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.

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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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Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Oceanarium allows you to discover the secrets of the deep with a virtual Dive Cage and numerous varieties of sea life.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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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Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yorkshire’s Salts Mill, near Bradford, is a hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

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Explore the deep at the National Marine Aquarium

Explore the deep at the National Marine Aquarium

Visit the UK's largest aquarium to be amazed at our fascinating underwater world, and how we all play a part in conserving it.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this fifteenth century church on an activity break in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

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Nine floors of silver-screens

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Enjoy bowling, dining & cocktails at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails: a simple combination that guarantees a truly memorable boutique bowling experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Five biomes make for one of Britain's most impressive eco-attractions in the hills of Cornwall.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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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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Let the kids run riot at Underwater Street

Let the kids run riot at Underwater Street

Unleash the little ones and let them loose to explore this fun interactive experience that will stimulate their minds.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Explore the power of your own imagination with exhibitions, installations, events and activities for all ages at Oxford's newest museum.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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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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Climb up to the apex of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

Climb up to the apex of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, walls ranging from 7 to 14 metres, training walls and an abseil tower there really are something for everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

The ‘Steel City’s’ unique industrial story is brought to life through interactive galleries at this captivating museum.

Location: Kelham Island, South Yorkshire

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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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Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

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Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Find out what goes on behind the BBC camera and have a go in front of it.

Location: Salford, Greater Manchester

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