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THIS half-term, the Eden Project will be celebrating Halloween with a cauldron full of scares and surprises for all ages. Throughout the week, visitors can immerse themselves in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical story Room on the Broom in a special tent, where they can make wonderful wands, create headdresses inspired by their favourite characters and help make their very own mud monsters. Families can also take part in the site-wide trail to collect ingredients for a special potion. If they succeed, and manage to avoid the fearsome dragon, they will earn tickets to see Room on the Broom, along with behind-the-scenes extras.

In the Wishcraft Tent there will be a host of activities for older children, from protection charms and positive potion workshops, to pumpkin-carving demonstrations and face painting. Brave souls can dare to explore what lives inside the Creepy Hollow, listen to some dark tales and maybe even encounter creatures of the night. In addition, Eden will open late for two special events. There will be fancy-dress fun at the Little Monsters’ Ball on October 29 and 30. Then Scream on October 31 and November 1 offers a spine-shivering night-time trek through the Rainforest Biome for fans of fear. At the Little Monsters’ Ball, which costs £7 per person, witches, wizards and

mini-monsters are invited to explore the haunted Biomes, sample some creepy cuisine and dance the night away in the Mediterranean Biome’s Olive Grooveyard. Revellers will also have the opportunity to have their faces painted, slink around the ice rink and meet some amazing animals that dwell in the dark. Scream will be strictly for the brave of heart, as the special event will see participants navigate the Biome, and whatever may lurk beneath the undergrowth, using only the sounds and shadows of the jungle to guide them. Scream tickets cost £10 each and sessions will take place every half hour on October 31 and November 1 from 6.30pm

until 11pm, except at 8.30pm. Elsewhere, the site will be in high spirits with music in the Mediterranean Biome and ice skating, with the last slot taking place at 10pm. For a truly chilling experience, visitors can also cut some shapes on Eden’s beautiful ice rink General skate sessions are available from noon on both Sundays and from 11am onwards for the rest of the halfterm. A 40-minute skate session costs £6 and penguin skate aids are available for young beginners for an additional £4. For more information see www.edenproject.com/halloweden

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Last chance to see exhibition HEAD to Helston this week for your last chance to see what is believed to be the largest exhibition of wildlife and landscape art in the South West. Organised by Ian ‘Griff’ Griffiths, A Robin’s Song also forms an appeal set up by the Helston-based wildlife artist whose own nine-year-old son has a life-limiting condition. The exhibition proceeds an auction to raise funds for Cornwall’s only Children’s hospice, Little Harbour. The collection includes paintings by Sir Peter Scott’s daughter Dafila Scott who donated a watercolour and charcoal sketch of Gemsbok (African antelope), Keith Brockies illustration of a Puffin whose books have influenced many artists. There are also outstanding photographs of Porthleven by Andy Reid, abstract works by Dot Searle, Ges Wallace and Margaret Dean. Meanwhile Suzie Williams, Suzy Sharpe, Dan Cole, Dick Twinney, Jan Phetheran and, of course Griff himself, head up the Cornish wildlife contingent. Their show also features limited edition prints, cards and books from just £2.50 - ideal for Christmas gifts or to chase away the winter blues and brighten up your walls. There is also a prize draw for a holiday in Ireland, a UK holiday, as well as a large original painting by Griff, a pamper session and lots of original art and limited edition prints.

Kitty Havill’s Hide and Seek is just one of the pictures in the exhibition. Ian explains: “As a full-time wildlife artist, I know the lifeenhancing benefits and pleasure that the natural world can bring to people of all ages – especially children. “The song of a robin or the sight of butterflies amongst wild flowers can do so much. Unfortunately, although there is an abundance of wildlife in the area around Little

Harbour, there is little in the grounds themselves or near the building. “A Robin’s Song will fund the provision of habitats, including a wildflower meadow, along with nest boxes, feeding stations and other features to attract wildlife.” The auction takes place on Sunday, November 3 at the Merchant House Hotel, Falmouth

