Ideas for days out this October half-term

Autumnal days and spooky ways to celebrate Hallow'een in Cornwall. There are pumpkin carvings, ghostly trails and events to get you ready for the scariest day of the year.

Child with a pumpkin

Autumn fun at Cotehele

Wanted: families and children looking for spooky Hallowe’en fun during autumn half-term. If you see any, please send them to Cotehele where there are all sorts of sinister goings-on going on.

two children look at colourful autumn leaves in the garden at Glendurgan

Top 5 autumn family activities at Glendurgan

There's lots of fun things to do at this time of year in the garden.

Autumn sunlight streaming through the branches of a golden walnut tree

Autumn at Antony

Say goodbye to summer, breathe in the crisp air and see what Antony has to offer this season. Take a welly walk in the garden, enjoy looking around a cosy family home and finish things off with a winter warmer in the tea-room.

Girl carefully hammers a nail into the birdbox at Lower Halsdon

Build a bird box at Polzeath 

Join National Trust rangers at the Tubestation in Polzeath and build a bird box that makes a cosy home for our feathery friends. Either take it home for your garden or help put it up in some coastal woodland nearby.

Two carved pumpkins sitting amongst autumn coloured leaves

Trengwainton's October half-term happenings

This October half-term, we’re perfectly potty about pumpkins and totally taken up with toffee apples. Find out what’s going on.

Chimney walk

East Pool Mine  

Hands on fun at East Pool Mine with Trevithick Tuesdays, to help you find out about the science behind the mine.

A serotine bat flying through the night sky

Learn about Lanhydrock's bats this half-term 

Find out about the different types of bats that live at Lanhydrock and discover how your super-skills compare to theirs.

A large Hallowe'en spider at Tintagel Old Post Office

Hallowe'en at Tintagel Old Post Office

For spooky shenanigans this Hallowe'en half-term, 21-29 October, why not join us for Torchlight terrors?! Using your UV torch, uncover the scary symbols hidden in the dark places of the house. Solve the puzzle to win a bag of ghastly goodies. £2 per trail. Normal admission applies. The house is open 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm).


Miles of coast paths, sandy beaches, exotic gardens and a rich mining history. Cornwall's varied landscape offers a rich variety for summer days out.