There are lots of spooky goings on in Cornwall this half term.
Here's your guide to what's happening around the Duchy to keep the kids entertained for Halloween.
Crealy: FOR half-term, and Hallowe’en, Cornwall’s Crealy near Wadebridge is pulling out all the stops to give families a family treat before the park closes for winter. Bring the children along to one of the park’s traditional games such as apple-bobbing. There is a free pumpkin for every paying child and plenty of dedicated pumpkin carving areas at the park. Entry is only £9.99pp. For more information visit www.crealy.co.uk
Newquay Zoo: GET your fancy dress gear out for Hallowe’en at Newquay Zoo. The Hallowe’en Zoo BOO Party is the place to celebrate, with resident witches, cheeky little devils, ghastly ghouls and proper pumpkins – as well as loads of reptiles that you can get closer to in this amazing unique setting. This is a ticket event only – adults £9.95, children £6.95. Telephone the zoo to book on 0844 474 2244 (local rate) – www.newquay.org.uk
Heartlands: STRANGE audio recordings, taken at Heartlands during a private paranormal investigation in the former tin mine last month, have been released to the public. Heartlands and GHOST UK have released a YouTube clip of the original investigation and are inviting the public to take part in new paranormal explorations on two exclusive evenings – this Saturday and Saturday, November 3. With space limited to 30 each night, visitors will discover more about techniques used by paranormal experts and mediums while taking part in their own investigation.
Pendennis Castle: FAMILIES in Cornwall are guaranteed a spooktacular Hallowe’en at Pendennis Castle as English Heritage hosts a fun-filled weekend in honour of all things ghastly and ghoulish. Time Travellers Go … Ghosts and Ghouls takes place on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm, and promises to get even the hardiest ghost-buster’s spine tingling. Pendennis Castle is said to be haunted by a myriad of ethereal manifestations, so this Tudor property is the perfect destination for a Hallowe’en-themed outing. Adults £6.50 / concessions £5.90 / children £3.90 (under-5s free ) / family £16.90 / English Heritage members free.
Trebah Gardens: FOR THE first time on October 30 a “Spooky Night Walk” will be held at Trebah Garden – a unique opportunity to explore the illuminated garden in the dead of night and find out what lurks in the shadows when the visitors have gone home. Dressed up, and ready for your blood to curdle, you navigate the garden via various horrifying installations. Storytelling ghouls will be on hand to guide you on your way and ensure you miss nothing. In all the evening is set to be a fantastic apple-bobbing, blood curdling, fun filled, family experience with free entry to under-15s in fancy dress and only £5 per adult.
Eden Project: THE EDEN Project celebrates its Halloweden festival with the return of the ice-rink and a witch’s hat full of tricks and treats from Saturday to November 4. The spine-tingling spectacular will see visitors taking a chilly spin on the ice rink before exploring the Wishcraft Tent. The popular Little Monsters’ Ball returns on October 30 and 31 with the site staying open until 9pm. All Halloweden events and the Little Monsters’ Ball are included in the daily admission price for the Eden Project except face-painting which is £3 per design.
Flambards: FLAMBARDS near Helston is going over to the dark side for the annual end of season firework spectacular which falls on Hallowe’en. Wednesday, October 31 will be a day, and night, to remember. The focus will be fun – with a sprinkling of fear – all geared to satisfy each member of the family.
Newquay: COURAGEOUS kids are being sought to take part in a Zombie Crawl to run them out of Newquay. The Zombie Crawl will take place from 4.30pm on Saturday at the Piazza in the town centre, marching to the Killacourt. Local kids and visitors are challenged to spook the ghouls and zombies into fleeing from Newquay, with the help of a storyteller who will lead the march.
Children aged five to 14 are encouraged to come along on and join in for free, armed with torches and fake blood to show just how fearsome Newquay can be. If all of the zombies and ghouls are successfully banished, a free family disco will be held at the Hotel Victoria from 6pm, with oodles of gruesome games and chilling competitions.
Paradise Park: There's lots of family fun to be had at Paradise Park this half-term. The Owl Prowl trail from Sunday to November 4 is sure to give you goose bumps as you explore the grounds, hunting out clues about these creatures of the night. When you complete all the answers your skills will be rewarded with a sweet treat. Get into the spirit of things by joining staff for the Hallowe’en disco with JungleBarn fun and prizes for the best fancy dress from 3pm to 6pm on Wednesday, October 31. It’s just £3.95pp or if you have one you could use your return ticket. Spooky food and home-made pumpkin soup will be available. Head on down to Paradise Park near Hayle and join in the fun.
Godolphin’s famous Barefoot Trail will remain open until Wednesday, October 31 If you’d rather explore by night, come and join the Hallowe’en ghost walk in the grounds of the estate and prepare to meet some creepy characters on Saturday 27th October
Trengwainton: There are no tricks, but you’ll be in for a treat at Trengwainton’s Pumpkin Fun Day on Sunday. Have a go at pumpkin games and pumpkin carving; and feast on pumpkin dishes in the tea-room.
DairyLand Farmworld: HAVE a haunting Hallowe’en at DairyLand Farmworld. Prepare yourself for some ghostly goings-on. With a free pumpkin and carving for every entrance paying child and a terrifying treasure trail throughout half-term, it’s a petrifying place. Creep into the Bull Pen for frightfully-fantastic indoor fun and watch out for Boris and Dazy saying boo, not moo. It’s guaranteed to be super-spooky at DairyLand Farmworld this half-term – even the adults will get a scare. It’s £7 per head, with free return until November 4. Youngsters under 92cm high are admitted free. For more information, call the info line 01872 510256 or 01872 510349. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dairylandfarmworld.com
Bodmin & Wenford Railway : There will be a special Hallowe’en Murder Mystery Special on Tuesday, October 30. Solve it while enjoying a steam train journey – watch and listen as the professionally staged murder plot unfolds before your very eyes. The steam-hauled train departs from Bodmin General Station at 7pm. The ticket is inclusive of the journey, with a Cornish pasty supper served at your seat – advance booking essential.
Land’s End: To celebrate Hallowe’en there are some great free activities and competitions for children. Clarissa the Witch will be in her spooky cavern where kids can make their own witches’ hats or Hallowe’en masks, and try one of her tricky competitions. A spider trail will provide some fun as you explore Land’s End, looking out for the sparkly spiders to win a small prize. Finally, all children who visit in fancy dress will be entered into a draw to win a large prize. There are four great value family attractions including a state-of-the-art 4-D film experience showing films in 3-D with the added effects of seat movement, water sprays, air blasts and leg- ticklers; plus the new exciting interactive exhibition, Arthur’s Quest, which uses the latest interactive technology and special effects to conjure a magical, scary world.
Maritime Museum: Don’t miss the Maritime Museum’s Trick or Treat Tour on Wednesday from 6.30pm. Suitable for children aged five and up, spooky shenanigans are guaranteed making monster masks, bloodcurdling badges and trick or treat baskets before setting off on a torch lit tour to discover the ghosts and ghouls hidden in the museum’s galleries. Tickets are just £4.95 per person but places are limited so please book in advance on 01326 214546.
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