Road, Truro. Bidding starts at 3pm but the artwork can be viewed from 1pm. To see the current exhibition head to Griff’s gallery at 8 Church Street, Helston, where you can see the work until October 30. The gallery is open from 11am to 2pm except Sunday. For full details of A Robin’s Song visit www.arobinssong.co.uk


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Big Country get personal Formed in Dunfermline in 1981, Big Country went on to become one of the most celebrated British rock bands of a generation. Selling more than ten million albums worldwide and touring with such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Queen. Following the tragic death of Stuart Adamson in 2001 the band remained dormant until New Years Eve 2010. Since then the band have played at all the major UK and European Festivals and their latest album release - The Journey – which is their first album release

BIG COUNTRY will be playing a unique live show at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion on Wednesday October, 30 as part of their Land’s End to John O’ Groats Tour. With this tour the band are taking on a very special project as each date on the tour is more of a micro event with sets crafted for each hometown. Every song and every note of every show will be an extension of the town’s people, aimed straight at the heart of each community, promising the communion of soul and sound. This is not to be missed.

in 14 years has been lauded by fans and critics alike. This amazing body of work harkens back to the Scottish roots of the band’s beginnings, and lays down a marker for what the future holds for a group that organically collected itself out of a deep sense of love, brotherhood, and respect for original vocalist, Stuart Adamson. Starts 8.30pm. Standing. Advance Tickets £20 - available from the Pavilion box office on 01326 211222. Or book online via SeeTickets and Hall for Cornwall.

Questions with: Guitarist Bruce Watson What’s the best gig you’ve been to? Out of all the gigs I’ve ever attended, it would have to be Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985. Big Country didn’t actually perform on the day, but we did join everyone onstage for the finale. Best new band? The 45s, a group of 16-year-old rock ‘n’ rollers from Carlisle. They are supporting us on the majority of our UK tour dates, including our date at the Princess Pavilion. Check them out.

What’s your perfect day? That would have to be a day at the beach, followed by a curry in the evening.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Never tie your shoelaces in a revolving door.

Favourite place in Cornwall Falmouth.

What’s next for you? At the time of writing, we are in the middle of the North America leg of our world tour. When we return from the States we’ll embark on the UK leg of the tour.

Best gig you’ve ever played? The Berlin Wall. Michael Jackson was playing on the West side, and it was Big Country and Bryan Adams on the East side. If you weren’t you, who would you be? Somebody else.

What frightens you? The taxman. Finally, Pint or a Pasty? Let’s do both.

Bevin Boys swing into cafe GET into the swing of things this Thursday with The Bevin Boys who perform at Dolly's Tea Room & Wine Bar from 8pm. The Bevin Boys are an authentic 1940s style swing band and have perfromed at The Royal Albert Hall, toured the UK and Europe and per-

formed at major UK festivals. They specialise in recreating the swing sound of the 30s, 40s and early 50s. From their repertoire, instruments and costumes, The Bevin Boys are a real nostalgia trip. To book tickets contact Dolly's Tea Room on 01326 218400

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Performance centre unveil programme

Much A-Stew about nothing... TOP comedian Stewart Lee comes to Hall for Cornwall this week with his new show Much AStew About Nothing. Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, the acclaimed writer and comedian presents a mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series. See it live so you can begin the backlash ahead of transmission. Cited as being one of the most influential people in UK comedy, Stewart Lee began stand-up at the age of 20 in 1988, winning the Hackney Empire new act of the year award in 1990. In the 90s he contributed to various BBC Radio comedy shows,

including Fist of Fun and On The Hour, with Steve Coogan and Chris Morris, performed as a stand-up almost nightly on the London circuit, and co-created four series for BBC2 with Richard Herring. Stewart is also the author of a novel, The Perfect Fool, the standup treatise How I Escaped My Certain Fate, and the theatre pieces Pea Green Boat, What Would Judas Do?, Johnson and Boswell, Late But Live, and Interiors (with Johnny Vegas). Stewart Lee will be at the Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £21 to £23. Call the Box Office on 01872 262 466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

