Things to do around Bude when it’s raining
Bude is a beautiful place to be whatever the weather – and that extends to rainy days too! Though this part of Cornwall enjoys more than its fair share of glorious sunshine, there are days when the sun goes into hiding and the weather’s a little more … wet. But there’s still lots to do near Bude when it rains, and plenty of indoor and undercover attractions – just check out our guide.
For the whole family
The Milky Way Adventure Park is possibly the biggest all-weather, family day out in the South West – and it’s just 30 minutes’ drive from Bude! Even when it’s wet or cold outside there are so many things to do indoors, with over 110,000 sq ft of undercover activities. All the family can play together here too, as the rides and attractions are designed for adults as well as children – and all for one entry fee. Play on the indoor Droid Destroyer Dodgems and Clone Zone, hurtle round the enormous Time Warp soft and adventure play, relax and watch one of the undercover live shows (including Birds of Prey – yes, indoors!) or take part in sports and crafts, including archery, laser target shooting and pottery (there is an extra charge for this). Younger children will particularly love the innovative Little Stars play centre, with its space themed soft play, sensory room for babies, dressing-up and role play pizzeria, and the Bouncing Balloon Room.
And with lots to do outside too including huge jumping pillows, two roller coasters, the brand-new Gravity Rider donut slide and a fun maze, The Milky Way is somewhere you’ll want to visit during your holiday whatever the weather. Book online before you go and you’ll save money – and whilst you’re there remember to grab a VIP super saver ticket that will get you in for half price all season.
See all wet weather attractions at The Milky Way
For crafty people
Release your inner artist while you’re here and take party in a workshop – and you’ll get to take a lovely hand-crafted memento too. The Kitchen Front offers regular drop-in craft sessions for children of primary school age – for just £10 they can chose from a range of items and paint. There are also sessions for older children and adults to design and create their own kitchenware designs – all equipment is included, and glazed and fired on site overnight, creating a fully dishwasher proof piece to take home and use straightway in your own kitchen. Also check out Pottery Box, a few miles out of Bude, where professional ceramicist Angelique Medland teaches all aspects of pottery to adults and children in her studio.
For outdoorsy types
When it’s wet, you might as well get wetter! Instead of missing out on the beach when it rains, just dive straight in and take part in the watersport of your choice, whether that’s surfing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, SUP-ing, sailing, rowing, coasteering, kitesurfing – there are plenty of spots where you can take part in all of these along the Bude coastline. And if you fancy trying a new watersport for the first time, get in touch with the guys at Saltwater Safari or MLH Surf Coaching, who offer expert tuition and the use of their equipment.
For train spotters
Head inland to Launceston – just 30 minutes by car – and spend the day at Launceston Steam Railway. This lovely narrow gauge railway offers train rides through the unspoilt Cornish countryside, which is beautiful even in wet weather. Travel to Newmills and stop off at the popular Farm Park, then stop for lunch at the station café, before taking a look round the museum and shop. All trains are hauled by lovingly restored Victorian Steam Locomotives and standard tickets are valid all day – so you can travel as many times as you like.
We can think of few better ways to spend a rainy day than tucking into delicious platefuls of food. Whether it’s cream teas, pasties, hearty meals or fine-dining that you love, you’ll find something you love in one of the many cafes, restaurants andpubs in and around Bude. But if you want to go home with a new skill (and a bottle of booze) then check out the Cornish Gin Making Experience at An Mor. This 4 hours gin masterclass will have you learning to taste different gin flavours, choose between botanicals, design and produce your own gin recipe, fire up a copper still, make your own 500ml bottle to take home, and finally personalise your bottle by labelling and corking. What a great way to spend the afternoon!