Rainy day ideas

Things to do on a rainy day and rainy day activities

We can all agree England looks fantastic when then sun shines, but we’re not exactly giving the game away when we point out that’s not always the case, and besides there are loads of things to do on a rainy day in England. Whether you’re looking to fill half term holidays, a bank holiday weekend or simply need some ideas for rainy day activities for the kids, we’ve got some great tips, or maybe it’s you and some friends at a loose end and looking for some things to do when it rains. Take your pick from indoor attractions such as museums, aquariums and galleries, or if you’re feeling braver, there are climbing centres, underground caverns and cycle velodromes. You can tour television studios and explore living history heritage attractions, or even whet your whistle on a brewery tour. Whatever you fancy doing, England is packed with things to do on a rainy day.

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Discover the wonders of science at Winchester Science Centre

Discover the wonders of science at Winchester Science Centre

Enjoy an adventurous day out for the whole family at the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, home to the UK's largest capacity planetarium.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Meet Wallace and Gromit at M Shed & At Bristol

Meet Wallace and Gromit at M Shed & At Bristol

Bristol is home to major world studio, Aardman Animations - creators of world-famous Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit.

Location: Bristol

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Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

At Milestones Living History Museum you can journey through time and see how life was as a Victorian or in the Second World War.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Summer 2016 sees the opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom to the public for the first time.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while sipping a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Pedal like an Olympian around Lee Valley VeloPark

Pedal like an Olympian around Lee Valley VeloPark

Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a hub of cycling activity for beginners through to the elite.

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

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Get on board at the National Railway Museum

Get on board at the National Railway Museum

The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

There are legends a-plenty about Britain’s biggest caves, where you’ll find a secret river and bewitching caverns.

Location: Wells, Somerset

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Stand where Churchill stood in his WWII underground bunker

Stand where Churchill stood in his WWII underground bunker

Take a private tour with the Churchill War Rooms’ director and go behind the glass into Churchill’s War Cabinet Room in London.

Location: Westminster, London

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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Pilot a Merlin helicopter nicknamed the "frigate in the sky" through true-life scenarios in a full-scale replica cockpit at Action Stations.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Modern art on the coast of St Ives

Modern art on the coast of St Ives

With clean air and shimmering sea, St Ives is a true English beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern living by stopping in this idyllic spot.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Delve into Tudor life at this interactive museum in England's most haunted building.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Visit Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry

Visit Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry

Find out how Manchester’s famous inventions helped shape the modern world, from the world’s first steam-powered mill to the splitting of the atom.

Location: Manchester

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Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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'Page to Stage' tours at the RSC's The Other Place

'Page to Stage' tours at the RSC's The Other Place

Take a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See the stars at Bristol's 3d Planetarium

See the stars at Bristol's 3d Planetarium

Located in the At-Bristol Science Centre, the UK's only 3d Planetarium offers a unique perspective on the night skies including seasonal shows and special events.

Location: Bristol

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