THE Performance Centre started the autumn season on a musical high with two packed out music nights, thanks to ex-Falmouth student band The Klezbians and Bob Dylan’s stadium support band The Wiyos. If you missed them, do not fear, as over the next two months The Performance Centre offers a rich public performance programme of shows across music, dance and theatre. There will also be workshops, Event Management courses, Amnesty International evenings, free Performing Arts Networking evenings, and Music Industry seminar’s and showcases. Highlights of the programme include Forced Entertainment, the Sheffield-based theatre company described as 'Britain's most brilliant experimental theatre company' by The Guardian. They will be showing Tomorrow’s Parties on Thursday, November 14, where two characters explore utopian and dystopian visions of the future. Internationally acclaimed Contemporary Dance innovator Shobana Jeyasingh Dance returns

to Falmouth on November 27, with a UK preview of Strange Blooms and Configurations. Expect some classical Indian Dance accompaniedby Michael Nyman’s acclaimed score String Quartet No 2. The Performance Centre continues to work alongside Amnesty International every month to raise awareness about performance related political issues around the world. On Thursday, November 21, Natalia Kaliada and Nickolai Khalezin, the founding members of Belarus Free Theatre will be guest speakers at the Amnesty Evening, 5.30pm in The Performance Centre Café. There is something for everyone this Autumn in Falmouth and with the recent addition of The Performance Centre café, with its homemade soup and cake, the doors are open to just pop in and soak up some of the vibrant creativity within the building. For more information visit www.the performancecentre.org For tickets contact the 01326 259349 or boxoffice@falmouth.ac.uk


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Colourful production comes to life

Stomp this half-term FROM a single drum, hanging around Luke Cresswell’s neck back in 1991, Stomp has taken on a life of its own. In much the same way that rubber hosing, Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and, yes, even the kitchen sink do, in this multi-award winning theatrical phenomenon. Since those early days, creators and co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have developed a unique, universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance, which has become a theatrical sensation. A true phenomenon, Stomp comes to Hall for Cornwall this half term with new two brand new acts and Cornwall will be the first in the country to see them outside of London. Still remaining is Stomp’s signature high-octane meeting of

slick choreography, tight ensemble work, industrial percussion and a narrative of anarchic clowning; as the irrepressible troupe of eight turn brooms into soft shoe partners, clapping into intricate conversations and water cooler bottles into sophisticated instruments. A row of folding chairs are straddled, slid, slammed and slapped into rhythmic submission. It is at once primal and urbane, leaving no percussive potential – of object, body or action – unexploited. And all underpinned by a childish delight in making serious noise. The whole hurtles towards a brilliantly reworked climax - a showstopper in every sense - as a crackling carnival of leaping, spinning, skidding and pounding performers vent their inex-

haustible energies on an unsuspecting orchestra of metal dustbins, bin lids, tubs and water butts. Joyous, thumping, exhilarating bliss for all involved … except the bins! Stomp will be at Hall for Cornwall this half term from Monday to Saturday, November 2. Performances start at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. Tickets are from £14.50 to £30.50 with Family Packs, concession and group rates available. The ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Fund payment which goes towards the preservation of the theatre for future generations. A £1.50 handling charge is payable per transaction. Call the Box Office on 01872 262 466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Giant tale takes you back in time EUROPE’S oldest surviving story of King Arthur will be retold close to one of the locations where it is set when Adverse Camber brings its acclaimed words and music show Hunting the Giant’s Daughter to the Fal Walking Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The show is based on an adventure-filled quest for true love, found among the ancient Welsh texts known as The Mabinogion and which - at 800 years old or earlier - is believed to contain not only the very earliest reference to Arthur and his knights but also to his court’s presence in Cornwall. In Adverse Camber’s production, the drama, humour, magic, dangers and excitements experienced by the king’s lovelorn cousin and his followers are re-enacted in spoken word, song and new and traditional music by three the award-winning performers. Storyteller Michael Harvey, singer Lynne Denman and composer/ multi-instrumentalist Stacey Blythe. For Falmouth audiences, there will be two ways to enjoy the show. On the morning of Friday, there will be a story boat ride along the Fal, starting from the Prince of Wales’ Pier soon after 10.15am while on Saturday the setting will be the Performance Centre at Falmouth

University’s Penryn Campus, starting at 7.30pm. Producer Naomi Wilds said: “It is going to be very special to hear this story in Falmouth, so close to some of the places it mentions and in the company of people who live in those self-same landscapes. “We’re becoming used to audiences responding enthusiastically to the passion, verve, wit and musicality of Hunting The Giant’s Daughter but we’re particularly eager to discover how people in Falmouth react to a retelling of this thrilling story that begins on their doorstep.”

