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What to do in Cornwall when it’s Raining

Rainy day activities and days out

With so much to see and do, Cornwall allows you to plan your holiday perfectly. There are beautiful beaches, amazing activities and so many things to do that you won’t possibly fit them in to a single break.

But the one thing you can’t control is the weather! Despite having the mildest and sunniest climate in the UK, when the heavens do open in Cornwall they can put a dampener on visiting some of its most iconic sights.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining. From undercover activities to man-made marvels – whether you’re enjoying a romantic break or a Cornwall cottage with the family, there’s enough to entertain all ages…

Eden Project, St Austell

Seek shelter in the huge, and hugely popular, Eden Project in St Austell.

One of the best and most popular rainy days out in Cornwall is to explore the large, indoor greenhouses or ‘biomes’.

The tropical climate, amazing array of exotic plants and seasonal activities – from ice skating to live music – will brighten up any rainy day.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

One of the most popular things to do in Newquay when it rains, the Blue Reef offers an educational voyage under the sea.

Black tip reef sharks, sandy sea-beds with colourful coral and an underwater tunnel from which to admire it all – there’s plenty to see. With a focus on knowledge and conservation, it’s not just one of the most fun things to do in Newquay when it rains but one of the most educational too!

Tate St Ives

Few rainy day activities in Cornwall are as cultural and illuminating as a visit to Tate St Ives.

A four year building project was completed in late 2017, which doubles the space for art and activities and offers a permanent place for artists from the town such as Barbara Hepworth and George Peter Lanyon.

The gallery also offers amazing views of the St Ives coast across the sands of Porthmeor Beach. It looks lovely, even in the rain!

The Poldark Mine, Helston

This is one of the most illuminating things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining – despite it being some 200 feet below ground level!

The scene of tin production, both above and below ground, for 1000s of years, the Poldark Mine is the only complete tin mine in the region offering guided tours.

If you’re one of the millions of viewers who have enjoyed Ross Poldark’s adventures on TV then you might be interested to learn that both the 1970s and more recent versions of the series were filmed here below ground, making it a rainy day out in Cornwall with mass appeal!

See something on the big screen

Cornwall has some of the coolest, cutest and cosiest cinemas, and since watching a film is one of the best things to do when it’s raining, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to the movies on a rainy day.

The Plaza Cinema in Truro, Phoenix in Falmouth, The Rebel in Bude and The Regal in Wadebridge are just a handful of friendly places showing the latest films in lovely surrounds.

Go for a Wet Walk

It’s certainly not for everyone, but amongst many visitors’ favourite things to do in Cornwall when it rains is to go for a walk.

The beaches and coastal regions look stunning after the rain, and the smell in spring and summer is incredible. Just remember to bring a brolly!