Rainy day back-up plans
We have some what of a misguided reputation in the UK when it comes to our weather. Yes, we see our fair share of rain, but we also have plenty of bright, sunny days throughout the year. That being said, even in Cornwall rain does make an appearance on occasion. The great news is that even on wetter days, the county has a plethora of attractions and activities to keep you entertained…
Eden Project, near St Austell
A great family destination for a rainy day, the Eden Project is comprised of two giant biomes full of rare and tropical plants from around the world. Lots of activities for all the family make this an ideal choice.
The Eden Project (image from Visit Cornwall)
National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow
The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity based in Padstow. Their primary aim is to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve coastal marine biodiversity, but there is also an interesting visitor centre that can be accessed for a minimal entrance fee (£3.75 for adults, £1.75 for children). The centre offers activities for all ages, helping visitors learn about the fishery and the sustainability issues it faces.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
The aquarium calls itself ‘The ultimate underwater safari’ – a pretty big claim, but when you look at the variety of creatures on display, you can see why. Black tip reef sharks, giant pacific octopus, crocodiles and loggerhead turtles are all on display and a spectacular underwater tunnel brings the whole experience to life.
Regal Cinema, Wadebridge
This two-screen cinema first opened to the public in 1931. Although a little more technically advanced, the cinema today still manages to capture the 30s feel – it has only recently stopped the ice cream intervals during screenings!
National Trust properties
There are all sorts of estates, castles and stately homes across Cornwall, a number of which are owned by the National Trust. Tintagel Castle and Lanhydrock House are two great examples – the National Trust website has lots of information on both.
Lanhydrock House (image from Visit Cornwall)
Find a room with a view and stay in
You can’t beat a bit of storm watching when you’re on the coast. A good number of bars, cafés and restaurants will have views out across the sea, so make yourself comfortable and watch the clouds roll in and out. You may even spot a bit of blue sky on the horizon, giving you time to get back to the beach!
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