10 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

Looking for things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall with the family? Look no further.

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.

Even if it’s a rainy day there are lots of great things to do in Cornwall, exploring the county and discovering all those family friendly  indoor attractions:

newquay blue reef aquarium in cornwall

Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay (10 mins 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. www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay

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. www.stives-cornwall.co.uk

Ice Cream at Roskillys (1 hour and 20 mins drive from Sands)
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! www.roskillys.co.uk

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.

things to do on a rainy day in cornwall: eden project cornwall

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. What better thing to do on a rainy day in Cornwall? www.edenproject.com

things to do on a rainy day in cornwall: dairyland farmworld

Dairyland Farmworld (only 10 minutes drive from Sands)
Dairyland Farm World is great especially for toddlers.  From slides to nature trails, tractor rides and pony rides, to milking the cows, feeding animals and touring the museums this popular family attractions has so much to offer that your little ones will be kept happy for hours! If the weather’s not so good, don’t despair! – Dairyland also has a whole host of family fun all under cover including The Bull Pen, a massive indoor play centre, a tour of the milking parlour where you can take part in the milking of the cows. A must if your are on holiday with a toddler. www.dairylandfarmworld.com

Paradise Park (45 minutes from Sands)
At Paradise Park you’ll meet lots of colourful birds including many rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans and red-billed Cornish choughs. With over 650 birds there is a stunning collection to see. Plus lots more wildlife including Red squirrels, Red pandas, two species of otter and some furry friends in our Fun Farm including donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. The big Jungle Barn indoor play centre offers lots of fun for children even in cold or wet weather. www.paradisepark.org.uk

things to do on a rainy day in cornwall: rock pooling

Rock pooling & Crab fishing (5 minutes walk from Sands)
Put on your raincoat and your wellies and get a fishing net. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather….then head down to the beach and see what you can find in the rock pools. You would be amazed how many interesting little animals, shells, colourful pebbles and other beautiful treasures you will find. Kids of any age love this activity.

Kidzworld Cornwall (35 minutes drive from Sands)
One of our favourites of all the things to do in Cornwall on a rainy day: 54,000 sq ft of ‘all weather’ family fun! Kidzworld is one of the leading indoor play centres in Cornwall with a wide range of activities including Mega-slides, Giant tubes , Ballponds, Death Slide, Crushers, Fireman’s Pole and much more. There is no height restriction so the whole family can get involved.  www.kidzworldcornwall.co.uk

National Maritime Museum Falmouth (50 minutes drive from Sands)
The National Maritime Museum is well placed in an ideal position overlooking Falmouth harbour and the busy Carrick Roads shipping area with a look out point in the top of its tower. The maritime heritage exhibition is presented on three floors with loads of audio, visual and interactive displays for children and families to engage.

Find more things to do in Cornwall with kids visit our blog.