The october half term muddy guide 2016
If you’re not jetting off to your own private island for some winter sun this week (and if you are, I’m not jealous*) , cop a load of this: Here comes October 16 Half Term and at Muddy HQ we’re meeting it head on with the biggest, most searingly useful Muddy Guide since we began..
Read on for my curated What’s ‘On All Week’ guide below with separate listings for Kids and Adults (keep a-scrollin’, there’s cool stuff for everyone in there). PLUS an easy-browse day-by-day calendar for more one-off type events or as a way to search directly for cool stuff to do on specific days – there’s over 30 events to choose from over the coming week!
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ON ALL WEEK – for families
Autumn activity trail, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
The best things in life are free, right? Try a Forestry Commission activity trail up at Cardinham – bursting with things to do, see, smell and touch as you explore the beauty of the forest with the family at this time of year. I went back in February and its fabulous. Wear them out and refuel at the Woods Cafe while you’re there – or better still, get him to wear them on the trail, while you stay Hygge in front of the roaring fire.
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, PL30 4AL
HallowEden, Eden Project, Bodelva
The EP does half term hols well and this October is a no-brainer:pop-up performances, ghostly sideshows and uncanny illusions, storytellers’ hair-raising tales of the unexpected, and crazy pumpkin carving. There’ll be plenty of spooky activities on offer, including a spine-tingling disco on the Saturday in the Olive Grooveyard. Don’t miss the haunted Biomes! The ice rink will also be open and is sure to chill you to the bone…wha ha ha
Eden Project, Bodelva PL24 2SG T:01726 811911
Clip and Climb, A30 Victoria
Yes I know its the services on the A30, but actually peasy to get to and if it rains you’ll be glad I mentioned it won’t you? This is right on my doorstep and I had no idea it was there until one of the kids was invited to a party. Not your average climbing wall – its a Kiwi craze with lots of inspired routes to conquer, – just clip on to the belay, and go. It is a huge hit with my mudlets, but suitable from 4 and up so no excuse for Grandad not to join in. Lots of (chain) food options if you want to keep it all under one roof. If climbing ain’t your thing, pop up to Jamaica Inn – its just down the road.
From £8 for an hour sesh, 10am – 7pm throughout the holidays Clip and Climb, Cornwall Services, Victoria, Roche, St Austell PL26 8UF T: 01726 892838 Booking is essential!
Monkey Madness, Wild Futures, St Martin, Looe
It’s all going to get a bit spooky with Halloween games over half term at the Monkey Sanctuary.Get your face painted (yes you too Daddy) and take part in the Hallowe’en treasure hunt in the garden. With pumpkin soup and spooky cakes at the Treetop Cafe, there’s loads of spookiness to get tucked into!
There’s a lot to do for the whole family who can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating animals from the team of expert keepers. Tickets are valid for a whole year (reentry)
£26 for a family ticket 11am – 4pm Wild Futures, Murrayton House, St Martin, Looe PL13 1NZ T: 01503 262 532
Adrenalin Quarry, Menheniot
If you’ve always hankered after a chance to try axe throwing, now’s your chance. Adrenalin Quarry is another fave with my lot, but if you don’t make it over half term, you’ll have to wait until Feb as it closes for the winter 31 October. As well as the axe throwing, there’s a zip wire, coasteering and a giant swing.
Take a gander here:
Its open all weather so pack waterproofs/ a wetsuit/ sunscreen.
Prices dependent on activity, but you can buy tickets online.
10am – 5pm Adrenalin Quarry, Lower Clicker Road, Menheniot, PL14 3JP T: 01579 308204
Heligan Hallowe’en, Pentewan
Lots going on at Heligan this half-term, and all activities are free with normal admission charges: From 10am – 5pm every day, creep down the Hallowe’en trail, and stumble upon spooky goings on that may give you a fright!; on the east lawn, listen to enchanted tales by the fire – snuggle up as the storytellers as they spin yarns and weave magical tales by the fire in the yurt- every day at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm; in the Hubble Bubble tent create some creepy crafts – make your own willow wand and enjoy casting spells, a herbal dream pillow to give yourself sweet dreams, or a shadow puppet and try it out in the shadow puppet theatre.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN T: 01726 845100
Hallowe’en workshops and spooky night walk, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith
Those nice chaps at Trebah are offering free garden entry (during the day) for under 15s through out October, and workshops are just £4 including all the materials you need. Bonza. Two days of workshops for your little horrors on Thursday and Friday – drop in to a pumpkin carving and make sessions from 11am – 2pm both days. On Friday and Saturday night meet the Owlman of Mawnan! Some say he stands eight feet tall, some say his eyes glow a deep deep read. One thing is certain: he terrifies all who see him! This is a night time walk through the garden, with storytellers and a performance. You must book – this is a really popular event and each group has a limited number of places. This one is too spooky for dogs and buggies. Torches are provided.
Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth TR11 5JZ T: 01326 252200
Boo at the Zoo Hallowe’en week, Newquay Zoo, Newquay
Aw look at these clever Ringtailed Lemurs and their entry to the pumpkin carving comp! Spooktacular fun for all the family with a ghoulish ghost hunt, facepainting, make and take art, spooky storytime. Events are free, but normal admission applies. A family ticket is around £40, but check online for deals
Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, TR7 2LZ T: 01637 873342
ON ALL WEEK – National Trust
Tues 25 – Thurs 27 Oct 12-3pm
Hallowe’en trail and creepy crafts for the whole (Adams) family.
£2.50 plus entrance fee (Family ticket £22.90)
Mon 24 – Sun 30 Oct 11am-4pm
Hallowe’en freak week – spooky, creative fun in Shamrock’s boathouse on Cotehele Quay, and a self-guided spooky trail in the house (you might like to bring a torch to help you spot all the sinister clues) and a spine-tingling trail with a lollipop prize and possibly baking demonstrations at the mill.
£1 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £25)
Sat 1 Oct – Sun 30 Oct 10:30-5:30pm
As part of the ‘fruits, trees and colourful leaves’ season Glendurgan are offering willow crowns to every visitor. Decorate your crown with coloured leaves on the ground throughout the garden and have your own autumn coronation.
£2 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £20.25)
Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct 10am-4pm
Bat season and Hallowee’en Happenings! Learn some gruesome and spooky facts about bats with Godolphin’s hallowe’en trail, get a scary face paint or venture into the undercroft to listen to some spooky ghost stories
Free events, standard entrance fee applies (Family ticket £19.25)
Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct 10am-4pm
Follow the spooky clues around the garden and wooded estate to win a prize.
£2 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £31.60)
Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct 10am-3pm
Voted by visitors last year to be the best Halloween Trail in the area, the walk starts Lydford’s own witches wood. Meet at the Cauldron entrance where you can come along and enjoy the trail along – leave Nanny in the tearooms, picnic and play area or add it into a fantastic and inspiring full day walking the gorge. Complete the trail and win a prize.
£3, plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £20)
Sat 22 Oct – Tues 1 Nov 10am-5pm
Pesky Pumpkin Hallowe’en trail. The pesky pumpkins are hiding throughout the park. Follow the map and clues and find each pesky pumpkin and find the letter they are each carrying. Find the letters, unscramble them and work out the mystery word. Find the spooky word and win a prize
£2 (no additional entrance fee)
Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct 11am-3pm
Torchlight terrors! Are you brave enough to venture out this October half-term and shine a light on the terrors that are hidden in the house? Take the UV torch trail to win a bag of treats
£2 per trail plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £10)
Sat 22 – Mon 31 Oct 10:30am-5:30pm
Spooky Hallowe’en Trail. Find the clues in this spooky trail around the house and garden.
The event is free but standard entrance fee applies (Family ticket £22.55)
Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct 11am-5pm
Ghostly goings on! Become a ghost detective and see what you discover; there are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Experience the eerie silent house tours, daily from 3 pm
The event is free but standard entrance fee applies (Family ticket £21.25)
ON ALL WEEK – For adults
Liberties, The Exchange, Penzance
An exhibition of contemporary art by 24 female artists reflecting on the 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act.
Curated by Day+Gluckman it presents a snapshot of a woman’s place in British society. Body, femininity, sex, motherhood, economic and political status are explored through film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting. Works by more than 20 women artists reflect the changes in art practice, within the context of sexual and gender equality, since the introduction of the Act.
Works from the four decades include The Last Gaze (recently purchased by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and kindly loaned for this exhibition) by celebrated feminist artist Margaret Harrison, and Sonia Boyce’s Devotional Wallpaper, an on-going project which features the names of 200 black British women in the music industry, cited by members of her local community. A selection of Helen Chadwick’s seminal Wreaths To Pleasure (1992-1994) will be exhibited alongside recent Goldsmith’s graduate Alice May Williams, who will present We Can Do It!, a video work created from the ‘googling’ of the words ‘Rosie the Riveter’, the American headscarf wearing World War II icon.
10am – 5pm Mon – Sat The Exchange, princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL
Falmouth Beer Festival, Falmouth *Thurs 20 – Sun 23 Oct
200 of the most mouth-watering real ales, ciders and perries for you to delight in! Plus ‘pub grub’ and live entertainment throughout the festival… oh, and free drinks for designated drivers- that should keep Mr MC happy. No need to book, its a tenner on the door.
£10 From 8pm Thursday Falmouth Beer Festival, Princess Pavilion, Melvill Rd, Falmouth TR11 4AR T: 01326 211222
Sister Act, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Sing Hallelujah! An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy starring X Factor’s Alexandra Burke and directed by Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood. Ive stuck this in the adults section, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t take older kiddos.
Hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
You got to be quick though, when I checked, there were seats left for Thurs 27 (matinee) and Sat 29.
From £28 Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL