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Rainy Day Fun in Devon

Don’t let a rainy day spoil your Devon family holiday with this ‘Rainy Day Fun’ list of days out and things to do. While South Devon has plenty to offer a family looking for an action-packed holiday, one thing it can’t control is the weather!

It’s a given that even the most glorious of summers will have rainy days, but will you let this stop you having fun? Of course not!

Here are just some of the ways you can beat back those rainy day blues when you stay in Dawlish Warren. What’s more, each is within an hour’s drive (that’s’ a relief!).


Don’t miss a visit to the South West’s largest family theme park. Experience white knuckle rides, fly down watercoasters, meet mesmerizing animals, and discover five floors packed with indoor fun. Set within 100 acres of beautiful countryside, there’s enough adventure to keep the whole family occupied all day at Woodlands!



Bring the past alive at dog-friendly Bygones! Wander back in time and visit their life-size Victorian street, complete with shops and traditional pub. Don’t miss the 1940s and 1950s arcade of shops. Bygones is three floors of pure nostalgia and a fascinating insight into the world of over 100 years ago for children and adults alike.


Pennywell Farm

There are plenty of indoor areas to see farm favourites at Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh, as well as shire horses, miniature pigs, ponies and donkeys to visit in the outdoor stables and pens. And you’ll find a host of farm-related activities to keep busy feet occupied. An animals lover’s paradise, online booking in advance is essential.


Living Coasts

Torquay’s Living Coasts is famed for its collection of global wildlife including penguins, octopus, seals, otters, puffer fish, and an interesting collection of fish. And ‘below deck’, the panoramic viewing areas allow you to observe nature in all its undisturbed beauty. Access to the cafe and gift shop is FREE to those who don’t use the other facilities.


Paignton Zoo

You don’t have to be outside to see many of the weird and wonderful creatures at Paignton Zoo, and we’re not just talking snakes and creepy-crawlies! Besides all manner of furry beasts, there are also play areas and activities. Even if you brave the rain, shelter is never more than a few seconds away.


House of Marbles

Be amazed and amused at the House of Marbles. Lots of wonderful sights to behold for all ages. You can shop at House of Marbles for quality toys, games and gifts, as well as homeware, stationery and confectionary. Lunch, breakfast and afternoon tea are served in their fully licensed eatery, The Old Pottery.


Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern in Torquay is an extensive labyrinth of caverns with spectacular natural formations, which were widely used by prehistoric people. Led by entertaining guides, this all-weather attraction provides illuminating tours of the cavern. They hold regular events, including Ghost Tours.


Crealy Theme Park

With over 100 acres of fun and attractions, Crealy Family Theme Park provides the perfect family-value day out, whatever the weather. There’s something to suit all tastes and ages with a host of thrilling rides, indoor and outdoor play areas and the chance to get up close to a range of cute and cuddly animals, including goats, ponies and guinea pigs


Motor Museum

Automotive enthusiasts are in for a treat! The Moretonhampstead Motor Museum is situated within Dartmoor National Park and houses a collection of over 150 vintage and classic vehicles including cars, motor cycles and light commercials from pre-1920 to 1990s, as well as automobilia.


Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Both kids and adults love dinosaurs, so why not top your visit to Torquay off with a trip to Dinosaur World? This exciting, interactive exhibition includes life-size models and fun educational activities the whole family can enjoy. Dinsoaur fans, read about more things to do here.


Powderham Castle

The nature trails might not be what you want on a rainy day, but there are guided castle tours to enjoy and Powderham Castle welcomes dogs on leads. With 600 years of history within its walls, it is sure to delight and fascinate.


Paint Hub

Enjoy a slice of cake and a spot of creativity at the Paint Hub. Perfect for an afternoon of fun on a drizzly day, the Paint Hub gives you the opportunity to paint a lovely ceramic memento and is great fun for the whole family.


Retail Therapy

Of course, holidays aren’t just for the younger ones! If you feel like some retail therapy, Paignton, Torquay, and Exeter have all the big-name shops you need, plus their own unique ones, which sell local produce and regional rarities.

What’s more, these regional cities offer plenty of sightseeing interest too. Be it Exeter Cathedral, or the underground passages, Paignton’s traditional pier (with arcades), or the famous Torquay Riviera, South Devon has no shortage of places to wander about in. Strategic planning not required!


Stay On Site at Welcome!

If you really don’t fancy driving, Welcome Family Holiday Park in Dawlish Warren has a broad range of reasons to stay on site. There’s a choice of fantastic pools, a children’s play area and a daily entertainment programme to keep the whole family amused. For grown-ups, you’ll discover shops, restaurants, garden displays to muse upon and, when the day is done, some fine entertainment provided by Mark and the Showteam.

In fact, even when it’s sunny, many of our guests decide to stay on the Welcome site! But whether you choose to stay or go, remember: rainy days need not spoil your holiday.