October Half Term Activities


Article revised and re-posted October 2017 by Ben.

coasteering participant jumping into the sea off castle rock in port gaverne, cornwall

The October Half Term School Holidays are fast approaching (already? But they’ve only just gone back to school after six weeks off!), and for many people it will be their last chance to get in the water in 2017 before winter arrives in earnest. Average sea water temperatures in October are similar to June, having peaked in mid-August, so it’s a great time of year to get out there and enjoy our coastal environment.

sea kayaking group paddling to castle rock in port isaac bay with cornish rock tors

October Half Term Activities with Cornish Rock Tors

We’ll be open right through the holidays and offering all of our activities, either on the coast from our base at Port Gaverne or, if the weather conditions are unsuitable, at our all-weather venue on a lake a five minute drive inland at Tregildran’s Quarry. Why not join one of our coasteering sessions for an adrenaline-fuelled exploration of Port Gaverne, or sit back and enjoy the view of the coast during a guided sea kayaking trip? If you want to try your hand at something new (and test your balance!) then you can book a stand-up paddleboard lesson where one of our instructors will teach you all of the basics before taking you on a tour around Port Gaverne. If the wind and the waves are too rough though, then our multi-activity sessions at Tregildran’s Quarry offer you the chance to coasteer, kayak and stand-up paddle on a sheltered lake in a beautiful wooded setting.

stand-up paddling on a calm lake in a former quarry in north cornwall with cornish rock tors

As ever, please call or e-mail us to book and avoid disappointment at this popular time of year.

Over the half term holidays there are plenty of other great things to see and do in Cornwall.

the seven souls rocks and the rumps, of pentire head near Polzeath, photographed from the sea by mat arney

Other October Half Term Activities in Cornwall

Our friends at the National Trust are running a “Geology Rocks!” guided walk around nearby Pentire Head (£3 per person, 3.5 miles) on Monday October 23rd. Pentire Head is a SSSI and has some fascinating and incredibly varied geological features dating back hundreds of millions of years, such as pillow lava formed when undersea volcanoes erupted and trapped bubbles of gas in the cooling lava. On Wednesday October 25th you can join our local National Trust rangers to build a birdbox at the Tubestation in Polzeath, before installing it (optional) near Lundy Bay in the afternoon. This is a free activity unless you’d prefer to take your birdbox away and install it at home, in which case there is a £5 charge. All materials, tools and guidance are provided. Click here to see the full line-up of up-coming National Trust events in our area.

man foraging in a rockpool

On Tuesday October 24th (1.30 – 3.30pm) primary aged children (accompanied by a parent/guardian or grandparent) can join Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Fox Club for a Seashore Forage and Feast with wild food expert Stuart Woodman. On a walk along the coast around New Polzeath, children will learn about the edible and poisonous plants that grow wild on our coastline, before preparing a late lunch over a fire on the beach. Booking is essential – you can find out more on the Fox Club Forage and Feast event page.

Down in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum has various half term children’s activities planned around their “Creepy Cornwall” theme, from Make and Take sessions in the afternoons through to a performance by Squashbox Theatre Company on Tuesday October 24th. That’s all alongside all of the incredible boats, exhibits and galleries in what is a wonderfully “all aboard” museum.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for some aquatic adventures over half term, and that we’ve perhaps given you some ideas for other child-friendly things to do during the holidays. Don’t forget that we’re open all year round (with activities dependent upon weather conditions), so October certainly isn’t your last chance – last year we took several groups sea kayaking over Christmas and New Year!