Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…


It feels a little like the summer’s in hiding at the moment. But just because it’s wet doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun as when the sun’s shining.

1. Have your own ‘wet play time’ session. Do you remember the fun you had as a kid at school when you couldn’t go out to play? We’ve got loads of games in the office you can borrow, so get the family together to re-discover some old favourites or try something you haven’t played before. From Scrabble to Pictionary, jigsaws to chess or cards, everyone’s got their favourites! Or borrow some of our DVDs, snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy a film or two with the family.

2. Get wet. Why not try a watersport? If you’re in the water anyway, it doesn’t matter if it rains. Put on a wetsuit and try your hand at surfing or bodyboarding. Or if you’d rather get wet indoors there are several swimming pools in the area, including some with wave machines and slides, like Ships and Castles in Falmouth or Oasis Fun Pools in Newquay.

3. Get kitted out in wellies and waterproofs and carry on regardless. Kids love splashing in puddles, and there’s plenty to do around Bosinver. We do animal feeding sessions every day (unless it’s absolutely pouring down). Find the Gruffalo in the woods, go on our Wellie Hunt or see if you can find all the hidden animals. And don’t forget the play barn! Mums (and dads) can take up our knitting challenge while the kids are playing – we’re knitting squares to send out to South Africa to help AIDS orphans.

4. Head into St Austell for some family fun. Try your hand at 10-pin bowling at Ozzell Bowl or see one of the latest releases at the cinema.

5. Cornwall’s not just about the beaches (although they are wonderful!) There are plenty of indoor attractions too. The Eden Project’s always a good bet when the weather’s not at its best (particularly during the school holidays when they’ve got lots of children’s activities happening). DairyLand is one of Cornwall’s best ‘all-weather’ attractions, with excellent indoor soft play facilities for toddlers as well as older children, and Kidzworld Cornwall has just opened in St Austell with a huge all-weather play zone.

We also recommend The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, which has some fascinating hands-on exhibits (their current exhibitions on lighthouses and polar exploration are brilliant!) and a range of children’s activities on offer from storytelling to craft sessions. Or try the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay or the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Charlestown.

Looking for more inspiration? The 101 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall website is packed full of ideas.

Who said rain had to stop play?