A rainy day in Cornwall: family fun in wet weather

8th July 2021

We can’t pretend it’s always sunny here. After all, how would Cornwall have its beautiful gardens without a splash of rain?


When you’re on holiday with the kids, the prospect of keeping everyone entertained (and reasonably dry) can be a daunting one. But never fear! There’s plenty to do in Cornwall on a wet day – even in 2021, when we’re trying to stay outdoors as much as possible.

Here are some of our tried-and-tested rainy day activities.

Rainy Day Attractions in Cornwall

With many Cornish attractions opening on a pre-book basis this summer, it’s worth keeping an eye on the long-range weather forecast and planning ahead.

The Eden Project combines indoor and outdoor areas, and is open this summer for pre-booked visitors. There’s plenty for all ages to enjoy at this large attraction, and parents will be delighted to know that loos and takeaway stalls are open.

Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is open this summer. It is simply one of our favourite rainy day places, and we do recommend trying to arrive as early as possible.


Two children reaching out for a stingray at the Blue Reef Aquariam in Newquay on a rainy day in Cornwall

Source: Let’s Go with the children


Pendennis Castle in Falmouth (English Heritage) is an exciting place for imaginative kids to visit. Its keep recreates the sights and sounds of a battle, and there are other indoor spaces to explore. The castle’s website has details of which areas are open and how to book.

Falmouth is also home to another one of Cornwall’s top indoor attractions, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. This year’s special exhibition is about “monsters of the deep”…

For older families, Tate St Ives is open for timed tours. Here’s what’s on display at the Tate this summer, as well as how to book your Tate visit.

Rainy Cornish Beaches

We actually love our beaches in wet and windy weather, especially the ones right on our doorstep in St Ives. The sea has a really special beauty on a wild day; and a walk across the sands against the wind is truly exhilarating.

On calm but rainy days, you’re wet anyway, so you might as well get in the sea. You’ll find that your kids really won’t care that there’s a bit of rain, and you can always wear your wetties. Warm up afterwards with a takeaway hot chocolate.


Young child wearing a wetsuit and holding a surfboard on a rainy day in Cornwall

Source: Seavenger

Under the Canopy

Or, a rainy summer’s day is the perfect time for a spot of forest bathing. Grab your wellies and head off to explore our local Steeple Woods (we can give you directions), or take a short drive to Trevaylor Woods near Penzance (beautiful but a bit muddy).

Head up the A30 to Tehidy Woods near Redruth. At this time of year, you can hear but not feel the rain as it patters on the leafy canopy above you. There are lots of lovely lakeside paths in Tehidy, along with Cornwall’s cheekiest squirrels.


Child splashing in the puddles on a rainy day in Cornwall

Any Excuse…

A rainy day is a fantastic excuse for lunch out. Kid-friendly restaurants in St Ives include The Hub, Beer & Bird and Scoff Troff. You’ll need to reserve a table in advance, so if it looks like rain’s coming, get booking. Take a look at our blog about eating out in St Ives for more recommendations.

And after lunch? St Ives’ Royal Cinema is open for pre-booked tickets.


So, embrace the rain, and take the opportunity to explore new places and try different things. If you want any more suggestions, just ask any of us at Polmanter. We’ve all had the experience of entertaining (or being) wet-weather kids in Cornwall!