If you fancy an Autumn family getaway or a romantic escape for two by the sea, the town of St Ives is the perfect place to be! All of our lovely boutique shops, fabulous restaurants and art galleries are open, with stunning beaches right on your doorstep.
Bring your four-legged friends too, as the dog beach ban ended on the 1st of October, so they can enjoy exploring the beaches with you! There is always plenty to do in West Cornwall, to entertain guests of all ages, in every type of weather, so without further ado, here’s our own list of the top 10 things to we like do!
1 The Tate are running “Tate Create” workshops for all the family in their Foyle Studio, From 19-27Th October 11am to 3pm. Art for everyone!
2 The Badger Inn at Lelant have their annual “Bonfire, Fireworks & Halloween party” on 25/10/19 at 6pm with free entry for all! There will be a DJ, BBQ, fancy dress competition & hot chocolate for the children & mulled cider for the grown ups!
3 Nearby on St Michaels Mount we have the “Mount Storytellers” narrating mythical tales of legends of the Mount from days gone by. Taking place either on the Dairy Lawn or by the cannons at the Castle summit (every day between 20-25th October, on the hour from 11am to 4pm! & even better, this event is free with your Castle ticket) Each session lasts around half an hour.
4 On 31st of October, get your fancy dress on and join the Eden Project for the Little Monsters Ball, a spooky evening of fun for all the family on Halloween night. There’ll be plenty of spooky activities, tasty treats and a disco in the Olive Grooveyard. Don’t miss the haunted Biomes, open for you to explore, from 6pm, booking advised.
5 Paradise Park’s Halloween Spooky Quiz running from 19th October to 3rd November is sure to give you goose bumps as you explore the grounds of the Park, hunting out the clues on the Pumpkin Trail. There is a disco too, on Friday 25th October from 3pm. Daily Events include Carrot Time in the Fun Farm, penguin & otter feeding, a chance to feed the Rainbow Lorikeets and see free flying macaws.
6 Fancy eating a candied mouse, or perhaps an eyeball mousse? With Halloween just around the corner and enduring fame as the setting for the celebrity-packed film version of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, The Headland Hotel in Newquay is introducing special “Witches” afternoon tea horror. Eat it if you dare!
7 The Rogue Theatre are performing The Dead of Night Dance at Tehidy Woods. This wicked and wonderful Halloween celebration has adventure, thrills, frights, delights and dancing. Journey deep into the woods to the land of the rapturously dead where a collection of comic, macabre and sheer ghostly short stories play out on Mrs Logan’s stage in a spook show before the party of departed souls truly comes to life. Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches, beasts are all very welcome. Fancy dress and pumpkins are encouraged (all ages). October 21 to 23, October 25 to 31.
8 For a day outdoors, head on over to Trengwainton, just outside of Penzance, to visit the scarecrow exhibition. Held in the walled kitchen garden in the grounds of this National Trust property. The scarecrows which are all made by children from local schools are exhibited amongst the fruit, vegetables and flowers – runs from 7th until 27th October.
9 On Thursday 24th October the Rocky Horror Rockpooling (in the dark) event will be taking place at Smeatons Pier here in St Ives, from 830pm to 10.30pm. Using UV torches, you will be searching for some of our weird & wonderful nocturnal creatures! Hosted by Your Shore Rangers and St Ives Bay Marine Group, this is an event for all ages, and definitely one not to be missed. Tickets are £3 each, and torches are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own!
10 And finally, why not spend a leisurely afternoon on one of our lovely beaches in St Ives – Porthmeor Beach with its surfing vibe and surf school, or take a short walk to Porthminster Beach through the cobbled streets with a picnic (and a blanket) and cosy-up on looking for seals & dolphins! Whilst admiring the stunning sea views over the Bay and towards Godrevy Lighthouse.
With all these activities to choose from, and many more yet to be discovered by us, during the October half term, there is no excuse to only visit our bustling town in the Summer. We love it all year round, and we hope you will too! So if you are tempted to book a very special Half Term break, why not come and stay in one of our amazing seaside cottages in the heart of St Ives?
Follow this link to see our properties that currently have availability, or give our very friendly team at Cherished a call in the office on 01736-490640, we look forward to hearing from you!
Author : Tim & The Girls At Cherished!