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.
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.
- Other posts you might like: 5 Family Friendly Beaches In Cornwall.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.