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Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Cornwall

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When the weather is grey and murky, it can be difficult to know what to do with your day.

Today, we are sharing with you some ideas and places to visit when absorbing the sun is simply not an option.

From catching a movie to exploring a museum, there’s lots for the whole family to get up to.

Learn about Cornish history

There’s plenty of museums and attractions to learn about the rich Cornish history and our heritage.

Heartlands located in Pool is a great family attraction, home to Robinson’s Shaft which has been restored due to a huge amount of hard work. Hide from the rain and pop into the Visitor Centre, it’s free and you will be able to gain a great insight into the world of mining as you enter the exhibitions.

What exhibitions can you find here?

Geology wall and experiment tables – for those aspiring geologists.

Social history soundscape – for those who want to find out more about the stories behind the Cornish miners.

Electric and steam winders and boilers – for those who would like to get up and close to mining history.

Robinson’s Engine House – for those who want to take a step back in time.

270 film projection – for those who want to take a journey into mining.

Interactive map of Cornwall – for those who want to find new and exciting attractions throughout Cornwall to add to your list!

It’s a wonderful site, and if the weather picks up – explore the beautiful gardens, sculptures and let the kids run wild into the adventure playground!

Cornish cream tea with sea views

Sometimes all you need is a cup of tea, especially when the weather isn’t on our side. Hide from the cold and get cosy inside with a delicious Cornish cream tea.

There are plenty of places to choose from, but nothing beats Cornish sea views…

A popular favourite is Godolphin Arms’ scrumptious cream teas. Overlook the island of St Michael’s Mount and watch the rain pour outside – meanwhile you’ll be feeling cosy with a cuppa in hand and the best views you could ask for.

It’s a lovely atmosphere, with friendly service and a great modern feel.

Check out some of our favourite cream teas right here.

Grab some popcorn and watch a movie

Whether you want to wrap up in a blanket next to the fire or head out with the family to a local cinema – a movie can be a great choice for a blustery day.

Merlin Cinemas are located throughout Cornwall including: Helston, Falmouth, Redruth, St Ives and Penzance. You will find these spots having a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, creating the perfect family outing for a rainy day. They also provide a great selection of food and drink, with tasty goodies to accompany you for your movie on the big screen.

Visit an Aquarium

Escape the rain and emerge yourself in the underwater world by visiting a local aquarium.

Blue Reef Aquarium, situated in Newquay provides a great day out to be enjoyed by all. Find over 40 natural styled habitats varying from the fresh Cornish waters to exotic ocean seas.

You will be surrounded by colour and mystery as you discover all kinds of species as you wander around.

Through the amazing under water tunnel, you will be surrounded by incredible marine life. You may spot black tip sharks or the giant rays gliding past.

Water sports

It’s raining anyway so why not get more wet with some of Cornwall’s best water sports available?

Whether you want to catch the waves while surfing or get the family together to enjoy paddle boarding or windsurfing – you’ll find something to keep you entertained!

There are plenty choose from such as St Austell’s Cornwall Watersports or Stithians Lake’s Outdoor and Active.

Watch the sunset

If you’ve been at home all day because of the dreadful weather, why not take a drive and watch a beautiful Cornish sunset?

You have endless spots to choose from as any Cornish beach provides some of the most stunning views you could experience. Grab your flask of tea, a little snack, great company and simply enjoy the view…

Still can’t decide on a beach location? Try Gwithian or perhaps Mawgan Porth!

Visit a National Trust property

There are so many National Trust locations to visit, with properties to explore, gardens to get lost in – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Lanhydrock is a wonderful Victorian country house, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a wooded estate.

You may not be able to explore the riverside paths, woodland or trails but there’s an enchanting house which could keep you entertained for hours. Discover Victorian life, with entering the kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters and also the comforts of the ‘upstairs’ living. It’s well worth the visit, especially on a rainy day.

Eden Project

With events all year round, the Eden Project provides a fantastic family day out you cannot miss! Outdoors, you will find an incredible array of plant life and interactive areas the kids will love.

When the rain pours, hide inside the Rainforest Biome and experience the heat and humidity of the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Admire the towering trees, running waterfall and walk the Canopy Walkway.

The Mediterranean Biome will give the whole family a chance to explore the views of the Med. Walk through olive groves and vineyards, you may even catch a story being told. There’s also the Med Terrace, a great spot for a bite to eat.

What do you get up to on a rainy day in Cornwall?



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