Cornwall is a great place to visit all year round, and October half term is no exception.
Yes, the nights draw in and the temperature cools as we approach Hallowe’en but that means that magical torch-lit walks can happen before young kids’ bedtimes and the warmth of a pasty takes on a new appeal.
Autumn colours set the woods and moors aflame, and tourist attractions can be less busy than in the height of summer.
Here are our top five events for October 2019 half term
1. Boscastle Dark Gathering
With the famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic situated in the heart of the village, Boscastle is a unique place to spend Hallowe’en.
For the past six years, the museum has hosted a “Dark Gathering”, a series of folklore events culminating in a torchlit procession to the harbour where morris dancers and spooky horses – ‘obby osses and mari lywd (grey mares) – duel.
This year’s gathering is on Saturday 26 October and there are events throughout the day, making it suitable for a range of ages.
2. Halloweden at the Eden Project
The Eden Project runs special activities from 19 Oct – 3 November including a mythical beasts petting zoo and owl displays.
The highlight is the Little Monsters’ Ball on Saturday 26th October when Eden is open late for an evening of spooky fun.
Everyone dresses up and the kids love running around the biomes in the gloom.
3. Cardinham Woods
This Forestry England woodland near Bodmin is stunning in Autumn when the leaves turn to all shades of golden and russet. It has four walking trails to follow and three cycle trails.
For younger children there is a new Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon glow trail with an app (download before you arrive as the signal is patchy) and an activity pack (£3.50, includes UV pen).
There is also a lovely cafe, loads of parking and toilet facilities.
4. Corn dollies and spooky stories at Trerice
A beautiful Elizabethan National Trust property near Newquay, Trerice has some cosy half term events.
When the land at Trerice was farmed the end of the harvest would’ve been celebrated with a great feast for the labourers and tenants.
Corn dollies were made from the very last sheaf of corn cut and were a symbolic tribute to the Pagan Corn Spirit that lived there until the following spring. Families can try their hands and dolly making on Wednesday and Friday of half term between 11am-4pm, £2 each.
Throughout the week, story tellers will also be sharing tales of mermaids, pixies and Cornish giants.
5. Halloween at Heligan
19th – 27th October Daily 10am – 4pm
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are putting on spooktacular fun inviting visitors to meet “the Good, the Bad and the Bugly”.
Adventure through the woods along the Creepy Creatures Trail, keeping your eyes peeled, you never know who you might meet.
At the Halloween Yurt you can meet the owls, some creepy crawly creatures and learn about the animals that live in the garden at night.
Don’t miss the Halloween games and crafts at the Steward’s House and your chance to make your own creepy creature mask or dream pillow to take home.