Corn­wall-to-wall ac­tiv­i­ties


WITH un­cer­tainty over flights and the ex­change rate reach­ing record highs, why not come to Corn­wall for a short break this half-term? We can­not prom­ise you non-stop sun­shine but you won’t be stuck for things to do.

The Tate St Ives re­opens on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 14 with a new gallery and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, fol­low­ing a long trans­for­ma­tion process. Come and ex­plore the his­tory of art in St Ives be­fore wan­der­ing around the town to see where many of the artists got their in­spi­ra­tion.

And if you en­joy a good wan­der, why not take part in the Fal River Au­tumn Fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 19-29? It provides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the area as the wood­land is brought to life by the golden hues of au­tumn. You can en­joy a mod­est stroll, an all-day walk, or a fam­ily-friendly ram­ble. If you pre­fer walk­ing on your own try one of the self-guided walks.

At the other end of the county, there are plenty of spooky half-term ac­tiv­i­ties at Antony House in South East Corn­wall. You can ex­plore the grounds of the his­toric house, which were fea­tured in Tim Bur­ton’s Alice in Won­der­land movie, fol­low the Hal­loween trail through the mag­nif­i­cent gar­dens or join in the creepy craft-mak­ing.

Chil­dren of all ages can head to the Eden Pro­ject to discover if they’re brave enough to take on Roald Dahl’s most fright­en­ing vil­lains. The ‘Hal­lowe­den’ event fea­tures themes from five of Dahl’s books in­clud­ing Matilda, the BFG and The Witches.

The Eden Pro­ject ice-skat­ing rink will also be open for the whole fam­ily to en­joy, and chil­dren can show off their dance moves at the Lit­tle Mon­sters’ Ball on Oc­to­ber 28.

Grown-ups in search of a good scare should head to Bod­min Jail where you can spend the night on a para­nor­mal tour. Or you can play it safe by vis­it­ing dur­ing the day and ex­plor­ing the Vic­to­rian build­ing with the lights on.

In fact the town of Bod­min is ideal for those not-so-sunny Oc­to­ber days with its steam train, reg­i­men­tal mu­seum and his­toric court­room.

OVER in Newquay, the Aero­hub will host the first ever trial run of the Blood­hound Su­per­sonic Car on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 28.

This will pre­cede an at­tempt to reach a new world land speed record of 1,000 mph.

The public is in­vited to watch this his­toric event where vis­i­tors can not only see the car reach dizzy­ing speeds of 200 mph but can also ex­pe­ri­ence what it feels like to drive a su­per­sonic car in a sim­u­la­tor.

So head down to the south west this half-term and you will find that Corn­wall has much more to offer than just beau­ti­ful beaches and ice creams. IN­FOR­MA­TION: To find out more about these and other events, log on to vis­it­corn­

SOME­THING FOR EV­ERY­ONE: Ex­plore the his­tory of local art when the Tate St Ives re­opens, or do the mon­ster mash at Eden Pro­ject’s Hal­loween disco

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