A wet weather day with the kids can seem endless. But we prefer to look at a rainy day in St Ives as an opportunity to visit some new places and try some different activities. Don’t feel you have to join the hordes shuffling damply through a stately home – here are a few suggestions for fantastic family activities when it rains in St Ives.
St Ives School of Painting offers art classes for children, designed for artists aged 5-12. All materials are supplied, and you’ll be pleased to hear, so are aprons. New pottery café 54 Lemons in the centre of St Ives gives you chance to enjoy coffee and cake while your prodigies decorate pots, plates and ornaments. Barnoon Workshop (next to the car park above The Tate) always has great family activities during school holidays.
Sheltering in an old tin mine may feel a rather extreme way to escape the rain, but in terms of a great all-weather day out, Geevor Mine is an excellent option. Just down the coast road from St Ives, Geevor is Britain’s largest preserved mining site. They’ve signed up to the Kids in Museums manifesto, meaning that Geevor has genuinely thought about how to engage younger visitors. Explore the old buildings, try panning for gold, take a guided trip down a nineteenth century tin mine, and grab a pasty before you head back to St Ives.
Unless it’s blowing a hooley (as we call the wind down here), kids really don’t seem to mind a splash of rain. So, get those wellies and waterproofs on, and go out anyway. There is something truly special about a rainswept beach – and it certainly won’t be busy… Go for a quick stank (Cornish for “brisk walk”) in the rain, and reward yourselves with steaming hot chocolate.
The sea may be less than appealing, so use up some of that rainy day energy in the swimming pool. St Ives Leisure Centre has a 25m main pool, and a learner pool for the little ones. Or try Tregenna Castle Hotel, where the pool and fitness suite are open to non-residents. Tregenna’s pool is in a conservatory – sit in the hot tub while the kids swim, and listen to the evocative sound of rain on the roof…