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October is such a fun month in Cornwall. The weather is certainly getting cooler but we are still making the most of the day-light hours before the clocks go back. The nights may be drawing in but the fun hasn’t stopped, with festivals, surf competitions and plenty of Halloween themed fun throughout half-term. Have fun before winter sets in and let’s get spooky!
Falmouth Beer Festival is held at Falmouth’s Event Square at the Discovery Quay in two large marquees overlooking the River Fal. This will be a beer lover’s heaven with over 240 fantastic real Ales to choose from, coming from local and national breweries and micro-breweries. There are also ciders, wines and perries available. The £10 entry ticket includes beer tokens, festival glass and a festival programme.
2. Mid-Century Vintage Fair, Mawgan Porth, 13th – 14th of October
Feeling retro? Visit this popular vintage fair with furniture and lighting, decorative items, fashion and accessories, live vintage music, art and vehicles and a vintage tea-room. An absolute paradise for lovers of all things vintage, with over 50 stalls.
The Owl Prowl trail is sure to give you goose bumps, as you hunt Paradise Park for clues on these nocturnal animals. Completed quizzes will be rewarded with a sweet treat. Paradise Park is a wonderful place to visit with macaws, African Hornbill, red pandas, lorikeets, birds of prey and many more. There is a petting farm, outdoor play park, train ride, and fantastic indoor play area. On the 26th of October there is the Halloween Disco, from 3pm – 6pm, with a fancy-dress competition and spooky food.
There are money off vouchers for Paradise Park in the Hendra Welcome Book, which you get on arrival.
4. Night Surf at Fistral, 26th – 27th of October
Postponed from July, enjoy this surf competition at the iconic Newquay surfing beach. Groups of surfers gather to battle it out on the waves until the late hours. The event attracts the best British surfers along with international competitors in this two-day UK Pro Surf Tour competition, which takes place under the glow of the flood lights. This is an exciting spectacle for the crowds, who will also be entertained with live music and DJs. There is a firework display when the competition ends.
5. Eden Beer Festival at the Eden Project, 6th of October
Some people may be going Sober for October, and good on them, but it looks like Cornwall isn’t with the second beer festival on the list. Go to one of Cornwall’s best-known attractions and get close to some extraordinary plants. Eden celebrates a huge range of craft ales and speciality ciders, for the festival. Gin lovers are catered for too, with a range of Cornish gins on offer in a range of flavours. There will be gourmet festival food too. This is a ticketed event.
This specialist food festival takes place at Events Square in Falmouth. It celebrates the start of oyster dredging season, and the diversity of Cornish seafood. It is celebrated over four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.
7. Fright Night at Newquay Zoo, 30th of October
Watch some frightfully spooky stories preformed in the deepest and darkest depths of Newquay Zoo, this Fright Night. Enjoy a hot chocolate and stroll around the zoo by torch light – who knows what is around of the corner…boo! Booking is essential. Proceeds go towards conservation.
8. Halloween at Flambards, near Helston, 20th – 26th of October
Cornwall’s fun theme park offers lots this half-term, with scary rides, and a spooky pumpkin trail in the creepy Victorian Village. Look out for Peggy Price, who may be skulking around the corner on the Victorian cobbles, collect your copy of the Halloween Penny Dreadful, with a spooky quiz to complete as you explore the street and learn some revolting Victorian facts. There is a firework spectacular on Wednesday the 24th of October. Please note the park is closed on 27th, 28th and 29th of October for a private event.
There are money off vouchers for Flambards in the Hendra Welcome Book, which you get on arrival.
This is a great fun community event where the town unites and dresses up in spooky outfits for Halloween. Starting at 1pm with Titan the Robot followed by a family party at the Cribbar, with face-painting. The ghouls set off down Newquay High-street at 3pm from Gover Lane to through the town centre and up to the Hotel Victoria where you are all invited to come on in for a FREE family disco featuring dancers, entertainers another performance from Titan the Robot!
10. Halloween at DairyLand, near Newquay, 20th – 26th of October
This brilliant farm attraction, complete with an amazing indoor play area – The Bull Pen. This Halloween you take part in a series of fun and spooky activities. Children can make magic potions, make a wooden wand, pumpkin carving and treasure trails!
There is money off vouchers for DairyLand in the Hendra Welcome Book, which you get on arrival.