We would all love a holiday full of endless sunny days, but the rain does sometimes fall here in Cornwall (shhhh, don't tell anyone!). Be inspired with our rainy-day itinerary.
If you awake to raindrops on the window, don't despair. There is plenty to do. Plus, you have an added excuse to find a cosy country pub and indulge in some delicious pub grub and local ale! We share our favourite things to do on a rainy day here on the North coast of Cornwall.
8.00-10.00am - a morning swim and spa session
Holidays are times to indulge are they not?! On a rainy day you can fully enjoy a morning's swim and a relaxing treatment without the feeling that you are missing out on beach and sea time. We would recommend heading to the nearby St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick, home to an indoor pool complete with jacuzzi and the blissful Cowshed spa. Non-residents can use the facilities if they book one of the spa packages. Alternatively, if you and your group want a swim without a treatment, head up the The Point at Polzeath. Here you can enjoy use of the pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym if you are feeling like a holiday workout.
10.00-11.30am - a yummy brunch at Strong Adolfos
We don't know about you, but we are always ravenous after a swim. Head to Hawksfield located just outside of Wadebridge, past the Royal Cornwall Showground. This is home to one of our favourite cafés, Strong Adolfos, perfect for a spot of brunch (as healthy or as naughty as you want). This trendy café is inspired by art, surf and motorbike culture.
11.30am-12.00pm - a mooch around the shops
Rainy days are for mooching. Full stop. Hawksfield is home to a collection of the area's most fabulous independent shops. Here you can pick up some delightful artisan food from The Arc, browse the treasure trove of vintage items at Mooch, admire the beautiful collection of paintings and sculptures at Circle Contemporary Gallery and try on some clothes in the uber cool Finisterre. Jo and Co is a must visit for gorgeous interior products and women's clothing; the perfect excuse to add to your holiday wardrobe. If you're a fan of vintage cars and bikes, go and say hello to Alexy at Bespoke Traders.
1.30-3.00pm - a cosy lunch at the St Kew Inn
A rainy day isn't complete without a pub lunch in our opinion! And what better setting than the picture postcard village of St Kew, set within easy reach of our properties? The St Kew Inn is nestled in the heart of the village and is everything you could want from a traditional Cornish pub, and more. With lots of little rooms to discover and a roaring fire, this is the perfect place to dry off and plan the rest of your holiday over a local tipple or two. This pub is popular with locals and visitors alike so we recommend booking as soon as you can.
3.00-3.30pm - a visit to St Kew Pottery
Whilst in the village of St Kew, pop into St Kew Pottery, home to local potter, Jon Whitten. Set within scenic surroundings, you can browse his work in the studio which includes a wide variety of ceramics specialising in large, stoneware, wheel thrown pots, jugs, bowls and vases. This is a great opportunity to pick up a memento of your holiday in North Cornwall or to choose a gift for a loved one back home.
3.30-4.30pm - swing by the St Kew Farm Shop
Plan your route home past the St Kew Farm Shop. Here you can browse their collection of local produce, perfect if you want to grab some ingredients for any meals you are planning on cooking at your holiday home. You can also enjoy a relaxing tea or coffee and freshly made treats.
5.00-7.30pm - chill out and enjoy a fish and chip supper
After a busy day it's time to head home, relax and recharge the batteries. Why not make life easy and pick up some fish and chips for dinner? Rock Fish and Chips is our personal favourite. You can recline in the peaceful surroundings of your holiday home and sample Cornwall's finest fish and chips.
8.00-10.00pm - catch a film at The Regal cinema in Wadebridge (and maybe a drink or two afterwards)
For a spot of evening entertainment, head into Wadebridge and catch a movie at The Regal. This quaint little cinema is delightful and can be found in the heart of the town so if you want to continue the evening, you have a choice of bars and pubs where you can enjoy a night out. We recommend The Salt Bar or Rhubarb and Bloom for cocktails and The Molesworth Arms for more of a local pub experience.