Things to do on a rainy in Cornwall

Ok, if we’re honest, it isn’t always sunny in Cornwall! So you wake up one morning and it’s raining so sitting on the beach is not an option, and you think ‘What can I do on a rainy day in Cornwall?’ Don’t worry, there is still plenty to do when the weather doesn’t deliver that will keep the whole family entertained!

If you have young children then there are several places that have indoor play areas including specific areas for toddlers.

Crealy – Situated a few miles Newquay side of Wadebridge, has lots of outdoor and indoor play areas, stables and barns with horses, rabbits, birds and Guinea pigs, you can relax with a coffee while the kids burn off some energy!


Jungle Jacks – 100% indoor play area with a dedicated area for toddlers on the outskirts of Newquay with over 1,700 square feet of fun including challenging climbs, a rope bridge, our astra-glide slide, crafty crawl tubes and peekaboo bubble windows. Daredevils will love their super-fast racing slide and spiral tube.

Jungle jacks

Raze The Roof – Penryn, Nr Falmouth. Here is something for the whole family from tiny tots to adults. Kids love to play in the mega play frame, Slides, climbing wall, ball cannons, astro glide and tiny tots explore too, in their own safe space. You can also play laser tag with your friends in a high tech game of hide and seek with your own laser phaser! The adults can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee and their favourite magazines in the café with a fresh food and drink menu for the whole family complete with complementary Wi-Fi.

Aggie Arts – Art and craft workshops in St Agnes. Offering bespoke workshops to suit you or your group, Aggie Arts provides art and craft workshops in St Agnes, Cornwall and has something for everyone and every budget. Workshops include: Pasty making, Fascinator making, freehand machine embroidery, painting & art, watercolours & photography.


Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay – Over 40 naturally themed habitats take you on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas.  Come face to face with freshwater turtles, watch pulsating jellyfish and meet amazing pufferfish! At the Aquarium’s heart is the ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of giant Loggerhead turtle, reef sharks and shoals of colourful fish.

blue reef

Waterworld, Newquay & Ships And Castles, Falmouth  – These 2 leisure pools in Falmouth and Newquay both have much more to offer than simply swimming (if you just want to swim then Newquay also has a ‘normal’ swimming pool!). There are flumes, rapids and wave machines and many foam boards and buoyancy aids, great fun for kids and adults alike!


Just because it’s raining, maybe you’re feeling a little more adventurous? There are many gardens and woods that are still great fun to explore if the weather isn’t great, you might need your wellies though! A few of our favourites are:

Tehidy Woods, Nr Redruth

Cardinham Woods, Nr Bodmin

Idless Woods, Nr Truro

Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Nr Truro

Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth,

Gardens woods

What about the various watersports on offer? Yes, it’s raining, but does that really matter? You’re going to get wet anyway! There are the obvious choices of surfing and bodyboarding but what about trying something a little different? Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP) are becoming increasingly popular and can be hired from most surf shops now. Sea kayaks, or kayaking or canoeing on one of the many rivers all over Cornwall. What about coasteering? There are many places around Cornwall to try these activities with qualified instructors making it fun and safe for all abilities and levels of experience. Below are a few links where you can get more information and hire equipment:

Cornish Coast Adventures

Piran Surf

Sea Kayaking Cornwall

SUP Cornwall

sup surf school