Things to do in Kent when it's raining

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Posted by Ed Roberts & Elianne Reed on 17th March 2021

Things to do in Kent when it's raining

Rain is a fact of life in England. But as a nation, we take a rainy day in our stride, and a bout of wet weather won’t dampen our determination to have a good time on holiday. Kent has a good number of places to head to when the skies cloud over and the rain begins to fall, so we have compiled a guide to help you out. 

Kent’s all-weather attractions, indoor activities and places of historic interest to go to in the rain that offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Whether you are travelling with children, or you have come to the county for a romantic break Kent has lots of ideas for indoor days. There are so many things to do in Kent for everybody. If you are hoping to stay for a while, why not book one of our self-catering holiday cottages, so that you have a cosy base to enjoy if the wet weather gets the better of you? 

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Things to do in Kent when it's raining

The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury

The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury

Head to this award-winning indoor attraction, The Canterbury Tales, which brings Chaucer’s tales to life in a fun and exciting manner. Go back in time with not only the sights and sounds of years gone by but also the smells (which children will love) as guides in costume show you around – there is also an audio guide to accompany you on your ‘journey’ from The Tabard Inn in London to Canterbury Cathedral. There is a commentary for little ones to explain what is happening and a chance to dress up in medieval costume. This fun attraction is in the centre of Canterbury so you can then head to have something to eat in one of the city’s many eateries and finish off with a spot of shopping.

How wet will I get? Not at all as it’s all indoor. You will just need a brolly when you go out to eat.

Weather report: Perfect for heavy rain.

Stay nearby: Oast House Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests


White Oak Leisure Centre and Treasure Island, Swanley

Though this experience will not be a dry one, at least it’s indoor! Full of brilliant rides such as the 94-metre Dolphin Glide, the amazing Shark Shocker and the Whale Whirler, kids will have so much fun at the White Oak Leisure Centre. There is a diving area for the braver children although it does start at 1 metre so no need to worry too much. Under 12s can head to Treasure Island where they can play on the slides and ball pools and tiny tots can enjoy the safe soft play area. There is also the possibility to try out other sports on-site and a health food café so the only time you will need to venture out is to get back to the car.

How wet will I get? Very.

Weather report: It’s the ultimate all-weather entertainment for those that like to get wet in a controlled environment.

Stay nearby: Boho Oast | Sleeps: 7 guests


Expression Interactive Art Studio Café, Canterbury

Espression Interactive Art Studio Café, Canterbury

There’s nothing creatives love more than using their imagination and this studio café, Espression, has an amazing array of unfired mugs, plates and picture frames for them to paint and take home, perhaps as a gift. It’s not only pottery but also decopatch activities and glassware for older children or ambitious younger ones! The lovely staff will give children a hand and are full of ideas if they run out of inspiration. Once you have finished, your masterpiece will be glazed and fired ready for you to collect to take home with you.

How wet will I get? You won’t.

Weather report: Perfect for heavy rain.

Stay nearby: Jarrahdale Beach Apartment | Sleeps: 7 guests


Cranbrook Windmill, Cranbrook

Cranbrook Windmill, Cranbrook

This working windmill which majestically looks down on the town of Cranbrook is a wonderful experience for little ones who can not only see the mill but find out how it works. They can even mill their own flour – they are given a handful of grain as they go in, they then watch how the milling process works and finally take it away as flour in a little bag to show your friends back home. Children are given a certificate and badge to take away so they will really feel that they have achieved something special. Afterwards, head to one of the cafés which are only seconds away from the windmill and serve scrumptious milkshakes and cakes, then head home via some of the other beautiful windmills in the area, stopping to take photographs for the children's holiday journals.

How wet will I get? You won’t.

Weather report: Perfect for rainy days with light showers.

Stay nearby: Vine Cottage | Sleeps: 5 guests + 1 dog


Dungeness A & B, Dungeness

Dungeness A & B, Dungeness

Ever fancied seeing a nuclear reactor up close? Well, at Dungeness A & B you can see the only reactor that is visible to the public (all the others are submerged in water where they cannot be seen). Book a free tour in advance at the power station for a full and fascinating tour of the south’s largest nuclear power stations. Afterwards, drive a short distance to The Pilot for a slap-up lunch of fish and chips by the sea - it's legendary. A full tour of the power station takes about 2 hours and must be booked at least a month in advance for mandatory security checks.

How wet will I get? A short part of the tour takes place outdoors, so you may get slightly rained on.

Weather report: It’s a good pick for a mild rainy day.

Stay nearby: Stoniehoe | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog


St Leonard’s Church Ossuary, Hythe

St Leonard’s Church Ossuary, Hythe

If you’ve ever been to The Catacombs in Paris, then you will know what to expect, but for those that haven’t The Ossuary at St Leonard’s is something a little bit unexpected and olde-worlde. Inside this unassuming church is the UK’s best-preserved and largest collection of human skulls and bones. It’s estimated that the mortal remains of 4,000 people are in the stack that dates back centuries, it’s thought even as far back as Saxon times. There is no accurate record of their origins but estimates range from the 12th to 15th century. For fans of the mystical and peculiar, The Ossuary should be at the top of your all-weather list of places of historic interest to visit.

How wet will I get? You won’t.

Weather report: The Ossuary is only small, so it’s best to save your visit for a patchy day.

Stay nearby: Greycot | Sleeps: 5 guests + 1 dog


The Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle, Dover

The Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle, Dover

Discover your inner historian on the White Cliffs of Dover where wartime comes alive for all ages. The tunnels under the castle were used as protection from invaders and have served a strategic military role for centuries. You can trace the history of these tunnels with interactive games, original wartime film footage and stories and images; the history is wartime but the effects are really modern! Make sure you go to the Underground Hospital which is very moving – bear in mind age appropriateness here and go with what your children feel comfortable with. Teenagers who have already studied this period at school will find it fascinating and smaller ones will enjoy exploring the winding tunnels below the castle.

How wet will I get? You won’t, as the tunnels are of course underground. However, if you want to visit the castle too it may be best to take a brolly just in case.

Weather report: Perfect for rain with light showers.

Stay nearby: Fig Tree Barn | Sleeps: 4 guests


Bewl Reservoir, Lamberhurst

Bewl Reservoir, Lamberhurst

Now bear with us on this. You may wonder why when it’s raining, we want to send you out to lots more water. But we are an island with island weather and rain is something that we are very much used to! Children are great in that they love to splash around in puddles and get wet so why not just go for it and let the children have fun? If you know it’s going to be wet and you are prepared, rainy days out can be a great adventure. 

You can’t beat Bewl Water for this - the largest stretch of open water in the South East and surrounded by 800 acres of field and woodland, you can sail and windsurf (if you are already experienced) or take a trip across the lake on the Bewl Belle ferry if you prefer your action out of the water. There are lovely long walks but also shorter ones that you don’t have to commit to if you are not sure how bad the rain is going to get. There is bike hire available which is great fun but you might want to give it a miss if it’s muddy or too wet. 

If you find that you do need to warm up, there is a restaurant and café on the shoreline which has amazing views across the lake and is the perfect place for a lovely hot chocolate and a yummy piece of cake!

How wet will I get? We won’t lie to you. You will get wet. Very wet. But wrap up in waterproofs and wellies and have fun. Just make sure that little ones are wrapped up and warm and that you promise them lots of lovely treats when you head inside to the café afterwards!

Weather report: Perfect for rainy days with sunny spells.

Stay nearby: Little Bewl Bridge Stable | Sleeps: 4 guests


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