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The school holidays have started, and if you are staying at our Cornish holiday cottages over the next month, you are sure to be looking forward to some summer sun and making the most of the beaches, water sports and beautiful countryside.
However, the weather could take a turn for the worse, so it is always best to have back-up plans for any rainy days that might occur! Take a look below to see what family fun days out there are in Cornwall that will definitely keep you dry from the rain.
Head to Newquay to become a pirate! Pirate’s Quest will take you on a tale of Cornwall’s pirating history in an immersive walk-through, and bring you face to face with swashbuckling pirates, smugglers, mermaids and buccaneers. There are caves, shipwrecks and 18th century Cornwall to explore on the quest. It is best to book online at piratesquest.co.uk for tickets.
Until September 4, the magnificent Eden Project is being overrun with dinosaurs! The Project is always great to visit on rainy days, as the warm biomes are so big, you will feel like you are outside anyway! The Dinosaur Uprising being held over the summer will have a host of life-size moving dinosaurs, that will be good fun for the adults as well as the children!
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, which is not far from our Cornish holiday cottages, is playing host to some Viking hordes. The two-year exhibition will be revealing the full history of how Vikings once ruled the waves. Visitors can explore the stories, and also get a chance to see some rare remnants from the Viking age, on loan from the British Museum, Manx National Heritage, the National Museum of Denmark and the National Museum of Ireland.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
On a rainy day, you can still explore the beautiful Cornish countryside, and in an old fashioned way – by steam train! Young children will love the chance to be on a traditional steam train and fully experience its sights and sounds. The Bodmin & Wenford Railway has all sorts of journeys available, including a dining train.
This year Cornwall is celebrating its ‘Tinth’ anniversary of its mining landscapes becoming UNESCO World Heritage sites. Many of the old mines are open to the public, with Geevor being the largest preserved mine in the country. You can get the chance to go underground to a real 18th century tin mine, explore the amazing mining machinery, and find out how the rock brought up from the mines was processed.
You can really get away from the rain at Carnglaze Caverns by heading underground. Near St Neot, the Caverns are simply breath-taking. A former slate mine, you can take a boat ride on the underground lake with its crystal clear water and discover the many minerals mined and quarried in the whole of the South West. The Caverns stay at a constant 10 degrees Celsius all year, making it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Be sure to bring sensible footwear and a jumper when you visit.
An indoor soft play area is great for rainy days. Raze the Roof at Penryn, close to our holiday cottages, is a place the kids are sure to enjoy, with a climbing wall, slides, ball cannons and more. Smaller kids have their own area too, and there is also a separate laser tag area that adults can try out. The cafe is great for a light refreshment to keep the kids going all day!
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Blue Reef Aquarium at Newquay is a safe bet when it’s raining. You can enjoy a whole day here, seeing the coral reefs, discover the brightly coloured exotic fish like angelfish, puffer fish and more. There is also a variety of sharks, rays and eels to see through the underwater tunnel. The tunnel is a great way for the kids to get up close to some of the most spectacular sea life in the world.
With all these fun things to see and do, you might want a bit of rain everyday!
Photo by: Paul Hermans