Are you looking for things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall?

Well look no further! As a Cornish resident who blogs a lot about Cornwall, this is one question I get asked a lot on social media. So, today I’m rounding up our favourite things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall that your whole family can enjoy.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

Cornwall might be famed for it’s gorgeous clear waters, beautiful views and for being an ultimate family seaside destination. But, as Cornwall is in the UK, unfortunately it also rains a lot.

Today is one of those unfortunate days. I’m sat looking out of the window at a gorgeous, but very windy and rainy sea view. There are lots of miserable families about! With a toddler of my very own to entertain, I know first hand how hard it is to find fun family things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall. But, I promise you, there are a lot of things you can do.

This list has been designed for all ages, for those wanting to embrace the weather and for those wanting to escape it.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

1. Go To The Beach

It might seem ironic that we’re telling you to go outdoors in the rain, but going to the beach on a rainy day is so much fun for kids. Locals embrace the wet all year around and a rainy day is the perfect chance to find creatures in rock pools, to collect shells and to explore caves.

We always choose beaches that have beach cafes close by, so we can warm up with a hot chocolate or coffee after. A few of our favourite beaches with cafes are: Porthminster and Porthmeor in St. Ives, Mullion Cove, Kynance Cove, Godrevy In Hayle and Gyllanvase in Falmouth. So, what are you waiting for? Get your puddle jumping gear on and get exploring.

2. Go To The Roller Rink

The second thing on our list of things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall, is Rollers Roller Rink in Camborne. Rollers Roller Rink is a retro style, vibrant roller skating rink with an arcade and cafe. It’s fun for both young kids (3+) and adults alike. There is no time limit on skating and the rink is usually open from 11am till late into the evening.

  • Visit the Rollers Roller Rink website here.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

3. Visit The Eden Project

If you are looking for something more sheltered to do on a rainy day in Cornwall, then definitely head to the Eden Project. Not only can you easily spend the entire day here, but if it’s bitterly cold outside, the warmth of the Mediterranean Biome will be so welcome for you.

If you are a local, don’t forget to ask for a locals pass which will give 30% off your entry and will give you a pass that you can use again and again until October 31st.

  • Visit the Eden Project website here.

4. Go To The Woods

If you really don’t fancy staying in on a rainy day, why not  get your puddle jumping suits on and go to the woods? Both Cardinham Woods in North Cornwall and Tehidy Woods in West Cornwall, are great for kids.

Cardinham Woods usually has a Julia Donaldson book trail for kids to enjoy. Whereas Tehidy Woods is home to some very friendly squirrels and ducks that love to be fed. Both woods have cycle trails, toilets and cafes where you can pop in and warm up.

  • Visit Cardinham Woods website here.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

5. Brave Soft Play

If you’re looking for something indoors that will entertain kids of all ages, you can always brave soft play. We have just found a new incredible soft play centre (which is almost too good to share), called Base Camp. Base Camp can be found at Gwel An Mor in Portreath. It has a huge indoor soft play centre, a clip n climb and a cafe for parents wanting to get warm and fed.

Some local attractions also have soft play centres attached to them too. These include Paradise Park, Dairyland and Camel Creek.

  • Visit Base Camps website here

6. Watch A Play

One thing we love to do on a rainy day in Cornwall, is to go and watch a play. We usually pop to the ‘Hall For Cornwall’ in Truro. It is one of Cornwall’s biggest indoor theatres and usually host plays that kids can enjoy too. Definitely check out their listings to see if there is anything you would like to watch on a rainy day in Cornwall.

  • Visit the Hall For Cornwall website here.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

7. Visit Paradise Park

Paradise Park is one of our favourite places to visit on a rainy day in Cornwall. It is a beautiful wildlife park that is home to exotic birds and farm animals. It also has a huge indoor soft play centre called the Jungle Barn, which you can use as your base on a rainy day. Paradise Park also has outside play areas, for when the weather gets brighter, and it runs daily activities such as penguin feeding, lorikeet feeding and bird shows.

