October is the last month that we are open, and aside from all of the Halloween fun on the Park, there’s plenty going on around Cornwall. There’s a range of festivals (don’t worry they are indoors!) and spooky attractions and events to visit in the scariest, and arguably the funnest, month of the year… here’s our top ten things to do in Cornwall this October!
1. Newquay’s Halloween Zombie Crawl, 26th of October
Newquay’s Zombie Crawl is a must this Halloween half-term, and it is completely free. It is time to get dressed up, as ghouls, zombies, and creatures of the night get together for a fun-filled spook-tacular parade through the town.
The day starts at 1pm with the amazing Titan the Robot, who is preforming at the Piazza, followed by a family disco with face-painting at the Cribbar.
Then at 2pm learn some monster moves for a dance workshop at Cribbar all ready for the Zombie Crawl at 3pm, from Gover Lane, through the town centre, and up to the Hotel Victoria, where there’s a free family disco and another performance from Titan the Robot.
2. Ocean Film Festival World Tour, Cinemas across Cornwall, 9 Oct 2019 to 11 Oct 2019
We love the ocean in Cornwall, after all it is what makes Cornwall so beautiful and it is now more important than ever to respect, look after and appreciate our surroundings.
The Ocean Film Festival will have you in awe as this carefully curated collection of short films features sublime footage from both above and below the water’s surface.
3. CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Beer Festival, 3 Oct 2019 to 5 Oct 2019
This is the largest beer festival in Cornwall, held in two marquees across Events Square which overlooks the River Fal. The CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Festival will feature more than 240 fantastic real ales from local and national breweries and microbreweries, with more than 60 real ciders and perries, along with a range of bottled beers, continental bottled beers and wines. Festival themed glasses offer measures of a pint, 1/2 pint & 1/3 pint. Hot and cold food will be available alongside live local entertainment and tutored beer tastings on Friday and Saturday.
4. Curses and Crossbones at Pirate’s Quest, 19th of October until the 1st of November, Newquay
Embark on a spooky and treacherous adventure with Captain Calico Jack and his crew. Armed with a treasure map, you will help save the Newquay Pirate Experience, which has been cursed by a sea witch!
Visitors will set sail on a creepy voyage, which will transport you back 300 years to the golden age of piracy.
Brave adventurers can enter the scare section of the Pirate’s Quest: a graveyard of lost ships and souls…
Booking in advance is essential.
5. Halloween at Eden, 19th of October until the 3rd of November
Are you brave enough to venture into the deep dark woods this October half-term? You must be as if you don’t you will miss out on all the spook-tacular events at Eden!
There’s the Cryptid Petting Zoo (a cryptid is an animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated). Here you can see these mythical monsters, including the Mongolian Death Worm and the lovable giant beast. There’s potion making and pumpkin carving, and owl encounters. Relaxed sessions are available for children with autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication needs, or learning disabilities, who may benefit from a more informal experience. There is also the much anticipated Halloween disco: Little Monsters’ Ball.
6. The Alverton Beer and Cornish Drinks Festival, Truro, 12th of October
Enjoy the liquid delights that Cornwall has to offer at the Alverton Beer and Cornish Drinks Festival, with Cornish beers, St Ives Gin and Cornish Fizz available to tempt your taste buds. Held in the Great Hall, there’s free samples, and a banquet of rustic nibbles. In the evening there’s live music from local acts including Mog, Will Keating and the Roosters.
7. Halloween at DairyLand
There’s plenty on at this Farm Attraction, only minutes away from Hendra. It is an all weather attraction with farm animals, a museum, indoor and outdoor play, pony and tractor rides and a petting zoo. This Halloween there’s also plenty of spooky fun including carving pumpkins and spooky crafts. Pay for 1 day’s admission and come back for 7, so the pressure is off to do everything in one day.
8. Lowender Peran Festival, The Hotel Bristol Newquay, 30th October – 3rd of November
This event celebrates Cornwall’s cultural heritage and Celtic connections through art, music and dance. It is time to dance, sing and be merry!
9. Halloween at Newquay Zoo, 19th to the 27th of October
Newquay Zoo is close to Hendra, and is a great day out that also offers the return over 7 days return pass when you pay for a day’s admission. There are fantastic play areas, and interesting animals, including lions, meerkats, red pandas, monkeys, lemurs, and penguins.
This half-term there’s lots of spooky goings on to discover and enjoy too. Complete their bewitching bat hunt trail and receive a special prize*, listen to the creepy crawly talk, daily at 2pm, and watch the animals go wild over eerie enrichment. Dig out your spookiest fancy dress for a beastly surprise.
*Additional costs apply. Available while stocks last.
10. Dead of the Night Dance, Rouge Theatre, Tehidy Woods, 19th – 31st of October
Join in this unique Halloween immersive theatre experience, in the woods. The Dead of the Night Dance is a wonderful Halloween celebration, with stories, thrills, frights and delights. You can choose from several times each day, 2pm (day dance), 5pm (dusk dance), and 8pm (night dance).
Wander the woodland path and through Mr. Logan’s (the friendly local undertaker) gate into the land where lost souls await, to lead the way and mislead you to the Dance of Dead.
This is a wild blend of imagination, magic, and Halloween humour, for adventurers of all ages.
The atmosphere is playful, comic and, of course, spooky!
Tickets must be booked in advance.
So there it is – our last Top Ten for a while until we open again, which makes us a bit sad. There will be other posts though, so keep checking the Latest News page. October is one of your last chances to getaway for a Hendra Holiday in Cornwall until 2020 (we close on November the 4th), so why not treat yourself to one of these fantastic offers?