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What’s on in Cornwall this October

Shorts and sandals are swapped for scarves and sweaters, the clocks turn back time, and the pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating commences. Discover what’s on in Cornwall in October with our top diary dates to know.

Gaia at Truro Cathedral


6th - 28th October 2023


Truro Cathedral

An out-of-this-world exhibition is coming to our great little city. Gaia is a touring art installation by British artist Luke Jerram. The piece of work on display is a breath-taking sculpture of planet Earth, with detailed imagery from NASA of the Earth’s surface as visible from space. 

The incredible piece of art will be suspended above spectators’ heads in Truro Cathedral for all to admire, accompanied with music by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, to create a truly moving experience. See the world from a unique perspective at one of the most jaw-dropping architectural landmarks in Cornwall.

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📷: Visit Truro

Taste of Truro


7th October 2023


The Alverton Hotel, Truro

Foodies wondering what’s on in Cornwall in October, we’ve got just the event to blow your taste buds away. Join us at The Alverton on 7th October to celebrate the very best of Cornwall’s wild game scene, with a six-course tasting menu highlighting this particular group of meat. Experience dishes inspired by traditional Cornish recipes, with a modern twist, prepared by Head Chef Ollie Wyatt.

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Heligan Harvest


7th - 15th October 2023


The Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Join the team at The Lost Gardens Of Heligan for their annual autumn harvest. Celebrating the fruits (and vegetables) of their labours throughout the year, it’s a chance to admire the colourful array of homegrown produce. From pumpkins, radishes, potatoes, and beetroot, to apples, parsnips, kale, and pears, be sure to stop by the garden kitchen for something delicious created from the bountiful harvest.

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📷: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Eden Project Marathon


15th October 2023


The Eden Project

Tie up your running shoes for a multi-terrain marathon through the Cornish countryside, and one of the most iconic attractions in the south west. The Eden Project will be hosting their annual marathon and half marathon on the 15th October. 

Whether you’re running the race, or accompanying a runner to cheer them along, you’ll get free entry to the biomes and gardens. For every runner that registers, The Eden Project pledges to plant a tree. In true Cornish style, participants can also enjoy a complimentary beer and pasty as they cross the finish line.

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📷: The Eden Project

James Martin at The Hall for Cornwall


26th October 2023


The Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Budding chefs and culinary enthusiasts, mark the 26th October in your calendars, as celebrity chef James Martin is coming to town, ready to show the county how it’s done in the kitchen. James will be visiting 21 towns and cities across the UK, including Truro’s Hall for Cornwall. Swapping the TV studio for the stage, he’ll be delivering entertaining live demos and cooking tasks.

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📷: The Hall for Cornwall

Halloween at Healeys


21st - 31st October 2023


Healeys, Penhallow, Truro

Our guide to what’s on in Cornwall in October wouldn’t be complete without some Halloween fun! Head to Healeys Cyder Farm and pick yourself a pumpkin in their spooky patch, take a ride on the haunted tractor, and get stuck in with pumpkin carving in the Rattler bar. Suitable for the whole family, celebrate the eeriest time of the year in the Cornish orchard and brewery.

Lets get spooky!

📷: Healeys

Moulin Rouge, Murder Mystery


28th October 2023


The Alverton Hotel, Truro

Glamour, tragedy, revenge and plotting. The greatest show on earth is happening under the roof of The Great Hall this October. A night at the famous Moulin Rouge is always full of surprises, but none more shocking than the events about to unfold at our hotel on the hill. 

Join us for an immersive dining experience and get glammed up in your best burlesque, feather-lined corsets, tailcoats, and top hats. You’ll be dining on three-courses of French cuisine, as you prepare to put your best detective skills to good use. Here’s a clue – trust no one!

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