Wet Weather Treats

When you're sitting on the beach basking in the sun it can be hard to imagine that it ever rains in Cornwall. But it does sometimes (thank goodness or there'd be no clotted cream!), so here are some great days out for rainy days near St Austell:


Cardinham Woods

Forestry Commission maintained woodland near Bodmin which is a wonderful place for a visit with walking trails to suit all abilities.  Enjoy The Highway Rat trail, aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence.  Buy your activity pack from the excellent Woods Café near the Cardinham Woods car park.    

The Eden Project

With three-quarters of the site indoors there’s enough to keep you fascinated for a whole day.


One of Cornwall’s best ‘all-weather’ attractions, with excellent indoor soft play facilities for toddlers as well as older children.

Kidzworld Cornwall

 Huge all-weather play zone in St Austell

The National Maritime Museum 

The museum in Falmouth has some fascinating hands-on exhibits and a range of children’s activities on offer from storytelling to craft sessions.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Over 40 naturally themed habitats take you on a fantastic journey from local waters to exotic seas.

Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Charlestown

Again and again guests tell us what fun they had here!  Award winning ice cream at the Tall Ships creamery next door is worth stopping for.

Pendennis Castle

With some wonderfully interactive exhibits.

Family fun in St Austell 

Try your hand at 10-pin bowling at Ozzell Bowl or see one of the latest releases at the White River Place cinema.

Lanhydrock House

A must see is the Long Gallery and the 'below stairs' sections including the kitchen, larders, bakehouse, dairy, cellars and servants' quarters – all very Downton Abbey!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The gardens can be great fun in the rain as long as you make sure you put on the wet weather gear and adopt a good old British attitude.  Heligan is a very relaxed garden with lots to keep children amused, a real natural playground with twisting paths – let the children lead the way and tell you the directions – an adventure playground made of old trees, a rope bridge, natural artwork and the Victorian kitchen gardens with ‘Digory’ the scarecrow.

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