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Things to do in Cornwall when it rains…

Meadow Lakes Holiday Park things to do when it rains
Rainy Days in Cornwall…

Hmmm, we aren’t a huge fan of this wet weather!

However, come rain or shine, Cornwall is a brilliant place to be, so don’t let it dampen your holiday!

Everyone knows Cornwall is infamous for its stunning coastline, clear blue waters and sandy beaches, but as scenic as that sounds, Cornwall is of course still victim to the classic British weather.  Even in the height of summer, with glorious rays of sunshine and 30 degree temperatures, we will occasionally struggle with the odd rainy day!

That shouldn’t stop you having an amazing holiday in Cornwall though, as there are plenty of places you can visit when the weather isn’t too great, including zoos, aquariums, mines and even zip lining.  Whether you’re visiting from abroad or just looking for a staycation, we’ve listed some of the best activities to do when Britain unkindly greets us with those rain clouds…

The Eden Project, Bodelva – 20 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

Just around the corner from the park, The Eden Project is one of the most famous and popular attractions to see in the UK, appealing to all of the family, you can marvel at the wonders of the Biomes. The Eden Project houses the world’s largest indoor rainforest canopy walkway, seed sculpture and the “Core” where you will find a variety of interactive exhibits, sculptures and the film of ‘Making of Eden’.

Newquay Zoo – 33 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

When visiting Newquay zoo, you can get up close and personal with more than 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals. If that isn’t enough, then there’s activity trails, face painting, a children’s play area, a woodland walk and a dragon maze to keep the little ones busy too!  A great day out for all the family.

Bodmin Jail, Bodmin – 34 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

For an educational and interesting day out, we would suggest heading to Bodmin Jail. The original jail was built by George Ill in 1779, but the jail you see today was actually built by the jail’s prisoners. The prisoners would fetch granite from Bodmin’s Cuckoo Quarry to complete the build and in total, they shifted around 20,000 tonnes of granite!

Visit the jail on a rainy day and you can explore the dark cells, learn about the prisoners who used to live there and even take part in a haunted ghost walk.  After your trip around the cells, you can re-fuel at the Warders Room Restaurant. This superb restaurant has a team of quality chefs who cook all the food in the jails kitchen using locally sourced, seasonal meats, fish and vegetables.  Yum!

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay – 37 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

Become a top see adventurer at the Blue Reef Aquarium, this spectacular aquarium boasts a selection of over 40 natural, sea-themed habitats where young and old explorers can discover fishy critters from local Cornish waters and tropical creatures from exotic seas, all in the same afternoon.

The aquarium’s star attractions include fresh water turtles, spectacular pulsating jellyfish, the unusual Pufferfish, the impressive giant Pacific Octopus and intimidating Black Tip Reef Sharks. The aquarium also has its very own gift shop where you can take away your own souvenirs and the Blue Reef Café, which serves a wide selection of drinks, snacks and meals.  While away the hours at one of Cornwall’s top attractions, a great place to visit when it’s raining!

Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot – 43 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

Carnglaze Caverns is the ideal all-weather attraction to keep your family entertained, combining adventure, history and an awesome ‘underground experience’.  Located towards the southern end of the beautiful Bodmin Moor, this former slate mine allows you and your family to delve into Cornwall’s fascinating mining history, as you descend 60m below ground into Carnglaze Caverns…

You can take the self-guided underground tour and escape the rain as you learn all about how miners would use their ingenuity and skills to mine slate from the heart of the caverns. The tour concludes at a dazzling underground lake, with crystal clear waters that have a magical green tint and provide the perfect surroundings for family photos.

Poldark Mine, Trenear – 48 minute drive from Meadow Lakes

As the only complete tin mine in Cornwall, your family are sure to appreciate a trip to Poldark Mine, which has been made even more popular since the Poldark TV show aired on BBC one of course!  Not only do the underground mine tours offer an exciting experience, but the trip is also very educational, as the mines are regarded as one of the most significant locations in the history of Cornish mining.

The tours underground offer a unique insight into the living and working conditions of miners in the 18th and early 19th century, however if the trip underground is too daunting for you, then there is a wonderful museum, café and shop to explore above ground too.

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(Valid until 29/6/19).