelly you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-16:00. Enjoy some Apple Art and either carve, sculpt, decorate or do all of them with your apple to enter the Apple Art Competition! There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping, and especially for adults, apple cup making, which you can then use to enjoy a refreshing cider drink or perhaps some fresh apple juice! Fun Harvest Hunt down the village street with spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing at the New Inn.   Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited.
Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00,
Apple day activities: 12:00 – 16:00;
Harvest Hunt 12:00-1:30.

Bude Sea Pool Fun Dog Show
Summerleaze Beach, Bude
Sunday 29th October
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

2.30pm Registration, followed by an owners and dog’s swim.  Afterwards there will be a fun dog show with rosettes for the top 3 in each class.  Winners in each class then qualify for the best in show.  Classes include:
1 Golden Oldie
2 Best Rescue
3 Under 1year Old Puppy
4 Best Paw Shaker
5 Waggiest Tail
6 The Loveliest Lady
7 Most Fabulous Fella
8 Best Junior Handler
9 Best In Show