School Holidays...what happens when it rains?

In case you hadn’t noticed we have a lot of rain in the UK, which may have put you off a UK holiday. However, despite the four seasons in one day we're so used to, there are still plenty of reasons to book a break with Farm Stay, as there are tons of things you can do with the kids!

In today’s blog, Farm Stay UK takes a look at some great tips for families who want to stay in the UK for their next holiday but who may be a little lost as to what they can do when the skies open up!

So here's a few inspiring ideas - all of which you can enjoy in abundance on a Farm Stay holiday! 

Stately Homes and Castles

The UK has an array of stately homes and castles, which offer a brilliant day out rain or shine. Cardiff Castle and Edinburgh Castle are great examples of castles with very elegant interiors. However, for a more romantic setting you’ve got Chatsworth House or Belnheim Palace to consider!

Theatre matinees

Theatre and the UK has had a long standing relationship. After all one of the most famous writers in the world came from Stratford-upon-Avon. There are great matinee performances throughout the UK at small and large theatres alike, such as the Birmingham’s Rep or Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

Botanical Gardens

If you want a bit of warm and what is effectively an indoor countryside experience, then you shouldn’t miss some of the best botanical gardens in the world! You can chill amongst tropical plants in the glasshouses of Kew Gardens. Edinburgh has a wonderful botanical gardens and of course if you want to really excite the kids and you’re in Cornwall then you should get on over to the Eden Project!


If you’re with friends then a day out shopping can be a wonderful way to avoid the rain! With so many sizeable shopping centres it really doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing. Glasgow’s Merchant City is a great place to seek out designer bargains and of course the Bullring in Birmingham can offer every shopper a great day out!

Spas and swimming pools

When it rains outside one of the best things you can do is pamper yourself with a spa or even a family swim. Splashdown Water Park in Poole offers some wonderful slides for the kids and adults to enjoy, while you can get a more relaxed atmosphere at Thermae Bath Spa – which is Britian’s only natural thermal spa!

Museums and galleries

If your children are a little older then a visit to a museum or gallery might be the answer. We have a wealth of cultural treasures in the UK if you’re willing to take a look. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead offers a cultural experience, while you can get a hook on Scottish history at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Caves and Caverns

Who said you can’t be outside when it rains? Okay not quite outside but you can head underground and see the spooky caves at Wookey Hole or enjoy the Cheddar Gorge Caves. These are wonderful things to see and children will be enthralled by the experience. Another more unusual outing might be the gigantic hydroelectric power station at Dinorwig in Snowdonia! If you’re in Derbyshire and the Brecon Beacons or Devon you may want to consider some pot holing if you’re feeling adventurous!


Being close to water needn’t result in getting wet! Britain boasts some truly amazing aquariums. There are actually numerous Sea Life Centres in the UK, including Edinburgh and Weymouth and The Deep in Hull has over 30 exhibits and 40 rather amazing sharks!

Indoor Entertainment Centres

If you want a mix of entertainment under one roof then you might like the Xscape Centre in Milton Keynes. It has a bowling alley, climbing wall, cinema, great ski slope and even a parachute simulator! Any child would be excited at the prospect of all of those!

Rain needn’t put a downer on your holiday plans and with Farm Stay you can get out and about for the day and come back to a country cottage or bed and breakfast that’s warm, welcoming and a lot of fun!

Why not take a look at our accommodation search and find your perfect break with Farm Stay?