  • Visit Paradise Parks website here

8. Pirates Quest

Kids will love visiting ‘Pirates Quest’ on a rainy day in Cornwall. Head over to Pirates Quest in Newquay where the whole family can embark on an adventure to learn all about the history of piracy. They can brave Davy Jones’ Locker and also find some treasure! Be sure to book online though as they get very busy on rainy days!

  • Visit Pirates Quest website here

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

9. Aquarium

The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is quite small, but will keep even the littlest of kids entertained for at least an hour. There are over 40 naturally themed habitats to explore and a whole array of hands on and interactive experiences for kids to enjoy.

  • Visit Blue Reef Aquariums website here.

10. Go Bouncing

If your kids love trampolines, take them to Jump4 in Redruth, home to 66 interconnecting trampolines. Booking in advance is recommended especially on a rainy day.

Jump4 is the South West’s best trampoline park. It has famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks, foam pits with launch pads, a dodgeball court, Battle Beams, a Ninja Warrior course and ‘The Wall’. Bounce sessions usually last an hour, but will definitely help your kids to get rid of some of that pent up energy.

  • Visit Jump4s website here.

11. Bowling

Our favourite place to go bowling in Cornwall is Country Skittles. It’s old school bowling at its finest, but they also have arcade games, mini golf and lots of board games you can play as a family.

If you want more traditional bowling though, other bowling alleys in Cornwall include Truro Bowl in Truro, Okell Bowling in St. Austell and Trethorne Leisure Park in Launceston.

  • Visit Country Skittles website here.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

12. Visit A National Trust Property

There are so many National Trust properties that are great to visit on a rainy day in Cornwall. If you still want to embrace the outdoors, definitely visit Godolphin House where they have an outdoor sensory trail and mud kitchen. Other National Trust properties that have big indoor sections include Lanhydrock and St. Michaels Mount.

  • Visit National Trusts Cornish website here

13. Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park’

If you’re going to get wet, you might as well do it in style. If you have children over the age of six, head to Retallack Resort near Newquay which is home to Cornwall’s biggest outdoor aqua park.

Here you can ‘jump, splash, bounce, climb and slide’ at the huge ‘total wipeout’ style floating inflatable Aqua Park! That’s not all though, Retallack also have a flow rider, where you can try and surf the waves, paddle boarding, water zorbing and a beach.

  • Visit Retallack Resorts website here.

15 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

14. Go Swimming

There are lots of family friendly swimming pools in Cornwall. Waterworld in Newquay has loads of slides and is great for kids, St. Ives Leisure centre has incredible views and both a kids and adults pool and Ships & Castles in Falmouth has slides, a wave machine and a river run. This list isn’t extensive, but, do be aware that swimming pools get very booked up on rainy days.

15. Do A Craft

Perhaps you are looking for something different to do on rainy day in Cornwall? The last thing on our list is all about learning something new. Take a drive to St. Ives where you and your kids can try your hand at pottery or chocolate making. Every Thursday the famous ‘Leach Pottery’ hosts a drop in morning called ‘Have-A-Go-Thursdays’, where you can make your own pottery. There are also two chocolate shops; ‘I Should Coco’ and ‘Coco Kitchen’ that hold chocolate making work shops. Both need to be booked in advance and are suitable for kids.

  • Visit the ‘Coco Kitchen website here and the Leach Pottery website here.


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So, that was our roundup of ‘15 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall‘. If you are visiting on holiday, we hope you still have the best time despite the weather.

What do you think of these rainy day suggestions? Do you have any other things you like to do on rainy days in Cornwall? Let me know in the comments below!



  1. April 2, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I’d love to visit a National Trust property with my kids more often! We have a family membership pass but don’t use it enough!

  2. Solange
    April 2, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I would love to visit The Blue Reef Aquarium.

  3. sarah Mackay
    April 2, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Would love to try out the Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park’

  4. April 2, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    A visit to Paradise Park would be wonderful! my little Grandson would love the Penguins!

  5. Selina F
    April 2, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park’ sounds like fun for the family.

  6. Georgina Prince was davies
    April 2, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    i have always wanted to visit the eden project it looks really good x

    April 3, 2018 / 12:27 am

    I think that a trip to the Eden Project would be really good.

