Top things to do in October 2019 Top things to do in October 2019 Top things to do in October 2019 Top things to do in October 2019

Top things to do in October 2019

23 September - 31 October 2019

Don’t hibernate indoors, October in Cornwall means autumn is here and full of fun things to do, so get a load of our guide best events and cultural happenings throughout October 2019.

Kids Go FREE at Trebah Garden throughout the whole of October

1 October - 31 October

Child entry to the garden is FREE throughout the whole of October, so why not make the most of it this half term and head to Trebah to enjoy one of these special Seasonal days? The Trail is available everyday for just £2, including a prize! Adult garden entry tickets are valid for 7 days.

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Apple Weekend 

4 October - 6 October

There are pressing matters to attend to at Trelissick over Apple Weekend. In fact, there's so much to squeeze in that an extra day is required. From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October join them for a celebration of this seasonal harvest.

Over the three days there's something for everyone to get stuck into. Friday is the dedicated specialist day where they will be hosting a number of experts who will impart their knowledge to you. Families will enjoy the activities taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Have a go at pressing apples the old fashioned way or learn how bees make their honey with help from the orchards.

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Falmouth Oyster Festival 

9 October - 13 October

Cornwall's best loved culinary event celebrates the start of the Falmouth oyster dredging season.

The annual festivities celebrate the start of the Falmouth oyster dredging season, one of the last remaining oyster fisheries to use traditional methods, sail and oar to dredge the native Fal Oyster. Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the taste of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale, champagne and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.

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The Alverton Beer and Cornish Drinks Festival

12 October

Calling all beer-lovers, The Alverton Hotel are saying cheers to beers this October celebrating the best of Cornwall's brews at their very own Festival, hosted in their breath-taking Great Hall.

Beer isn't the only beverage that will be flowing, as their brews will be joined by other tempting tipples, including artisan spirits such as gin from Tarquin's and St Ives, plus Cornish fizz and rum. The Alverton’s drinks suppliers will be there all day until 7pm, where you can chat all things alcohol, try lots of free samples, and purchase your top picks. Head to The Library for live brewery talks and masterclasses to uncover the hidden secrets and expert knowledge from some of their popular suppliers. Not forgetting an exciting line-up of local musicians including Mog Jones, Will Keating and Simon Willis, who will be filling The Great Hall with acoustic sounds, as well as bands including The Roosters, who’ll be getting the party vibe going later on into the night.

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The Alex Mendham Orchestra presents 'The Roaring Twenties' 

13 October

For one night only, direct from the Savoy Hotel, Alex Mendham & His Orchestra invite you to step into the exciting and glamorous musical world of the 1920’s & 30’s and witness an immersive silver screen spectacular.

Set in the intimate surrounds of St Mawes Methodist Chapel, Alex Mendham and the virtuouso orchestra will serenade you with the hot jazz, and witty tunes of the Charleston age and timeless standards of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and more.

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Murder on the Dance Floor

19 October

The former judges of Strict Lee’s Come Dancing show are having a VIP dinner to celebrate the relaunch of the famous programme after being off the air for five years.  They have just had a one-off reunion show and the ratings were through the roof, the network wants them back... but at what cost? How do the older judges feel about the new young judge Isabella? Will Lee ever crack a smile? And where did Apollo get that outfit?

To book your seat at the ultimate who-dunnit call 01872 276633 or email

ShelterBox Visitor Centre 

Cornwall’s most unique attraction hides in plain sight in Truro. ShelterBox Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of a charity born in rugged West Cornwall that now provides emergency aid to survivors of disasters around the world. Its interactive displays and knowledgeable volunteers will leave you feeling inspired by their work and fascinated by the problems they solve trying to help hard to reach communities after disaster strikes. ShelterBox is a must see for anyone holidaying on the Fal River. The centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and admission is free. for more information or call 01872302600.

Creepy Cornwall

21 – 29 October 2017

The National Martitme Museum will be hosting a fun packed week of creative activities and events this October half term.
Expect lots of drawing, craft-making and a chance to get really creative at the ‘Make and Takes’ table which runs daily. On Tuesday 24 October the much loved Squashbox Theatre presents ‘Skillywidden’ – a celebration of the wildlife and faery myths of Cornwall, and ‘Thorsday!’ is back on Thursday 26 October, join Seawolves our tame band of Vikings and discover what Viking combat was really like in these really interactive sessions. Are you brave enough to take your place in the shield wall? The ‘Awesome Adventurers’  Play Zone is also open daily: join the crew of HMS Adventure to explore the Pacific Islands in our brand-new Play Zone. Plus, live performance, storytelling and new craft activities every week during the school holidays.

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Ghost Tours at Pendennis

25 & 26 October

Do you dare explore Pendennis Castle after dark this Halloween?
Storytellers will guide you through the darkness and take you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted.

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Spooky Castle with Creepy Critters

26 October - 3 November 

A feast of frightening fun awaits at Pendennis Castle this half term.
Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day-out, with wicked crafts and a spooktacular Halloween quest around the castle. Little horrors can also get up-close to a host of real life 'beasts'! Meet some amazing animals – including snakes, spiders and more – and learn all about these creepy crawly creatures.