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THIS week you need to go, go, go to Joseph and his Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat at the Helston Methodist Church. The drama group present the spectacular original rock musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. With a cast of 50, which includes 14 children, the youngest being just seven years old and the oldest 70,

the Helston Methodist Church drama group are looking forward to opening night on Tuesday. HMCDG are staging a version of Joseph, which closely resembles the full professional production, so it has an extended and enhanced score and concludes with the fantastic Megamix. Joseph and his Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed from Tuesday until Saturday, November 2. You cam see them each evening, plus there will be a matinee on Nov 2. Tickets are on sale at Heathercraft, Coinagehall Street, Helston or by calling 01326 568936. The show is expected to sell out so make sure you are not disappointed and buy your tickets early.


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Have a frightfully good half-term

There’s frightfully good fun to be had across the county this half-term holiday, as attractions across the region get set to cast a spell on you. Whether you are looking for a great night out, a spooky trail, creepy crafts or some fang-tastic fireworks there is something for everyone and you are sure to be bewitched. Cornwall is steeped in a rich

history of folktales of our wild and mystical past. From Merlin to Morvah, we have enough tales to keep you going throughout the half-term, but should you need some help on where to go and what to do this half-term, why not see our website at www.thepacket.co.uk/weekender. Or why not visit one of the advertisers below for some magicial ideas.


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Out of this world THE annual end of season fireworks spectacular at Flambards on Wednesday, October 30, promises to be out of this world and the highlight of half-term week. Widely acknowledged as the county’s biggest and best regular pyrotechnic display, this year the event will have an Alien theme. In the run-up to the main, mid-week, extravaganza Flambards favourite, Titan, will be entertaining the half-term crowds with fun and frivolity on Monday, October 28. On fireworks day itself everyone is invited to wear extraterrestrial fancy dress ready for a competition to be judged during the pre-firework Alien disco with Nite Flite in the Kingsford Venue. TV mystery buster, Scooby Doo, will be a VIP guest at the famous Helston-based park throughout the day and into the evening ready to meet and greet his fans and followers. Talented fire-eater and juggler, Cool Hand Luke, will also be performing his daring and exciting pyrotechnic tricks.

The park will have extended opening hours on that day with last entry at 7pm and the rides operating until about 15 minutes before the firework display, which is planned for approximately 7.30pm. Advanced Saver tickets for

Wednesday, October 30, priced at £10.95 per person, are available online and by phone on 01326 573404. Full details of all ticket prices and opening times for the whole of half term are available at www.flambards.co.uk.

Fifty golden reasons to visit Glendurgan THE team at the National Trust’s Glendurgan near Falmouth have lined up a creative half term for visitors with woodland crafts and celebrations of 50 years of opening. Dave Hart, the Trust’s local ‘bodger’ (green-woodworker), will be setting up in the valley garden on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 from 11am to 3pm. Visitors of all ages will be able to see how he turns pieces of wood into beautiful and practical things using traditional techniques. Dancers will take to the garden on Friday, November 1 for the final part of celebrations marking the 50 year anniversary. The performances are at intervals, between 6pm and 9pm, with tickets available for adults at £10, children £5 and family tickets (two adults and up to three children) £25. Booking is essential on 01326 252021. As Glendurgan closes for the winter on November 3, so the half term week offers a last opportunity for visitors to tick of more of the Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ including catching falling leaves, building a mini-raft and running around in the rain. Specially produced scrapbooks for families who wish to record their ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ are available for free at Glendurgan on a first-come-firstserved basis.


