Best things to do on a rainy day in Polzeath

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Best things to do on a rainy day in Polzeath

Checked the forecast for your upcoming holiday, only too see that you’re soon to be greeted by some rainy days in Polzeath? Aside from sheltering in your snuggly Highcliffe cottage, to help keep the family busy, and to make the most of your Cornish escape, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to do when the weather is less than perfect for your holiday in Polzeath.


Sitting in the heart of Polzeath is Tubestation, a converted Methodist chapel that brings together a wonderful café, art gallery, place of worship, and community hub - all under one roof. The Christian faith run establishment welcomes anyone and everyone, and is a perfect place to stop by on a wet day. Enjoy some fantastic coffee and cakes, read a magazine, watch a surf movie, or watch the kids play on the indoor skate ramp.

Jump in the sea

There’s no doubt that it’s nice to jump into the sea on a sunny day and experience the picture postcard of a Cornish holiday. However, we think going for a swim or surf in the rain is an under-appreciated activity for many who holiday in Cornwall. There’s something invigorating about being in the sea with the rain pouring down, and it's a refreshing way to embrace the reality of British weather. Just make sure you’ve got something warm and dry to jump into once you come out.

Swim at The Point

Stay out rain and hop up to The Point at Polzeath and use their indoor pool facilities. Get a day pass and you can enjoy the use of their pool, jacuzzi, sauna and even the gym. After a swim, get a drink and bite to eat in the Bear Bar which is just next door. 

Visit Trevibban Mill Vineyard

Heading over towards Padstow you’ll find the lovely Trevibban Mill Vineyard. This is a great stop whatever the weather. It has an amazing restaurant on-site serving light lunches with views overlooking the vineyard and the Cornish countryside, meaning the dream of spending a slow afternoon tasting wine and eating delicious food can become a reality.

Climbing at The Tide

Something for the active ones just a short hop up the road from Trevibban Mill is The Tide Climbing Centre. Securely safe from the rain, expect to find a large indoor climbing area with both short and long climbing routes, as well as a small café. Ideal for all ages, with plenty of routes of varying difficulty. Taster sessions and day passes should be booked in advance.

Spa treatment at St Moritz Hotel

Just behind us here at Highcliffe is the St Moritz Hotel and Cowshed Spa, where you can book a range of indulgent and relaxing treatments. From full spa days to a quick facial or mani-pedi, achieve deep relaxation on your own or with your partner whilst you hide away from the wind and rain in a private treatment room.

National Lobster Hatchery

Padstow is known for its thriving fishing industry, but there is one place in the harbour town whose sole mission is to give back to the sea. The National Lobster Hatchery on the harbour-front is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon learning about some of the marine life that lives off our coastline. And like any trip to Padstow, a visit to the hatchery should be followed up with a meal in any of the spectacular restaurants throughout the town.

Eden Project

The perfect escape for a cold rainy day, the biomes at the Eden Project offer a literal escape to a tropical paradise whatever the weather. The two main indoor biomes have plenty to see and do, as you find yourself wandering from the tropics of South America to the dry heat of Western Australia in an afternoon.

Wadebridge Cinema

Spend a rainy evening in Wadebridge and catch a movie at the local cinema, The Regal. First opened in 1931 this Cornish run cinema offers an independent, old-school charm and shows all the latest blockbuster movies, making it perfect for an evening out with the family.

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