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Halloween in Cornwall

Experience a spooky Halloween in Cornwall at the home of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’. The film has remained close to our hearts here at The Headland and we will be celebrating with a rather grand and spooky October half-term.

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The book ‘The Witches’ was written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake who famously contributed to many of the author’s books. It was published in 1983. The story follows the experiences of a young boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. In large parts, it was filmed here at The Headland and the cast were in residence for quite some time; Angelica Huston starred as the Grand High Witch, Rowan Atkinson played the hotel manager.

The Witches afternoon tea

“Devilishly delicious and ranked number 1 by The Telegraph”  

“The Headland Hotel on the north Cornish coast was the main setting of the 1987 film adaption of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, and its special afternoon tea stars a medley of white chocolate and coconut mice, chocolate witches’ hats with pumpkin mousse, blackberry jelly shots and meringue ghosts. You’ll even be able to chat with the Grand High Witch herself (though sadly not Anjelica Huston).” The Telegraph

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Halloween activities schedule

Throughout October half-term, enjoy a fun schedule of children’s activities that are guaranteed to keep the little Headlanders (and big!) entertained. We’re currently planning for Halloween 2021.

Spooktacular fun for all to enjoy

Please note, the activities are available to hotel and cottage residents only.

  • Meet the Grand High Witch in person as she takes her high tea on the stage in the Ballroom every weekend in October and during half-term (check when she’s flying in!)
  • Black cat hunt – search for all of the 10 black cats that are dotted around the hotel
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Spooktacular cocktails for adults to sample in The Terrace bar
  • Enjoy pumpkin lattes and hot chocolates in The Terrace
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Witches Afternoon Tea at the Headland Hotel

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