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 visitcornwall.com
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