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Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Cornwall

Good reasons to go out in the rain . . .

From a young age we're often encouraged to stay indoors if it's raining.

"You can't go out in that! You'll catch a chill!"

But spending time in nature, in all weathers, has plenty of benefits.

Rain is good for your body:

Raindrops contain loads of negative ions, which help clear the air of bacteria, pollen, mould spores and viruses.

These negative ions are also a natural anti-depressant as they boost levels of seratonin in the brain.

That's enough science - going out in the rain is also fun! Remember those childhood memories of splashing in puddles, dancing in the rain and watching huge raindrops bounce off the pavement? Good times.

1. Walk the coastpath, Treyarnon

Dig out the raincoat and wellies and head to the South West coast path. Cornwall offers 300 miles of rugged coastline to explore in all weathers.

cornwall coastline Godrevy by aaron-kato-on Unsplash

You're unlikely to meet another soul along the way and a fresh Winter's day is the perfect time to see Cornwall in a whole new light.

2. Carnglaze Caverns, Bodmin

Tucked away near Bodmin Moor is this historic underground activity. Formerly a working slate mine, the caves are now open year-round giving you the chance to explore them at your leisure.

The attraction also includes 4 acres of magical woodland garden where you can spy fairies and pixies hiding in the undergrowth.

3. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

If you've had enough fresh air and negative ions for the week, then make your way to Falmouth's Maritime Museum for some fabulous family fun.

Falmouth NMMC Cornwall

The Museum is packed with interactive displays including remote-controlled motor boats, scientific experiments and artefacts from famous shipwrecks. There are often crafting activities also available for younger visitors so there really is something for everyone.

And after all that outdoor fun, you've definitely earned a sit down with a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.

4. Visit the Eden Project, St Austell

Built out of a disused China clay quarry in the Cornish countryside, this iconic attraction offers more than just plants and waterfalls.

There's the rainforest canopy walkway, as well as the indoor play area, the play lab, Mediterranean biome and breath-taking exhibits.

Eden Project at Easter

And if you think you've seen it somewhere before, it featured in the James Bond epic Die Another Day.

5. Be a Pirate for a Day, Newquay

Cornwall's smuggling history is brought to life at this immersive experience for the whole family.

pirate adventure

Follow your guide and your treasure map through the mystical caves and murky streets of Eighteenth Century Cornwall.

If you're feeling brave enough, enter the scary section and prepare to be terrified!

Up for a rainy stay?

Get away for a few nights at Ocean Blue Cornwall this Winter. Your apartment offers a warm and cosy base, with:

  • central heating
  • comfortable seating area
  • large flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • en-suite bathrooms
  • free wifi
  • luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen
  • spacious kitchen
Trebetherick holiday apartment Cornwall

Quick note:

As with any outdoor activity, take extra care with little ones to make sure they're wrapped up warm and are wearing suitable waterproof clothes and boots.

Also be aware that it's easier to slip when the ground is wet. You don't want your fun day outdoors to end in the local Accident & Emergency Department so be safe 🙂

Short Breaks by the Sea

Get away from less than £100 per person* this Winter with a short break stay in a luxury Ocean Blue Cornwall property.

* Based on four sharing the Pentire apartment for three nights throughout January, February and March - exclusions apply.

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