The Wild Network’s guide to rainy day activities

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: The great outdoors
August 10 2016

This summer’s heart-warming classic, Swallows and Amazons returns to the big screen as a BBC film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s 1930 book, bringing us scenes of holiday fun in the Lake District.

It always looks sunny in films (and in our holidays memories!), but we know the great British summer is often prone to downpours. Instead of staying inside arguing over the remote control, Natalie Johnson suggests some ways to help your little Swallows get outside, whatever the weather.

As those hardy adventurers say: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing!

1. Wet weather challenges

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Only the hardiest of Swallows and Amazons will march off aimlessly in wet weather. You need a plan of action! From making wet weather patterns, to building rafts, collecting rain or more – there are loads of fun things to do in the rain. Fancy a scientific experiment? Make cheap rain gauges with old plastic drinks bottles and set them in different places. 

2. Swallows vs Amazons games

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Theme challenges and games with friends on activities from the film. Set a toy, or prize in your friends’ den and then each one has to rescue the toy. Make the Amazons’ headdresses (you can also bring this indoors if you just can’t face anymore wet, we mean, fresh air!). Challenges don’t require dry weather. You don’t need to be dry to explore, to shoot a bow and arrow or climb a tree. And lighting fires in the rain is a real challenge! 

3. Wellies aren’t essential

You don’t need fancy wellies or camouflage kit to get outside. Get back to nature with a couple of these fun options:

  • Barefoot walking – wet grass underfoot is real fun for little ones! Squidgy!
  • Batman capes – bring out those old bin liners! 
  • Plastic bag boots – a firm favourite of Granny’s. Bags over your shoes!

4. Photography and art

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Making memories is so easy with today’s smartphones and digital cameras. Getting the kids to record their adventures is a fun and easy way to keep spirits from becoming damp. Wet weather art can be very creative simply by hanging paintings in the rain to see how they run, or you can take arty photos in the mist and fog.


Finally, the most important thing for all wet weather adventures is snacks. Sheltering under a tree with a snack can be one of those fabulous summer memories that will have them chanting “Swallows and Amazons forever”. 


Swallows and Amazons is released in cinemas nationwide on 19 August.


Read more: The Wild Network’s Ten Top Tips for a Swallows and Amazons summer.


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