What’s On Guide – October Half-term 2018

It’s October half-term already!  If you’re lucky enough to be spending the week in the North Cornwall area, there is a great selection of local events to keep you and your family amused.  Have we missed any?  Let us know in the comments below.  Have a great holiday!


Halloween Hocus Pocus at The Milky Way Adventure Park
20 Oct 2018 to 28 Oct 2018
The Milky Way Adventure Park

This Halloween at The Milky Way near Bude families are invited to enrol in a very special School For Witches and Wizards – and to dress for the occasion, of course! From Saturday 20th October to Sunday 28th October 2018 (school half term) there’ll be lots of extra Halloween activities to enjoy – all designed to be fun rather than scary!  Take part in a fancy dress competition, enjoy a themed show and ride the special spooky swamp dodgems sessions, plus little horrors will also be able to take part in wand making, spell writing & casting, broomstick riding (for little ones) and potion making.

Halloween at Camel Creek
20 Oct 2018 to 28 Oct 2018
Camel Creek Adventure Park nr Wadebridge

Bursting with ghoulish events and packed with treats; Halloween at Camel Creek is looking spooktacular for the whole family.  Witch’s Walkway will come alive this Halloween as the toddler village is taken over with eerie activities…  Our well-known Witch’s Grotto will be back this year, with a TWIST! Interact with the Witch in her house and help her create a very special potion; you can even take part in apple bobbing, colouring competitions, biscuit decorating, wall of horrors and more with the Witch. Dina’s Disco will take place at 3:30pm daily over Halloween for you to let loose and go wild, learn your favourite party dances with Dina herself and be in with a chance of winning a prize for best dancer.  Our House of Horrors is not for the faint hearted, find your way out of our dark and dingy hideaway, beware there will be a few surprises along the way!

Torchlight terrors
Tintagel Old Post Office 
Sat 20 – 27th Oct
11:00 – 15:00

For a treat of tricks, using a 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.  Per trail £2.00.  Especially for children.  Wrap up warm. UV torches provided for use during trail but welcome to bring own. 

Halloween at The Big Sheep
20th to 28th October 2018 from 10am daily

Come and join us for a family theme Halloween extravaganza from 10am each day. Take a ride on our Haunted Hayride, visit the scary Haunted House, take a Ghost Train Ride, learn to fly like a witch at Witches Flying School Ride, take part in pumpkin carving and enjoy the themed decorations around the park for Halloween as well as many more fun rides and attractions! There’ll also be face painting and fancy dress during the day!

Halloween Phantomime – Jack and the Giant Pumpkin
22nd to 26th October 2018 – 4.30pm and 6.30pm
For no extra charge for our Fun by Day or Scary by Night guests come and see our Halloween Phantomime with a new show this year by Entertainingly Different – Jack and the Giant Pumpkin! Make sure you pre-book your free ticket online now to avoid disappointment!

Haunted Halloween week at Cotehele Mill
Cotehele Mill 
Sat 20 – 27th Oct
11:00 – 16:00

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.  This is a family oriented event.  Dogs on leads are welcome.

Craft Drop In Sessions
The Kitchen Front, Bude Wharf
October 21st – 28th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We offer a drop in session for children of primary school age. It is a session aimed specifically at children so it is not structured. For just £10, they can chose from a range of items and paint. (If you are looking for a comprehensive workshop, please have a look at our other sessions.)  No need to book, just drop in!  Most sessions run 10am -12 noon. Drop in sessions last between 20 and 45 minutes…kids don’t hang around when it comes to painting!  We give your children a brief two minutes introduction. They have a choice of breakfast plate, cereal bowl, mug, heart, trinket box, tile. All practical items that can be used and are dishwasher safe! It is £10 per child per item. It gets messy, they do crazy designs, and we love it.  Parents need to stay, as this is a great time for parents to have fun helping their children.

What’s on at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

20 October – 28 October
 Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom themed garden trail

22 October – 26 October   
Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom-inspired drop-in craft workshops

Halloween Cupcakes – Monday 22 October
Magical Wands – Tuesday 23 October
Paper Plate Puppets – Wednesday 24 October
Witches & Wizards Hats – Thursday 25 October
Potato Witches – Friday 26 October

Storytelling and book signing  – 

25 October
Come and listen to the award-winning, local children’s author Claire Barker read from her new series Picklewitch and Jack, inspired by our very own 250-year-old walnut tree.  If the weather is kind, the reading will take place beneath the tree. Bring warm clothing and a vivid imagination. Take home your own signed and dedicated copy, just in time for Halloween.  A funny and beautifully illustrated story of magic, mischief and the power of true friendship. Suitable for approximately 7-10s.     

26 – 28 October
Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom Cinema experience & Family Pumpkin Carving Craft Workshops – ​
Boo to a Goose interactive family theatre productions will be welcoming and helping on the workshops, which include a Room on the Broom movie and a family Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Limited spaces and online booking is essential. 3 sessions take place daily inside The Garden Room. Adults free, Children (ages 2-16) £5 each including one  pumpkin per family.

Cornish Dance Workshop
October 24th, 2018
Launceston Town Hall
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An autumn series of Cornish set, step and social folk dances for all levels and abilities with Carmen Hunt.  LIVE music with Steve Hunt and local musicians.  Magic hat collection (a fiver would be nice).  For more information: scootskernow.blogspot.com

Apple Day, Clovelly
October 24th, 2018
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apple day at Clovelly is celebrated as part of our events diary. Its Apple Season! Consequently we are holding our Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities.  On arrival at Clovelly (children under 7 years old enter free) apples are pressed just outside the visitor centre by Gatcombe valley Juices. There are Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-17:00. The rounded shapes of the great reds and greens make the apples perfect for creating many art projects. Enjoy Apple Art with the help of the The Plough arts centre. If art isn’t your thing we also have live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping and making corn dollies.  New this year is a small farmers market. This includes stalls that include the pick of pumpkins, fresh local vegetables and herbs. And a wonderful array of meats that you can cook either without or in cider.  The WI will be judging our first Apple Pie/Crumble competition as well as selling their special homemade cakes.

Half term ranger day – build a bird box at Polzeath
Wed 24 Oct 2018
10:00 – 13:00
Build a bird box and make a cosy home for our feathery friends.  Booking not needed.  Come to the Tubestation Cafe above Polzeath beach to build your bird box and we’ll give you some handy tips on how to put it up in your garden at home.  All £5.00 per nest box.  Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.  Nearest car park at Polzeath beach (not National Trust) – charges apply.  All tools, equipment and guidance provided.

‘Beneath Our Feet’ at Carnglaze Caverns
26 Oct 2018 to 27 Oct 2018
 Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard

“Come, take care, leave your fear up there…”  The Dancing in Caves Project.  For tens of thousands of years, people have ventured underground in order to experience something out of the ordinary: to take shelter, create, hide, escape, or do something they should not be doing. Join us as we gather for our own extraordinary expedition; a journey to find the most important thing.  Devised in collaboration with a steering group of archaeologists, geologists, historians, cavers and former miners, Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance that will use dance and live music to tell the story of the underground. Your guide, musician Lou Vilstrup, will draw you into an unknown world, where the memories and secrets of each underground space will dance before you.  Performances daily at 5pm, 6.15pm & 7.30pm