October Half Term in Cornwall

As the crisp autumn air descends upon the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, a world of adventure and discovery awaits during the October half term (23rd-27th October 2023). This enchanting coastal region, with its dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, and charming villages, becomes an ideal destination for families seeking both relaxation and excitement. From exploring historic castles to indulging in Cornish delicacies, the possibilities are endless. Join us as we unveil a curated guide to the most captivating October half term in Cornwall. 

Whether you’re strolling along the colourful foliage-lined paths or immersing yourself in Halloween festivities, October half term in Cornwall promises an unforgettable holiday that will leave you with cherished memories and a longing to return year after year. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with natural wonders, cultural treasures, and the warmth of Cornish hospitality.

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King Arthur at Tintagel Castle, North Cornwall

Nestled dramatically upon the rugged cliffs of Cornwall’s North Coast, Tintagel Castle stands as a beacon of mystery and romance. Beyond its stunning natural beauty, this iconic fortress holds a connection to one of history’s most enduring legends: the tale of King Arthur. Stepping onto the windswept headland of Tintagel is like entering a realm where the lines between reality and myth blur. Join us on an exhilarating journey as we delve into the world of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle, where history and legend intertwine to captivate the imagination and stir the soul.

Tintagel - Castle of the Dumnonians - statue of King Arthur at Tintagel a great visit for October Half Term
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Photo of bedroom, featuring blue wall, copper bath tub, Georgian window and bed. A cottage in Port Isaac available for October Half Term 2023.

Quaint Cornish cottage available for October Half Term 2023: The Shambles, Port Isaac, sleeps a family of 4(23min drive from Tintagel) at £40 per person, per night

A glorious Cornish cottage in the heart of Port Isaac. The perfect cosy sanctuary for weathering storms or basing your adventures from.

Dog friendly holiday home in Penrose, Cornwall, for an eco-friendly dog-friendly sustainable holiday this October half term. Living room with grey sofa and blue cushion, yellow rug and flowers on wooden coffee able and black labardor  dog lying on the floor.

Little Spring, a fabulous holiday home nestled in the Cornish countryside, and part of our fabulous Eco-Conscious Gems collection. For £56 per person per night, with the option to bring the family dog, this Gem is perfectly situated to explore the rugged North Cornish coast during October half term.

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Travelling with smaller children? Little ones will adore the fabulous Gruffalo trail and interactive Zog activities at Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, this October Half Term! With awesome sculptures of the beloved characters of Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo”, the kids will be in their element!

Photo from Forestry England of group of people waving their hands and smiling around a wooden statue of the character "Gruffalo's Child" by Julia Donaldson.
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Cardinham woods isn’t just for the little ones! As well as a great day trip, it’s also the perfect stop on the long drive to or from your holiday in Cornwall. Stretch those legs and breathe in the fresh Cornish countryside air. With various walking and cycling trails, a cafe, and even bookable outdoor learning sessions, there’s something for everyone.

Cornish Gems property "Tregonce Farmhouse" available for October Half Term, photo of front door and porch with wellington boots and blanket in hamper on doorstep, door opened to show stairs. Three wooden chairs in front garden under the window in front of stone wall.

Tregonce Farmhouse, a fabulous dog-friendly countryside haven for all the family is only a 30 minute drive from Cardinham woods, and a calm walk over the creek to Padstow. Cosy log burners, beautiful views, and fresh countryside air are ready to welcome a family of up to 7 guests for up to £62 per person per night.

Cornish Gems property interiors of "The Linhay", a Cornish holiday home let by Cornish Gems for October half term. Photo shows living room with grey sofas, dark teal walls, lit log burner and tv over the mantlepiece. White wooden beams in the ceiling.

The Linhay, a beautiful holiday home ready to welcome a family of 8 and 2 well-behaved dogs to Cornwall, only a 30 minute drive from Cardinham woods. From £46 per person per night, The Linhay is the perfect cosy family base to explore North Cornwall from this October Half Term.

