Cornwall is many things, it's beautiful, green, coastal, a picture perfect setting for any day out, but we can not guarantee the sunshine. When the sun's out, Cornwall is a beautiful place to be but unfortunately it does rain and our weather is very unreliable. Especially in Spring! So it's all about making the most of what Cornwall has to offer, come rain or shine.
Here is my Top Five Things to do to distract the kids when the weather takes a turn for the worse;
Mawgan Porth is the perfect cove to visit or stay at on a sunny day. You have one of my favourite beaches spread across the length of the village, it grabs your attention as soon as you turn the hairpin bend. The pitch and putt/ crazy golf course nestled into the landscape is a vibrant splash of green. But if it turns grey and the rain decides to make an appearance..you could really do with an indoor activity!
How about stepping into the ever colourful world of Disco Beads, you are immediately greeted by the smiley shop assistants and offered a chance to make your own jewellery at their ready set up bead table taking pride of place in the middle of the store. Colourful super shiny Disco Beads all laid out for you to create your own unique piece of jewellery. Let the kids get creative and make themselves a pocket money keepsake or even make gifts for their friends at school, finished off with their own ‘handmade by’ tag and given to you in an individual logoed organza gift bag.
Towards the South Coast of Cornwall, The Eden Prfoject is my go to place on a rainy day or any day, I love it! It is educational, its scenery is stunning, there is something to do there for all ages. Whether you're interested in plants and flowers or not it's a place to run, explore, learn. Even in the rain. The Eden Project was built and created from an old working China clay pit, it now houses 2 massive biomes in the shape of huge bubbles which have sprouted from the ground and are filled with plants from all over the world. The Eden Project isn't just fun for me but my kids love it, the outdoor gardens gives us a place to run around and play outside, the Biomes are filled with wonder and awe, the rain forest biome even houses a working waterfall which you can climb to the top of. A visitor attraction like no other that's not to be missed. Check out their whats on guide, Ice skating is now available in their own pop up ice rink, until Sunday 18th February and with it being half term they have lots of half term activities happening to keep you entertained!
If you're looking for something a bit more active and predominantly inside, Ibounce is a great place to be. It's the first ever trampoline park in Cornwall. It is suitable for all ages over 5 and is so much fun! It's not just for kids, I loved letting go of all inhibitions whilst bouncing around mid-air on their wall to wall trampolines, its also a great workout! Check them out online and i would advise pre-booking to save disappointment!
We are very lucky in Cornwall as we have an array of Houses, Gardens and Woodlands all on our doorstep that are looked after and maintained by the wonderful National Trust. Even if it's raining there's no excuse to not get out and enjoy a bit of mother nature and fresh air. Don your wellies, wet weather coats and get out amongst it. Me and my girls love splashing and sloshing around in the mud, climbing trees, admiring historic buildings and for a few hours just being a little feral. Always check the National Trust website before you head anywhere as they regularly have things to do and activities to enjoy. Ensure to pack a picnic for a thrifty money saving day out.
So it's Sunday evening, the gloom of Monday morning looms. This week you have bounced, explored, got your handmade Disco Bead bracelet glowing on your wrist. You have survived another week in Cornwall in the rain. If your down visiting this beautiful coast for a couple days and dreading the journey home.......
It's a service station with a difference, gone are the pre-packaged soggy sandwiches and the stuffy waiting room like atmosphere. Welcome to a Cornish Service Station where there is something for the whole family to enjoy, there is numerous food outlets offering anything from clay oven pizzas, locally made gourmet burgers, handmade sandwiches. You can shop for road essentials and fuel up all at once. Even if it's raining you can let the kids run off some steam in the indoor active play centre that offers soft play and a click and climb play centre, perfect for tiring them out for a early night! And if you have been camping they have Washer/Dryer facilities to do your washing on route rather then dread the chores when you get home.
Have a Safe Journey Home, Come Back Soon!
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