Things to do in Cornwall when it rains (Because it’s a British Summer after all)

On holiday at the moment? Has the standard British summer got you aching for things to do that don’t solely focus on being drenched? Don’t worry, here are a few things you can do when topping up your tan isn’t possible.  For the sake of the adventurous, this list will be split into two – one part for hiding from the rain, one for embracing it.

Avoid the rain

Blue Reef Aquarium

pexels-photo-128756One of Newquay’s most popular attractions for all ages. See the local resident fish in the tanks mimicking our Cornish shores, explore the nurseries and the breeding programmes for a range of fish and then top it off by walking through the underwater tunnel as sharks, rays and more swim around you.

Eden Project

World famous for its conservation efforts and instantly recognizable biomes the Eden Project draws in huge crowds all through the year. Nestled in a crater left by mining, the Eden project is a beacon  for sustainability and educating the public, it’s easy to forget about the rain when you’re so easily transported to a rainforest or the Mediterranean.

The Cinema

For guests staying at Newquay View Resort, it’s only a short drive to get to Newquay’s lighthouse cinema.  Featuring 4 screens and regularly showing classic films as well as brand new blockbusters it’s a great way to shelter. Guests staying at Bude or Widemouth can pop down to the Rebel Cinema just outside of Bude and enjoy the latest films there. Our personal favourite at the moment includes The BFG.

National Trust Properties

If you’re interested in Cornwall’s rich cultural background you may be interested in visiting on of the many national trust properties dotted around Cornwall. Grand Elizabethan and Victorian houses are now open for visitors. You might also be interested in visiting the buildings with less glamorous histories such as mines other important landmarks from Cornwall’s history. If you’re staying at Widemouth Fields why not pop down the road and visit Tintagel, home of King Arthur and the National Trust’s medieval post office.

Falmouth National Maritime Museum


Presumably, if you’ve come to Cornwall you’re mildly interested in the sea and beaches, so why not pop down to Falmouth to visit the world’s third deepest natural harbour and the museum which sits on it? With dozens of boats and educational exhibits the national maritime museum is a great way to see more of Cornwall’s nautical history.




Embrace the rain

Adrenaline Quarry

With a tagline like “Throwing people off cliffs since 2009” you can guess this one isn’t for the faint of heart. Numerous activities await those eager for a flush of adrenaline including axe throwing, the UK’s longest zip wire, coasteering and the ominously named Blob.

Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing

A trip to Newquay wouldn’t be complete without a trip to sea. With a long history in the town and an expert guide a trip out on a Sea Safari is as educational as it is breath-taking, enjoying Newquay from the sea is a real eye-opener.

South West Coastal Path

The South-West Coastal Path is a 630-mile long path that encompasses the coast from Minehead to Poole and therefore covers the entirety of the Cornish Peninsula, with popular highlights amongst the locals being Bedruthan Steps near Newquay and Crackington Haven near Widemouth Fields. The great thing about the Cornish coast is how stunning it looks no matter what the weather.

Surfing, Windsurfing, and SUP

The north coast of Cornwall is ideal for anyone hoping to make the most of the well-earned reputation of being a surfers paradise. From the ever popular Fistral and Watergate beaches in Newquay to the raw beaches at Bude and Widemouth there’s always somewhere to surf on the North Coast near Bude, such as Crooklets beach .  If you’re staying at Newquay View Resort why not pop into our on-site surf school for more information?


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