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Torquay - what is there to do in the rain?

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KatzGold Thu 11-Oct-12 18:56:04

looking at half term destinations, found a lovely house to rent but what is there to do if it rains for 4 adults and 3 children aged 7 10 and 10?

The children like museums and the other normal things kids do.

KatzGold Thu 11-Oct-12 19:45:42


out2lunch Thu 11-Oct-12 19:49:30

nothing imo

we went ten years ago it rained for a few days and i have v vivid memories of walking round and round to find somewhere to go in town centre - ugh

maybe its changed though....

SorrelForbes Thu 11-Oct-12 19:50:11

Ummm, can't think of anything much I'm afraid sad

KatyPeril Thu 11-Oct-12 19:51:19

There's a place called Bygones which my daughter loved. You probably need to like a history though!

CJMommy Thu 11-Oct-12 20:04:16

Indoor fun pool at the riviera centre, the rainbow fun house ( soft play), Kents cavern (underground tour of caves but quite interesting), trago mills in Newton Abbott ( shopping and rides for kids), bowling, steam train ride from Paignton ( a few miles down the road). I think there's lots to do- I spent every school holiday there growing up and now I take my own kids back there. I love it but am biased! Besides, it can be fun running in your wellies across the beach too grin

Purplemonster Thu 11-Oct-12 20:12:23

The local visitor information site is if you want ideas.
It does seem to rain a lot in Devon but I'd say there is as much to do around here as any other seaside town.

KatyPeril Thu 11-Oct-12 20:13:40

Ooh yes to the steam train ride!

Portofino Thu 11-Oct-12 20:13:46

DH wanted to go there for a few days between Xmas and NY. I refused grin

PandaNot Thu 11-Oct-12 20:14:50

There's not much to do in the sun so I'm all out of ideas for the rain!

smalltown Thu 11-Oct-12 20:18:19

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amistillsexy Thu 11-Oct-12 20:21:02

Erm...My sister was conceived during a holiday in Torquay.

Be careful!

Unless you're tcc, in which case, go for it!


50ShadesOfShit Thu 11-Oct-12 20:21:15

I live there and there's loads!!!!
Only joking grin
There's Kents Cavern, Bygones and the model village (not in the rain!) all in the Babbacombe area.
There is a lovely new PlayCafe but at 7,10 and 10 I think both there and Rainbow may be a little young.
There's the steam train to Kingswear with a ferry to Dartmouth, but again, not ideally wet weather friendly. sad
Our favourite things to do in the bad weather are; Decoy Country Park, 15 mins drive from Tqy, there's a park, nature walk, lake etc. Theres also Haldon Forest (20-25mins) which is more of the same, and opposite Trago Mills if you wanted to make a day of it. The coastal path walks are, quite frankly, amazing if you have a dry day and want to explore grin. There's also China Blue, a pottery factory where you can decorate your own piece, or Cockington Court to see the blacksmiths and glass blowers before a lovely, bloody lovely, dinner at The Drum Inn. Hope you have a brilliant time.

41notTrendy Thu 11-Oct-12 20:21:17

We had the world's rainiest holiday down there. Paignton zoo was alright. I know it's lovely in Devon but I shudder at the thought of a holiday there ever again.

out2lunch Thu 11-Oct-12 20:26:04

yep did the zoo at paignton in the rain - i will never forget the terror that is the flying parrot show

i think we stayed at the inspiration for fawlty towers

KatzGold Thu 11-Oct-12 21:11:54

thanks i think!

The house is really lovely so may just risk it!

Hulababy Thu 11-Oct-12 21:21:13

Hmmm - it's not looking very positive!

So can anyone suggest anywhere else down south that they think there's enough to do - anywhere else in North Devon, Dorset, Sussex, Kent???

KatyPeril Thu 11-Oct-12 21:25:22

I had my most favourite holiday there if that helps.....? Don't listen to the naysayers!

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