Rainy day ideas

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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.

Victoria Quater

Rainy day ideas

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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Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial heritage and folk music in Northumberland.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

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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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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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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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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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There’s more to Cheddar Gorge than just cheese!

There’s more to Cheddar Gorge than just cheese!

Explore the famous caves at Cheddar on a deep, dark, expedition, and see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

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Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, for novice, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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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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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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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Head to an exotic paradise at Stratford Butterfly Farm and go crazy with the kids at the MAD Museum.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

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Relax in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths & Health Spa

Relax in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths & Health Spa

Mix lavish 19th-century glamour with contemporary spa indulgences in these elaborate Turkish baths, recently restored to their former glory.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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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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Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics to biplanes, and works of art to stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – whatever your passion.

Location: Bristol

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Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

See hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

Location: South Kensington, London

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Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on a family break, and then relax with a burger at Urban Burger.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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