The South West is usually beaming with sunshine, however, on those infrequent rainy days, Devon still has a lot to offer. There are plenty of indoor activities for kids which are just as fun and are open come rain or shine. Here are our top five places to visit with kids on a rainy day, or if you’re seeking an enjoyable activity in the South West.
Clip ‘n’ Climb
Clip ‘n’ Climb, based at the Quay in Exeter, provides the ultimate playground for children and teenagers looking for a sense of adventure. There are over twenty-five different climbing walls which provides challenging fun for everyone aged 4 and above. No experience is necessary to participate, so everyone can enjoy this healthy activity. Also, the cafe is a great place to refuel after all the exercise!
Kents Cavern situated in Torquay is Britain’s most important pre-historic cave which is now open every day (except Christmas Day) for guided tours. You’ll be surrounded by 400 million-year-old rocks and fascinating stalagmites and stalactites. Additionally, there are displayed examples of the earliest tools ever found in Britain, along with remains of a mammoth, woolly rhino and sabre-toothed cats, so the trip is both educational and fun.
Air Extreme Trampoline Park
Air extreme, based in Barnstable is an indoor trampoline park with interconnected trampolines from wall to wall, performance trampolines and a large airbag. Jumping sessions are available to book online, and range from general sessions, to disco and extreme fitness classes. The minimum age for general sessions is 5 years (to be accompanied by an adult) however, the Mini Air toddler sessions are available for little ones ages 18 months to 4 years 11 months. There is also a cafe on-site, which overlooks the park and is a great spot to watch your children as they bounce.
Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink is the only permanent ice rink in the South West and provides a family fun experience in a variety of ice skating sessions, suitable for all ages. All sessions are 90 minutes long and include general skate, ice hockey, disco sessions and even a toddler skate, ‘Chilly Tots’ available during the holiday season. The Pavilion provides quality skate hire, ranging from a child size 6 to adult size 15, so there’s no need to bring your own skates. Also available to hire for an extra cost is skating aids, to help with your balance.
The House of Marbles
The House of Marbles, based near Bovey Tracey is a great free destination for a rainy day. Discover the bespoke, interactive marble runs, museum pieces and glassworks. Additionally, you can watch first hand, glass making by highly skilled craftsmen from the viewing gallery. Watch as traditional and modern techniques are used to create beautiful glass designs. These amazing creations can also be purchased in the shop alongside traditional toys and games. Finish the visit in the Old Pottery restaurant, where food and refreshments are served every day of the week.