7 Rainy day activities in Cornwall

What is there to do in Cornwall on a rainy day?

As much as we all love Cornwall in both the summer and winter sunshine and the opportunities this offers both locals and tourists alike to simply sit and relax on the nearest beautiful beach, we also know that the English weather is unpredictable . If the rain does hit and potentially change your plans there is still always plenty to do and explore in this amazing county!

T H E  E D E N  P R O J E C T

Nestled in a huge crater near St Austell, the Eden Project is always one of the most popular rainy day out destinations for every type of person. This one of a kind experience offers you the chance to walk amongst exotic plant life and tropical trees which thrive in the two separate warm biomes. One biome consists of Mediterranean style plants with another housing the world’s largest indoor rainforest! There is also a wide selection of onsite cafes with food from all around the world to try and explore. The Eden Project also offers more than just the indoor biomes with the site hosting an indoor kids soft play area and if you wouldn’t mind getting  wet in the rain you could also ride on England’s longest zip wire which wizzes over the biomes!

B O D M I N  J A I L

Bodmin Jail is both a fascinating and spooky day out for all members of the family who are wanting to escape from the rain. The jail was built as the County Prison in 1778 and was notorious for its cramped conditions and public hangings. Today the jail stands as a fascinating museum and is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Britain . There are six levels to explore, from the dank cells and harsh punishments, as well as an execution pit and special exhibitions. The jail also has its own café/restaurant so you can be sure to take a more relaxing break and get your breath back after your trip around the museum with a nice Cornish cream tea!

B L U E  R E E F  A Q U A R I U M, N E W Q U A Y

If you can’t make it to the beach because of the rain you can still head underwater at the Blue Reef Aquarium located down by Towan beach in Newquay. The aquarium displays local sea life as well as more tropical fish to discover with over 40 naturally themed habitats which could take you on a fantastic journey through our oceans across the world. You could spend a morning or afternoon wandering through the underwater tunnel with sharks, stingrays and turtles and there is even an opportunity to feed turtles or tropical fish such as Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman, Piranha’s or some tank-busting tropical fish!

C A R N G L A Z E  C A V E R N S, S T  N E O T

Carnglaze Caverns is an all-weather family attraction near the village of St Neot located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. Here you can head 60 meters underground and avoid the rain on a self-guided tour of this former Cornish slate mine. You will be able to discover how the miners worked, see some of the minerals mined and quarried in the area and finish at the underground, crystal clear blue-green water lake. If the rain does hold off at any point, you can also wander through the Terrace Garden along its zigzag pathways which lead up to the Enchanted Delland and take in the spectacular panoramic view of St Neot village.

 W R A P  U P  &  T A K E  A  W O O D L A N D  W A L K  T H R O U G H  C A R D I N H A M  W O O D S  O R  M I L L O O K  T O  D I Z Z A R D

Wrapping up warm and embracing the weather is always a good option! One great place to walk and take some kind of shelter under the trees is in Cardinham Woods which is located near Lanhydrock. There are many different long and short walks to choose from which are suitable for children and adults at all levels. Cardinham Woods also has its own resident Woods Café which has previously been awarded the cosiest tea room by Clippers! The tea room is a perfect rainy day spot which serves freshly-baked scones, yummy cakes and hearty, homemade food and is dog friendly!

A trail which you’ll find a bit closer to our center here at Outdoor Adventure is the walk from Millook Haven to Dizzard. This walk starts at Millook Haven and heads up the valley through the broadleaf woodland. The route climbs out of the valley to reach the coast at Dizzard Point, you can then return across the top of the ancient coastal woodland at Dizzard, pass by Cancleave Strand and cross Millook Common before descending back to Millook Haven with spectacular views over Bude!

K I D Z W O R L D  I N D O O R  P L A Y, S T  A U S T E L L 

If you’re looking to keep the kids busy on a rainy day in Cornwall and have had enough museum trips, Outdoor activities or rainy walks then Kidzworld in St Austell may be the perfect alternative option. There is literally everything here from soft play with drop slides, sky trails, dodgems and trampolines to keep all ages entertained and dry with all attractions included in the admission price!

 E N J O Y  A  S U R F  L E S S O N  O R  C O A S T E E R I N G  S E S S I O N  W I T H  O U T D O O R  A D V E N T U R E

Last but not least, why not choose to embrace the rainy weather, put on a wet suit and head into the ocean! You can always book on to one of our Cornwall coasteering or surfing sessions and embrace all the different weather fronts we face in Cornwall. The cold water will have you feeling invigorated with plenty of scientific research suggesting that sea swimming raises your mood and happiness levels. Remember after your amazing experience how much you will then appreciate the dry and warmth once you’re back out the sea and inside sipping on a cold beer or coffee with a real sense of achievement and persistence even through potential inclement weather conditions.

Coasteering scramble on an adventure day Bude