The weather has been pretty terrible these past few days. Holidaymakers who made their way into the county at the beginning of the week would have been greeted with the finest of Cornish mizzle: mist, rain and grey skies.
I can imagine tourists entering panic mode as they had planned to take their children to the beach every day; what else is there to do in Cornwall?! Fear not! I have compiled a list of activities to do on rainy days so you can enjoy a holiday in our beautiful county, whatever the weather.
1. Stay Dry Under The Sea
A day out at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is a great way of discovering the plethora of sea-life we have here in Cornwall. Fancy seeing some cute baby turtles? Or watching an octopus being fed? Now’s your opportunity. You can also see spider crabs, sea cucumbers, stingrays and reef sharks. Awesome.
2. Explore An Undercover Garden
The massive biomes at the Eden Project are perfect for rainy weather. Stay warm and dry and imagine you are on a tropical island – bliss. There are plenty of fun activities for the kids to get involved with and there’s lots of delicious food available too. The ‘dinosaur uprising’ continues until early September and is a fantastic way of learning about prehistoric times. If the weather does clear up, you’ve got the zip wire and adventure activities.
3. Embark On A Creepy Cavern Adventure
Carnglaze Caverns near Bodmin Moor is a former slate mine where you can go on a guided tour through three massive caverns and a Subterranean Lake! The crystal clear turquoise water is simply stunning; a magical underworld to visit when the weather outside is gloomy. Whilst you’re over in that area, why not visit the historic Bodmin Jail?
4. Make An Indoor Splash
This is one of my all-time favourite places from childhood: Ships & Castles swimming pool in Falmouth. This amazing fun pool has a wave machine so you can float around like you’re in the sea (except, of course, you’ll feel much warmer); a speedy river rapid ride which will sweep you through a tunnel at an exciting pace (best enjoyed whilst holding onto a float); and a super fun 70m long flume slide. This is a great place for thrill seekers on a rainy day. There’s also a Jacuzzi to relax in and a shallow beach themed area for the little ones.
5. Make A Daring Outdoor Splash
It might be raining, but going in the sea makes you wet anyway, right? If you’re in Cornwall, you might as well make the most of the sea. Cornwall Coast Adventures offer coasteering and kayaking days including ‘family fun tours’ and ‘adult only tours’. Alternatively, Cornwall Watersports offer windsurfing and paddle boarding, as well as banana rides and thrill rides – so you can be sure to find something that appeals. Of course, there are tons of surf schools in Cornwall as well, so be brave and embrace the weather and the water!
6. Let The Beauty Inspire You
Finally, dreary days can also be the perfect time to get creative: why not try your hand at drawing or painting, write a journal or just get stuck into a good book? Cornwall can be a pretty inspiring place, whatever the weather decides to do…take in the rugged coastlines, choppy waters and scenic fields and woodlands; let nature spark your imagination. If all else fails, make sure you have a pack of cards or a board game for some quality family bonding time while the wet weather passes over.
Wishing you all a lovely August! Do you have any other ideas for rainy days?