Cornwall 365's May Half Term 2016 Top Picks

This half term there is so much going on, with lots of events and activities for children whilst keeping the adults happy too. Join a bear hunt, cook up a feast in the woods, play games in the rainforest… but Don’t Wake The Fish!
Please check individual websites to find out the full activity details including opening times, costs, age suitability and restrictions.

To find out what else is happening over half term, please go to:


KEAP – Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

Avalon Theatre, Cornwall College

14th May-24th July

Step inside a humongous Chocolate Cake and explore a secret larder, swishy swashy and splash splosh your way through a bear Hunt, and dare you explore the Bad Things in the Dread Shed? Discover hidden rooms and brilliant clues that inspired Michael Rosen’s writing, including his Grandparents’ sitting room and his old classroom.  Younger children can discover tiny hidden bear dens along the trail, whilst older children can go on a fun fact-finding mission and create poems of their own to take away.

You will be joined by a fabulous Story Builder who will lead children on their own Bear Hunt!

Find out more from KEAP, or book tickets on the Hall for Cornwall website.



The Mousehole Cat

27th May-4th June

Dream Team bring their stunning stage version of the classic Cornish children’s story The Mousehole Cat. With incredible puppetry and talented actors, this drama tell the story of how the village of Mousehole is saved from starvation by the brave fisherman Tom Bawcock, and his faithful cat Mowzer. Expect battles with the formidable Great Storm-Cat, seven sorts of fish, and lashings of Star Gazy pie!

27th -28th May Trebah Garden

3rd June Penlee Open-Air Theatre

4th June Sterts Theatre

Don’t Wake The Fish

The Gurnard’s Head

27th-29th May

Music and ale weekend at The Gurnard’s Head.

A family friendly event that was launched five years ago in celebration of Cornish brewing. It is a weekend of local music from the South West and around 30 real ales on tap. There will be an arts & crafts tent, morris dancing, local pottery, jewellery, print making workshops, a Pucket tent*, traditional garden games, poetry readings and yoga (and more!).

Visit the The Gurnard’s Head website. 20% of each ticket sale to Shelterbox and The Fishermen’s Mission.

*We weren’t sure about this either… it turns out Pucket is a frantic dexterity game that claims to offer ‘finger flicking fun for nearly everyone’. Who knew?!


Rogue Kitchen

Tehidy Woods

28th May-5th June

This May half term Rogue is serving up a deliciously different type of wild theatre experience with a feast from the flames…

Rogue Kitchen is a delightful but down to earth experience, cooking good hearty food with primitive methods. Bring family and friends to share the fun!

Let your imaginations run free and burn off some steam with some brand new stories from the book of Rogue, and relish the delights of sitting around a fire, talking and telling tales, cooking and sharing some amazing food.

Visit the Rogue website, and book tickets here.

Game on: half term fun at the Eden Project

28th May-5th June

Step aboard Massive Battleships, a super-sized version of the classic naval guessing game – will you hit or miss? Try out traditional playground favourites and crazes, from tiddlywinks to marbles, and rediscover retro video games from the pixelated past in the pop-up cardboard arcade. You can even uncover the secrets of programming in coding workshops (no prior knowledge required!). Get bowled over by a supersize and super-twisty marble run, and be inspired to create your own before heading up the premier league in Subbuteo tournaments. There is also an intriguing live version of hangman, the pen and paper classic…

Take a journey through games from around the world in the Rainforest Biome, play hide and seek in the hidden corners of the outdoor gardens, and listen to story tellers in the Mediterranean Biome. You can learn about the history of games, and why play is so important – it could help you develop the skills to become a scientist or inventor in the future!

Visit the Eden Project’s website.


Clay Days at The Leach Pottery

31st May-1st June

Join the Leach Pottery for family friendly creative sessions where you can enjoy hands-on making activities. Children will make one item following the theme of the day – this could be making a piggy bank or making and decorating a tile. After this there is a process of drying, firing and glazing, and the finished masterpiece will be ready to collect or deliver in 4-6 weeks.

To top it off, parents get messy for free!

There are only 12 places on each workshop; find out more from the Leach Pottery website.

squashbox sea story

Squashbox Theatre’s The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre

1st June

Storytelling with puppets and songs for families with young children. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

Suitable children aged 4+ and their families. Visit the Minack Theatre’s website.

Cornwall Museums round-up!

There is so much lovely stuff happening in Cornwall’s many museums that we couldn’t possibly include it all. Instead, here are a few highlights to whet your appetite!


Get doodling with drawing and making workshops at the Falmouth Art Gallery, help create a giant owl and pussycat sculpture at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or make a 3D landscape at the Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

Telegraph Museum Eastern House, Old Cable Lane, Porthcurno TR19 6JX 12 March 2016

Find out about All Monsters Great and Small at the Royal Cornwall Museum or head over to the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno; there’s plenty to keep little hands busy this half term!

Phew! That should be just enough to be getting on with… have a fabulous half term!

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