14 ways to have the best rainy day ever
You travel all the way to Pembrokeshire for a holiday and what happens? It rains. Fear not, there’s plenty to do in our wonderful county. For starters, Pembrokeshire still looks beautiful in the rain - so if you’ve remembered to pack your windbreakers, pull up your hoods and have some Free Range Fun.
For those of you who don’t fancy getting wet here’s a few suggestions for what to do on a rainy day.
Our ground-breaking Serendome means that you can spend as long as you like outdoors without getting wet.
Serendome acts like a giant umbrella, a magical transparent roof that stretches over countless fun activities, our huge amphitheatre, and plenty of places to eat and drink. We love the SkyWalk – where you’ll take on challenges obstacles while suspended in the air plus keep an eye out for the stunning shows at the Cloud Theatre!
That rain is only a shower, right? Take this as an opportunity to sample the delicious Pembrokeshire produce on offer at one of the county’s tasty eateries. Personally, we find lunch in the Knight’s Tafarn’s grand hall at Bluestone one of our favourite places to while away a couple of hours during a recharge.
Tenby Lifeboat Station
Visit some genuine lifesavers with a trip to one of the UK’s most picturesque lifeboat stations. A walk around the Tenby coastline - even in the rain - is one of Pembrokeshire’s most rewarding experiences, so make time to visit one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK, get up close to the lifeboat - and you might even see it launch.
Yes, this still involves getting wet! But the subtropical temperatures in the Blue Lagoon waterpark are guaranteed to keep you warm while having wild adventures. You can find it at Bluestone, where guests are granted free entry for the duration of their stay. If you’ve come away hoping to go to the beach, then fret not - relax on the Blue Lagoon beach before slipping into the main pool for a splash about in the waves. Relax in the lazy river, fly down the flumes, and recharge at the Fish Shack.
Yes, we know it’s raining but what’s the difference when you’re fully covered in a wetsuit and plunging into the sea anyway? Get your adrenalin flowing at the spiritual home of coasteering - the ultimate coastal adventure that will see you jumping off cliffs, scrabbling over rocks, and generally having a blast doing all the things you were once told not to do! Try the granddaddies of the sport based in St David’s - TYF - for more.
Built over a natural cavern, Pembroke Castle is a guaranteed hit with curious kids for a family day out. Famously the birthplace of King Henry Vll, you can explore this castle while discovering the history through the characters you meet. Take some time to explore the Great Map of Wales - Britain’s largest piece of artwork.
Explore St Davids Cathedral
A must-see whether it’s raining or not - the cathedral is a magnificent building in the heart of Britain’s smallest city. It’s built on the site of a sixth-century monastery built by St David, the patron saint of Wales, and has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for more than 800 years. Admire the architecture in awe and look out for their ‘Cathedral Explorer’ trails for families which run each Tuesday in the holidays, plus special services and concerts.
With 2,000 years of history to discover, lots of activities for children - particularly during the school holidays, and a nice looped walk around the tidal mill pond, Carew Castle is an easy and enjoyable day out at one of Wales’ most picturesque locations.
Oriel y Parc Gallery
The Oriel y Parc Gallery & Visitor Centre is another reason to visit St Davids. It almost blends into the background, made to harmonise with its landscape with state of the art sustainable technologies. The gallery displays works of art from the Welsh national collection, with exhibitions drawing inspiration from Pembrokeshire’s incredible landscapes. For the children, there’s the Discovery Room hosting family-friendly art and nature activities and a friendly café.
Hit The Beach
Ok, this isn’t indoors. But exploring the beach in different weathers is still a great experience. Sometimes a little light rain shouldn’t put you off on an adventure to a hidden beach, go beachcombing and hunt for souvenirs, take pictures of the cloudy skies over the sea or warm up with some fish and chips.
Maybe the best thing on a rainy day is to let the kids go and splash in some puddles with our Free Rangers crew while you take some much needed time in our Well Spa Retreat. Once you’ve explored our award-winning thermal rooms, indulged in one of our new seaweed-based treatments, you’ll have quickly forgotten all about the grey day outside!
Enjoy a holiday in Pembrokeshire whatever the weather and base your adventures from Bluestone - explore our breaks here.