10 great activities to try when it's raining
Escaping to the British coast is what we are all about at Haven – but we all know the Great British weather can sometimes put a dampener on your best-laid plans. It’s always good to have some wet weather activities up your sleeves for rainy days, and thankfully we have plenty of indoor activities that are just the ticket.
Here’s our guide to the top 10 best activities for those dreary days, to make sure there are smiles all round whatever the weather.
1. Sand Bottle Creations / Sand Art
Who says you have to be on the beach to play with sand?! These two creative sessions bring the seaside indoors for fun-filled activities. In Sand Bottle Creations, you’ll use layers of different coloured sand to fill up your bottle in the prettiest form possible before decorating the bottle to take home as a souvenir or to give as a gift. We also have a Sand Art session, in which you’ll sprinkle colourful sand to create your A4 masterpiece.
Sand Bottle Creations: 2 years+
Sand Art: all ages
2. Make a Bear / Jaz’s Make a Bear Party
Creating your own cuddly creature to love and cherish is bound to put a smile on your face on even the rainiest of days. In Make a Bear, you’ll choose your preferred soft toy shell, before adding cuddly filling, a little heart, and designing your new friend’s t-shirt. Or you can join Jaz’s Make a Bear Party, where you’ll find Seaside Squad plushies to make while joining in with songs and dances led by Jaz and our entertainment team.
3. Pic ‘n’ Bobble Pottery
Mould a fun party animal using funky foam clay in a range of vibrant colours. From super snails to lovely llamas or even the occasional octopus – you can use your imagination to bring your preferred animal to life, and take them home forever at the end of the session.
4. Precious Prints
Turn precious memories into treasured keepsakes in Precious Prints. You can capture the kids’ footprints or handprints on a ceramic mug or plate and use paints to finalise your designs. You can even upgrade to other items during the session for a fee if you wish.
5. Mini Archery / Archery Coaching
Always a popular holiday activity, this session will teach the basics in using a bow and arrow to hit a target. You’ll have a would-be Robin Hood on your hands in no time!
Mini Archery: free, ages 3-5 years
Archery Coaching: paid-for activity, 6 years+
6. Slime Creations
Get stuck in and create your own gooey creations in this interactive activity. Our instructor will show you how to make the slimiest slime, which kids can then decorate as they wish with glitter and sparkles or even bugs, before taking it home with them.
New to Haven’s activity line up, Activitots combines a range of sports with fun songs and learning opportunities for little ones. Led by our activity instructors, you can choose from Balance and Coordination Skills, Ball Sports or Bat and Ball Sports, with parents on-hand to help guide their tots during the class.
8. Pool Kayaking
The rain doesn’t need to stop you grabbing a paddle and having a water adventure! Our activity instructors will kit you out and show you how to kayak in one of our lovely, warm indoor pools.
9. Mini Fencing
En garde! This brilliant session is a great introduction to the art of fencing for little ones. They’ll learn some of the technique involved in the sport, but in a fun-filled class that leaves plenty of room for play time too.
10. Roller Disco
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a skating superstar, everyone’s welcome at the Roller Disco! You’ll be showing off your groovy moves as the disco gets underway, complete with bright lights and funky music.
Browse and book
See what activities are on which parks, and when, on our activity listings.
Want to book your activity in advance? New for 2023, pre-book from 12 weeks before your break. Swimming sessions can be booked four weeks before your holiday.
Book at haven.com/experience.
Activities and swimming can also be booked whilst you’re on holiday, subject to availability, but we recommend booking ahead for anything you’re sure you want to try.