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 / 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 our Make a Bear Party, where you’ll find Seaside Squad plushies to make while joining in with songs and dances led by a Seaside Squad friend and our entertainment team.
3. Pic ‘n’ Bobble Pottery
Part of our Pottery Creations activities. 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
Part of our Pottery Creations activities. 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. 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!
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. Aqua Paddlers
The rain doesn’t need to stop you having a water adventure! Our activity instructors will kit youngsters out as they spin the handles to operate these mini boats in one of our lovely, warm indoor pools.
9. Magical Makers
Abracadabra! While we can't give you a spell to send the rain away, we can teach you a few new tricks. Head to the entertainment venue to experience a touch of magic, with a fantastic kit to take home with you.
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? 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.