Wherever your holiday cottage break takes you there’s something you’ll find there that’s not entirely predictable: the UK weather.

Summertime weather can be a challenge, and booking your break doesn’t guarantee you bright skies and dry, sunny days.

Most of us are familiar with the daily routine of checking the weather forecast, and looking to see if the summer will finally get started, Atlantic jet stream permitting.

However, in the spirit of being on holiday, and of making the most of things, here are our suggestions of things you can do on a rainy day out.

All the following attractions and places of interest are within easy reach of holiday cottages.

Art by the Seaside

St Ives is a wonderful beauty spot, but even in Cornwall you can’t guarantee endless fine weather. Fortunately, St Ives is also a big draw for artists, so there are various galleries and displays of art dotted about the town, providing the perfect, indoor solution to the wet outdoors.

You’ve also got Tate St Ives, perched on the end of Porthmeor Beach. The gallery’s focus is on modern art but rather than having a permanent collection, it houses special exhibitions.

A short walk away is the Barbara Hepworth Museum, with a glorious Sculpture Garden attached to it – for when the rain has stopped.

Across the country, in Kent, the traditional seaside resort of Margate now has the world-class Turner Contemporary gallery. This centre opened in 2011 and is a showcase for both contemporary and historical art, while celebrating the artist JMW Turner’s association with Margate.

Planetariums and the Prime Meridian

In Bristol, you’ll find the UK’s only 3D Planetarium, where you can enjoy a truly immersive experience as you travel through space, seeing the earth from an astronaut’s perspective.

There are also great shows at the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This historic site is the location of the Meridian Line, dividing the earth’s western and eastern hemispheres. You can stand on the line, making it a pretty special spot for a holiday photo opportunity.

The Active Indoors

You don’t have to be in the great outdoors, with all the British summer weather can throw at you, to get active.

In Exeter, the Quay Climbing Centre has the South West’s largest climbing wall, along with a selection of training walls, abseil towers and different climbing routes to suit all ages and abilities.

For burning off that holiday energy, the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester is a limitless playground, providing opportunities to run wild and experience a whole host of miniature scenarios.

Also in Manchester, the National Football Museum is both educational and entertaining, with team histories, exhibits and plenty of interactive displays, such as beat the keeper.

Maximum Media

Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum has nine floor of exhibits and visual displays, providing enough to divert even the most restless of us on a rainy day.

There are temporary exhibitions, usually centred on themes of film and photography, along with rare films, television programmes and the museum’s very own IMAX cinema screen – the world’s biggest.

Cool Caves

What better way to get out an about but sheltered from the elements than inside a cave?

In Wells, Somerset, are the famous Wookey Hole Caves, a series of limestone caverns offering a variety of family-friendly caving experiences, and professional instruction in abseiling, climbing and crawling. In the same county, you can visit the caves at Cheddar, the site where the Britain’s oldest skeleton, the Cheddar Man, was discovered.

North, in the Peak District, there’s a good selection of caverns and caves, including Poole’s Cavern, the Heights of Abraham and Treak Cliff Cavern. All welcome visitors and include impressive displays of beautiful, natural stone.

Plan Your Stay

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