Explore National Trust Trelissick Estate

Our Digital Marketing Specialist, Flo, recommends the glorious gardens and woodland walk of National Trust Trelissick estate. Immerse yourself in the history of the house, built originally in the 1750s, and have a coffee in the beautiful orangery. A small Callestick ice cream van is usually sat in the courtyard overlooking the creek. You can wander the gardens that have incredible countryside views over to Tregothnan estate (the only tea plantation in England). And if you fancy a longer walk, take the woodland trail around and end up at the small beach. It’s perfect for pebble and sea glass collecting, and paddling in a calm ebb and flow of the River Fal, looking out to St Mawes.

Visit Trelissick in October half term when visiting Cornwall. Photo of Trelissick estate over the water of the river Fal with autumnal setting, brown leaves in trees and large 1750s home at the top of the hill.
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Whilst there is a cafe at the estate, Flo recommends stopping at the Punchbowl and Ladle pub en-route (you can’t miss it’s charming thatched roof along the pretty country lanes). A hearty lunch, indulgent cream tea, or cheeky pint wouldn’t go a miss!

Punchbowl and Ladle pub in Feock Cornwall, thatch-roofed pub with blue windows and doors.
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Window seat with chair in foreground at the Cornish Gems property Chyrond, available for October half term in the Roseland

Chyrond, a charming, historic round house in the village of Veryan, set on the Roseland Peninsula is a charming thatch-roofed, dog-friendly Cornish cottage for 6.

Only a 30 minute drive from Trelissick (including a King Harry ferry ride!) this beautiful holiday home is only £51 per person per night for October half term.

Cosy living room with sea view window, TV, sofa, coffee table and lit log burner at Cornish Gems property "Pandora Cottage" available for October half term

Pandora Cottage, a pretty waterside Gem for 4, close to Trelissick is a wonderful hideaway. Pandora is perfect for quality time with the family. With a cosy log burner to snuggle up with on those Autumnal evenings, this well-equipped cottage is a wonderful quiet base for a family escape to the coast and countryside.

From £70 per person per night during October Half Term.

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Embarking on a coastal adventure along the Kynance Cove path is a family-friendly escapade that promises something magical for everyone. From the youngest explorer to the seasoned adventurer, this picturesque trail offers a symphony of delights that cater to all ages. As you traverse the winding path, little ones can delight in discovering hidden rock pools teeming with fascinating marine life, while parents capture postcard-worthy moments of their child’s wonderment. The easy-to-follow route ensures that everyone can revel in the joy of exploration, with plenty of opportunities to pause for picnics overlooking the turquoise waves or to take a dip in the inviting waters. The coastal path around Kynance Cove is more than just a walk – it’s a chance for families to bond, create cherished memories, and bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature together. So gather your loved ones, pack a backpack of treats, and let the adventure begin! (Free parking for National Trust members!)

Rugged coast line and dramatic waves over Kynance cove, great to visit for October half term
Cornish cottage windowseat with grainte stone walls either side, window open to show sea view, green and white cushion and folded blanket on the seat. Cornish Gems property "Trevanion Cottage" available for October half term.

Trevanion Cottage, a beautiful Cornish cottage for any season, and only a 30 minute drive to Kynance Cove, is nestled into the quaint village of Coverack. Welcoming 2 friendly dogs and a family of up to 6, this cosy Cornish cottage is ready to welcome you for October half term at £48 per person, per night.

two children laughing sitting at kitchen table of Cornish Gems property "Col Ros", squeezing honey onto pancakes. Flowers on the table, mugs and bowls of fruit. Mum laughing in the background. Col Ros available for October half term in Cornwall.

Col Ros, a holiday home from home in Mullion, Cornwall, is only a 20 minute drive from Kynance Cove, and is ready to welcome a family of 10 and 2 dogs, for up to £51 per person, per night during October Half Term. With stunning sea views, large family spaces and a cosy log burner, this is the perfect hub for your Cornish autumn escape.

Minack Theatre – image from Country Life “Best Open Air Theatres in Britain”

What’s on at The Minack: The Lonely Lighthouse Keeper – Storytelling

… or Why You Should Not Keep Your Horse in a Lighthouse!

