Rainy days in Cornwall with a toddler

Small child standing in lane with puddles of water holding umbrella

We have a saying here at Bosinver ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes!’

Children’s enthusiasm for the great outdoors does not seem to be hampered by the weather – in fact splashing in puddles seems to be a lot more fun than just walking especially for toddlers.

On site we have a host of things to deal with rainy days – wellies in all sizes for little ones and parents – splash suits, umbrellas and strollers with hoods to keep the rain out. Hence my number one recommendation for a rainy day is Embrace it and go out, wearing the right gear of course.

Toddlers and young children rarely notice the rain, except for the fun it brings and the only people I hear complaining about it are the adults!

1. Try puddle jumping and splashing here on the farm or on a walk where there is plenty to see and talk about, preferably with a good hard surface to walk on, especially if you have a pushchair to bring along. My two favourites nearby are the Pentewan trail and a walk around the outside of Heligan with the option of popping into Mevagissey.

2. Another lovely thing to do on a rainy day is to spend some time in the soft play barn, watching the kids burn off energy and playing on the ride on toys, playing games and raiding the dressing up box – all at the same time!! We have provided every cottage with fabulous reusable recycled coffee cups so you can sit on the sofa having a read and enjoying a drink while the little ones are having fun.

Mum holding toddler at the top of a small blue slide in soft play
3. Nanny Pat has put together a baking box with everything you need to do some cooking (except the ingredients) Come and borrow it and follow our house rule – ‘Rainy days are baking days’ with the proviso that you make an extra one for Farmer Dave!

4. Swim in our lovely heated indoor pool. It’s a balmy 30 degrees so perfect for little ones and babies and with our appointment app you can have it all to yourselves. If you want to perfect your technique or give your little on confidence in the water, our lovely swimming teacher Dawn is available to come along and give you a lesson.

5. Farmer Dave feeds the animals every morning, come rain or shine. Dress in your waterproofs and join in the mayhem – guaranteed that the children will not even notice that it’s raining.

6. Head down to our local, the Polgooth Inn for lunch – we have covered strollers to borrow and its just a 10 minute walk down the lane – it will probably have stopped raining when you’re done.

7. There are some good toddler focused local attractions you can have a great time at on a rainy day – Dairyland on the way to Newquay, the Blue Reef Aquarium at Newquay, Kidzworld in St Austell and Lappa Valley near Newquay.

Steam train travelling through tress and woodland.

8. Explore one of our farm trails in your wet weather gear, borrow a sheet and pen from the office and as for a folder to put it in. It’s mostly in the woods, so quite sheltered down there and a prize when completed.

9. Our local library has a good children’s section and it’s just 10 minutes away if your child enjoys reading.

10. Let the train take the strain and visit the Bodmin and Wenford railway – ride on a steam train, under cover!

Sadly, you can’t predict the weather on a trip to Cornwall, it has a mind of its own down here, but we can guarantee a good time come rain or shine! Check our availability or take a look at our cottages here.

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