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7 things to do in Woolacombe on a rainy day

However much we wish for sun, we don’t always get it here in Devon (or anywhere else in the UK)! But that doesn’t mean we're not a top destination for you and your family, in fact, we’ve got so many wet-weather things to do that you know that your holiday won’t be ruined if the heavens do open.

First things first, let’s check what the Woolacombe weather looks like this week…

Woolacombe weather forecast

17 °C
Light rain
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18 °C
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17 °C
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17 °C
Light rain
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16 °C
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If there is rain on the horizon, here are our 7 top ideas to still make the most of beautiful Woolacombe and the surrounding areas of North Devon:

1. Surfing at Woolacombe Beach

Hey, you’re gonna get wet even if the sun is shining, so why not suit-up and head out to Woolacombe Beach and enjoy the swell?

Award-winning Woolacombe Beach is widely-recognised as one of the UK best beaches and is massively popular with surfers and families. With all lodges at Surf Village in Woolacombe Bay we offer surf kit rentals for all members of the family so everyone can get stuck in. You can also take advantage of our trained instructors if you’re new to the world of surfing.

Man with surf board looking at ocean in Woolacombe on a rainy day
Surfing in any weather

2. Ilfracombe Aquarium

Small, friendly, and jam-packed with pretty sea-creatures for the children to enjoy, we absolutely love an afternoon at Ilfracombe Aquarium when the weather doesn’t permit beaching! Entry £7.95 per adult (16yrs+), £5.95 per child (3-15yrs) with concessions for students, seniors and families (2024 prices).

Indoor aquarium in North Devon for rainy day activities near Woolacombe
Ilfracombe Aquarium

3. On our Holiday Parks

For things to do in Woolacombe without leaving your Holiday Park, we’ve got everything from indoor swimming pools, spa, amusement arcades, pottery painting, cinemas and mini ten pin bowling; so whatever the weather, you’re sure to be entertained. And rain never washes off our outdoor nature activities, bring your wellies and enjoy the smell of fresh rain. Check out all of our Holiday Parks' onsite activities and entertainment only for guests staying with us to use during the break.

Indoor ceramics studio for paint your own pot in Woolacombe and North Devon wet day activity
Pottery painting studio

4. Learn about your favourite tipple at Big Sheep Brewery

Not just a brewery tour, but a beer show. An actual show about beer. With free beer tasters at the end of the show. All whilst the kids are playing in the indoor playground or riding on the vintage carousel at The Big Sheep. Need we say more?

Bottles of North Devon local craft beer at the Big Sheep Brewery in Abbotsham
Big Sheep Brewery

5. Exmoor Zoo

Small, intimate and with a population of animals from around the globe that you can actually feed yourself, it’s no wonder Exmoor Zoo has recently been awarded best attraction in the South West. Great when rainy days are forecast. for both kids and grown-ups with a soft spot for little furry beasts.

Meerkats at Exmoor Zoo in North Devon
Exmoor Zoo

6. Eat out in Woolacombe and Devon

If there is one thing we do well in Devon, it’s eat. If you don’t want to leave Woolacombe, check out our list of the best pubs in town here. There are also our famous Devon cream teas to munch on (cream before the jam is the Devon way) and it wouldn’t be a holiday in the UK without fish and chips in the car by the sea at Woolacombe Beach.

Family eating fish and chips by the beach in Woolacombe on a rainy day
Fish and chips in Woolacombe

7. Shopping in North Devon

At Barnstaple’s Pannier Market you can find everything from fresh local produce to take home as presents, to art, handmade jewellery, crafts and just about anything else you could think of; you’ll find it in Barnstaple. Located conveniently on the high street, it’s a shopper’s dream when there is rain forecast in Devon!

Traditional North Devon Pannier market for indoor shopping
Barnstaple Pannier Market

Great value holidays every time

Whichever of our Devon Holiday Parks you choose to stay at you get to use the activities on them all. More than just a place to sleep, on our website the prices include all this and so much more...

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