23 Oct 2023 – 25 Oct 2023, The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade, the visionary behind The Minack, hailed from an upbringing in a genteel Edwardian family. Inspired by her passion, she undertook the remarkable task of turning a Cornish cliff-face into an open-air amphitheater, constructing much of it with her own hands. Visit this extraordinary and iconic venue to craft enduring memories, bask in breathtaking coastal vistas, and immerse yourself in captivating storytelling. It’s a delightful experience that the entire family can enjoy.

Seaclusion, a gorgeous family Gem nestled into the coast of Porthcurno has a bubbling hot tub, open spaces, and beautiful interiors to create the perfect home-from-home this October Half-Term.

Glas Mor, Moushole, is a picture-perfect Cornish cottage, with dreamy interiors, cosy log burner and stunning sea views. Enjoy harbour-front life from this idyllic home-from-home. Glas More has space for one well-behaved family dog too, and we’ve pressed “paws” on our pet fees, so you can bring your four-legged friend for free!

Cuttlefish, Mousehole, is one of our newer Gems for 2023, perched at the top of the village overlooking quaint rooftops and sea views. Explore West Cornwall if you can bear to leave the beauty of this interior-designed, family Gem for four.

With the weather being anywhere from crisp autumn sunshine to bracing wintery winds, we invite you to embrace the elements this October half term, and with the wave watching and storm chasing over dramatic coastal scenes, or catching the waves in the glorious sunshine, followed by hot chocolates, or roast dinners in cosy Cornish pubs. There’s a reason why Cornwall is the best family location all year round! Whilst we love summer’s turquoise waters and balmy evenings, the promise of log burners, blankets and hearty foods after coastal adventures fills us with joy!

The beaches are a little quieter, but despite the colder time of year, surf lessons are still on! Grab your wellies and wetsuits and a coffee on-the-go. Even your four-legged friend is good to go, as the dog bans lift on Cornish beaches during the Autumn months.

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Toddler walking through pumpkin patch in sunshine wearing stripy jumper family friendly October half term activity in Cornwall

Trevaskis Farm is a fabulous farm-to-table restaurant, farm shop, and a place to visit some friendly farm animals. During the Autumn months, they often have a “pick your own” pumpkin patch for children to select their own squash for Halloween fun, as well as the opportunity to pick your own fruit such as apples – whatever’s in season!

Eco lodge in Cornwall available for October half term near the Gwithian dunes in Hayle

Our Gems on the Dunes of Gwithian are the perfect family eco-retreats. Built with sustainability in mind, these holiday homes are a great way to tread a little lighter when you travel, and only up the road from Trevaskis Farm!

From £1929 during October Half Term, these dog-friendly holiday havens sleep between 6-8 guests. With expansive dunes on your doorstep, overlooking 3 miles of white sand beach, as well as the Hayle Estuary nature reserve for the avid bird-watchers in the family!

Living room with jellow chair, grey sofa and silver coffee table, wide open doors onto balcony overlooking waterfront of Hayle Cornwall, with two deck chairs and small table. Clearwater House let by Cornish Gems available for October half term.

Clearwater House, a dog-friendly holiday home in Hayle, Cornwall, for 6, is available at up to £44 per person per night during October Half Term. A guest has said of this fabulous waterside retreat: “Wow – I would not hesitate to recommend this accomodation. Touches of luxury which displays as advertised by Cornish Gems who as a company excel in customer care. This is the perfect location for reaching all destinations within Cornwall. Our holiday has been first class and we would return in a heart beat.”

