5 of the Best Rainy Days Out in Cornwall

Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in the UK.

Imagine sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun while waves lap against the shore.

There’s truly nowhere better (and we’re not just saying that because we live here!).

Perhaps the only thing you can’t guarantee on a visit to Cornwall is the weather.

It’s always good to have a backup plan for those typically British rainy days.

Luckily, there are plenty of amazing family-friendly activities which are perfect, rain or shine.

Here are FIVE of our favourite indoor activities near Harlyn Sands, which offer something for everyone.

Padstow Brewing Company and Tasting Room

4-6 Broad St, Padstow PL28 8BS – 3.8 miles

Enjoy a tour through this award-winning micro-brewery in the heart of Padstow. The tour takes you through the brewing process from beginning to end, with plenty of unique beers to taste along the way.

For those who wish to get truly hands-on, the Brew Day Experience allows you to spend a day with lead brewer George, as he teaches you the essentials of creating their delicious beer.

A Cornish pasty lunch and ‘as much beer as you can drink’ completes the experience.

National Lobster Hatchery

S Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL – 3.9 miles

This award-winning attraction and charity combines marine conservation, research, and education.

Get up close and personal with lobsters throughout the different stages of their life cycle. Learn all about this fascinating creature, other local marine life and find out more about the Hatchery’s marine conservation efforts.

The team have gained recognition on a global scale for their work specifically related to The European Lobster. This one species of lobster alone is worth £30m each year to the UK!

Better Extreme Newquay Trampoline and Play Park

Trenance Park, Cornwall, Newquay TR7 2LZ – 12.9 miles


Let out your inner child at the trampoline and soft play centre which is suitable for all ages.

Bodmin Jail

Berrycoombe Rd, Bodmin PL31 2NR – 17.6 miles


Completely renovated and reopened in 2020, Bodmin Jail has a gruesome history to be explored.

This new attraction allows you to immerse yourself completely in Cornwall’s dark history and experience the paranormal with state-of-the-art theatrical effects that bring some of the grimmest stories to life.

The haunting cinematic visual experience will tell stories of smuggling, mining and the everyday hardships facing Cornwall’s poorest, including tales from infamous prisoners.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU – 18 miles


Blue Reef is home to 40 differently themed habitats, from the Cornish coastline to exotic far away seas.

Here, you’ll come face-to-face with black-tip reef sharks, a giant Pacific octopus and Loggerhead turtle.

Blue Reef has a dedicated team actively involved in various breeding programmes, so you could see baby clownfish, seahorses, sharks, rays, and much more!

If you’re looking for something else, the Harlyn Sands team can help you find the perfect day out for you and your family. Just ask at reception.