Time spent outside with family and friends whilst reconnecting with nature is time well-spent whatever the weather. From gazing up at the endless clear skies to snuggling up in front of the fire in your unique glamping abode, glamping holidays will always provide a well-deserved break from the hectic nature of 21st-century living. That said, summer’s in the UK are unreliable, to say the least, and can go from bright sunshine in the high twenties to never-ending rain within a matter of days, and once it starts, there’s no knowing when it might stop. If you’re lucky enough to be going glamping in Devon, but get unlucky with the weather during your break, fear not, as we have created a list of some of our favourite indoor activities near you! Whether you’re heading to the country for a romantic break with your partner or you’re looking to enjoy some high-quality time with the family, these fantastic local attractions are sure to have something for everyone in the warm and dry.
National Marine Aquarium
Given its coastal location, the city of Plymouth lends itself to be somewhat of a leader when it comes to all things under the sea and you’ll discover a variety of fascinating aquatic wildlife at the National Marine Aquarium. Home to over 4,000 animals, but if you want to learn more about the creatures that call this home then check out the various VIP Behind the Scenes tours for a truly memorable experience. Check out the website before you go to see what time the feeding of your favourite animal is so that you can plan the timing of your trip accordingly.
Embrace the winter-like weather and take it one step further with a session on skates at the local ice rink in Plymouth Pavilions. This is a brilliant way to burn off any excess energy which may have accumulated as a result of being kept inside by the weather and could also provide the perfect opportunity for younger children to try something new. The rink offers lessons as well as special events throughout the year, so be sure to check out the calendar ahead of your holiday.
The Mayflower Museum
Those hoping to learn something new during their time in Devon should visit the Mayflower Museum, where you can enjoy three floors of exhibitions, all of which explore the voyage of the Pilgrims. Your journey gets off to a fantastic start as you hit the third-floor balcony and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of the bustling Barbican. The museum focuses on the role played by Plymouth in the journey of these early settlers of the New World and even features a model ship set to the scale of 1.11 so you can immerse yourself in the journey that was taken all those years ago. Not one to be missed for both boat and history enthusiasts!
Just because your adventures can’t take place outside doesn’t mean they shouldn’t take place at all! Head to Clip’n’Climb in Plymouth where you’ll be able to attempt to climb 38 walls, each holding an individual challenge that’s different to the next. Whether you’re a climbing pro with lots of experience or an absolute beginner who never made it much past the playground frame, every ability is catered for here and the minutes will soon turn into hours as you take on the various courses. There is also an Augmented Climbing Wall which uses the latest technology and projectors to provide challenges for friends and families. There is also a great café here selling sweet treats and savoury bites – ideal after a busy morning on the walls!
You may think trampolines are just for kids, but Supertramp challenges this notion provided an exhilarating selection of trampolines and activities to keep everyone happy as they bounce around their way around the room. Challenge family and friends to an exhilarating game of dodgeball using the trampoline court or channel your inner Michael Jordan in the slam dunk area before reaching new heights on any of the four extra-bouncy high-performance trampolines. Chances are you’ll be so exhausted after all the bouncing that an afternoon spent in your cosy glamping abode with a selection of sweet treats is certainly justified.
Those glamping on the North Coast of Devon can enjoy any number of family attractions including The Milky Way, The Big Sheep, Let’s Go Superbowl or the classic amusement arcades that are dotted around the charming coastal towns and villages. Those looking for something a little different should head to the beachside village of Croyde where a cinema has swapped the traditional seating arrangements of movie theatres for a selection of deckchairs, meaning you can enjoy some of the latest Hollywood hits whilst relaxing in a comfortable deckchair. Book early to avoid disappointment, as this is a unique experience you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the country.
Whether it’s a passing shower or an entire day of rain hammering down on the windows, make the most of all that your glamping abode has to offer with a day of games and tasty homemade comfort food. Our sites tend to be in located amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and whilst the seemingly never-ending grey skies maybe disheartening at first, there’s something undeniably soothing about the presence of rolling green fields and landscapes – even if you’re seeing it from the comfort of the warm, dry accommodation. From family favourites such as Uno and Pieface to the more traditional board games such as Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, the glamping abode is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the company of each other. However, competitive families be warned, any rule-related disputes will need to be resolved as soon as possible, given that you are likely to be sharing a room!
That concludes our guide to just seven of our favourite rainy-day activities to check out during any rainy days in Devon. For anyone looking for more general activities in Devon, check out our blog for inspiration, including A Weekend in Devon, which details the perfect itinerary for 48 hours in one of the most naturally beautiful counties in the country. If you’d like to enquire about booking one of our fantastic glamping sites in Devon, don’t hesitate to browse availability on our website or contact us with any questions or queries.
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