What to do when it’s raining and pouring…
Come visit us during the Summer months and you’ll be treated to some of the warmest weather in the UK, however if you’re thinking of visiting in the next couple of months then you do run the risk of getting caught in a day or two of rain.
Whilst your chances of being rained on are increased at this time of year, you can still take advantage of cheaper rates for both accommodation and attractions.
Here are a few great activities for families looking to get some shelter from the rain:
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter
Although some kids might well roll their eyes when you mention a museum, they’ll soon change their tune when they’re greeted by Nelly, the giraffe. The Royal Albert recently underwent a complete renovation, so now’s a great time to visit the vast collection of taxidermied exotic animals.
There’s at least 2-3 hours of activity here, as you long as don’t let your kids run too far ahead – plus there’s also a cafe that you can duck into should the rain persist.
Entry: Free for all.
Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm (Closed Mondays & Bank Holidays)
There are a handful of all-weather activity centres scattered across Devon, but The Big Sheep takes the biscuit when it comes to rides, attractions and entertainment. Whether you visit during Summer or Winter, there are seasonal events throughout the year that are guaranteed to keep your family dry and entertained. Sheep Racing takes place daily, there’s also The Sheep Show which is on twice daily, offering families a chance to learn all about the different kinds of sheep that are kept within the grounds.
Entry: Babies under 12 months: Free – Children under 3-ft: £3.50 – Children & Adults: £7.50
Opening Times: Weekends 10am-5pm (Prices & Times for Winter season, see website for Summer details)
Waves Leisure Pool, Torquay
If you can’t beat them, join them! With the rain pouring down outside, you may as well get wet in Devon’s best indoor leisure pool. You’ll have to wait until 09:00 for the safety pool cover to be taken off the main area for kids as the period before is reserved for adult swimmers only.
Once the pool opens up to the general public, you and your kids can take full advantage of the flumes, jets and play areas which is sure to tire out your kids.
[If you want to roll lunch into the plan then you can take advantage of the Dip’n’Dine option for just £7.]
Entry: Free for Under 3s – 3-15 years: £3.60 – Adults: £4.50
Opening Times: Varies. Check website for details.
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh
If your kids are animal enthusiasts then you’ll want to make a trip to Pennywell Farm whatever the weather. Although the starring attractions are the Farm’s miniature pigs, there’s also a big range of other animals to see, including: alpacas, tortoises, lambs, horses and more. The activity board at Pennywell changes on a daily basis, get there early and you can take part in egg collecting, goat milking and ferret racing.
Entry: Free for Under 3s – 3-16 years: £11.95 – Adults: £14.95
Opening Times: Opens on 25th November for Christmas Season activities. Farm Season opens on 10th February.