Whether you’re on holiday or just visiting for the day, Newquay is brimming with activities to keep the whole family entertained. The south west of England and Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the UK which makes it such a popular place to visit. But what do you do when it’s raining or there’s a storm around Newquay? Being locals to the area, keen explorers with a thirst for adventure we’ve found some of the best things to do when it’s not very pleasant outside. Come rain, hail or strong winds we have the answers below.
Here are our top 10 things to do in Newquay in the rain or when the weather is bad. We’ve listed them in order with our favourite at number one.
1 – Newquay trampoline park and soft play
You might think this one is just for the kids but I have to say we (the parents) also had the most amazing time. There is so much to do that you can easily fill up a morning or an afternoon jumping around. There’s a foam pit with high jumping platforms, a racing maze with cargo nets and slides, tight rope walking, a Gladiator-style battle pit, a speed button jump game, a trampoline floor, trampoline ball games and a whole soft play area for the younger ones.
Whilst this is one of our favourite things to do in Newquay in the rain, it can be a little expensive. At £14 per adult (16+) and £12 per junior, the cost can add up for the whole family. There is a seating area for those who just want to watch so if you’re on a budget then let the kids run wild whilst you enjoy a drink from the viewing area.
Within the park, you will find a small cafe, toilets, changing rooms, party rooms, a viewing area, a large soft play area for toddlers and the trampoline park.
Visit their website for more information and opening times. https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cornwall/newquay-leisure-world/newquay-trampoline-play-park
2 – Porth Ten-Pin Bowling Alley
Great fun for the whole family in this indoor 10-pin bowling alley. It’s quite small with only four lanes but the atmosphere is friendly and there is some great lighting, music and videos playing whilst you enjoy your game. The bowling alley is a little run down and in need of a refresh but this didn’t stop us from having a great time. Have drinks and food from the bar and bowl until your fingers hurt. This is one of our favourite places to go when the weather doesn’t allow us to enjoy the beach.
Whilst the 10-pin bowling alley in Porth is in need of some updating it does serve its purpose. It’s best to book ahead in case it gets busy but out-of-season games should be easily available.
You can find the website here: https://www.porthlodgehotel.co.uk/
Contact number for booking your games: +44 (0)1637 874483
3 – Water World Swimming Pool
Swimming is a great activity for the whole family and WaterWorld has a great selection of things to do under the cover of a roof. They have two great waterslides, a giant floating snake, water fountains, a small slide, a water cannon and waterfalls. The changing rooms offer family changing cubicles or you can use the separate male/female changing rooms. You’ll need to buy a token for the lockers which can be done using the contactless card machines. There are showers in the family changing section or in the male/female rooms.
There’s also a standard rectangle swimming pool with lanes but this will need to be booked separately from the family fun swim in the fun pool. You’ll find plenty of parking at the pool or just beyond in the skating/trampoline park area. (charges apply)
You’ll need to book ahead of your visit which can be done easily through the website or Better App. You can find the opening times and swimming timetable here: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cornwall/newquay-leisure-world/timetable/pool
4 – Play the Arcades and Amusements
There are a number of arcades filled with games dotted around Newquay. With as little as £10 the kids will be entertained for hours on the 2p machines. Collect tickets for special prizes and gifts, play air hockey, enjoy the virtual reality rollercoaster or play the shooting games. It’s a great way to have fun as a family and pass the time until the sun returns.
Our favourite arcade is the Stardust Arcade located on Fore Street, next to the big Sainsburys. There are also a number of other arcades on this street that will keep you busy.
5 – Heron Tennis
The tennis club in the centre of Newquay has two indoor courts which are ideal for playing in bad weather. Play for half an hour or an hour for some fun with the whole family. We play here loads and the kids love it. We don’t take it too seriously and just enjoy the exercise and fun of wacking the balls around.
There’s plenty of parking near the tennis courts if you follow signs round to the zoo and swimming pool. If you’re walking or cycling, even better as you’ll find plenty of bike parking just outside the courts.