  8. Jennifer Toal
    April 3, 2018 / 7:40 am

    I like the look of paradise park never been to Cornwall

  9. Margaret Clarkson
    April 3, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Visiting a National Trust property is always a good idea – there are so many wonderful places to see.

  10. Rachel Craig
    April 3, 2018 / 10:59 am

    Visit Aquarium :- As can be interesting, great fun for all ages.

  11. Liam Bishop
    April 3, 2018 / 11:02 am

    I would love to visit the Eden project, looks amazing.

  12. Lyndsey cooksey
    April 3, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Paradise Park would be Lovely to take my hubby, two girls and my neice and nephew. What lovely photos! Also the Aquarium looks good too, thanks for the review!

  13. April 3, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park’sounds like so much fun will definitely have to visit soon x

  14. Rachael
    April 3, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    We love the eden project, haven’t been in ages though 🙂

  15. ElizM
    April 3, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    we love the Eden project but hate the crowds so we tend to go in August when it’s open later in the evening. National Trust properties are always worth a visit – we have an annual pass which makes it much much cheaper

  16. Emma B
    April 3, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I love Aquariums and the Blue Reef Aquarium is a great one! And then maybe head off to Pirates Quest 😀

  17. Karen hutchinson
    April 3, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    My son would love to try retallack resort – not long until our annual Cornish holiday

  18. lozzle77
    April 3, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    visiting a national trust property i bet there is quite a few of them

  19. Simon C
    April 3, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    The water park sounds like a barrel of fun. Just the kind of thing my girls love.

  20. Margaret Gallagher
    April 3, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Paradise park – great fun great learning magical memories

  21. Iain Maciver
    April 4, 2018 / 10:59 am

    would be amazing to visit somewhere new for a change

  22. April 4, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    It seems like we are having a lot of rainy days lately….I think my girls would love to go bouncing. They love trampoline parks. x

  23. Frances H
    April 4, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I’d love to visit the Eden Project, preferably on a rainy day, so it feels even more tropical.

  24. Laura Lee
    April 4, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I love to do crafts and cooking with my kids so that is what we usually end up doing. At the moment though I think the whole UK has had enough rain for 2018!!

  25. Kerryn
    April 5, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I would love to visit a national trust property

  26. April 6, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Would love to visit Eden Project So many beautiful weird plants to see

  27. michelle o'neill
    April 7, 2018 / 10:50 am

    would love to take my grandaughter to visit the Eden Project

  28. Clare Hubbard
    April 7, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    I think my boys would love to visit the blue reef aquarium

  29. Irena Matković
    April 7, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I want to try Pirates Quest! Was a fan of Sandokan when I was a little.

  30. Kim Styles
    April 8, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    we would like to go to the woods- in fact we have been dog walking today in some woods in Norfolk and there were perfect puddle jumping conditions!

  31. April 8, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    A trip to Paradise Park seems magical and amazing and just right for our family! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  32. Simone Griffin
    April 8, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    Crafting is always a great idea – but I’d love to visit a National Trust property

  33. Amanda tanner
    April 8, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Love the visit the aquarium as I love Newquay. Would pop into Chy bar for a beer after ☺

  34. Ana Nowell
    April 9, 2018 / 9:05 am

    We would love to do a trip to the Eden project, it looks amazing

  35. irene hodgson
    April 9, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Great suggestions,We would love to visit Cornwall again and go to the Eden Project

  36. April 9, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    These look great. I have always wanted to visit the Eden Project.

  37. Peggy rossiter
    April 9, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    The maritime museum at charlestown is interesting for older children, and if not too rainy outside!

  38. Victoria Prince
    April 9, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park’! It sounds so much fun, I wish I was young again 🙂

  39. Emma Chapman
    April 10, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Has to be the maritime museum at Charlestown it’s brilliant adventure for whole family!

  40. Susan Smith
    April 10, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Would have to be the Eden Project, missed out the last time we were there, so hopefully this summer we will get there

  41. Christina Palmer
    April 10, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I wouldlove to take my grandchildren to Total Wipeout at Retallack’s ‘Aqua Park as they enjoy anything water related

  42. Karen Watt
    April 10, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I would love to visit the Eden project so interesting all the unusual plants. Great site seeing site.