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Competition: VIP passes to Seal Sanctuary

Psst, did you hear about the competition to meet the new pups? Right: Clemmie, two, looks at the penguins AS Cornwall empties out and the pace of life slows down with the onset of autumn, why not make the most of some of the counties fantastic attractions that draw people to the region time and time again? The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is one of these places, but do you want to know a secret? Now is the best time to visit. The height of summer may bring warm sun, but locals in the know find that seal pup season adds a whole lot of ahhhhh to your visit.

The seal pup season is in full swing, so it is only a matter of time before The Cornish Seal Sanctuary gets some new residents. This month they welcomed grey seal pups Aurora, Mars and Eclipse. Taking on a space theme all the new baby seals have equally out of this world names, so don’t forget to say hello to new favourite Milkyway. With the pup season running until February the park expect a flurry of new friends throughout the autumn and winter that will be cared for and released back into the seas

along the Cornish coast. The current pups are now on their route to rehabilitation, thanks to the brilliant Animal Care Team, and these cute little critters are sure to be the highlight of your visit. But as if this wasn’t enough for you, you can also see Californian sea-lions, penguins, otters and farm animals! Or why not send your seafaring little ones off on an adventure on the pirate ship theme playground, or let them delve deep into the world of the rock pool with some ‘guided’ hands on activities. Stop at the cafe (make sure you have some of the fantastic

cake) before heading to the underwater viewing spots to see just how happy the residents are at feeding time - each animal is feed throughout the day with insightful and fun talks with the carers. Rain or shine you’ll have a great time - in fact the wetter the better for the seals, they really love the good old Cornish drizzle making the Seal Sanctuary a ‘real’ all weather attraction. For more information see www.sealsanctuaries.com Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening here at www.facebook.com/officialcorni shsealsanctuary

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How to enter OUR fantastic friends at the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek have given us a wonderful half term prize to give away to one lucky reader, as well as prizes for ten runners up. The winner will be invited on a very special VIP seal pup tour along with three friends. They will be shown around the hospital by one of the animal care team and get to go in the non public areas, really seeing what the team do at the centre as well as how it all works. At the end of the tour you will also receive a free adoption of a seal pup of your choice, allowing you to be kept up to date with your new friend after you visit. As if that wasn’t enough, ten lucky runners up will win a family ticket to the sanctuary. All you have to do is answer this simple question to be in with a chance to win.

Where is the Seal Sanctuary based? Just fill in the coupon below... good luck! Full name ...................................................................... Address ..................................................................... ...................................................................... Post Code ..................................................... Tel ................................................................. Answer: ............................................................... Send to: Seal Sanctuary Competition, Packet Newspapers, Falmouth Business Park, Bickland Water Road, Falmouth TR11 4SZ. You can also enter online at georgina.carter@packetseries.co.uk To reach us no later than Wednesday October 30, 2013.

Newsquest competitions terms and conditions: Winners will be the first all-correct entry drawn after the closing date as stated in the competition; the prize is as stated and no alternatives, cash or otherwise are available; the editor's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into; winners will be informed after the closing date; no employees/family of Newsquest or the competition provider are eligible to enter; readers may enter as many times as they wish as long as it is on an official entry form; no photocopies accepted; prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers; full competition rules can be found at thepacket.co.uk


09 Park on the prowl...

THERE’S lots of family fun to be had at Paradise Park this half-term as the ‘Owl Prowl’ trail takes place from Saturday until November 3. Although it is bound to give you goose bumps, the trail is a real hoot as you explore the grounds of the park hunting out the clues about these creatures of the night. And when you complete all the answers your skills will be rewarded with a lovely sweet treat ... yum! You can really get into the spirit of things by joining staff for the Halloween Disco with loads of JungleBarn fun and prizes for the best fancy dress from 3pm to 6pm on Halloween (Oct 31). Tickets for children aged three and over cost £5, adults £3.95, or why not use your return ticket or season ticket. Spooky food and homemade pumpkin soup will be available. As it is half-term there will be feeding times for the animals on the Fun Farm, the penguins and otters, and the colourful lorikeets in the walk through the Australian Aviary. So for some ‘chilling entertainment’ head on down to Paradise Park and join in the ghoulish fun.

