1. Boscastle Food Festival – 6th – 7th of October
The annual festival of foods, arts and crafts in Boscastle was born out of the community regeneration after the flash flood in 2004. It is now a popular local and countywide event with great food, great chefs and more.
2. Falmouth Oyster Festival – 11th -14th of October
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season and Cornish seafood. The four-day festival is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs.
3. British Stand Up Paddle Championships – Newquay 13th – 14th October
October sees the two-day stand up paddle surfing tournament. This is an ancient form of surfing, traced back to the early days in Polynesia. Competitors are here to win the desirable ‘Watergate Waterman Trophy’, at Watergate Bay.
4. Fal River Autumn Walking Festival 19th October – 4th November
These walks include some of the most beautiful areas along the Fal, where you can pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites. Throughout the 17-day festival, over 60 guided and self-guided walks will feature around the beautiful Fal River, from the Roseland peninsula in the east, to Helford in the west and as far inland as Truro. Walk leaders from a range of local organisations – from professional walking companies such as walkitcornwall and the National Trust through to walk sponsors – will be hosting a walk in their grounds.
5. Falmouth Beer Festival – 26th -27th October
This annual beer festival offers 200 real ales for you to try from all over the country, ciders and alcoholic ginger beers too! If it is your turn to drive there are free soft drinks. The event is held at the Pavilions.
6. Wah! Wah! Girls at The Hall for Cornwall – 2nd – 6th October
Wah! Wah! Girls is directed by Kneehigh Theatre’s Emma Rice who has directed many critically acclaimed plays for Kneehigh and plays all over the country. Wah! Wah! Girls is inspired by the world of Muija dancers, who for generations have entertained the rich and powerful with a spellbinding mix of dance and song, Wah! Wah! Girls tells a passionate and playful story of love against the odds.
Set against the vivacious background of the East End in 2012 these unstoppable girls uncover deep secrets and create unexpected dreams.
7. Halloweden at The Eden Project- 27th October – 4th November
For half term there is a winter ice rink and the Wishcraft Tent, beautifully decorated with plenty of magical things to make and do, including pumpkin carving demonstrations, wand and potion making. There is also the Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween Disco – a chance to get your fancy dress on!
8. Spooky Night Walk at Trebah Gardens near Falmouth – 30th of October
Explore the garden in the dead of the night, and find out what lurks in the shadows when the visitors have gone home! You can tiptoe through bushes for a fun filled experience for all of the family.
It is £5 per adult and free for under 15s. No dogs or pushchairs allowed.
9. Lanhydrock House, near Bodmin – various spooky events throughout October
You’re spoilt for choice for spooky goings on at Lanhydrock. On the 19th and 26th there is a ‘pre-electricity’ tour around the House and you will meet some past occupants, and there is a 2 course supper in the restaurant. Booking is essential and tickets are £15.
For the kids there is a prize trail in the garden with a spooky theme, on the 27th – 31st of October, at 10am – 5pm. Also there are Halloween crafts on the 29th, 30th and 31st of October. Both events have a small charge.
10. Newquay Zoo – Halloween Zoo Boo Party on the 31st of October
Join the witches, Hubble and Bubble, for spooky tales, have a go at making your own wand, go trick or treating around the Zoo, and receive a goody bag. This ticket only event should be great fun for little terrors! Adults are £9.95 and children £6.95.