Rainy day activities on the Isle of Wight

isle of wight in the snow

The Isle of Wight is stunning during the Summer, but don’t be put off by bad weather, because the island is full of activities suitable for rainy days. Instead of staying inside your cottage, why don’t you try one of the cinemas, or painting your own pottery keepsake at Chessell Pottery? Here are our top recommendations;


You’ve got plenty of options for rainy days if you’re a couple, including retail therapy in Cowes and plenty of restaurants and bars to while away the day. We’d also recommend taking in some culture at Shanklin Theatre, which attracts big names throughout the year.  And if you’re a film buff, there’s multiple cinemas (like this one) on the island to keep you happy during those (potentially) washed-out days.

Adult groups

Our top pick for enjoyable rainy day activities for groups would have to be Random Rooms in East Cowes. Suitable for teens upwards, prepare to have your mind tested in this brain-teasing challenge activity. If you like the Crystal Maze, you’ll love this!

Difficult to explain, but spectacular to watch, Waltzing Waters is a dancing, music-backed, water fountain show. It’s certainly an interesting way to kill an hour or so. And for you boat enthusiasts, the Classic Boat Museum pulls on the history of the area and displays numerous fascinating old boats, and details their history and connections to the island. Although this attraction has recently moved, and therefore won’t be open until Autumn 2017, it’s still worth checking out the museum gallery.


We know how difficult it can be to keep kids entertained when it’s raining outside, but with Tapnell Farm Park there’ll be plenty to pique their interest. Ideal for animal lovers, this former dairy farm is one of the island’s most popular attractions – and for good reason too. You can get up close and personal with the animals (including calves, rabbits and guinea pigs) and there’s also a great adventure zone, a climbing wall and a zip-wire for those daredevils!

Particularly suited to younger children, Jungle Jims is a soft-play area with ball-pits, slides and climbing areas. This one will definitely wear the kids out – meaning a cosy home-cooked meal in the evening for the adults perhaps?

It’s worth remembering that the Isle of Wight is one of the sunniest places in the UK, but even on those rainy days, there’s plenty to help you make the most of your holiday.  Let us know if you try any of these activities or have any of your own recommendations, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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