Devilishly good disco at FC MULLION Football Club host a Children’s Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27 and it promises to be frightfully good fun.

Crazy crafts and tall tales FALMOUTH Art Gallery is going half-term crazy this October. Look out for chalk murals on The Moor, Kernow King telling mythical tales and some special deliveries - all workshops inspired by Art Masters: Lionel Miskin and Francis Hewlett exhibition. The week will kick off with ‘Oh Smudge’ on Saturday exploring good old fashioned charcoal to create movement, then on Tuesday families will be invited to take their pencil for a walk. On Wednesday, October 30, the fantastic Kernow King will be telling ‘Tall Tales’ about

mythical monsters, creatures, myths and legends. On Thursday, October 31, everyone will be Leaving Traces on The Moor, creating a live mural with chalk. To celebrate the end of half-term, the gallery will be offering the intriguing ‘You’ll never guess what’ on Friday, November 1 and ‘Special delivery’ on Saturday, November 2. All family drop-in workshops will run 2pm to 3pm. Admission and workshop entry is free For more details call 01326 313 863 or email info@falmouthartgallery.com

Terrible Tudor trails

This annual event is in its third year and gaining in popularity each time. There will be a disco and fancy dress competition starting at 6.30pm and finishing well before the witching hour at 9.30pm. The fancy dress will be judged at 7.30pm with prices for the under one, under fives, five to ten years, and ten years plus. Entry is £3 per child and is free for members.

Frightfully good family fun HEAD to Falmouth School on October 30, for a day of family fun. Taking place from noon to 3pm, there will be a hole host of events to give you a taste of what the community has to offer. From a skate park to climbing wall, from arts and crafts to a bouncy castle, the fun and informative day is perfect for parents and children alike. Entry is £1. Please sign in at reception.

Bugs have a ball at Heartlands HEARTLANDS has a range of events over the half-term week from Pumpkin Carving and Bug Hotel Building and a ticket only Children’s Halloween Ball on October 31, between 2pm to 4pm. For more information call 01209 722320.

Monster movie fun on Fal THERE will be a special screening of the hit Pixar movie, Monsters University, on the King Harry Ferry on Thursday, October 31. For more information and to book contact 01872 861913 or visit www.falriver.co.uk.

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BRAVE families visiting Pendennis Castle this Halloween are in for a spooktacular trip full of ghostly goings-on. You and your little horrors can scare yourselves silly with suitably spooky trails and family friendly crafts throughout the half term holidays. This awe-inspiring castle is the perfect place to indulge in some knee-trembling fun - budding young time travellers will love the week of ghost and ghouls themed fun featuring creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore. And anyone ready for a bone-chilling challenge can attempt Pendennis Castle’s spooky trail. Successful challengers who find all the creepy clues hidden around the castle will even be rewarded with a terrible treat… With a Tudor fortress to explore, castle tunnels to discover, interactive exhibitions to enjoy, and scrumptious treats to devour in the tearoom, Pendennis Castle promises a frighteningly good day out whatever the weather this autumn. The spooky trail runs from Saturday until Sunday, November 3 from 10am to 4pm. The Time Traveller Trail takesw place from Monday until Nov 1, from 10am to 4pm, and cost an additional £1. Entrance to the castle costs £6.70 for adults, £4 for children and £6 concession.

Treb...ahhhhhhhh

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Spooky Night Walk, Trebah will again open its gates to the brave and bold on the evening of October 30. The walk is an opportunity to explore the eerily illuminated garden in the dead of night and find out what lurks in the shadows when the visitors have gone home. Take a torch and creep through the undergrowth and shadowy lit pathways, past the gory gunnera and beastly bamboo. Get dressed up and ready for your blood to curdle as you navigate the garden via various horrifying installations. Storytelling ghouls will be on hand to guide you on your way and ensure you miss nothing. In all the evening is set to be a fantastic apple-bobbing, blood curdling, fun filled, family experience with free entry to under 15s in fancy dress and only £5 per adult. The Garden will be open for

freakish fun from 6pm to 7.30pm. The Troll from under Trebah's famous blue bridge pointed out “We do apologise but this evening is just too scary for dogs and far to dangerous for pushchairs!” The café will be open on the evening and ready to serve fangtastic hot chocolates and warming freshly ground coffees and cakes to yummy mummies and deathly dads and all their marauding monsters. As well as the spooky walk there are many other activities to keep the whole family’s hair standing on end at Trebah this half term. There is a terrifying garden trail to follow through the creepy under-growth every day. The ever popular creative fun drop-in workshops between 11am and 2pm on the 29th and 30th, when for just £3 your little horrors can carve their own pumpkin lantern and make a scary mask or wizard hat. See www.trebah-garden.co.uk for more details.


10 Maritime’s big draw KIDS will be taking the plunge this October half-term at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth, with a week of aquatic theme activities. The fun starts with the Aquatic Art Supersized Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, with activities inspired by the classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. As part of the ‘Big Draw 2013’ children will have the chance to work with art and design students from Falmouth University to build up a sketch book of different techniques . From Saturday until November 3 the ‘Big Draw’ aquatic art activities continue, with Falmouth University students hosting a different workshop each day. Children will also get the chance to make their own porthole pictures, fantastic fish masks and under-the-sea stained glass windows, while on Tuesday and Thursday Douglas Dapper, the Story Explorer will be back for another wet and wild adventure. And with Halloween in mind, don’t miss the Maritime Museum’s Trick or Treat Tour on October 31 from 6.30pm. Suitable for children aged five and up, spooky shenanigans are guaranteed making monster masks, bloodcurdling badges and trick or treat baskets before setting off on a torch lit tour to discover the ghosts and ghouls hidden in the Museum’s galleries. Tickets are just £5.95 per person but places are limited so please book in advance on 01326 214546. All the other activities at the Maritime Museum are free with entrance. See www.nmmc.co.uk or call 01326 313388.

A scary little gathering AT midnight, a shadowy coach drawn by four headless horses glides ghostlike through Penryn town centre. The mere sight of it is said to portend death. Meanwhile, the apparition of Captain Martin, who drowned in an 1880s shipwreck, prowls the graveyard of St Gluvias’ Church searching for his own headstone. These are just two of Penryn town’s best known ghost stories, and there are many more. This Halloween, Cornwall-based production hub Scary Little Girls and Trifle Gathering Productions will lift the lid on the spectral secrets of Penryn’s ghostly past. Bringing together the best in Cornish writing and performance, “A Scary Little Gathering” is a unique Halloween storytelling event through Penryn town centre on Saturday and Sunday featuring original stories, chilling experiences and a host of Halloween games. Small groups will set off into the night with only a map to guide them through a specially prepared route as they cross paths with the ghouls and spectres of Penryn’s past. As they explore the town’s darker sides, performers hidden in local haunts, homes, hostelries and high streets will step forward from the shadows with tall tales and stories designed to bring Penryn’s

phantoms back from the dead. Written by L H Trevail, Pauline Sheppard and Kate Kerrow, A Scary Little Gathering is an intimate and haunting event where you will see, hear and experience Penryn as never before. “This is your chance to engage with Penryn’s little-known history

in a brand new way,” says Creative Producer, Sharon Andrew. “The stories we’ve unearthed are both fascinating and spine-tingling, and we present them in a thrilling and entertaining way with live performers and characters.” The Gathering takes place on

Saturday and Sunday with all walks beginning at Penryn Train Station. Each walk costs £8/6 in advance, or £10 on the door, and lasts approximately 90 minutes, departing at 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm and 9pm on both days. To book see www.crbo.co.uk, or call 01726 879 500.

