Blogs for October 2016

Newquay Zoo Christmas Festive Weekend 2016

Posted on Monday 31st October, 2016

Newquay Zoo Christmas Festive Weekend 2016

Visit Newquay Zoo for a weekend of festive fun. 10th-11th December 2016.

Meet Santa in his grotto and our famous penguin called Pickle.

Local's receive a fabulous discount too!

Local discount*: Entry into the zoo £4 per person. Under 3s FREE. 

Santa’s Grotto: £4.95 per child.

Pickle the Penguin: Meet and greet throughout the day.

Booking is essential. Tickets will be on sale soon.  

01637 873342

Suitable for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Must have proof of a Cornish address 


General Opening Hours:
From November 1st: 10.00am-4.30pm (Last entry 3.30pm)
Christmas Eve: 10.00-2.30pm
Christmas Day: Closed  
Boxing day: Open as usual


If only they could talk: Lanhydrock's early owners and their books

Posted on Monday 31st October, 2016

If only they could talk: Lanhydrock's early owners and their books

Visitors to Lanhydrock this November can enjoy a fascinating guided tour in the house. The tour, which is running over weekends in November, tells the story of the early owners of Lanhydrock through looking at their portraits and includes a closer look at some of the rare book collection.

On display will be William Ockham’s ‘The work of ninety days’, a book that helped King Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

The guided tours are running over the weekends of 5 & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th, 26th & 27th November between 11am – 4pm, with the last tour starting at 3pm. Reduced winter admission fees apply and members are free.

Visitors can also enjoy the magnificent autumn colour in the garden and estate, browsing for Christmas gifts in the shop and a warming hot chocolate in the Park Café, which is open every day from 11am - 4pm.


Photograph shows Paul Holden, Lanhydrock’s House and Collections manager, holding the Ockham book.


Half Term fun at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Posted on Thursday 27th October, 2016

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth is a family favourite at half-term. As ever, there’s no shortage of half-term Halloween happenings to entertain the whole family this October.

Here’s a roundup:

Spooky story telling
Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Tuesday 25 October 2016
11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Spine chilling tales told by the Museum’s spooky story teller… come along if you think you’re brave enough.

Shadow Puppets
Saturday 22, Sunday 23 October 2016
11am – 3.30pm daily

Work with local artists to create an enchanting shadow puppet show.

Monstrous Make and Takes
22 – 30 October 2016
12 – 3.30pm daily

Join us every day during half term and take part in our creepy craft activities. Create witches masks, vampire bats and terrifying trick or treat baskets as aprt of our monstrous make and take activities.

Thursday 27 October, 2016
1.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm

Meet the Norse men and women from our Viking Voyagers exhibition and experience horrible, hairy history brought to life with Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. Plus make your own authentic ‘King Cnut’ Viking age coin to take home.

The Dragon’s Den
24 Mar-30 October, 2016

Enter our Vikings and Dragons Playzone! Explore the world of Viking myths, monsters and legends with games galore and fun for kids of all ages. Dress as a Viking and become a raider or trader, take on the giant magnetic Viking picture puzzle and slide down the neck of Fafnir the fearsome dragon if you dare!

All activities are FREE with Museum entrance ticket unless otherwise stated. One creative craft activity each day. Adult supervision required.

Opening Hours: The Museum is open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Prices: Buy a full price individual ticket and get in free to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a year! Adults £12.50 Children (Under 18s) £5 Children (Under 5s) Free

Visit for more information


Meet Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway this December

Posted on Friday 21st October, 2016

Meet Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway this December

Board the Santa Train bound for Santa’s magical Christmas grotto where children will meet and receive a specially selected gift from Santa himself!

Lappa Valley offers a unique and magical Christmas experience for the whole family, tickets are strictly limited keeping the experience personal and intimate. Due to this limit, the trains do sell out and pre-booking is essential. Visit for full details and to book.

All visitors will enjoy a magical festive return steam train ride, rides on the 125 woodland railway, children will enjoy a personal meeting with Santa in his grotto where he will give a specially selected present to each child and adults can enjoy a traditional mince pie and mulled wine or alternative hot drink. Visitor favourite, Harry Kazzam will be returning to entertain visitors with his exciting shows running throughout the day all included in the ticket!

Tickets are £12 per adult, £12 per child 2 and over, £7.50 per child under 2 and FREE for children under 2 not requiring a present.

Lappa Valley is now opening Winter Weekends from 5 November until 4 December and 4 February until 26 March.

Entry is just £6 per person. Visit for full details.

Hope in the Great War exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Posted on Friday 21st October, 2016

Hope in the Great War exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

22nd October, 2016 - 13th November, 2016

Hope in the Great War exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall tells story of 1916 wartime Falmouth lifeboat crew rescue

A new exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall: Hope in the Great War, tells the story of six heroic RNLI rescues, including the story of 3 November 1916 when Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescued 20 people from the tanker Ponus.

