What’s On Guide – October Half Term 2019

Hocus pocus and historic houses, bees and bric-a-brack – this October half-term has a variety of events lined up in North Cornwall to keep the whole family amused.  Have we missed something?  Let us know in the comments below!


Halloween Hocus Pocus at The Milky Way
Throughout half term
The Milky Way
Clovelly, Devon
EX39 5RY

This Halloween half term at The Milky Way families are invited to enrol in a very special School For Witches and Wizards.  Your little horrors will love the wand making, spell writing & casting, broomstick riding (for little ones) and potion making – and can also enjoy the themed show and have fun on the special spooky swamp dodgems sessions. There will be a very special atmosphere at The Milky Way, with themed characters (who are loveable rather than spooky) ready to welcome you and your little ones.  Of course, everyone who visits The Milky Way over the Halloween and half term period will also get to enjoy all the other adventures, amusements and activities on offer there all year round, with rides, slides, shows and activities designed to entertain the whole family.

Halloween Festival at The Big Sheep
Throughout half term
The Big Sheep
Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP.

Join us this Halloween for a family day filled with fun and laughter. Explore the haunted house and take a tour of our spooky farm on the haunted hayride. Carve your own pumpkin to take home while stocks last, then try your hand at the witches flying school. If you’re really brave why not have a go on our arachnophobia ride. You can enjoy a lazy paddle in a spooky swan pedalo then challenge the family to spot all the friendly spooks and beasties as you take a ride on the ghost train. With our rampage roller coaster, piggy tractor and carousel plus the all-weather play barn with slides tunnels and ball pits, your little ones will be spookily entertained all day.

Plus, daily Halloween magic show (21st – 25th) and if you come in fancy dress you could win a prize too!

Pumpkin Fest 2019
Throughout half term
Lifton Strawberry Fields Farm shop

A fun filled event with PYO pumpkins, daily magic shows, pumpkin carving, maize maze and tractor & trailer rides! Visit our event page for more details:

Bude Artisan Market
Bude Wharf
October 19th, 2019
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Engage with the people with their feet in the mud ! All of the inspirational, independents are knowledgeable and passionate about provenance and what they produce. Come, talk food and consume it! Bude Artisan Market is a great weekly food hub where you’ll be able to buy produce from local artisan producers situated within a 20 mile radius of Bude.

Autumn Fair and Coffee Morning
October 19th, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Launceston Central Methodist Hall

Launceston Visually Impaired Club fundraising event with Cakes, Savouries, various stalls, Grand Raffle, Tombola. Admission £1 Children free

Local Produce and Craft Market
October 19th, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Altarnun Church Hall

Market to raise funds for the renovation of Altarnun Church Hall.

Fitzwilliam Quartet
October 20th, 2019
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
St Martin’s Church
Killerton Road – Bude

The world-renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet is returning to Bude Music Society as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. They will be performing Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet, and works by Shostakovich, Suk and Glazunov. All welcome. Tickets £13 for non-members.

UK Bumble Bee Conservation
October 21st @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An illustrated talk by Robert Ashworth about the conservation of UK Bumble Bees, presented by Cornwall Wildlife Trust Bude Group at Stratton Primary School. Cost £3.00 per person which includes tea or coffee. Raffle. All welcome.

Rocky Horror Rockpooling
October 22nd @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
£3 deposit (refunded after the event through Eventbrite)
Rockpooling is great… but even better in the dark!

Join marine experts from the Your Shore Beach Rangers project and Bude Marine Group for a special halloween rockpooling session under the night sky. Using UV torches, we’ll be searching for some of our weird and wonderful nocturnal creatures, and you’ll get a true insight into the lives of our lively rockpool species. Witch gobies or ghosties will you find? 
All equipment is provided.  However, please feel free to bring your own torches/UV lights and ensure you wear the correct footwear and clothing.  To book, visit the website here:

PaddleBoat Theatre Company – Fantastic Storytelling Workshop!
October 22nd @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come along & join PaddleBoat Theatre Company for a fantastic storytelling workshop!
You will be able to become a real journalist and delve into local tales and maybe uncover a story or two of your own. Designed for all the family this workshop will be filled with intriguing artefacts, unheard stories and adventures into the past. Work together to bring memories to life and save them for the future!   Everyone welcome. Tickets are £5, but if you’re coming to see ‘Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century’ at The Old Library afterwards (at 4pm), your ticket to the workshop will be FREE.

Clovelly Apple Day,
Clovelly Village, nr Bideford
October 23rd

It is Apple Season – so we are holding our Fourth Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities.  On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples.  And if you should walk down the village afterwards, the Red Lion at the harbour is stocking a selection of 10 different ciders – Thatcher’s/Lilley’s and Sandford Orchards.  Live music, entertainment, apple bobbing, crafts and activities for all the family!

October 25th, 2019
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Launceston Library
Bounsall’s Lane – Launceston

Songs, rhymes, instruments and exciting props to engage the little ones.  All parents/carers welcome with babies, toddlers and pre schoolers. This is a free drop in session, no need to book.

Historic Houses- Kelly House
Sun 27th Oct     
Kelly House, Kelly, Lifton Devon PL16 0HH

The Kelly Family have lived on this site for over 900 years. A saxon settlement in the Domesday book later held by a Norman, the Kelly family home has evolved over the centuries. Booking essential with Historic Houses. Tour 2.5 hours £18 including tea or coffee and homemade cake 01946 690823 9-5pm Mon-Fri.  www.historichouses.org/tours