Half term fun
Half term is almost upon us and, as always here in Cornwall, there’s plenty to keep children (and their grown-ups) entertained from dawn to dusk. Here’s our pick of activities near Polzeath…
North Cornwall Book Festival
The third North Cornwall Book Festival takes place between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 October in nearby St Endellion.
Friday 23 October sees a special programme of events for children, with the Book Surfers and Bookworms schools sequences. There are events for children all weekend too, including sessions with Jill Murphy and Christopher William Hill.
There will be a licensed bar and range of cakes, snacks, light meals and hot and cold drinks on sale, and signed copies of books under discussion will be available at the on-site book stall.
Combine your trip with a visit to Trevathan Farm Shop. They serve a superb weekend cooked breakfast from 9am-11am.
Kids love Crealy, and if you haven’t been before, it’s well worth a visit. Between Saturday 24 and Saturday 31 October the Crealy Witch will be residing in her grotto, casting spells and giving a free gift to each child.
There will be close encounters with the residents of Crocodile Corner Reptile House plus games, magic shows, face painting and colouring competitions.
Every child will be given a free pumpkin for the chance to win a prize in the pumpkin-carving competition. The park’s food outlets will be serving hot pumpkin soup, toffee apples and gingerbread biscuits throughout the week.
Book tickets online for a 20% discount on the door price.
Geology rocks at Pentire Head
The local National Trust team invites you to interpret the coastal landscape with a different perspective in a a 3.5 mile coastal walk (with a few steep sections) on Tuesday 27 October, 11am-3pm. Join local expert Jane Anderson who will guide you through the geological history of the area. With insights from National Trust rangers on wildlife and history, this should prove to be a fascinating walk. £3pp. Booking is essential on 01208 863046.
Golf for kids
Phil Brookes is The Point’s PGA-qualified, Head Pro and as a Cornwall Academy Coach and working with the county junior squad, he has plenty of experience (and patience!).
During October half term, Phil will be running junior clinics on Tuesday 27 October from 10am to 12pm and Thursday 29 October from 2pm to 4pm.
£13 per session, or £20 to attend both. Golf shoes or trainers must be worn. Spaces are limited to 12, so book early on 01208 863000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday 27 October, 10.30-12.30, join Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers and National Trust rangers on an exploration of the shore. Discover the wonders of the rock pools including rare Celtic sea slugs, stalked jellyfish and an abundance of crabs.
Suitable clothing and waterproof footwear should be worn (not crocs or flipflops) and small buckets are also useful. Booking is essential on 07779 896650 or email email@example.com.
Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, opposite pitch and putt green.
On Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am-12.30pm, Polzeath Marine Conservation group runs its popular marine-themed arts and crafts event. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, opposite pitch and putt green.