Hope in the Great War is a national touring exhibition produced by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and funded by Arts Council England. The exhibition celebrates timeless courage during the First World War, telling the story of six heroic RNLI rescues, with family friendly interactive displays.

Visitors will see the First World War through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK and Ireland. The exhibition honours the courage of RNLI rescuers and survivors.

The Stories:

• 3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
• 30 October 1914 Whitby, Tynemouth, Upgang, Teesmouth and Scarborough lifeboats rescue 144 people from the wrecked hospital ship Rohilla
• 8 August 1915 Fraserburgh lifeboat rescues 14 people from the SS Glenravel when she is targeted by a German submarine
• 1 January 1916 Port Eynon lifeboat goes to the assistance of SS Dunvegan. Tragically three lifeboat crew lose their lives
• 3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
• 29 December 1916 Baltimore (Republic of Ireland) volunteers and RN trawlers rescue 23 people from the SS Alondra
• 9 January 1917 Cromer lifeboat crew and men from the shore rescue 33 from the ships Pyrin and Fernebo when one is wrecked and the other hits a mine.

The exhibition launches on Saturday 22 October 2016 at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Discovery Quay, Falmouth and runs until Sunday 13 November 2016.



Halloweek at Camel Creek!

Posted on Friday 21st October, 2016

Halloweek at Camel Creek!

Halloweek at Camel Creek!

Camel Creek Adventure Park hosts an abundance of ghoulish activities throughout October Half Term as guests prepare to be tricked and treated during the October half term (22nd - 30th October).

An additional scare zone aimed at children 7 and over will accompany the popular “Crocodile Crypt” scare zone aimed at those with a more nervous disposition. The Demon Drop will be transformed into a hair-raising maze with animated characters in costume providing thrills along the way. (All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Activities included in admission price:

·         Free pumpkin for every child*

·         Camel Creek Witch’s Grotto

·         “Demon Drop Dare Walk” the thrilling scare zone for over 7’s

·         “Crocodile Crypt” scare zone for under 7’s

·         Free gift for children in fancy-dress

·         Spooky Games

·         Mystical Magic Show

·         Freaky Face Painting

·         Grim Reaper Ghost Train

·         Snake & Spider encounters

·         Creepy Crafts

In addition to the events occurring during the day, Camel Creek will be hosting two ticket evening events; the “Creepy Creek Bug Ball” disco on Monday 24th October and a “Spooky Sleepover” on Friday 28th October, where guests will be toured around the park after dark with special tricks and treats along the way - followed by story-telling, dinner and a camp fire.  To book, please call 01841 540276 or email

*whilst stocks last


MURDER MYSTERY EVENING on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Posted on Friday 21st October, 2016

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Make your Halloween week extra special and join Bodmin and Wenford Railway for their MURDER MYSTERY EVENING on Wednesday 26th October.

Watch and listen as the professionally staged murder plot unfolds before your very eyes. Question the cast for those extra clues. View the murder scene - choose your suspect. Win yourself a prize!

Presented by 'Murder by Appointment'.

A bar offering a selection of wines and spirits, locally brewed beers, soft drinks and snacks, is available on board the train. Train departs at 7pm.

Fare includes the steam train journey and a Cornish Pasty supper served at your seat. £19.50 per adult, £10.00 per child, £55.00 per family. - includes journey, murder mystery & pasty supper.

PLEASE CALL 01208 73555 or BOOK ONLINE here and please inform the railway of your pasty choice (Steak - Cheese & Onion - Vegetarian Pasty) when calling or by using the notes section of our online booking process.

Access and Seating - Owing to the historic design of their coaches, which date from the 1950s, they regret there is no wheelchair accommodation. If you have mobility problems, please contact them before booking tickets. Please note that reservations are made per seat and you may be sharing a table with other passengers although your group will be kept together.


'Best Days Out Cornwall' Cornwall Tourism Award Nominies.

Posted on Thursday 13th October, 2016

'Best Days Out Cornwall' Cornwall Tourism Award Nominies.

Many congratulations to the 'Best Days Out Cornwall' Cornwall Tourism Nominies. The awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 3rd November 2016.

'Best Days Out Cornwall' Attractions Nominations List 2016/17

Eden Project
Screech Owl Sanctuary

• Tour at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Trebah Garden

Lanhydrock National Trust
St. Michael's Mount
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Trebah Garden
Highly Commended
Tintagel Castle

Screech Owl Sanctuary
National Lobster Hatchery
Highly Commended
Lappa Valley Steam Railway and Leisure Park

Highly Commended
Trebah Garden

Highly Commended
Paradise Park

We would also like to congratulate all the other nominies. You can see a full list plus all the categories here

Andy's Dino Raps - Eden Project

Posted on Friday 7th October, 2016

Andy's Dino Raps - Eden Project

Roll up, roll up for a series of fun-packed shows especially for younger children at the Eden Project this October, starring Andy Day, as seen on CBeebies. 

