Bude, Cornwall

8 things to do in Bude on a rainy day

8 things to do in Bude on a rainy day

Rainy day in Bude

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our ten years of owning Cottons Cottage, it’s never to entirely trust the weather forecast for Cornwall. It’s definitely a region that seems to defy the logic and predictive powers of even the finest meteorologists. On numerous occasions we’ve made the trip down the M5 convinced we’re not going to see even a glimpse of blue sky all week due to a dismal forecast, only to be greeted with glorious sunshine broken only by the briefest showery interludes. 

But on there are also plenty of occasions when a downpour has caught us out. Yes, sometimes it rains in Cornwall. And although we thoroughly recommend throwing on some wellies and splashing your way through the showers, it’s not the only way to occupy yourself on a rainy day in Bude.

What is there to do in Bude on a rainy day?

1.     The Rebel Cinema

Now this is no Odeon multiplex, but we have a lot of affection for this small and cosy cinema. It’s only 5 minutes from the cottage and offers a unique viewing experience.

Find out what’s showing

2.     Go swimming at Bude Leisure Centre

If getting wet inside is a more attractive prospect, there’s a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide at Bude Leisure Centre.

Check opening times

3.     Ten pin bowling at The Venue

The satisfaction of scoring a strike will definitely brighten up a dreary day. Ramps and gutter rails are available.

Book a lane online

4.     Soft play for little ones

The giant 4-storey soft play at The Venue offers entertainment for little ones looking for a ball pit fix. Coffee is available.

Book a playzone session

5.     Get creative at Parson’s Pottery

This paint-your-own pottery centre is new and something we’re yet to test out as a family. It’s only a few minutes from the cottage and it looks like something our girls would love doing.

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6.     Indoor tennis court

There is an indoor tennis court at Woolstone Manor Farm that you are welcome to use. Play a set of tennis or use the space for little ones to let of steam.

Find out more about what’s on site

7.     Head over to the Woolstone Games Barn

Challenge your family to a game of pool or table tennis in the games barn (head through the arch and it’s opposite the outdoor chess set).

8.     Movie afternoon at the cottage

Make it an afternoon of indulgence by binge watching a box set on Netflix or a family movie marathon. All from the cosy corner sofa at the cottage. 

Rainy day trip ideas in Cornwall and North Devon

On days where the beach doesn’t feel that inviting, you may fancy venturing a little further afield for a day trip.

  • Head over to Launceston (about half an hour drive) to see the steam railway (reopening on 21 June) and visit Hidden Valley Discovery Centre
  • Or if you like animals, we’ve heard good things about The Big Sheep
  • If you don’t mind an hour drive, The Eden Project is a fab all-weather day out. 
  • And on a drizzly day, we love to take the time for a mooch around a pretty Cornish town, making taking shelter justification for a cream tea. Padstow is a family favourite (we usually add in a ferry trip over to Rock too), as well as Port Isaac and Boscastle.

And remember, with every rainy spell comes the promise of a rainbow.