Best Cornwall Events October 2023

Artwork courtesy of The Headland Hotel


October in Cornwall is always frighteningly good. Yes, of course we’re using a pun there. When Halloween 2023 in Cornwall is on the way then we’re always gonna be using ghostly puns.

But there’s more to October 2023 than just Halloween. There’s traditional Celtic festivals, massive concerts, food fests, kids’ events and much, more more taking place across Cornwall. Sure, the summer may be well in the rearview mirror but look at all the October fun that’s heading on up the road towards us.

There’s a wealth of events taking place across Cornwall throughout October 2023! There’s a load of ace activities, fab events and scarily good happenings taking place across the Duchy during the month. But do any of the October 2023 things to do in Cornwall below pique your interest at all?

Well, of course they do. Just take a good peek through our list of the best events in Cornwall for October 2023 below, click on every single one you’re interested in (yes, we’re talking about that yellow ‘Read More’ button) and then peruse the details before experiencing your selected event for yourself. We’ve streamlined our monthly events for October 2023 so you can see just a handful of happenings that we think will be totally awesome this month.

So, if you’re looking for October 2023 events in Cornwall, get scrolling now. Enjoy your October 2023 Cornwall event recommendations from the kind people here at Proper Cornwall

Cornwall Rocks 2023

Date: Friday 6-Sunday 8 October 2023
Type: Annual fully charged metal and rock festival
Suitable for: Atomic Rooster and FM (they are headlining!) fans, plus anyone who loves rock, metal, glam and great music!
Location: Tencreek Holiday Park, Polperro Road, Looe

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Falmouth Oyster Festival 2023

Date: Thursday 12-Sunday 15 October 2023
Type: The mighty mollusc and seafood friends are celebrated with fun, music, laughter, chef demos and shucking
Suitable for: Everyone. That’s right. And in the daytime, it’s free to enter. Click on the ‘Read More’ below for the full details…
Location: On the harbourside car park in Church Street, Falmouth

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Meva Shanty Festival 2023

Date: Friday 13-Sunday 15 October 2023
Type: Shanty fest with more than 450 performers in and around the village
Suitable for: Wellermen and sea shanty enthusiasts of all ages
Locations: Head to the official website for the gig times around Mevagissey

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Eden Marathon and Eden Half Marathon 2023

Date: Sunday 15 October 2023 (from 9.30am and 10am)
Type: ‘Cornwall’s biggest running event’, it’s said
Suitable for: Hardy runners but we recommend you just turning up and cheering them on!
Location: Around the Eden Project area, Bodelva, near St Austell

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Falmouth Book Festival 2023

Date: Monday 16-Sunday 22 October 2023
 Perhaps the best book festival in Cornwall
Suitable for: Bookworms. Fact. And people who love a good talk or comedy show
Locations: Venues across Falmouth, with the main events at The Poly in Church Street

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Halloween at Trethevy 2003

Date: Saturday 21-Tuesday 31 October 2023 (5pm-9pm each night, weather depending)
Type: Spook-takular animatronic Halloween display that does great work raising cash for charity
Suitable for: Little terrors, older monsters and everyone in between. Click the ‘Read More’ below to see what’s suitable…
Location: Trethevy, near St Nectan’s Glen and Tintagel, PL34 0BE

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Lowender Celtic Festival 2023

Date: Thursday 26-Sunday 29 October 2023
Type: Welcoming, atmospheric and traditional Celtic dance festival with Cornish music and other activities
Suitable for: Cornish tradition enthusiasts and lovers of Celtic song and dance. Click onb the yellow button below for more…
Locations: Various venues across Redruth

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Hauntlands’ Squashbox Theatre: Shivers and Shadows puppet show

Date: Friday 27 October 2023 (1pm-2pm)
Fun, playful and slightly spooky Halloween puppet show for families
Suitable for: Over-sixes (yeah, there’s a couple of jump scares in there…)
Location: Heartlands, Dudnance Lane, Pool, near Redruth

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The BIG Autumn Market Truro 2023

Date: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October 2023 (9am-4pm both days)
Type: Cornwall’s top autumn farmers market with food, drink, craft, arts and gift stalls
Suitable for: Early Christmas shoppers and those looking for Halloween treats (plus, there’s a pumpkin carving competition!)
Location: Lemon Quay, Truro

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The Dark Gathering 2023 (or All Hallows Gathering 2023)

Date: Saturday 28 October 2023 (2pm-8pm)
Type: Dark music, dance, folklore, black costumes, white witches, horse skulls and more (a unique event!)
Suitable for: Halloween lovers and those into the occult and Celtic traditions
Location: The Mayfair car park, between the Mayfair gift shop and the Old School Hall on Fore Street, Tintagel

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Wickedly Witchy Offers at The Headland Cornwall, Newquay

Dates: ‘A Wickedly Witchy Sleepover’: 1-31 October 2023 and ‘A Wickedly Witchy Afternoon Brew’: 1 October-5 November 2023
 The witchy hotel, once in a film on ‘The Witches’, offers a witchy stay and witchy dining event ahead of Halloween!
Suitable for: Families who like some scarily good fun and food in a beautiful clifftop hotel
Location: The Headland Cornwall, off Headland Road and above Fistral BeachNewquay

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