Gloomy Skies, Bright Spirits: Top Rainy Day Outings in Cornwall

It's been a little wet across the country the last couple of weeks. But a little rain doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Here are our top suggestions to make the most of a rainy holiday...

Dingles Fairground Museum: Travel back in time and relive the golden era of fairgrounds all safely indoors. With a fascinating musem and vintage rides like the carousel and dodgems, it’s a treat for both young and old. The old-time fairground makes for a nostalgic and sometimes thrilling day out. Beware though, the penny slots are addictive and will gently rid you of your spare change! (30 mins drive)
Trethorne Leisure Park: Looking for indoor play? Well you may not be but I bet the kids are! Trethorne is your answer. From bowling to trampolines, soft play areas to animal encounters, it’s a whole day of fun under one roof. And if the sun does decide to peek out, there’s even more to explore outside. Perfect for toddlers and kids of all ages. (20 mins drive)
Eden Project: While known for its sprawling outdoor gardens, the Eden Project’s biomes are a haven when the heavens open up. Wander through the world’s largest indoor rainforest, feel the mist on your face, and explore the fragrant Mediterranean without needing a passport! (45 mins drive)
Afternoon Tea at Camelot Hotel: What’s better than watching the raindrops race down the windowpane with a refreshing cup of tea and crustless mini sandwich in hand? Indulge in an elegant and cosy afternoon tea while overlooking the coast path’s walkers enduring the dramatic coastline. The clotted cream and scones are pure magic, especially when they’re paired with something fizzy! (20 mins drive)
Bodmin Jail: A bit of a moodier outing, this historic jail is a captivating experience. It’s worth a little extra to book the excellent guided tour that runs hourly and takes you through the whole museum. The (older) kids will love the dark tales and intriguing exhibits, and you’ll appreciate the sensitively told stories of those who worked here, were held here and died here. (25 mins drive)
National Trust Lanhydrock: This grand estate, while known for its sprawling grounds, also boasts a beautiful house with intricately decorated rooms. Dive deep into the history of the Robartes family and get a glimpse of Victorian life. Families will enjoy the nursery where children can play (and my son actually beat me at chess!) Don’t forget to explore the servants’ quarters too for fascinating insights into life downstairs. (30 mins drive)
Tintagel Castle: Although outdoors (and not actually a castle, more ruins), the legends surrounding King Arthur and the mysteries of Merlin will make you forget about the rain. On moody days it can reward you with fantastic photos from the island looking along the coast, with a watchful Arthur looking out. There’s an indoor exhibition space at the end and warming cafe to dry off in afterwards, so it’s worth a visit even on a drizzly day. (20 mins drive)
And finally… Padstow: Hit the shops and enjoy some of Cornwall’s best foodie spots whilst you’re at it – Stein’s fish and chips followed by an ice cream on the harbour. And while the kids might not be sampling the brews, Padstow Brewery Co offers a behind-the-scenes look at beer-making. And for the adults a tasting session is the perfect way to warm up! (35 mins drive)
What are your favourite rainy-day activities? Have we missed any? Please do share them with us!