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October events in Cornwall

Wild food walks in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the county’s best brews at Falmouth Beer Festival, feast nights to tantalise the tastebuds and some frighteningly good Halloween events – it’s all happening in Cornwall this October. 

The return of crisp days and cold evenings heralds the start of autumn in Cornwall, but that’s no excuse to hibernate as you can be sure that there’s still plenty to see and do nearby. 

October in Cornwall is all about wild seas and romantic cliff walks, local pubs with a good Sunday roast and cosying up in front of the log fire in your snug holiday cottage, but there’s also plenty of events to explore – with everything from Cornish films and books to local oysters, beer and gin. Make the most of the abundance of seasonal produce by visiting one of the many food and drink festivals and events this Autumn. 

In addition, although you might be too old for trick or treating these days, trust us, there’s still a LOT of fun to be had this Halloween. We’ve picked out some of the county’s best pumpkin-carving, spooky storytelling and fancy dress events for kids to ensure you and your family have a terrific, terrifying time! Or, if you’re feeling brave, why not bite into nerve-wracking, bone-shaking thrills with our hand-picked adult only scare experiences? Warning: not for the faint-hearted! 

Get out there and enjoy Cornwall this October. Here’s our guide to ensure you don't miss a thing.

Cornwall events in October

 

First week of October

2nd and 3rd October: La Tragedie de Carmen at the Minack

4th to 6th October: Falmouth Beer Festival

4th to 7th October: North Cornwall Book Festival

5th to 7th October: Apple weekend at Trelissick

5th to 6th October: Oktoberfest in Truro

 

Second and third week of October

11th to 14th October: Falmouth Oyster Festival

13th to 14th October: Mid-century and vintage festival

20th to 28th October: Half term Trick or Treasure at Pirate’s Quest in Newquay

20th to 28th October: Trelissick Halloween activities

20th to 28th October: Shriek week at Newquay Zoo

 

Final week of October

 

24th October: Halloween Fireworks Spectacular at Flambards

25th to 26th October: Spooky Halloween Tours of Pendennis Castle

27th October: Fright Night at Cotehele House

28th October: All Hallows Eve at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle

 

To experience the magic and romance of autumn, stay in Cornwall for October.

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