10 things to do in Devon in the rain 2021
Urgh! Rainy days can be the nemesis of family fun, especially in Devon where we all want to be outside enjoying the countryside, coast and brilliant family attractions. But the great British weather happens. So what can you do? Luckily I have 10 suggestions for things to do in Devon in the rain and, importantly, when they are open in 2021.
Whether you are looking for things to do in North Devon in the rain or things to do on a rainy day in South Devon, here’s some inspiration to keep the good times rolling.
PLEASE NOTE: due to COVID-19 not all attractions and activity centres are open yet. Those that are open will be operating a little differently. Booking may be necessary and social distancing measures will be in place. Please check with each business before you visit to avoid disappointment.
1. Devon attractions to visit in the rain
Devon has a bunch of family attractions that are indoors or mostly undercover. Here’s the ones to visit when it’s a rainy day in Devon:
- Bygones, Torquay, South Devon – open from 17 May 2021
- Seaton Jurassic, Seaton, East Devon – open from 28 May 2021
- Kents Cavern, Torquay, South Devon – open from 17 May 2021
- National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth – open from 17 May 2021
- The Box, Plymouth – open from 18 May 2021
- The House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey, South Devon – open from April 2021
- Torre Abbey, Torquay, South Devon – open from 19 May 2021
- Brixham Heritage Museum, Brixham, South Devon – reopening TBC
- Torquay Museum, Torquay, South Devon – reopening 17 May 2021
- The Milky Way, Bideford, North Devon – reopening form 23 May 2021
2. Pottery painting and crafts
If your kids have an artistic streak, and even if you don’t, take them pottery painting on a wet day in Devon. You’ll find pottery painting in Devon at:
- Something Lovely Pottery Painting in Sidmouth, East Devon – open from 18 May 2021
- China Blue in Totnes, South Devon – contact to book
- Poppins Pottery in Torquay, South Devon – contact to book
- Tarka Pottery at Little Torrington, North Devon – contact to book
- Paint Pots of Devon, North Devon – contact to book
- Pom Stitch Tassel, Newton Abbot, South Devon – contact to book
- Hands2gether, Plymouth, South Devon – contact to book
3. Ride a Devon steam train or tram
All aboard for undercover fun on a Devon steam train or tramway.
- Dartmouth Steam Railway, Dartmouth/Paignton, South Devon – open from April 2021
- Seaton Tramway, Seaton, East Devon – open from April 2021
- Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Torquay, South Devon – open from April 2021
- Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Lynton, North Devon – open from April 2021
- South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, South Devon – Buckfastleigh site open from April 2021. Trains running from 17 May 2021.
4. Devon theme parks
When it comes to being prepared for things to do in Devon in the rain, theme parks have got you covered. There’s large indoor play areas at them parks in Devon, particularly Woodlands near Dartmouth in South Devon, Crealy at Exeter and The Milky Way and The Big Sheep in North Devon.
Indoor areas are able to reopen from 17 May 2021. Please check with each attraction before you visit.
Here’s more about theme parks in Devon.
5. Indoor climbing
A top thing to do on a wet day in Devon is climbing. Here’s where you’ll find indoor climbing walls in Devon:
- The Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter – open from April 2021
- Clip N’ Climb Plymouth – open from 22 May
- Rock and Rapid – open from April
- The Wall in the Hall – open from May
6. Trampoline centres
Another rainy day activity bound to keep the kids happy is bouncing. Here’s where you’ll find trampoline centres in South, East and North Devon:
- iBounce Newton Abbot and Exeter – open from 20 May 2021
- Super Tramp in Plymouth – opening TBC
- The Barn Indoor Climbing Wall in Tavistock – open from April 2021
- Wall in the Hall in Tiverton – open from May
- Air Extreme in Barnstaple – opening TBC
7. Go bowling
If the rain is pouring why not challenge your family to a bowling contest. Here’s where you’ll find bowling in Devon:
Bowling in Plymouth
Bowling in Exeter
- Tenpin Exeter – open from 17 May 2021
Bowling in South Devon
- AMF Bowling Torquay – open from 17 May 2021
Bowling in East Devon
- Ocean Exmouth – open from 17 May 2021
Bowling in North Devon
- Let’s Go Barnstaple – open from 17 May 2021
Looking for more activities teens will love? Check out my recommended things to do in Devon with teenagers.
8. Cinemas in Devon
Take your mind off the weather by seeing the latest blockbusters or arthouse flick at a cinema in Devon. Cinemas and theatres can open from 17 May 2021. Check with individual cinemas for opening and screening times.
Here’s where you’ll find them:
Cinemas in Plymouth
Cinemas in South Devon
- Vue Cinema Paignton
- Central Cinema Torquay
- Palace Theatre Paignton
- Totnes Cinema
- Kings Cinema, Kingsbridge
Cinemas in North Devon
- Neo Cinema Woolacombe (part of Woolacombe Bay Hotel)
- Scott Cinemas Barnstaple
- Bideford Cinema
- Lynton Cinema
- Embassy Cinema Ilfracombe
Cinemas in Exeter
Cinemas in East Devon
9. Soft play
When you have young kids, soft play is a life saver on a wet day. Soft play places can open from 17 May 2021. Check with individual cinemas for opening and screening times.
Here’s where you’ll find soft play in Devon:
- Bear Feet in Exeter and Newton Abbot
- Whizz Kids in Brixham
- Funderzone in Barnstaple
- Monsters Mansion in Tiverton
- Let’s Go Barnstaple
- Jump in Plymouth
- Wait 2 Play in Crediton
- Sam’s Funhouse in Exmouth
- Planet Play in Crediton
- Plymouth Soft Play Cafe
Find more places to visit with toddlers in Devon.
10. Stay in!
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