What’s On: October 2021

October 01st, 2021

Spooky season is here, and with it comes a wide range of autumnal events and activities that are fun for the whole family!

With food festivals and fabulous performances, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes – make the most of the changing seasons on your family-friendly holiday in Cornwall this October.

Truro Food Festival

A man working at a food stall at Truro food festival

1st – 3rd Oct 2021

If you believe that the best way to the heart is through the stomach, then you have to check out the Truro Food Festival!

This three-day event is a jam-packed celebration of all the amazing food and drinks that Cornwall has to offer. The festival takes place with pop-up shops and activities across the city of Truro, with its central hub at Lemon Quay.

During the day, you can watch chef demonstrations, follow the local restaurant trail, and enjoy live entertainment from local artists, all the while taking your pick of the street food stalls!

And it doesn’t stop there! Every evening, you can also enjoy live music from local bands while sampling the best of Cornwall’s beverages at the Beer and Cider Festival.

Mevagissey Shanty Festival

The port at Mevagissey in Cornwall

15th – 17th October 2021

It wouldn’t be a trip to Cornwall without celebrating the sea and all those who sail it. That’s why it’s well worth the trip to the 13th-century village of Mevagissey. Just five miles south of St Austell, this small fishing port plays host to the second ever Mevagissey Shanty Festival!

The festival invites a variety of shanty and acapella groups to perform across the weekend to help the village extend its holiday season and boost local businesses.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy, fireplace sing-song, or you’d rather spend your evening by the main stage at the Cornish beer festival, you’re bound to feel like a true swashbuckler in no time.

Lowender Peran

Three girls dancing at Lowender Peran

22nd – 24th October 2021

Get in touch with your Cornish roots by visiting the Cornish festival of Lowender Peran held in Perranporth this October.

This music and dance festival is a true celebration of Cornwall’s Celtic heritage, with live music and performances taking place all weekend.

If you can’t make the trip, don’t worry! The festival will also be live streaming their Great Big Cornish Music Session event for people to enjoy wherever they are.

Halloween Quest at Pendennis Castle

A girl in a Halloween costume pulling a face

23rd – 31st October 2021

If you’re looking for a spooktacular way to spend Halloween half-term with the kids, then head on over to Pendennis castle for their fantastic Halloween Quest.

For one week, this 16th-century castle near Falmouth becomes the perfect backdrop for a Halloween day out you won’t forget.

Follow the adventure trail around the grounds inspired by Cressida Cowell’s Wizards of Once series, or join the quest to find the legendary Cup of Second Chances. If you come in costume, you may even be in with a chance to win the fancy dress competition!

There’s definitely something for you and the whole family to enjoy this October! Discover even more autumnal activities below.

Things to do in Cornwall in autumn from The Valley

Image Source: Visit Cornwall

Cows really do talk to each other!

December 22nd, 2014

Wouldn’t it be lovely if animals could talk to each other? A Cornish farmer has believed for some time there was a clear difference between how calves and their mums communicated; this belief is true, as researchers have proved cows can talk to each other!

Researchers have been carrying out a detailed acoustic analysis which shows how calves and their mothers talk to each other.

The lead researcher Dr Mónica Padilla de la Torre said, “The research shows for the first time that mother-offspring cattle ‘calls’ are individualised. Each calf and cow have a characteristic and exclusive call of their own.”

When cows are close to their calves they talk to them using low frequency calls. When they are apart and cannot see each other the calls were louder and at a higher frequency.

So, remember, when you are next taking a child friendly cottage holiday in Cornwall look and listen to the cows so you can understand what they are saying.

New bubble machine for penguins at Newquay Zoo

October 16th, 2014

A new bubble-making machine has been brought into a penguin enclosure at Newquay Zoo.

Penguins have been enjoying an unusual shower of bubbles as part of the zoo’s enrichment programme. The bubbles are aimed to increase the penguin’s natural behaviour and prevent them from getting bored. This certainly worked and the penguins had such good fun that starting from the 27th October the zoo will be sharing their session with the public and from then on twice monthly.

The zoo has more than 1000 animals and is a great place to visit when staying at The Valley’s child friendly cottages in Cornwall.

If the bubble machine proves to be a success in the long run it will be introduced to other animals – fun for all!


Picture credit: Cornish Guardian