As anyone with their eye on the UK’s weather this week may have noticed, our version of a drought doesn’t quite tally with the rest of the world. If downpours are threatening to rain off any outdoor activities you have planned over the weekend, never fear. Here are some genuinely brilliant UK attractions that will keep you and the kids occupied, and most importantly, dry as a bone.
Head to South Kensington, the hub of London’s museum scene, where you’ll find the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum, otherwise known as London’s go-to gallery for art and design. As well as mooching around the exhibits (British Design 1948-2012 is on at the moment), there are a wealth of other activities on offer over the weekends, from design workshops for teenagers to free, one hour tours around specific sections, such as the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. With the Science Museum and Natural History Museum both nearby, this is one corner of London where you can hop from one educational hot-spot to the next with minimal effort, and really make a day of it.
The Deep in Hull
A trip to the zoo might be out, for the sea-dwelling creatures of The Deep, days like this are par for the course. As you drive over the bridge into Hull in East Yorkshire, you’ll see a shark fin rising out of the Humber. It’s home to the world’s only submarium; an underground aquarium home to over 3,500 fish, sharks and rays. With 3D movies and even a virtual birdwatching experience in the Brazilian rainforest, it’s not all about the fish. But the lagoon feeds and of course, the shark-filled walk through an underwater tunnel are both definite high points. Better yet, your entrance fee allows you to return for free at any time in a 12 month period. Bring on the rain!
From Xcape in Castleford near Leeds, to the Snow Dome in Staffordshire and the new Snow Centre complex in Hemel Hempstead, indoor snow domes are popping up all over the country. A rainy day is the ideal time to grab a few lessons on the man-made ski slopes, but even if you don’t fancy getting your snow legs just yet, there’s ice skating available in Staffordshire, sledging in Hemel, and over in Castleford, you can have a go at scaling the centre’s various climbing walls. There’s also bowling, cosmic gold and laser quest if there’s a gang of you who need entertaining.