Ten things to do in Cornwall with kids when it's raining

The beautiful natural scenery of Cornwall is the main draw for most visitors, with swathes of golden sand, picture perfect villages and awe-inspiring views, but what to do if the weather isn’t favourable?

Fortunately Cornwall offers no end of options for a rainy day with the children, the difficulty will be deciding what to do first!

1. The Eden Project, near St Austell

Cornwall’s most-talked-about attraction, the Eden Project’s domes will not only protect you from the drizzle outside, but will also transport you to more tropical climes where you can learn about exotic plants, walk through the rainforest canopy, enjoy an authentic Mediterranean meal and take part in one of the many family events which are run throughout the year.

Eden Project

2. Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

What better way to make the most of the wet weather than to embark on an under-the-sea adventure at the Blue Reef Aquarium! 40 natural-themed exhibits house all manner of underwater life, with sharks, turtles, colourful fish and even a caiman among the resident sea creatures you’ll see. Take a walk through the underwater tunnel to view the fish from a unique perspective, and set your watch for the child-friendly talks and feeding sessions scheduled throughout the day.

3. Lanhydrock House, Bodmin

One of the National Trust’s finest properties in Cornwall, Lanhydrock House is a stunning Victorian mansion where history comes alive. Each fascinating room has been preserved with period gadgets, furniture, knick-knacks and vestiges of family life. Children will love exploring the suite of rooms full of old-fashioned toys and games, and peering into the perfect miniature world inside the dolls’ house.

Lanhydrock House

If the rain clears up, head outside to explore the estate which glows with golden hues in the autumn, sparkles with the frost in winter and offers picnic spots aplenty in the summer!

4. Flambards, Helston

If the weather’s looking temperamental, Flambards is a great choice. With indoor and outdoor areas, you can dodge the showers and have a fantastic family day. Walk through the Victorian Village and dip in and out of more than 50 realistic shops displaying thousands of authentic goods from yesteryear. Then move on to the life-size replica of a London street during the blitz, complete with the sights and sounds of wartime Britain.

When the sun begins to shine, head outside where you’ll find a whole host of fun rides to suit all ages, from classic tea cups to the Hornet Rollercoaster and Log Flume.

5. Carnglaze Caverns

Escape the rain by descending 150m underground to explore the former slate mine of Carnglaze. Take a self-guided tour of the three huge chambers, in which the stunning underground lake is a highlight.

6. Maritime Museum, Falmouth

In the inspiring setting of Falmouth’s Discovery Quay, the Maritime Museum is a colossal building housing 15 galleries over 5 floors, where interesting, hands on exhibits describe the influence of the sea on history and culture.


Enjoy the view out over the harbour from the lookout tower, and see it from an all-together different angle by descending to the Tidal Zone where you can see underwater. There’s plenty for children to do, from sailing boats to practising survival at sea!

7. Water World, Newquay

If it’s wet outside, why not get wet in the warm inside! Pack your swimming kit and head off to Newquay’s Water World, an indoor tropical fun pool. Where a flume, snake floatie, water play hut, erupting volcano, snake fountain and 25m swimming pool offer hours of fun!

8. Dairyland Farm World, Newquay

Little animal lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the extensive adventure park of Dairyland Farm World. While there are many outdoor activities to enjoy such as nature trails, pony rides and trampolines, there’s more than enough to keep the whole family occupied inside when the weather takes a turn for the worse. There’s a huge indoor play area, The Bull Pen, soft play areas, the milking parlour and ‘pat-a-pet’, and to satisfy those rumbling tums, Clarabelle’s kitchen serves a range of hot and cold food and drink.

9. Pirate’s Quest, Newquay

Complete with talented actors in convincing costumes, Pirate’s Quest is an immersive, walk-through experience where you’ll learn about Cornwall’s intriguing myths and legends. Begin your journey by escaping a ship wreck, and be guided through mystical caves, dreary streets and an eighteenth century tavern on your way to the Captain’s ship.

10. Stay in!

There’s nothing wrong with battening down the hatches to the weather outside and making the most of your holiday cottage. We have some fabulous properties complete with games rooms and play facilities to keep little ones happy while the big ones relax. On a winter’s day there’s nothing more cosy than snuggling up in front of the fire around a game of monopoly while the rain trickles down the window panes!

And if all else fails…

Embrace the rain! Don your wellies and waterproofs and don’t let the weather get you down! Much fun is to be had splashing through puddles and warming up with a hot chocolate and cake in one of Cornwall’s many cosy cafés. A woodland adventure or a coastal jaunt; the options are endless.

If you're staying near the border with Devon, why not take a look at our blog post 10 things to do in Devon with kids when it's raining.

Posted by Clare Willcocks on 23rd October 2017