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10 Places to Take Kids in Devon on a Rainy Day

It’s raining! Take a look at all these great things you can do on a rainy day in Devon and enjoy fabulous family days out whatever the weather.

Places to Take Kids in Devon on a Rainy Day

Sunshine and blue skies are the recipe for a perfect family holiday and, in the summer time, Devon is blessed with both.

But what about rainy days? The last thing parents want to hear is the kids moaning ‘I’m bored’. Luckily in Devon this will never happen, as there are a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy, even when it’s raining.

Here are a few places you can take kids in Devon on a rainy day.

Arts and Crafts

The Paint Hub (Dawlish)

Right next door to the Welcome Family Holiday Park, you’ll find The Paint Hub. Here, you can paint, stamp and stencil your very own piece of pottery.

Paint Hub Pottery Painting Dawlish Warren

Your works of art are glazed and fire and usually ready for you to take home the very next day.

This is a great, rainy day activity for the whole family to enjoy and if you’re staying at the Welcome Family Holiday Park, you won’t have far to go!


Crealy Theme Park (Nr Exeter)

Over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of countryside, there’s something for the whole family whatever the weather. With over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from you’re sure to be entertained all day long.

Woodlands Adventure Park In Devon indoor play area.

Woodlands Theme Park (Nr Dartmouth)

There’s something for everyone at Woodlands ranging from soft play areas and rides for toddlers to spine chilling rides and sky high challenges for the older and more daring. With 5 floors packed with indoor fun you won’t have time to notice the weather!

History & Culture 

Kents Cavern (Torquay)

Step back in time and take a guided tour through the labyrinth of pre-historic caves at Kents Cavern. You’ll see spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and explore the oldest human dwelling in Britain. Learn about life in Stone Age times and see examples of bones and teeth of Ice Age animals. There’s a range of activities for kids including treasure excavations, tribal face painting, cave painting and hand printing on cave walls.If the weather clears during your visit, take the Stone Age trail and Ice Age animal hunt through the woodland.

Kents Cavern Caves in Torquay.

Bygones (Babbacombe,Torquay)

A truly nostalgic experience awaits you as you explore the past. Immerse yourself in the  bustle of Victorian life, journey through life during the war, take in the colourful fashion of the fifties, challenge your friends in the Bygones Vintage Amusement arcade and explore the story of the railway.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (Exeter)

This world-class museum is free to enter and close to Exeter Central train station, making it easy to visit by train.   It features an array of stunning displays and interesting exhibitions from all over the world including exotic animals, birds and insects. Regular events are held for families and children.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Come to this indoor venue in Torquay harbourside and see these amazing creatures come to life.  With interactive displays, scale models and life-sized beasties all on show, including a full size T-Rex skull, this is the perfect destination for for dinosaur fans of all ages. But be warned – there’s an awful lot of teeth!

Active Kids (and big kids!) Activities

IBounce (Newton Abbot and Exeter) 

Wonderful indoor attraction that is great fun for all the family, iBounce trampoline centres are in Newton Abbot and Exeter. Open all year round, it’s an indoor activity that provides enjoyment come rain or shine. Prospective bouncers can launch themselves onto a giant airbag, enjoy the activity & stunt zones and play light chaser games.

Quay Climbing Centre (Exeter)

Featuring the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall, the Quay Climbing Centre makes use of the huge atrium space built into one of Exeter’s largest and iconic industrial buildings – formerly the city’s electricity works. Don’t worry though, if you’ve never climbed before and want to have a go,  friendly instructors will show you the ropes and have you scaling the walls in no time!

Plan an Escape

A relatively new holiday activity which you will find plenty of places to participate in Devon are Escape Rooms.  The nearest rooms to Welcome Family are Mission Escape in Exeter and Devon Escape in Newton Abbot.  Each room has a different theme – one of the popular rooms in Newton Abbot is Death on Dartmoor. Families and friends take part in teams of 2 – 8 players to solve puzzles and problems against the clock… Will you get locked in?

A holiday in Devon is always fun, whatever the weather!  And if you’re looking for accommodation in Devon, there’s no better place to stay than Welcome Family Holiday Park.   It features 4 fantastic indoor swimming pools, including a fun pool for the kids and a bubble pool for a relaxing end to the day.

Updated 3/12/18