What to do this summer holiday come rain or shine

In the office we’re talking about holidays today. Some, including myself, have already been away. Others, like Charlotte, is looking forward to hers. From Morocco to Montana, Connecticut and Ibiza,  these are just some of the places the that will be graced by staff.

But what to do if you’re staying in England? What if the weather is unreliable and the one week you’ve got off is shrouded in a grey cloud? We’ve listed some exciting activities come rain or shine, which will keep you busy until those back to school days.

Sunny days

The Eden Project is a classic attraction in Cornwall and it’s a great place to take your family for a fun day out. Throughout the year The Eden Project runs all sorts of exciting events, and we particularly like theUnderstanding Plants gardening class on September 10. The horticultural day is a practical workshop and only costs £50.

If you’re a beach bum, we bet the Sand Sculpture Festival at Weston-super-Mare will impress. This year’s theme is “jungle” and promises beautiful flora and exotic fauna in intricate sand shapes. The festival runs until September 4 and adults pay £3.50 for entry.

Next week we’ll have a real verdict for one of Feather Down Farm’s glamping (camping + glamour) sites as our colleague Marek are heading there with his family this weekend. Meanwhile have a look at the photo above and picture yourself there. Gather around the camp fire, raid the farm larder, chuck in a pizza in the wood-fired oven and simply relax.

The Nomad Cinema is an urban pop-up cinema that travels to all sorts of cool London locations. On the 30th of July, the cinema will be at Hampton Court Palace, showing the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Food and drinks will be on sale in the park, and if you miss this one, there are plenty more to come at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Hyde Park’s Lido and Battersea Park.

Rainy days

Search out Mr. Darcy at Lyme Park and explore this 16th century estate that featured in 1995’s BBC adaption of Pride & Prejudice. Situated in the Peak District, the listed Grade I building has plenty to offer including a present Mary Queen of Scots exhibition. As the rain trickles down take a seat in the restored library and rejoice that the sun isn’t shining.

We continue with our passion for period drama, and turn to Liverpool for inspiration. The exhibition Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850 will save a dull day as visitors can see original clothes and accessories from the 18th century. The exhibition is free and takes place at Sudley House.

If you’ve got extra dosh to spare for the holidays, the Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall might be a winner. It won’t matter if it rains as this luxury eco-hotel has all sorts of spa treatments and indoor activities. The hotel is for adults, so leave the small ones behind.

Rain might not be desirable for your summer holiday, but don’t despair. Should the rain gods be particularly nasty head to Callestick Farm for some homemade Cornish Ice Cream. Have a look in the ice cream factory and comfort eat. Send your kids to look at the farm animals and a day will pass by in no time.

Should you be keen to improve your home while on holiday, you know our Rated Tradesmen are close to hand. Post a job on for free and up to 3 quality, local tradesmen will get in touch with a quote. Time to sort that roof out?


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