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Visiting the Eden Project during October half term is an enchanting experience that blends nature’s wonders with captivating seasonal displays. As the leaves turn shades of amber and gold, the biomes at Eden come alive with a vibrant tapestry of autumn hues. Wander through the Mediterranean biome, where you’ll find a lush oasis of citrus trees and aromatic herbs, providing a warm escape from the crisp air outside. In the Rainforest biome, immerse yourself in a tropical world, surrounded by exotic plants and the gentle melody of raindrops. October also brings a touch of magic to Eden, with themed activities and workshops for families to enjoy. From pumpkin carving to interactive exhibits about biodiversity, every corner of Eden offers a chance for discovery and delight. So, whether you’re strolling through a Mediterranean garden or marveling at the rainforest canopy, visiting the Eden Project during October half term in Cornwall promises a captivating journey into nature’s realm.

The biomes of the Eden project Cornwall for October half term rainy day activities

Cornish Gems property "Hunters Moon" available for October half term. "Mini mansion" with pillars and iron wrought juliette balcony and rounded window, overlooking bridge going over river. Surrounded by trees and nature.

Hunters Moon, a mini-mansion near Carlyon Bay, only a 10 minute drive from Eden, and welcomes a family of 4 for an October half term at up to £75 per person, per night. With a lavish twist, this opulent mini manor has been flawlessly created for a luxury holiday on the coast.

Cornish Gems property "Run Ashore" available for October half term image featuring interiors with orange and blue cushions on the bed, a gold bedside lamp, studded upholstered drawers, vase of wild flowers and a copper round mirror.

Run Ashore, a beautiful coastal apartment for a family of 4 and your dog, only 10 minutes from Eden, and less than ten minute stroll from the beach, where a two mile stretch of sand and endless sparkling waters await. In fact, the beautiful coastal path can be accessed from just across the road. Available in October half term for £44 per person, per night.

A Pirates’ Life for you?

Falmouth in particular offers plenty for families during half term breaks. Children will adore the fabulous new Pirates exhibition at the Maritime museum, with “Skull Island” indoor play area.

With plenty of fabulous eateries on Maritime Quay just outside the museum… such as burgers at Hub Box, a classic family friendly Pizza Express overlooking the harbour, light bites and tapas at The Shed, or enjoy award-winning fish and chips around the corner at the locals’ favourite Harbour Lights, it’s the perfect rainy day location!

Halloween at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Round up your little monsters and go back in time to the stunning Pendennis Castle, where you can follow the trail to solve creepy clues, and gather round to listen to ghost stories to get the blood pumping! Book tickets here.

Rainy days don’t have to mean hunkering down inside here during half term in Cornwall (although our Gems always provide plenty of comfort and luxury on those stay-at-home days!) If you’re going to get wet, you might as well stay in the sea! In Falmouth, for example, you can hire wetsuits, kayaks and SUP boards to glide over the calm waters of Gyllyngvase, or join the local wild swimmers and jump right in! There’s something magical about sea swimming in the rain…

Cornish Gems apartments available at the building "The Liner" in Falmouth opposite Gylly Beach, image taken by dron from over the water, showing the apartment complex centrally. Properties available during October half term.

Our properties at The Liner, Falmouth, are a great family base to visit Trelissick from. But there’s so much more you can do from your doorstep! Explore Pendennis castle up the hill, rent SUP boards from the beach across the road, indulge in a spa day at the hotel nextdoor, or wander over to the hub of Falmouth.

Apartments at The Liner during October half term go from £1529 sleeping between 4-6 guests. Book quickly before they get snapped up!

As the autumn leaves paint the landscape with hues of gold and russet, October half term in Cornwall unveils a treasure trove of experiences that cater to every whim and fancy. From exhilarating coastal walks and captivating wildlife encounters to the heartwarming aroma of freshly baked Cornish pasties, this enchanting region embraces families with open arms. As the days grow shorter and the air crisper, Cornwall’s unique blend of natural beauty, history, and culture create the perfect backdrop for unforgettable family memories.

Whether you’re exploring hidden coves, savoring local delicacies, or simply breathing in the salty sea breeze, this half term getaway offers a chance to reconnect with loved ones and bask in the magic of autumn by the coast. So, as October arrives, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey that will leave your hearts full and your souls rejuvenated. October half term in Cornwall awaits with open arms, ready to weave its spell of wonder and delight during this special season.

Book your 2023 October half term in Cornwall here.