Things to do in Cornwall when it is raining
The British weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but it does not need to spoil your fun on your Cornwall holiday park getaway.
There are many unique and wonderful places to visit in Cornwall that are perfect for all kinds of weather, so we put together a list of attractions you should visit during rainy days.
Bodmin Jail – Bodmin
You can explore the cells of Bodmin Jail which was originally built for King George III in 1779. It’s not just prisoners that have been held here however, the jail has also previously held state papers, the Doomsday book and even The Crown Jewels!
Visitors can wander through the deepest, darkest depths of the jail to see what life was like for a Victorian prisoner. On site you can even visit a restored Victorian hanging pit.
Laura, the events manager at Bodmin Jail told us: “Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the jail a fun and educational, and just a little bit scary, adventure.”
After working up an appetite take a pit stop at the impressive, Gothic Governors Hall for lunch.
Eureka Escape Cornwall- Penzance & Truro
Eureka Escape Cornwall offers interactive escape rooms at two locations in Cornwall.
Visitors have 60 minutes to escape using their mind, logic and teamwork. Every clue, key and code you will need are inside the room, you just need to find them.
Eureka Escape Cornwall has sites in Penzance and Truro and each boasts different challenges. The Penzance site has a room called Cabin Fever, which is recommended for first-timers, while the Murder on the Night Riviera is trickier.
At the Truro site, there are rooms called A Matter of Thyme and Death by Prescription.
We spoke to Kate from Eureka Escape Cornwall who told us: “We offer exciting and interactive real-life escape rooms in Penzance and Truro. With up to six themed escape rooms at two locations to choose from, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience full of fun, adventure and intrigue. All of this fun and adventure is indoors.”
We asked Kate why people should visit Cornwall, she told us “The county also has an excellent variety of dining out experiences. The opportunities for outdoor activities are numerous but like the rest of the UK we do have some wet weather days, so come along and have an escape room adventure.”
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Boscastle
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is in Boscastle and explores the practice of British magic, making comparisons with other systems of belief from ancient times to the present day.
We spoke to Simon, a spokesman for the museum, who told us more about its history “set within the historic harbour of Boscastle, is one of Britain’s most popular, independent museums, dedicated to the history of witchcraft and magic. The collection focusses on Britain but includes information on magical beliefs and practice around the world and across many cultures.”
Simon told us that visitors can learn about every level of magical practice including folk healers, known as cunning folk to high ceremonial magicians. Simon added: “Displays examine the persecution of witches in the UK and show how rural people would devise charms and talismans to ensure everything from the protection of children, protection from disease and procuring love.
“There are also displays on various Gods and Goddesses as the museum aims to peel away the layers of misconception and misinformation surrounding the practice of witchcraft and getting to the underlying history in an interesting and engaging way.”
The museum also runs a series of workshops and events throughout the year.
We then asked Simon about Cornwall, he remarked on its unique features, “from the landscape, the coast and the diverse selection of museums and art galleries. All good for health and the soul”.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Gweek
Finding a dog-friendly attraction is important when you have your four-legged friend in tow. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek proudly declares on its website that “we are dog-friendly!”. There are only a handful of areas where dogs aren’t allowed, such as the safari bus, the seal hospital and the café, with the exception of guide dogs.
There are lots of water bowls on site for dogs, as well as free degradable doggy bags, just in case. Dog treats are also available at reception which the “front of house team are always very happy to give away”.
The sanctuary is a great place to take children to teach them all about sea life and conservation.
The sanctuary is home to many creatures from the sea including seals, turtles and penguins and so it is a great place to visit for anyone who loves animals.
Jungle Jack’s – Newquay
Children are full of energy and trying to keep them entertained on those rainy days can be tricky. Soft play is a great way to let them run, jump and explore while you keep a watchful eye in the seating area with a sandwich and a cup of coffee.
Jungle Jack’s in Newquay has everything a child could want to have a blast and burn off some of that energy. There are climbs, rope bridges, crawl tubes, peekaboo bubble windows, ball pits and a variety of slides.
According to Jungle Jack’s “when it comes to curing cabin fever, it doesn’t get any better than soft play”.
Children can be fussy eaters but at Jungle Jack’s Snack Shack there are plenty of food and drinks on offer. From cakes and scones to sandwiches, burgers and jacket potatoes, this soft play café promises to “satisfy every appetite” with a choice of veggie options too.
Paint a Pot – Looe
The family-run ceramic studio is located in the heart of the historic Cornish fishing port of Looe and is open all year round. Budding artists can create their own masterpieces by decorating a range of ceramics.
Paint a Pot supply everything you need to make your memento including paints, brushes, sponges and stencils, so go on, let your imagination and creativity run wild.
A bloggers’ word of advice
We spoke to Kay from Kay at Home, an enthusiastic crafter who lives in Cornwall with her partner and two cats. She has this piece of advice for people visiting the county.
“I’ve made the joke since moving to Cornwall over eight years ago, that part of the uniform is a good waterproof jacket or coat, and some walking boots. Sometimes though, you want to head indoors. I recommend checking where you are visiting for interesting things nearby, especially in colder months due to winter opening times. Cornwall has a wealth of history and culture, and there are many historic houses, museums, galleries and artisan bars and shops in towns and villages throughout the county, as well as bowling, cinemas and theatres.”
Even if the skies open and rain starts falling, you will still be able to find lots of things to keep yourself busy on your next Cornish holiday.