As you speed down the M5 for a hard-earned break in Cornwall this October half term, the chances are you’re headed for pony rides in golden autumn sunshine, temperate visits to beautiful Cornish gardens, and dips in a gentle sea that’s been warming all summer.
Of course, there’s a tiny chance that things might be looking slightly different: the windscreen is getting a much-needed wash, the kids are fighting over who touched who’s arm, while you obsessively refresh your weather app in the passenger seat instead of focusing on the directions.
If you find yourself in scenario two, don’t panic – the accidental detour via Widecombe-in-the-moor is actually very pretty, even in the mist, and however soggy the holiday week looks, we’re here to help!
South East Cornwall is packed with things to do on damp autumn days, and for a distillation of the best stuff, you need look no further than this blog:
Always a great bet in the rain, Eden has all sorts going on over half term. Apart from anything else, they annually install an ice-skating rink! This year the half term fortnight will be filled with mythical beasts roaming the domes, secret lairs and gruesome challenges in honour of Halloween!
Murder Mystery on a steam train
A daytime adventure on the Bodmin and wenford railway on Wed 24th oct. They also have ‘Steam and Cream’ on the 25th – the clue is in the name, and can you think of a more fitting combination?
Spooky mine train ride (must book in advance!) which is an adventure for children and actually quite interesting for adults, as this is an actual Victorian copper mine. They’re also putting on ‘creepy crafts’ in the pottery and more.
National Marine Aquarium
This is worth a 40 min drive to Plymouth – it’s the largest public aquarium in the UK and completely captivating for children. Follow up with a coffee or supper in one of the independent cafes or restaurants on the Barbican.
Forest school at Treworgey
We go ahead whatever the weather (so long as we have at least 4 children signed up)! Just stick their coats and boots on and off they go to build shelters, fires and all things wild.
Light the fire and hunker down in your cottage - pick a family film from our well-stocked shelves and enjoy not having to go anywhere!