Join 'Dino mad' Andy for some interactive fun rapping about all your favourite dinosaurs! Get dancing , grooving and roaring! 30 minutes of rapping madness for all the family.

Key info

  • Dates: 12-15 Oct 2016
  • Times: Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11.30am, 1.30pm and 5.15pm; Sat: 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm
  • Price: included in Eden admission
  • No pre-booking required

For more information please click here 

HALF PRICE & KIDS GO FREE Weekend at Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Posted on Friday 7th October, 2016

HALF PRICE & KIDS GO FREE Weekend at Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Take advantage of the great HALF PRICE and KIDS GO FREE WEEKEND Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. 

Bring all the family and enjoy a trip back in time on board Cornwall’s premier steam railway!

ALL TRAVEL at Half Price for adults (adults £6.50, senior £6), and KIDS GO FREE! (normal price for adults £13, seniors £12 and for children £6).

The trains will be running to the RED timetable, with departures from Bodmin General Station at 10.50, 12.10, 13.35, 14.45 & 15.50.

For more information on a great day out on Bodmin Railway please visit


The Owl Prowl and Halloween Disco at Paradise Park in Hayle

Posted on Friday 7th October, 2016

The Owl Prowl and Halloween Disco at Paradise Park in Hayle

22nd to 30th October 2016

TheOwl Prowl’ trail is sure to give you goose bumps as you explore the grounds of the Park hunting out the clues about these creatures of the night. And when you complete all the answers your skills will be rewarded with a lovely sweet treat… yum!
The popular Halloween Disco returns from 3-6pm on Friday 28th October with fancy dress competition, spooky food and pumpkin soup!

Enjoy some ghoulish fun as you get into the spirit of things by joining staff for the Halloween Disco with loads of JungleBarn play and prizes for the best fancy dress. For a child it’s just £5.00 (under 3’s free) and for adults just £3.99 each or you could use your Return Ticket or Season Ticket.

And remember during half term there will be feeding times for the animals on the Fun Farm, the penguins and otters, and the colourful lorikeets in the walk through Australian Aviary.

See more at:

Halloweden: October half-term, Cornwall

Posted on Friday 7th October, 2016

Halloweden: October half-term, Cornwall

Celebrate Halloween in Cornwall this October half-term: come along to be bewitched by the spirit of the circus and discover pop-up performances, ghostly sideshows and uncanny illusions throughout the day.

Magic show: Norvil & Josephine (22-28 Oct only)

Marvel at the magic, acrobatics and singing of this amazing double act. These larger-than-life characters will perform incredible feats of illusion, escapology and contortion at two daily shows. Find out more on their website.

Uncle Tacko's Flea Circus (29-30 Oct only)

Uncle Tacko is itching to show you his international troupe of personally trained fleas… gasp in amazement as mighty Hercu-Fleas pulls a golden chariot around the circus ring, and gaze in wonder at Madam Flea-Flea’s daring leaps on her flying trapeze, plus many more tiny feats of astonishment.

The Bubble Wizard

Step into an enchanting world of bubbles with this friendly wizard. He'll create breathtaking bubble sculptures before your very eyes, blow smoke magically into bubbles and put you, your friends and your kids inside bubbles. Find out more on his website.

Ringmaster training

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Come to Eden to try your hand at becoming a ringmaster!

Spooky stories and puppet show

Our legendary storytellers will be telling their tall tales that will keep your kids spellbound, and also performing a wonderful retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story with puppets and shadow puppets.

Pumpkin carving

Our Pumpkin Butchers will be back in town demonstrating their ghoulish art. Their skills are wondrous and might provide some inspiration for your own efforts for Halloween at home!

Ice skating

Come along for a skate on our chilling ice rink (extra charge applies).


VISIT the Eden website

FREE PRIZE DRAW on our Facebook page to win a Family Ticket

Posted on Thursday 6th October, 2016

FREE PRIZE DRAW on our Facebook page to win a Family Ticket

Ideal for October Half Term!

This prize draw is open to fans of our Facebook pagge and all you have to do is ‘comment’ and ‘like’ on the posts.

The winner can then choose which of the fantastic attractions featured on this website they would like to visit .uk

The prize draw will close at midnight on 9th October 2016. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Facebook page within two days of the closing date.

CLICK HERE to take you to the Facebook post! FACEBOOK PRIZE DRAW

Good luck to everyone :)


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