Rainy day fun

iStock_000020508966LargeDon’t let grey skies dampen your mood this weekend. Check out these fun activities to keep the family entertained

Try an indoor garden

Enjoy the outdoors indoors at one of the UK’s beautiful winter-friendly gardens. Head to the Winter Garden in Sheffield (sheffield.gov.uk) to explore one of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK for free, or visit the Barbican Conservatory (barbican.org.uk), which is home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. The famous Kew Gardens (kew.org) also has plenty to keep the family entertained whatever the weather, with an interactive indoor play area and historic glass houses.

Go underground

Escape the bad weather by heading underground! Explore City of Caves (cityofcaves.com) for an adventure beneath the streets of Nottingham, discover the Chislehurt Caves in Kent (chislehurst-caves.co.uk) or venture 140m underground to learn about the life of a coal miner at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield (ncm.org.uk).

Get cultured

Have fun and learn something new this Bank Holiday weekend. Head to Underwater Street, the Discovery Centre for Children, in Liverpool (underwaterstreet.com) for interactive exhibits and crafts, or head to The Deep in Hull (thedeep.co.uk) – one of the world’s most spectacular aquariums, which also now features a colony of Gentoo penguins. Alternatively, let children use their imagination and follow a story train at Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) in London or visit Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax for a fun-packed day out (eureka.org.uk).

Be creative

Let the kids unleash their creative side this bank holiday with a trip to an indoor craft centre. At China Butterfly in Formby (chinabutterfly.co.uk) children and adults can visit the Pottery Painting Studio to take part in a wide range of creative activities, while the Making it! Discovery Centre in Nottinghamshire allows children to learn about the design of products and have a go at making their own. You could also have a go at traditional candle making and candle dipping at Cheshire Workshops in Chester (cheshireworkshops.co.uk) for a fun and productive afternoon whatever the weather.

Have a snow day

Rather than battling against the elements, embrace the cooler weather by taking part in some ice and snow-based activities – even if it is still August! At the Snozone in Milton Keynes and Castleford (snozoneuk.com) adults and children can take part in indoor sledging and ice slide sessions or take to the slopes for some ski lessons, while visitors to Chill Factore (chillfactore.com) in Manchester can try tubing, ice luge and snowboarding or use the climbing wall. There is also a SnowPlay area for little ones.

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