  43. Karen Barrett
    April 10, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    I am sure my grandchildren would love The Blue Reef Aquarium.

  44. Elizabeth Cooke
    April 11, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Definitely the Eden Project, I’ve always wanted to go – looks like another world!

  45. cheryl hadfield
    April 11, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I loew Cornwall, and would love to visit the Eden Project

    April 12, 2018 / 11:51 am

    I would love to take my son to the Brave soft play!

  47. Susan B
    April 13, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    The children and I would most enjoy Do a Craft on a rainy day.

  48. April 13, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    I think that a trip to the Eden Project would be lovely

  49. Anita
    April 13, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I would love to go to the Eden Project! It looks amazing, and I love biospheres and gardens 🙂

  50. Penny Wilsher
    April 13, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Jump4 in Redruth looks like great fun!

  51. sheri Darby
    April 13, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    The Eden Project sounds the perfect place for a rainy day

  52. Dean T
    April 14, 2018 / 12:52 am

    For me it would have to be the aquarium, it is therapeutic watching the fish swim and I love the whole atmosphere of an aquarium

  53. April 14, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    My favourite is definitely Tehidy Woods near where my husband was born and is great for family walks.

  54. Kim M
    April 14, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Paradise Park sounds lovely – we love animals and birds x

  55. Laura Pritchard
    April 14, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I’d love to spend a day out with the NT at St. Michaels Mount.

  56. April 14, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    The Aqua Park would be fun as my family and I love swimming!

  57. paula cheadle
    April 15, 2018 / 12:00 am

    I would love to visit the Eden project, looks like there is a lot to see

  58. janine atkin
    April 15, 2018 / 11:07 am

    i go swimming. i love that its fun and good exercise

  59. April 15, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I’d go to the Eden Project if I was caught in the rain in Cornwall

  60. Rachael Sexey
    April 15, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I would go swimming as we love swimming and it’s great exercise 💙

  61. Jeanette Leighton
    April 15, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Definitely swimming I’ve always loved swimming I don’t go enough these days

  62. dana
    April 15, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I have always wanted to visit the Eden Project

  63. April 15, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    paradise park looks lovely, i genrally don’t let the weather spoil my activities, i’d just get the waterproofs out!!! x

  64. Sam Parkes
    April 15, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    The eden project as in our wishlist of places to visit

  65. Cassandra D
    April 15, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    I would love to do a pottery class with clay.

  66. Vicky Allum
    April 15, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I live in Cornwall so have done most of these activities, yet to visit Retallack’s aqua park though!

  67. jamie banks
    April 15, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Aqua Park would get my mum to play it with me looks really good!

    April 15, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Have always wanted to visit the eden project it looks really good.

  69. Kelly McKenny
    April 15, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    I havent been to Cornwall in years! I love the sound of Pirates Quest!

  70. Alex Telford
    April 15, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I would love to go to the aquarium. Last time we went my daughter was tiny, but fascinated. We would love yo go back!

  71. Richard Saunders
    April 15, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Really handy tips here will make a list before my next visit

  72. Natalie Crossan
    April 15, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    A day out at paradise park would be absolutely lovely for us 🙂

  73. Christopher Read
    April 15, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    The bowling, particularly as there are arcade games and a mini golf there as well 🙂

  74. May 28, 2018 / 3:38 am

    I wish someone had written a similar post for things to do on a rainy day in a tiny village in the Caribbean!

    I love your suggestions and I think it’s a brilliant idea to put together a list for bad weather. I lived by the sea so many years that I know it’s also very beautiful on rainy days. It’s got a very special atmosphere, when it’s not just tourists lying on their towels trying to get a tan, and I both love walking by the rough and stormy sea as well as warming up with a hot chocolate afterwards.

    In fact, going for a walk by the sea is also what I did today, when I woke up to a tropical storm. We waited until the rain had gotten less, so we wouldn’t be soaked within seconds, and then went down the beach to take pictures and to look around the colourful houses. We had the place almost for ourselves, which was a great experience.

    Too bad they didn’t have a waterpark or any other indoor activities. Especially a waterpark. It’s been years since I’ve been to one and your post really made me want to go down a water slide.

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