We have to admit it, sometimes you are going to get a rainy day in Cornwall… especially if you are visiting during the winter months. Although you’re not guaranteed sunshine in the summer, it is England after all. We’ve compiled a list of places we like to visit when it’s a little wet outside and there’s some great family activities included.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Celebrating the sea, and all things boaty and nautical you can spend hours here learning about Cornwall, fishing and maritime practices. With ever changing collections, you’ll find the displays are probably different from the last time you visited.

Read more here.

Adrenaline Quarry, Liskeard

If you’re an extreme thrill seeking then look no further as this place will have something for you. A giant swing and zip wire that will make you go weak at the knees, they also offer coasteering which is a perfect activity for a wet day.

Get your tickets here.

adrenaline quarry, rainy day activity

Eden Project, St Austell

One of Cornwall’s most famous tourist attractions, and home to both mediterranean and rainforest ecosystems this is a perfect location to hide away in on a rainy day. In the summer months it also turns into a music venue, so if you’re a forward planner then you might also catch a gig of your favourite artist at the same time.

Discover Eden here.

Country Skittles, Near Hayle

Traditional skittles lanes with lots of additional activities including mini golf, shooting, air hockey, pool, board games and giant draughs. The restaurant does some great family meals too, an easy place to while away a few hours.

Visit their website.

Retallack Wake and Aqua Park

Speaking from experience this place is full of fun outdoor activities which get you wet anyway! We’ve tried the wake park and the inflatable aqua park and you’ve just got to give it a go! There’s also a surf simulator at Retallack called the Flow Rider which we are slightly addicted to…

Find out more here.

retallack wake park, rainy day activity

Ships and Castles, Falmouth

This leisure pool is the perfect place to come on a rainy day. With a wave machine, river rapids, floats, flumes and jacuzzis where else do you need to be. There’s also a large shallow area for smaller children too, and a cafe and viewing area for parents wanting to keep an eye on older children but not get wet.

Find out more here.

Beach day

Why not don the wellies, hat and mac and head to the seaside. The beaches are just as beautiful when it’s raining, and you’re likely to have the whole place to yourself. Pack a pasty and a flask of tea and you’re sorted, or pick a beach with a cafe you can nip into to dry off. There’s loads of Surf Schools on Cornwall’s beaches so why not sign up to learn a new skill that requires you to get wet anyway!

Read our blog on Cornwall’s best beaches, or read about some of our favourite Cornish Walks.

porthtowan beach walk

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

A small museum celebrating Porthcurno’s links to the trans-Atlantic cables that connected us with the rest of the world. With a little cafe and learning opportunities for children it’s a great little place to pop into when the sun’s not shining.

Read more here.


Cornwall has lots of cinemas, and where else should you be on a rainy day, than sat in the warm and dry filling yourself with popcorn! Wherever you live or are staying you should be able to find a cinema close by. But one of our personal favourites is the new independent cinema in Newlyn.

Read our Newlyn Filmhouse blog for more information.

Newlyn Filmhouse, rainy day activity

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

A great place to see exotic animals such as sharks and turtles up close, along with feeding times and coral reefs. An educational day out for any wildlife enthusiasts.

Visit their website here.

Read our Days Out blog for more ideas in Cornwall.

Here’s where to find all these activities for a rainy day…

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