Visitors to England are well accustomed to the, shall we say, mercurial weather. Whilst the South West does enjoy a balmier climate than its northern neighbours, rain happens. So, in the event of a downpour or two, what are the top 5 rainy day activities near Padstow?
With many awards under its belt, including Silver in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards 2016/2017 and a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor, the National Lobster Hatchery is definitely worth a visit.
A pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity, the hatchery’s main aim is to conserve and encourage lobster populations around our coast. In a world where global fisheries are massively over-exploited, the work the charity does is crucial not only for wildlife but for local communities too. Visit the hatchery and see their work in action, making sure you say hello to the resident lobsters and young lobsters ready to be released into the wild too.
Prideaux Place is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house overlooking Padstow’s harbour. Dating back to the late sixteenth century, Prideaux Place is a well-loved home still lived in by the Prideaux family today.
With a large part of the house open to visitors and guided tours available, guests can be transported through time and drink in the home’s fascinating history. Artefacts, paintings and antiques fill the property and beautiful views across the grounds over to Padstow harbour provide a visual feast. There are also beautiful gardens and a deer park that can be explored too, but you may want to save these for a sunnier day!
Padstow’s connection with lifeboats dates back nearly 200 years. In 1856 the RNLI took control of Padstow’s lifeboat and with the latest station opening in 2006, crews continue to provide 24-hour support to save lives at sea. To learn all about the RNLI and the work of its teams, visits can be arranged by appointment.
From Stein’s Fish and Chips, to Rick Stein’s Café, to The Seafood Restaurant and more, Padstow is a prime location for foodies. Restaurants and cafés galore line the quaint streets and provide perfect refuge from wet weather. If you particularly enjoy seafood, you are in for a treat as Stein’s eateries specialise in fruits of the sea. With local produce at the top of the menu and plenty of fresh flavours to tickle your tongue, fine dining at Stein’s can cure any rainy day blues. Choose your favourite place, or hop from one to another, and enjoy great food the Stein way.
Founded in 1971, Padstow Museum offers a wonderful insight into Padstow’s heritage. A non-profit charity, the museum is packed full of unique artefacts for visitors to view. Located on Padstow’s harbourside, the museum is a great way to learn all about local history and its connection with fishing and the sea. A lovely treat, the museum should definitely make your list of top 5 rainy day activities near Padstow.