Wet play ideas in Cornwall for October half term

Boy using an inflatable ring in a swimming pool with goggles on his forehead at Bosinver

Sometimes it rains in Cornwall, just like everywhere else. If we could do anything about the weather, we would. But just because it’s wet doesn’t mean you can’t have as much fun as when the sun’s shining.

Here are our top tips for things to do when it’s wet:

1. Have your own ‘wet play time’ session. Do you remember the fun you had as a kid at school when you couldn’t go out to play? We’ve got loads of games in the office you can borrow, so get the family together to re-discover some old favourites or try something you haven’t played before. From Scrabble to Pictionary, jigsaws to chess or cards, everyone’s got their favourites! Or raid our DVD library, snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy a film or two with the family.

2. Set up a ping pong or pool tournament in the games room. Why not challenge other families to take part?

3. Get wet. Why not try a watersport? If you’re in the water anyway, it doesn’t matter if it rains. Put on a wetsuit and try your hand at surfing or bodyboarding. Or if you’d rather get wet indoors there are several swimming pools in the area, including some with wave machines and slides, like Ships and Castles in Falmouth or Oasis Fun Pools in Newquay.


4. Get kitted out in wellies and waterproofs and carry on regardless. Kids love splashing in puddles, and there’s plenty to do around Bosinver. We do animal feeding sessions every day (unless it’s absolutely pouring down). Find the Gruffalo in the woods, go on our Wellie Hunt or see if you can find all the hidden animals. And don’t forget the play barn! Mums (and dads) can take up our knitting challenge while the kids are playing – we’re knitting squares to send out to South Africa to help AIDS orphans.

5. Head into St Austell for some family fun. Try your hand at 10-pin bowling at Ozzell Bowl or see one of the latest releases at the cinema.


6. Cornwall’s not just about the beaches (although they are wonderful!) There are plenty of indoor attractions too. The Eden Project’s got some brilliant Halloween-themed children’s activities happening this week, including ice-skating, craft workshops and a Monsters’ Ball). DairyLand is one of Cornwall’s best ‘all-weather’ attractions, with excellent indoor soft play facilities for toddlers as well as older children, and Kidzworld Cornwall has just opened in St Austell with a huge all-weather play zone.

We also recommend The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, which has some fascinating hands-on exhibits (their current exhibitions on lighthouses and polar exploration are brilliant!) and a range of children’s activities on offer from storytelling to craft sessions. Or you could try the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Charlestown, or Pendennis Castle for some wonderfully interactive exhibits.

Looking for more inspiration? We love the 101 things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall website, which is packed full of ideas. Don’t forget, there are loads of special Halloween happenings taking place this week too.

If you discover anything else amazing, do let us know so we can share it with everyone else

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