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Fun Activities and Treats for October Half Term

Sailing - Fowey

Half term is nearly upon us and while summer might well be over, there’s still plenty to see and do in Cornwall for visitors of all ages, from the coast to the countryside.

Whether you are enjoying a holiday at Polruan Cottages with your little ones, or you’re relaxing on an adult break with family or friends this half term, you’ll find an array of all-weather activities and events taking place in the local area. Here are just a few of them:

On the water

Sea Kayak

Jump aboard a self-drive boat and explore Polruan, Fowey and the surrounding creeks, china clay docks, and secluded coves. Hire the boat for half an hour or the whole week and you might even spot some seals and dolphins along the way. Discover the location that inspired Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’.

Hire a kayak and paddle to areas that are usually inaccessible by boat. Stop off for a picnic at a secluded beach on the river banks, or take a guided tour and learn about the area’s nature and wildlife.

Fowey Leisure Cruises offer a 45-minute journey around the harbour, docks and harbour mouth, and the experienced boatmen will tell you about the history of this deep water harbour that was used to ship china clay in the 1800s.

Monkeying Around

Meet the local residents at the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe, chat to the keepers, and find out the rescue stories of these cute animals. Half term is Spooky Week and visitors of all ages will enjoy creepy treats in the café, face painting, spooky treasure hunts, and Halloween workshops.


It’s all about Halloween at the Eden Project near St Austell this half term. From potion making in the Rainforest Biome, pumpkin carving, and meeting some owls, to a spooky shadow puppet play of Hansel and Gretel and the Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween disco on 31st October, you’ll be in for some spooky treats.


Rock Pool Ramble

Explore the diverse marine life of Fowey’s rock pools on 28th October. Meet at Readymoney Beach in Fowey at 12pm and you can learn about seaweed, barnacles, mussels, crabs and more! Find out more here…

Lost Gardens


The Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell are hosting ‘Heligan Halloween’ with a spooky trail in the woods that lead you to tricks or treats. You can listen to enchanted stories in the Halloween Yurt or enjoy craft activities throughout the week.

Sandcastles and hot chocolate

Polkerris is a beautiful sheltered harbour cove just two miles from Fowey. You can build sandcastles with little (and big) ones, before heading to the café for hot chocolates and stunning sea views.