Let’s be honest, it’s often raining in Cornwall. In the summer, winter, autumn and spring, the heavens have a habit of opening when we least expect it. Now that winter is coming, and the rainy days are becoming more frequent, here are some ideas for things to do when your dry weather plans have been turned upside down by an unexpected downpour.
1. Visit a National Trust House
Stay indoors and absorb Cornwall’s heritage at one of the stunning historic houses located across Cornwall. Visit Lanhydrock in Bodmin, a magnificent late Victorian country house and gardens, or Cotehele in St Dominick, the Tudor home to the Edgcumbes. Godolphin in Helston is worth a visit for its medieval gardens and Antony House in Torpoint for its fascinating family history.
2. Get wet on a woodland walk
Shove on your coat and wellies and have some fun in the mud. If the Cornish mizzle has made an unwelcome appearance, get out there and make a day of it in the woods with your family. And once you’re done getting wet and muddy, enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate or hearty meal at a local cafe or pub. Here are our top 5 woodland trails to explore.
3. Hide out at a museum
Learn something new about Cornwall’s past at one of the museums across Cornwall. All year round, the NMMC in Falmouth has loads of fun exhibitions and activities happening at the museum to teach you all about Cornwall’s past at sea. The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro holds an incredible collection in natural history, art and ethnology, and Helston Museum is a treasure trove of Cornish industry and culture. If you’re feeling like something a little different, unearth the lives of witches in Boscastle at their Museum of Witchcraft, filled with witchcraft artefacts and regalia.
4. Storm Watch
If the weather really has taken a turn for the worse, embrace the tempestuous weather and storm watch along Cornwall’s coastline. Make sure to find a safe spot and do so at your own risk! Find out all the very best spots in Cornwall for storm watching here.
5. Go to the pictures
When the heavens have opened and the skies are grey the cinema is a great way to brighten up your day. Try the Regal Theatre in Redruth, the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay and The Plaza Cinema in Truro for all the latest blockbusters. For a traditional cinema experience, visit Rebel Cinema, an independent cinema in Bude showing the latest big screen releases. Or, why not try the Cinema by the Sea in Looe, where the Looe Film Society shows world class films as well as running community events such as theatre and opera. For something a little different, The Poly in Falmouth is an independent cinema and Arts Centre showing screenings by independent producers and re-released classics, lectures and live events.
6. Bowl a strike
Book a lane with you friends and family and spend the day or night listening to the music of your younger years on the jukebox while showing off your bowling skills. Continue the competition in the arcades with a game of air hockey or Mario Kart, or with a pint at the pool tables. Head to Truro Bowl in Truro, Ocean Bowl in Falmouth, Ozzell Bowl in St Austell or Harlequinns in Bude. Go on, it’ll be right up your alley.
7. Wet your appetite
Cornwall is known for it’s delicious food, and a yummy bite to eat will lift your spirits in the drizzle. From seafood to pasties, sausages to cream teas, cheese to pies, Cornwall knows how to tickle your tastebuds. Take a look at our Food & Drink section for your ultimate guide to restaurants, cafes, top chefs and food producers in Cornwall.
8. Get theatrical!
The theatres of Cornwall have it all, and act as a perfect escape from the wet weather. Think ballets, operas, musicals, comedians, pantomimes and plays. Hall for Cornwall in Truro is a thriving theatre showcasing national and international talent, with everything from home-grown Cornish productions to world renowned entertainers. The Acorn in Penzance is reputed for its innovative and creative programme of original and vibrant productions, with theatre, dance, music, films, choirs, children’s theatre, community engagement and more. Or, if you are in the North of Cornwall, head to Plymouth to The Barbican for young talent and The Theatre Royal for a great lineup of well-known shows.
9. Be inspired at an art gallery
If the rain clouds are getting you down, visit an art gallery and feel inspired. With so many to choose from in Cornwall, find an art gallery near you and pay them a visit. Take a look at our 2015 Art Guide for a comprehensive guide to galleries in Cornwall.
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