Things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

Some ideas for family friendly things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

If you are spending your family holidays in the UK then you know the weather could be a bit unpredictable. Especially Cornwall’s weather can be very moody. Beautiful sunshine and blue skies one day and rainy and grey clouds the next. Luckily Cornwall has much more to offer than amazing beaches and nature walks (although they say there is no such things as bad weather, only bad clothing).

Even if it’s rainy there are lots of great days out to be had, exploring Cornwall and discovering all those great family friendly attractions:

1. Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay
(10 min. drive from Sands) 

Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay the Blue Reef Aquarium is always worth a visit. Learn more about the local marine species from the Cornish coast and see hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.

Entry fees are £9.75 per adult and £7.50 children or £32.50 for a family of 4 (July 2012).

2. Visit St. Ives and the Tate Gallery
(just under an hour drive from Sands)

The picturesque town of St.Ives is packed with craft shops, unique galleries, cafés and restaurants.

The Tate gallery is small enough to hold young attention spans and has a good café on the top floor with fantastic views. Ask when you buy tickets about the children’s art events that run in the gallery and on the beach.

Parking can be difficult! Alternatively use the well signposted Park and Ride System from St Erth, Lelant or Tregenna Castle Hotel just outside of town.  Park here easily and enjoy one of Cornwall’s prettiest train rides round Carbis Bay.

3. Ice Cream at Roskillys
(1 hour and 20 min. drive from Sands, close to the Lizard.)

Stroll around the meadows, meet some donkeys, ducks and cats and watch the cows being milked. You can also  learn about how the farm works and admire a range of handmade furniture and stained glass and then treat yourself to some fantastic ice cream.  Yum!

Free entry and free parking.

4. Monkey Sanctuary
(just over an hour drive from Sands)

The Monkey Sanctuary is situated in beautiful woodlands overlooking Looe Bay and is home to a colony of 14 woolly monkeys. Explore the park in which they are kept and enjoy a light snack in their vegetarian café.

Entry fees: Adults £8 and children £5 or
£25 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.

5. Eden Project
(40 minutes drive from Sands)

Some say it’s the Eighth Wonder of the World! The Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. With a worldwide reputation, Eden barely needs an introduction, but this epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. One of the great attractions for family holidays in the UK.

Entry fees: Adults £23 Children£9.50, not cheap but there is lots to see and do and if you book in advance a discount will be applied.

We hope you like our ideas. If you have any questions about buying tickets, opening times etc. just come and see us at reception or visit the website displayed under each attraction.

You might also like our blog post ‘ More things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall! Please note that all entrance fees were valid at the time of writing.

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