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10 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

February 14, 2018


We think Cornwall is great whatever the weather; come rain or shine there is always something to do and see in the county. On a sunny day it’s easy to decide what to do, with over 400 beaches to explore being outside is the obvious choice. But for those of you a bit stumped for ideas of what to do on a rainy day here are our top ten suggestions.

1. Blue Reef Aquarium

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium. Meet sea cucumbers and spider crabs, watch the giant octopus at feeding time and see baby turtles. As well as informative talks about some of the sea creatures, the highlight is the underwater tunnel, where you can come face to face with stingrays, reef sharks and all sorts of colourful fish.

2. Visit a National Trust Property

Cornwall has many stately homes, estates and castles scattered throughout its landscape. Visit National Trust properties such as Lanhydrock House, Tintagel Castle or Cothele and explore the history and legends that make our county so enchanting.

3. Get muddy in Cardinham Woods

But why not pull on your wellies and head into nature proper when the rain’s coming down? Under the towering canopies of Cardinham Woods you can follow treasure trails, play wildlife bingo and solve bird brain twisters on the four marked trails. And, with many families opting for indoor activities, you won’t have to queue for the delicious food in the Woods Café.

4. Pottery painting

Take inspiration of the beautiful Cornish countryside and create a unique gift for yourself or friends. Have fun getting messy whilst painting a plate, bowl, teapot or mug and take it home as a special souvenir of your holiday in Cornwall.

5. Maritime Museum, Falmouth

More than just a Museum about boats. Explore the stories of the people who used these vessels and the adventures they had in them.  Ascend the 100ft Look Out tower and see Falmouth’s famous harbour from the skies, then descend into the Tidal Zone to one of only three underwater galleries in the world. Climb aboard a Sea King helicopter, meet the crew and discover what it takes to bring people home safely.

6. Watersports

If it’s already raining why not jump in the sea and get soaked from head to toe?! Pull on a wetsuit and learn how to surf, kitesurf, hand plane or SUP with one of the many surf schools in North Cornwall. After a full day of adrenaline fuelled fun you can head home to a warm shower and well deserved rest.

7. Eden Project

The Eden Project is the place to be for family days out in the rain. After all, you can be in a warm, dry garden with all sorts of brilliant children’s activities on tap and learn about the weird and wonderful world of nature.

8. Water World

Head to Newquay Water World and enjoy the indoor pool complete with two water flumes, cannons and tippers, tropical fun pool and erupting volcano!

9. Cinema

The Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay is opened in May 2011, bringing the world of big screen entertainment back to the town for the first time in 16 years. Treat yourself to some popcorn and enjoy the latest block buster.

10. Stay in

A Beach Retreats holiday property is designed to be as welcoming and comforting as possible; think of it as your home from home. This is why we think staying in on a rainy day is a great way to finish the list. Stay in your PJs all day, recline on the sofa with a good book or a film; indulge in great Cornish food and drink and relax.
The majority of our properties come equipped with wi-fi, digital TV packages and board games, so there is plenty to do in the comfort of your holiday home.





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