The Island might be well known for its unique climate and extra hours of sunshine but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of fun to be had when it rains. What with having just spent half term with a good few rainy days, we thought it would be a good time to update our best rainy day places…
#1 Traditional amusement arcades. These were invented for rainy days by the beach! Sandown Pier has it all going on, from the classic arcaded games, to ten-pin bowling, a crazy golf course and a soft play area. There is also a great amusement arcade and soft play in Shanklin called Jungle Jims, plus a large amusement arcade on Ryde Seafront.
#2 Get crafty. Go and unleash your inner artist at Chessell Pottery where you can paint all manner of items from mugs and egg cups, to piggy banks and toy cars and collect them a couple of days later when they have been glazed and fired and ready to take pride of place in your home.
#3 Lots of fun under one roof. Tapnell Farm Park provides hours of fun and has a large portion under cover making it a great place to spend a rainy day. Meet farmyard animals, play in the soft play area, climb the straw bale pyramid and then relax in the cafe or restaurant.
#4 Be a culture vulture. There are loads of museums on the Island, you are bound to find one that the whole family can agree on. Try the Shipwreck Centre in Arreton, The Lilliput Dolls in Brading or the Wight Military & Heritage Museum in Northwood. Brading Roman Villa is a great option on a drizzly day as you can escape the rain inside but make the most of the gardens when the sun appears.
#5 And if you don’t have smaller people in tow, why not make a bit of time for you. There are a good selection of spas on the Island, including Lakeside Park Hotel in Wootton, sitting prettily above the creek. Over in West Wight, try out The West Bay Club, where you can book a stay in the ‘House of Liz Earle’.