The staff are friendly and welcoming and there’s a small cafe where you can grab lunch and drinks. This is a great place to go when the weather is bad outside and when the weather is nice. It also hosts a number of outdoor courts and two mini-courts for younger kids.
They don’t have an online booking system yet but you can check availability and book a session by calling the club on: 01637 877555
Here’s their website where you can find out further information: https://www.heron-tennis.co.uk/
6 – Jungle Jack’s soft play
A great little soft play in Treloggan Industrial Park. A little out of town but a great place to let the little ones run wild for a couple of hours.
Jungle Jack’s is great for kids ages up to 12 years old. Older children can access the soft play but might find it a bit babyish. Adults are charged a small fee for entering the building but this is minimal. There’s also a cafe serving food and drinks for those who want to grab a meal or snack and warm drink.
Check out their website for more useful information: https://www.junglejacks.co.uk/
Give them a call to book your session: 01637 852890
7 – TR7 Skate park
An indoor skate park where you can have lessons or just practice your skating. Get in touch to book a session with other like-minded skaters or book a one-to-one session with a seasoned professional skater. You can also book the whole venue for parties of up to 15 skaters. Make use of their ramps, half pipes and grind rails or use their learning aids to practice and perfect your skills.
Skating is big business in Newquay due to it hosting one of the largest outdoor skate parks in the UK. Therefore, having access to an indoor park when the weather is bad is ideal for those who need that skating fix.
You can find out more details about booking a session or lesson here: https://www.tr7skatepark.co.uk/
The skate park is located in Prow Park which is also host to a number of other businesses. There are some great food businesses located in the industrial park if you want to stay for something to eat. Check out what’s on offer here: https://www.prowpark.com/eat-drink
The skate park isn’t easy to find so I made this little map to help you out.
8 – Lighthouse Cinema
This cinema is suitable for the whole family. It’s quite a new facility and is kept in great condition. It’s clean, tidy and has great snacking options from the front desk. The seating in the cinema allows for great viewing for those tall and short. Order your tickets online, on the ticket machines or at the front desk.
The Lighthouse Cinema is located in the town centre, just up the road from the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. There is a local carpark but this can fill up quickly in season so be sure to find a suitable place for your car or grab the bus into town to avoid missing your show.
See what’s on and book your tickets here: https://wtwcinemas.co.uk/newquay/whats-on/
9 – Pirates Quest Adventure Golf
Mini adventure golf at it’s best. This unique pirate gold adventure will take you through the history of pirates in Cornwall whilst enjoying a round of mini golf. The owner has put a huge amount of effort into making this a full-on experience, not just a quirky round of mini-golf.
The exhibition is super realistic and scary which my seven-year-old found a bit intimidating but we still had a great time. It took us about 40 minutes to get around the whole course which was 12 holes in total. The golf felt like a bit of an afterthought in places with some poorly laid-out obstacles but some holes were much more entertaining. There was also a section where you could dress up like a pirate and take some pictures.
10 – Explore Newquay on the Road Train
The road train runs from early April until the end of October and circles most of the best spots across Newquay. You can buy a ticket that takes you in a whole loop, taking about 45 minutes, or you can opt for the hop on / hop off service where you can get on and off whenever you like throughout the day. You can also ask to simply use the train as a bus and get off at certain stops.
The carriages are covered with a roof but only the last carriage is covered all the way around. So this might not be ideal for everyone when it’s raining, especially if you can’t get in the last carriage. There is a guided tour of the signs and history of Newquay which we find very interesting.
That’s it for our top 10 things to do in Newquay in the rain or when the weather is bad. There are more great things to do in the local area but not all are ideal for rainy exploration.
Hopefully, you’ve found a few things that you like the look of. Newquay is a hub of excitement and entertainment for the whole family, whether the weather is good or bad. We’re listing all our favourite things to do in Newquay so if you are ever short of ideas come visit our website for the next adventure.
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