Top 7 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall
As much as we all crave wall-to-wall sunshine, especially during holidays away, we all know that weather in the UK is not always dependable. However, there are still plenty of things to do, even if the weather is temperamental, during your holiday in Cornwall – so here are a few idea we’ve put together which are suitable for all ages, tastes and budgets.
1. The Seahorse
Of course, first on our list is The Seahorse.
Located on site at Pentewan Sands, so only a guaranteed few minute walk away from your pitch or holiday home, you can enjoy two indoor swimming pools, an arcade or simply head up to The Seahorse Bar and Restaurant for a spot of lunch, evening meal or a delicious cake, whilst taking in the breath-taking views from our window seats.
The Seahorse is open from 9am -11am for breakfast and 12pm – 8pm for their all-day menu
Swimming is available from 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm on a first come first served basis
Mark’s arcade is open from 11am daily
2. Eden Project, St. Austell
Needing little introduction is of course the popular and well-known Eden Project.
Take an educational trip and explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest in their covered biomes. A once barren landscape that was transformed into beautiful global gardens now provides an extraordinary day out for all the family.
Enjoy extensive outdoor gardens, contemporary artwork, performance and storytelling. Discover places to rest, play and eat, and pick up inspiring ideas to take home on how to care for the planet that cares for you.
Opening times and prices vary throughout the year, please check their website for more information.
3. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
A place to enrich our understanding of the sea, and Cornwall, this multi-award-winning museum will take you on a journey through its 15 galleries, to beautifully illustrate the past, present and future of this island nation.
Not only this, but it also offers a number of stunning exhibitions including ‘Monsters of the Deep’, which runs until December 2022.
Adults - £14.95
Children (under 18’s) - £7.50
Children (under 5) – Free
4. Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown
Just a short car or bus journey from Pentewan Sands Holiday Park and Heligan Caravan and Camping Park is Charlestown. This Grade 2 listed harbour will not only be a top priority visit for all of those Poldark fans out there, but it is also home to the Shipwreck Treasure Museum.
Although small, this museum is a treasure trove with over 8000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. It shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown, with the opportunity to venture through the underground tunnels that were once used to load clay onto ships moored in the harbour.
The Shipwreck Treasure Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm and is dog-friendly – perfect for campers at Heligan.
Adult (over 18) - £6.50
Children (5-17) - £4.50
Children under 5 – free
5. Adrenaline Quarry, Liskeard
If you’re still wishing to endure a thrill-seeking experience on your trip away, and as you’re likely to get wet anyway, then Adrenaline Quarry Aquapark is the perfect place to go wild and attempt their wipeout course. Complete with oversized trampolines, monkey bars, slides, swings and much more, it is the perfect place for adventurous families!
Adrenaline Quarry Aquapark is open for hourly sessions from March – October. There is also a variety of other activities that they offer including go-karting, zip-lining and axe throwing.
6. National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do, then why not visit the National Lobster Hatchery and learn all about their pioneering marine conservation work to save the wild lobster population. Meet the lobsters at different stages of their lifecycle, from babies to fully grown adults, it is a fantastic educational experience for all the family (inc. your four-legged companions, as dogs are also welcomed on-site).
Open daily from 10am, the prices are as follows:
Adult - £7.50
Senior (65+) - £6.50
Child (below 18) - £4.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) - £19.75
7. Bodmin Jail, Bodmin
Immerse yourself into the dark history of Bodmin’s 18-century prison, with their new ‘Dark Walk’ experience. You can learn all about the history of the jail, meet some of the inmates and hear plenty of stories about what conditions inside the jail were really like. They also offer more personal experiences with their heritage guided tours, or for those feeling extra brave, you can visit the jail at nighttime for one of their Scary Cinema Nights or book a Paranormal Tour.
Bodmin Jail offers a variety of experiences, each suitable for different ages. Please check their website for more information.