Events and Things to do in October 2021
It seems like we are only after the summer holidays, and we are already thinking about the half-term. Or perhaps you have not been away yet and are looking to book a break away in the coming weeks.
For many autumn is their preferred time to visit, this time of year is often referred to as the shoulder season.
October is a great time to visit Cornwall for many reasons. Firstly, it is not as busy as the summer season. The weather can be just as good, we still get the occasionally sunny although cooler day. The damp, cold Cornish weather has not yet fully kicked in. It takes on a new look with its vibrant autumnal colours.
Another big reason for visiting in October is that prices are generally cheaper than peak season and there is more availability of holiday properties to choose from.
What’s more we don’t slow down when it comes to things to do, there are still lots of events and activities taking place to entertain visitors and locals.
This forthcoming October is looking to be busy, and here is a rundown of what we can look forward to when out and about.
Mevagissey Shanty Festival – 15th – 17th October
A weekend of fun, shanties, folk, and laughter waits for those attending this popular festival. It is also an important fundraising event raising much needed funds for various village organisations.
There will be a variety of shanty and acapella groups performing at different venues throughout the village, bringing the village to life. From intimate settings to the main stage, there is a variety of venues to choose from. Grab a drink and get ready to tap your foot and sing along.
There are 24 top groups from across the UK attending, totalling more than 140 hours of performances. So, you can expect an eclectic mix of music, rousing tunes, magical melodies as well as rich harmonies. The festival will kick off at 19.00pm on Friday 18th of October. The atmosphere is great and there is fabulous food to be had too.
The Mevagissey Activity Centre will be a ticketed venue with the main stage alongside a mini Cornish Beer Festival.
The festival also allows you to explore this picturesque fishing village.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Carnglaze Cavern – Saturday 23rd October – 8.00 pm
A unique and memorable cinema experience, the screening takes place in The Rum Store, an atmospheric underground cavern, 60ft below ground. It was once a safe storage area for the UK during World War II.
Please bear in mind it is a cavern and the temperature remains at a constant 10 degrees year-round, so warm clothing is recommended, along with suitable shoes. They also suggest taking along a cushion.
The Rum Store is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
Seating is not reserved so it is first come first seated.
Also, a cash bar is in operation, as there is no Wi-Fi signal in the caverns.
It promises to be a fun and lively event, so get dressed as your favourite Transylvanian character and prepare to sing along to the catchy songs.
Lappa Valley – Peppa Pig Visit – 26th and 27th October
Peppa Pig is coming to this nostalgic steam train railway for a short visit.
Peppa will be making personal appearances at selected times throughout both days. We are sure there will be lots of young fans looking to jump in muddy puddles with excitement.
Situated amongst 35 acres of Cornish woodland, there is lots to do whilst you are here, you can take a family friendly ride on a beautiful steam train and stop off at all the fun exciting places along the way.
Other fun activities include, trampolines, crazy golf, woodland walk, pirate ship, adventure play area, giant slide and fort climbing there is plenty to entertain young children.
With lots of open spaces where children can run free safely.
Or should it be raining there are indoor options also.
It promises to be a fabulous day of adventure and fun for all the family, and you get to meet Peppa Pig!
Newlyn Filmhouse – Penzance
Another unique cinema setting, this converted fish smoking cellar has been transformed into an independent and intimate cinema experience. It is a beautifully presented classic film house with an old style feel but with modern touches, and comfortable seating.
They show both a wide range of both mainstream and art-house titles during the week.
Add to the experience with a meal at the Eathouse Restaurant where you can indulge in delicious food, made using local produce and seafood.
All areas of the facility are fully accessible.
Trevask Farm – Hayle – Pick your own fruit
Set amongst 28 acres of stunning countryside, they offer the complete countryside experience. Pick your own is a super fun family day out and shows children where their food comes from. It can be a great way to encourage fussy eaters especially if they have picked it themselves.
Before you go you can check the website to see exactly what is picking.
You can choose from an abundance of fruit and vegetables, there are more than 80 crops grown here. There are information signs dotted around the farm park, so you know exactly what you are picking. Children can learn about crops as they wander amongst the fields.
They also put on special event days, like Pick your own Pumpkin, you get to pick it straight off the vine. Once you have picked the perfect pumpkin you can decorate at home. There is generally a trail for children to follow, face painting and other fun activities.
There is no entrance to the farm, you only pay for what you pick.
Bonus you will know what you are having for dinner that night and it tastes so fresh, you can really notice the difference.
After all that hard work you can stop at the Farmhouse Restaurant for a well-deserved treat, their desserts are divine.
Take some time to visit the market or butcher for something tasty to accompany the delicious produce you picked.
Or visit the farm animals out in the paddocks, you will see pigs, sheep, cows ducks and more. If it is raining, there are all-weather polytunnels and lots of trees to provide shelter. Put on your wellies and the children will have fun splashing and jumping in puddles.
They are open daily from 10.00am to 5.00 pm, no need to book, just turn up.
Autumn Rockpool Ramble, Hannafore Beach, Sunday 24th October – 1.30 pm
This is a free family event, and everyone is welcome. Join the experts as you explore the rocky shore for its hidden delights.
Autumn is a great season for rock pooling as the tides go out further. This lower shore reveals lots of creatures you would not normally see. Keep your eyes peeled for worm pipefish, sea lemons, sea hares or vibrant blue rayed limpets, there is another world to be discovered under the water. It can be a magical experience.
It is recommended that you wear suitable shoes and clothing. Also, they ask that you do not take along any nets, as they can harm delicate rockpool creatures.
The event is suitable for all ages but under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. You will meet below the coastguard station.
Halloween at the Museum – Sunday 31st October - National Maritime Museum, Falmouth – 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Have fun trick and treating throughout the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Hidden amongst the deepest darkest corners of the museum are spooky sea spirits. Use your torch to follow the ghostly trail to find these spooky spirits. With prizes to be won, will you win a trick or a treat.
Dress up in your favourite costume and have fun amongst the exhibits.
A ticketed event that can be booked now at https://nmmc.co.uk/
They are also running a week of events Silhouettes & Shadows, Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October. With spooky craft making, storytelling, prizes to be won and lots more fun activities.
Dinosaur Quiz Trail at Paradise Park - Hayle – runs until 31st October
If you have anyone dinosaur mad at home, make your way to Paradise Park. Search for the dinosaurs and their eggs amongst the birds and wildlife.
Complete the questionnaire and you will be rewarded with a special ‘Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’ certificate.
In good weather children. Can play in the outdoor ‘Paradise Island’, for wet or cold weather head indoors to the huge indoor ’Jungle Barn Play Centre’.
To book please go to https://paradisepark.org.uk/plan-your-visit/admission-prices/
Fisherman’s Friends – The Musical – Hall for Cornwall – Wednesday 13th – Saturday 30th October
Catch a performance of this new musical at the Hall for Cornwall.
A fun and uplifting musical following on from the hugely successful film. The story of a group of Cornish fishermen who got together to sing sea shanties to raise money for charity and ended up on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
A real feel-good story packed with sea shanties that will transport you to the high seas, and leave you laughing, crying, and singing along.
Tickets are on sale now at https://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/playhouse-tickets-shows/fishermans-friends-the-musical/book
Many of the popular attractions, along with National Trust and English Heritage Properties are hosting special events for the hal-term week, so it is worth checking out their websites for details.