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October half term in beautiful Cornwall

The October half term holiday will soon be upon us and the children are desperate for a break from school.

We’re big fans of families getting together, having fun outside or visiting new places and attractions, and there are so many locally which will fill your days during your stay with us.

October is a wonderful time to visit Cornwall for a family holiday. You can enjoy crisp country adventures, picking berries along the way and relish in the dreamy peacefulness of coastal paths and hidden coves. The weather is still warm and usually kind too, with sunshine, dry days and clear skies with the trees starting to embrace a vibrant golden glow.  There’re all sorts of activities provided for the children here at the hotel’s Kids Club, and far less queuing at the various visitor attractions nearby. Plus, your four-legged best friend has access to all the beaches which were off limits in the summer. Cornwall is a paradise of calm, open spaces - a true retreat and what better time to take the kids away than October Half Term?

We know there’s no guarantee with the weather but don’t let the cooler temperatures spoil your plans. A crisp autumnal day doesn’t have to mean sitting inside trying to wrestle screens from the families’ hands.

A bracing rainy coastal walk can be an exhilarating experience but may not appeal to young children or teens. So, here is our guide to family days out in October, there is so much fun to be had at this time of year, especially in Cornwall! You’ll find inspiration below for local attractions to visit within a 20 mile radius to the hotel and cheaper/free suggestions too.

Half term days out in Cornwall

Halloween Tricks & Treats Firework Spectacular –Flambards - Wednesday 24th October

Watch the sky light up above Flambards!

Enjoy a full day out at Flambards followed by our Firework Spectacular in the evening. 

  • Rides & Attractions close 30/60 minutes before firework display at 7:30pm
  • Where: 20 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Meet the Beasts this Halloween- One2Eleven – Thursday 25th October

Mad 4 Animals at One2Eleven during October half term- A special ‘Meet the Beasts’ session on Thursday 25th October at 4:30pm!

It’ll be your chance to meet the sneakiest snakes and most terrifying tarantulas’ in this Halloween Special Meet the Beasts session. With all wizards famously favourite friend, the owl, visiting One2Eleven it’s sure to be the spookiest event indeed!

  • This is a great indoor play area for one to eleven-year olds which is open 360 days of the year.
  • Where: 20 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Puptober Half Term - 20th – 28th October

Join us at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for our Puptober half-term event and become a rescue ranger. Come and learn all about the dramatic rescues of our grey seal pups and experience pup rescue hands on!

Take part in: Rescue Rangers SOS training, from rescue to release; the Hospital story, Pup rescue adventure trail, Ocean Crafts, Earn an exclusive ‘Puptober’ Pop Badge.

All this and much more, including our fantastic talks and feeds!

  • Where: 20 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Ghost Ships - National Maritime Museum – October Half-Term

This October half term don’t miss Ghostships! a visually stunning, breath-taking ‘aerial dance’ performance flying up into the very heights of the Museum’s Main Hall.

Created by renowned dance company Yskynna, performances are free with your museum ticket, and run three times a day, Monday-Friday over the half-term.

Additional free activities include: make your own ‘glass ghost ship lantern’ craft activity and treasure hunt trail.

  • Where: 40 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Visit Poldark Mine Open until Saturday 27th October

The ancient Cornish tin mine that just about everyone is talking about.

Open Tuesday to Saturday each week in October to Saturday 27th October.

 Main mine explorer tour in October – 11am & 12.15pm

  • (takes about 65 minutes) - Booking in advance strongly recommended.
  • Where: 25 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Roskillys – Meet the Farm – Oct-Nov

Come and take a peak at a real Cornish organic working farm, FREE fun for all the family.

Meet the animals, stroll around the meadows, enjoy the tranquillity by the ponds and of course, sample some of our delicious ice cream!

  • Where: 25 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Mounthawk Skatepark Oct-Nov

Indoor skateboarding, scooting and BMX playground, perfect for teens.

  • Where: 50 minutes from The Polurrian Bay Hotel

Why not treat yourself to a Cornish break this Autumn, we’ve got great offers available, including mid-week breaks.  Our Polurrian Villas offer a luxury stay for families and friends, with self-catering facilities, you can enjoy your own independence and privacy.

Visit our website to check your preferred dates and join us for a fun-packed half-term. 

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