The art of terror

Monster-sized Masked Ball THE Masked Ball is on a roll as the biggest Halloween party in the west. With Leftfield (DJ set), Sister Bliss, from Faithless, and Phil Hartnoll from Orbital, taking up the headline spots, this is shaping up to be one monster night out. If that wasn’t enough 60 other dance DJs make up the entertainment. Also added to the line up is the new. The Ghost Ship venue.The Ghost Ship is a large undercover area themed on a 17th century galleon ship complete with decks, rigging and a figurehead. The cargo is a treasure trove of top production and an exciting line-up of DJs. Renowned performance troupe Kernow Scare Attractions are curating the whole Masked Ball complex with a hoard of grizzly sideshows that include grinders, contortionists, suspensions, piercings, stiltwalkers and creepy clowns. Cornish theatre troupe

Incandescence, who have toured with Fatboy Slim and the Ministry of Sound, will be presenting the Carnival of the Damned at the Masked Ball. The Carnival of the Damned is a fantastical world, a journey into a lavishly decorated tent, with a Tim Burton twist. Hosted by dark carnie characters, expect the unexpected with zombie stilt dancing girls, bearded ladies, twisted dark clowns and fabulous circus freak shows. Tickets for the Masked Ball are on sale online at www.maskedball.net. The Masked Ball takes place on Friday and Saturday at Rosuick Organic Farm, St Keverne. A family event, The Creepy Crawly Ball, with games for children, fairground rides and a UFO alien disco, takes place on Friday, from 4pm to 7.30pm. Admission for children is free, but adult tickets are £5 from www.creepycrawlyball.co.uk

TRIFLE Gathering Productions, are offering Cornish youngsters the chance to come and create a show with them this half-term. This Halloween themed workshop will be a four-day comedic look at all things that go bump in the night. The group will be uncovering local haunting tales, creepy characters and creating new ghastly tales to be told around the campfire. On Halloween (the final day of the workshop) Trifle Gathering and their intrepid team of ghost hunters will be inviting an audience to come and discover what they have unearthed, the perfect start to anyone’s Halloween celebrations. This showcase will be suitable for ages six plus and will start at 3pm in Devoran Village Hall (entrance is a small donation toward the hall’s upkeep). The workshop is suitable for eight to 16 year olds; it costs £50 for the four days from Monday until Wednesday, from 10am to 4pm. To book call 07775 716972 or email sallycrooks@icloud.com.

Tricks and treats THIS Halloween there’ll be lots of tricks and treats for everyone at Godolphin House. Are you brave enough to venture into nooks and crannies and look for the clues on our Halloween Happenings trail on Saturday from 10am to 4pm? Prepare to be spooked – there’ll be spiders and bats around every corner. Come in your scariest fancy dress to claim a prize from our bubbling cauldron. Wild Art Wednesday is on October 30 from 11am to 3pm a chance to use some nature to create some striking artworks.


11 Wizards and witches on the run THIS Halloween, Penryn Campus in Falmouth will be alive with the sound of pounding footsteps as Cornwall Hospice Care and the Rotary Club of Falmouth hold a Witches and Wizards Halloween Fun Run. The event open to students, children and members of the public is set to be a fun start to the Halloween evening. Participants can choose to

run, jog or walk one or two miles around the campus grounds. Fancy dress is optional but definitely encouraged, and as part of the registration fee everyone will receive a witch’s hat. The junior race starts at 5.45pm, with the main run at 7pm. To register see www.cornwallhospicecare.co. uk or call 01726 66868. Registration is £10 per adult or £5 for children.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (U) WHEN we last met inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), he had reluctantly destroyed his malfunctioning creation, the FLDSMDFR, which transformed water into delicious treats. Flint excitedly goes to work for his idol, Chester V (Will Forte), CEO of Live Corp in San Franjose, and prepares to dazzle his colleagues with his Party-In-A-Box, aided by

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omnipresent sidekick Steve The Monkey. Unfortunately, Flint's invention misfires and he becomes a laughing stock. Chester V offers Flint a shot at redemption by embarking on a top secret mission back to Swallow Falls. It transpires that the FLDSMDFR has continued to produce gargantuan foodstuffs and the Bacon Cheese Spiders are learning to swim. In a short time, the edible predators will reach the mainland and wreak havoc. Flint heads for the island in the company of

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