40 family activities for a rainy summer day



Having lasted for over 900 years, the roof of Skipton Castle can more than withstand a little rain. Discover what life was like in medieval times in one of Britain’s best-preserved castles with rainy day activities such as a family quiz, illustrated tour cards and a charming tea room for dry off.


Snorkel with sharks at Sea Life Center Manchester

Who said you have to go on vacation to experience a daring adventure? As a new attraction this summer, groups of no more than four can snorkel in the Shark Pool at Sea Life Center Manchester to get up close to sharks and learn about these beautiful creatures. £ 40 per person, book at Sealife Manchester.


Try a smartphone safari in London

If you’ve got a smartphone, then you’ve got a camera, and there’s no better place to use it than a rainy day in London, thinks photography expert Jeanette Lendon, founder of Jet Black Squares. family smartphone that has created tours around London. offering photography and editing advice. Perfect for Instagram obsessed teens.


Meet the insects at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

The UK’s largest insect paradise is great for the whole family. These are not just butterflies, but stick insects, beetles, leaf cutter ants, bees and many more.


Go tropical

Tropical World Leeds is exactly what it says on the box: a warm and welcoming collection of tropical animals, plants and other creatures. It’s a lot of fun, but if the weather clears up it takes place in the beautiful Roundhay Park in Leeds. which presents an exhibition Gardens of the world.


Take a walk in the dark at Bodmin Prison

A new attraction in Cornwall this year is the spooky Bodmin Jail Dark Walk, which guides visitors through the violent and gruesome past of one of Britain’s most haunted buildings and the surrounding moor with theatrical effects for test even the bravest souls.


Make fudge

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to one of Fudge Kitchen’s six locations across Britain to witness fudge-making masterclasses with master craftsmen; just enough to make a rainy day a little brighter. From £ 95 per person, or buy a home kit from £ 30, Fudge Kitchen.


Bring video games to life on Rumble Live

A giant outdoor laser quest, bringing the fun play elements of video games to life in a beautiful woodland setting at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, Rumble Live could be perfect for the Fortnite obsessed kids. It is suitable for all ages and we have made sure it is “much more hardcore” in the rain. £ 15 per person, Rumble.


Go chase the waterfalls

After a rain shower the waterfalls are the most spectacular and luckily in Britain we are lucky enough to have many beautiful walks with waterfalls. The Ingleton Waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales are especially stunning after a bit of rain, but don’t miss Stock Ghyll Force in the Lake District and The Cascade in Surrey.


Go on a cave adventure in Wales



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