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Activities for a Rainy Day in Barnstaple

You might be wondering what to do on a rainy day in Barnstaple.  Everyone wants sunshine on their trip to Devon but sometimes there is a wet or windy day that needs filling.  Fortunately, there are some great places to go and excellent activities to do on a rainy day in Barnstaple.  If you are searching for something to do, keep reading.


Book a jump session and experience eight adrenaline-filled activities, freestyle across a sea of wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines and bounce high to the latest tunes.  Practice your tricks with a soft landing.  They offer jump sessions from eighteen months plus, from mini air sessions to disco sessions and sibling sessions.  You can also hire out the place for a private group booking if you desire.  Whatever your age or bounce ability, you’ll have an amazing time at Air Extreme.  If you want an adrenaline-filled activity for a rainy day in Barnstaple, head to Air Extreme.


Set in the old Lifeboat House, this little aquarium is located on the harbour and recreates some of the local marine life.  It is a family-friendly, educational attraction surrounded by Ilfracombe’s picturesque and historic harbour.  The aquarium is home to seventy-five local aquatic species in carefully recreated and realistic habitats.  Explore the unique journey from the source of an Exmoor stream, down the river, to the lake, pond, estuary, local rockpool, harbour, coast and out to Lundy and its marine reserve.  The aquarium offers quiz trails, view stools, feeding demonstrations, and animal encounters.  It is perfect if you are looking for something to do on a rainy day in Barnstaple.


The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has collections and displays that cover the natural and human history of North Devon.  Highlights include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.  The museum includes a gift shop, tearooms, and tourist information.  The museum always has a selection of temporary exhibitions, so be sure to check out those too when visiting.  The museum is free entry to all.  To find out more head to their website.


One of the best things to do on a rainy day in Barnstaple is check out the Rock and Rapid Adventures.  It is a sure way to turn a dreary wet-weather day into an epic adventure.  Book a climbing taster session with a qualified instructor and see how high you can climb on their indoor rock wall.  The wall features climbs of varying difficulty.  Or head into their bouldering cave to try some short, challenging routes.  You’ll forget about the rain completely while you’re pushing yourself on the wall.  There is also a café if climbing isn’t for everyone, so you can sit and watch the others climb.


Home to one of the biggest indoor playgrounds in the South West, to the chance to feed animals in the indoor animal barn, you’ll barely notice the rain at The Big Sheep.  EWEtopia is one of the biggest all-weather attractions and is perfect for all ages.  Grown ups can be big kids again, sliding down the multi-lane slides and scrambling along the swing bridge.  Or if chilling is your thing, relax with a cup of coffee and watch the children play.  It is the perfect place to set up a base on a rainy day in Barnstaple.


The Milky Way Adventure Park is the perfect place for a rainy day in Barnstaple.  It has 110,000 square feet of indoor fun from slides to rides as well as play areas for different ages, including Little Stars for ages zero to six.  Older kids (and grown-ups!) can also check out the Planet Play Adventure Area, with free-fall drop slide, The Black Hole as well as indoor pottery painting, laser shooting and a fantastic Sci-Fi exhibit.  There is so much to explore without having to get wet so be sure to check the park out on Your Devon Escape.

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