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Autumn fun in Cornwall's woods

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Storytelling event

The Forestry Commission has a range of fun and spooky events planned this autumn at Cardinham Woods and Dunmere Woods.

The ever popular Halloween Trail starts at Cardinham Woods on Saturday 23 October and will be on every day until Sunday 31.  Clue sheets are available for £2 from Woods Cafe and after tracking down the clues children can claim a scary treat. 

Families can also get in to the spooky spirit of things at a storytelling event at Cardinham on Friday 29 October.  At ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’ local storyteller J. Trevor Lawrence will delight people with a feast of scary stories in the forest.  The event is suitable for children aged eight and over and costs £7 per person, which includes a cup of hot punch.  More information about Trevor’s style of storytelling can be found at

On Saturday 20 and Sunday 31 of October Woods Cafe will getting in to the Halloween spirit and will be open late until 7.30pm.  People can come to the ‘haunted’ woodsman’s cottage for a witches brew or to try what ever might be in the cauldron.  The really brave can bring their torches and complete the Halloween trail in the dark.  On the Sunday evening there will be a bonfire and apple bobbing (weather permitting) to really get in to the Halloween mood.  Dressing up is optional and witches, goblins and ogres are all welcome! 

For fungus fans there are two Fungus Forays being held in conjunction with experts from the Cornwall Fungus Recording Group.  The first on Saturday 23 October will be held in Cardinham Woods from 10am until 12.30pm.  The second will be at Dunmere Woods on Saturday 6 November from 10am until 12.30pm.  Both Forays cost £3.50 per person and people will learn to find and identify fungi.  These events are suitable for families with children aged over six.

Booking is essential for all events by calling 01392 834233.

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For further information please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.