Even Cornwall and its glorious sunshine isn’t a stranger to a rainy day. There are so many fun activities that you can get involved in if it’s raining in Cornwall, from taking on a challenge at an escape room, to watching boats being built at a museum. So don’t worry about running out of things to do – here is our guide to rainy day activities in Cornwall.
Cornwall is home to some fantastic attractions. One of the best attractions to visit on a rainy day is an escape room. This is where you have to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape a room and complete a challenge. It’s the perfect indoor activity if there are two or more of you.
Puzzle Room in Mount Hawke is a 60 minute live escape room experience for groups of two to six people. Your mission is to solve puzzles, riddles and clues to find the hidden treasure before time runs out. Puzzle Room currently has two missions, Apocalypse and Agent MIA. In Apocalypse, your mission is to stop a nuclear disaster. The deactivation codes are on a submarine and your job is to locate the codes before the missile is launched. In Agent MIA, your mission is to save a supercomputer from wiping out all the tracking data on the detectives working for Puzzle Masters. Both puzzle rooms are suitable for anyone aged 14 and above.
Eureka Escape in Cornwall has two locations, one in Penzance and one in Truro. In Penzance, you have an option of two missions, the Lamorna Brown Affair and Cabin Fever. In the Lamorna Brown Affair, your challenge is to carry out a heist on an art exhibition. In Cabin Fever, your challenge is to locate a rogue secret agent that has gone missing. Meanwhile over at Truro, there are three different escape rooms to choose from. Depending on which escape room, groups range from two to eight people. In Life After Death, the MI5 sends you after a doctor on the run. In A Matter of Thyme, you are a team of architects who uncover a mystery in an unused house. In the Nocturnal Alchemist, your mission is to save Cornwall from toxic gasses. All rooms are suitable for people aged 10 and above.
Housetrap Escape Rooms in Bodmin is another great option. There are four different challenges to choose from. In Rogue Elf, your job is to set some locked up elves free and locate which one the rogue elf is. In Dormant, your challenge is to escape from the dead before they absorb your soul. In Tumbleweed, your mission is to rob a bank before the sheriff returns. In The Cellar, you need to find out how Lord Hengar’s maid really died. Depending on the game, teams can range from two to eight players and anyone under the age of 16 must have adult supervision.
Having a go at watersports is one of the best things to do when it’s raining in Cornwall. Since getting wet is the whole point, why not make the most of it with some thrills on the waves.
Loe Beach Watersports Centre is located in Feock, between Truro and Falmouth. Loe Beach looks out across the Carrick Roads and is surrounded by safe, tranquil, family-friendly waters. The centre has a team of qualified trainers and offers lessons in kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and powerboating. All equipment is available at the centre and you can also hire motorboats, dinghies and rowboats.
Newquay Watersports Centre is based in the famous harbour in Newquay. It offers a huge range of activities, including kayaking, stand up paddling, wave skiing, coasteering, jet skiing, surfing and bodyboarding. Lessons are offered in a fun and safe environment and range from beginner to intermediate levels. The centre also offers experiences tailored for families which include activities specially for kids.
Whatever your interests are, there’s bound to be a museum for it in Cornwall. Roaming round exhibits and collections are a great way to while away the hours on a rainy day.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle is home to the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts. It’s been around for almost 70 years and continues to be a very popular destination. It was founded by the English folk magician Cecil Williamson and most of the exhibits today are related to historical folk magic, along with witch trials, ceremonial magic and alchemy. There are also several artefacts that were owned by notable figures in the history of witchcraft and magic, including a ritual chalice, talismans and ritual swords. The museum also has a range of events and workshops throughout the year.
If you’re interested in anything maritime, then a trip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a must. There’s something for everyone here, so it’s a great day out for the whole family. The museum is home to two main collections: The National Small Boat Collection and the Cornish Maritime Collection. There are five floors of over 15 galleries and interactive exhibitions which cover in great detail the intriguing tales of Cornwall’s maritime heritage. Some of the most well-known boats on shows are the Curlew which made its voyage to the Antarctic and the Waterlily, a famous Thames steam boat built in 1866. You can also watch shipwrights restore and build boats, or ride on rescue vehicles at the RNLI Rescue Zone.
King Edward Mine Museum in Camborne was a real life mine which is owned by the University of Exeter. The mine was turned into a museum in order to preserve the site and tell the tale of Cornwall’s mining history. On your visit, an expert guide will show you round the museum and you can take a look at the different engine houses, see a demonstration of how the various equipment was used and hear stories about the men and women who worked here for over 150 years. If you’re interested in learning more, the museum also has a shop with books about Cornish mining.
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