A Rainy Day needn’t spoil your holiday at Cwmcrwth Farm as we have plenty of suggestions to keep all the family entertained with things to do on a rainy day.
Most important thing to remember is a raincoat when coming on holiday to Wales. Remember there’s no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing, so make sure your holiday isn’t totally ruined by having some good quality waterproofs and wellies or boots, that way you can discover Wales in the wet.
We all love a walk on the beach chasing rainbows, sit in a cafe watching the world go by or a snuggle up in the cottage watching a dvd. But if you really need to find a wet day adventure to entertain the kids here are some ideas to help you enjoy West Wales in the rain.
Folly Farm is great in all weathers. Over 50% of their attractions are indoors so it’s top of our list of great things to do on a rainy day. Although many of the animals are outside, the massive Jolly Barn has a variety of animals including donkeys, sheep, pigs and rabbits inside. If you need to dry out and get warm the reptile house offers a perfect sanctuary.
The children’s favourite is the huge play barn with soft play, slides and adventure playground with zones for babies, toddlers and older children. Next door an enormous hangar hosts the traditional fairground rides. Vintage style gallopers, trains and swings make for a fantastic afternoon of fun.
If you want to make a return visit when the sun comes out to see the zoo animals and play outside return tickets are available for half price.
Find out more on their website www.folly-farm.co.uk
Swimming & Waterparks
Swimming is often the go to activity for things to do on a rainy day and in West Wales we have plenty of local leisure centres and 2 fabulous indoor waterparks to choose from.
Blue Lagoon at Narberth is the favourite Indoor waterpark for our guests with waves, slides and flumes and a nippers area for younger children
Waves to jump and swim in, also a rapids river ride and 2 flumes that exit outside and return inside for additional excitement.
LC2 At Swansea is Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark with slides, waves and the legendary surf machine. For the little ones there is an interactive pool with mini slide, tipping buckets and fountains.
Leisure Centres in Carmarthenshire with pools include Carmarthen, Llandovery, Llanelli and Amman Valley. Pool timetables can be found on Actif Sir Gar
Soft Play Centres
Play King Llanelli Huge indoor soft play area open school holidays and term time. Ride on carts, trampolines and football area in addition to soft play zone.
Many of our guests have visited Play King and would recommend it.
Alternative soft play is available at the following locations
Xcel Bowling in Carmarthen
Indoor Trampoline Parks
Both have over 100 interconnected trampolines for bouncing ideal for ages 5 and above. Angled walls, slam dunk and a tricks airbag. Hours of bouncing fun plus Under 5s soft play area and a Cafe. Hangar 5 also offers Toddlers sessions 7 days a week 11am-12noon.
Check individual websites for charges, opening hours and special sessions for toddlers and events.
Gwili Pottery is well known for its unique designs and handmade pottery from full dinner services to individual vases. Now you and your children have the opportunity to create your own unique pieces. You can choose to paint vases, mugs and decorations by hand or use footprints and handprints of younger children to create special keepsakes.
Alternatively if you have always wanted to have a go at making your own from scratch, one to one sessions are available just contact Gwili Pottery to book either activity. Ideal wet weather entertainment
Indoor Visitor Attractions
Children and adults love a ride on the steam railway. Based just outside Carmarthen it’s not too far to drive on a rainy day. Check their website for special events and train times.
Open: April–September: 10am–5pm, daily. October–March: 10am to 5pm, Tues–Sat. Entry FREE
Discover the importance of wool to Wales and follow the fleece through to fabric.
Highly recommended day out for families and as the gold mines are underground it doubles up as a wet day activity. The guided tours are amazing and children will love getting kitted out like a miner to take part. They also love panning for gold in the big tank and bringing home their finds. There’s a tea room and shop on site and if the weather clears up, some fab walks in the woods.
The National Botanic Gardens might not be top of your list for children but be ready to be surprised. The gardens hold events every weekend and most of these have a child friendly element and in the school holidays there are special activities everyday for children.
The new butterfly house is an added attraction and ideal things to do on a rainy day, along with the Great Glass House where the children will love to wander the paths and discover the koi fish in the pond. If the rain stops there’s a fab play area for all the family to have some fun on not to mention the beautiful gardens to explore.
Learn how the coracle men made their boats at the Coracle Museum
Heatherton has an array of fun activities and some can be enjoyed indoors including bowling and the new Escape Rooms. Check their website for more details
Llandeilo and Narberth offer 2 fantastic opportunities to window shop and browse the boutique shops. Most stores are independents and the variety of clothes and crafts and gifts is a shoppers delight. With fabulous cafes and eateries on hand there’s no excuse not to take a look while the toddler grabs a nap in the buggy or the older children grab an ice cream in Heavenly with Dad!
The national show caves are very impressive and worth a visit, but you may wish to go on a fine day if you have a dinosaur made child in tow.
So close to the farm, many of our guests make frequent visits mainly to walk the fantastic parklands and climb to the top of the castle but Newton House is worth a visit. Because the contents are not original children are permitted to have a hands on experience like playing the piano. And even playing badminton in the dining room on rainy days. The above and below stairs tours are recommended as is the cake in the cafe!