Don’t let the cold weather and dark nights spoil the fun, we’ve put together a handy guide to some of the UK’s best indoor attractions. From exploring historic battleships to trekking through tropical rainforest, Britain’s home to a range of exciting adventures for the whole family to enjoy – come rain or shine.

Eden Project, Cornwall

It might be raining outside, but it’s always tropical in the biomes of Eden Project. Walk through the treetop canopies of a rainforest, explore the vibrant greenery of the Mediterranean or travel to the other side of the world to see Western Australia! You can do all of this and much more under the cover of Eden Project’s marvellous hexagonal panelled roof – creating a giant greenhouse in the middle of the Cornish countryside – just a short drive from many of our holiday parks in the region.

Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project

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With over 1,000 varieties of plants to explore in the Rainforest Biome alone, you’ll find hours of enjoyment for the whole family in Cornwall’s premier attraction. Kept between 18-35°C, stepping into Eden Project’s biggest biome is literally like stepping into another climate, so you can put your brolly away and enjoy strolling amongst the lush foliage. And when you’ve had your fill of walking through exotic landscapes, the Med Kitchen or Eden Coffee House are the perfect places to refuel and recharge. There’s even a children’s soft play area, perfect if the kids are full of energy.

Heading to Eden Project this winter? You’ll find plenty of activities on offer to make your visit extra festive. The Festival of Light and Sound transforms the landscape into a surreal and exhilarating show of colour, while the Eden Ice Rink offers indoor ice skating for the whole family – check out the Eden Project’s website for dates and tickets.

Festival of Light and Sound at Eden Project

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Life Science Centre, Tyne & Wear

If you’re holidaying in the North East and looking for something to do while the sun’s hiding, look no further than Newcastle’s Life Science Centre. Just steps from the city centre and 30 minutes from Whitley Bay Holiday Park, this centre provides a fascinating and engaging day out that all ages will enjoy.

Life Science Centre Entrance

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You’ll find everything including a planetarium, science theatre, various activity zones and even a thrilling 4D motion ride all under one roof! And, if you’re planning to visit this winter, you’ll be able to enjoy some extra special activities. A View from Space runs until January 2018 and flips the perspective of the planetarium to make earth the star of the show, providing a fascinating insight into the impact human development has had on our planet. Kids will also love Dino Jaws, a spectacular prehistoric exhibit from The Natural History Museum, featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaur heads!

After all those activities, you’ll no doubt want to warm up with a tasty lunch and hot drink. Times Square Café serves up delicious meals 7 days a week, while Life Café is open during weekends and school holidays, meaning you’re sure to find somewhere to sit down. For details of events or to book tickets, visit the Life Science Centre website.

Children in the Planetarium

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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Powys

Where better to head for shelter than underground? Deep beneath the South Wales countryside you’ll find Dan yr Ogof, with over 10 miles of connected caverns, it’s one of the most impressive cave systems in the UK and makes for a fascinating rainy day activity. If you’re holidaying at nearby Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park, it’s an absolute must.

Underground cave

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The National Showcaves Centre comes to life when it’s raining outside, as rainwater seeps through the ground and creates dramatic rivers and waterfalls in its impressive caverns. Here you’ll be able to explore the walkways and take in the dramatic sights of the cave system including Dan yr Ogof, The Cathedral Cave and The Bone Cave. Once you’ve had your fill underground, don’t forget to check out the interactive museum, indoor play area, café and gift shop – perfect for picking up a souvenir.

And, if the sun comes out to play, you’ll also find a dinosaur park and Shire horse centre and farm just outside. Little ones will love meeting over 200 life sized dinosaurs and cute animals on the farm. Don’t worry though, ponchos are available to buy if the rain doesn’t let up! Find out more and plan your visit by checking out the National Showcaves’ website.

Underground waterfall

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The Deep, East Riding of Yorkshire

Situated on the banks of the Humber Estuary, just over 30 minutes from Withernsea Sands Holiday Park, you’ll find The Deep. Home to over 3,000 species of fish, you can get up close to sharks, stingrays and the beautiful, yet bizarre, Green sawfish – The Deep is the only place in the UK where you can see these specialised hunters!

Guitar fish

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As well as the ocean’s fierce predators, you’ll also get to meet The Deep’s newest arrivals, a pair of beautiful Loggerhead sea turtles called Sensa and Mabouche as well as hundreds of tropical reef dwellers. Kids will love meeting the VIPs (that’s very important penguins) in the chilly Kingdom of Ice. With real ice walls, you’ll get a feel for the freezing polar temperatures in which these mischievous creatures thrive.

After your underwater explorations, you’ll no doubt want to refuel with something tasty. The Castaways Café offers stunning views across the Humber and serves up delicious snacks and treats. Kids will also love browsing the gift shop, with great souvenirs to remember their visit by. Don’t forget to check out The Deep’s website for details of their special events and activities, including a daily dive show. You’ll even be able to save 10% on entry by booking online.

Penguin swimming

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire

You’ll find more to see and do than you can ever fit into a day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Just under 30 minutes from Hayling Island Holiday Park, it’s the perfect way to spend a rainy day in Hampshire. Set on a real working naval base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers visitors an in-depth exploration of the Royal Navy’s past, present and future.

Royal Navy Submarine

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From exploring the decks of historic warships, such as the HMS Victory, to clambering through the portholes of a real Royal Navy submarine – a day at the Dockyard is as exciting as it is educational. Don’t forget to visit the meticulously well preserved remains of The Mary Rose, the only 16th century warship on display in the world! As well as historic boats to explore, the museums on site also house a wide range of exhibits and fun interactive displays, with something to entertain all ages. If you’re feeling brave, why not have a go at mast climbing in Boatshouse 4? See if you can scale the rigging and reach the crow’s nest.

With a wide range of family activities and museum trails, you’ll always find something new and exciting to see – whenever you plan your visit. Discover what it takes to make a Royal Marine Commando by following the gruelling 32 weeks of training recruits undertake in order to earn their coveted green beret - and see if you’ve got what it takes by testing your agility on the Ninja Force assault course! After you’ve had your fill of fun and naval history, the selection of restaurants and cafés are sure to satisfy all taste buds.

Submarine Perioscope

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SEA LIFE Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire

Set on the southern shore of Loch Lomond, the largest loch by surface area in Britain, SEA LIFE Loch Lomond is the perfect way to explore the wonders of aquatic life while staying high and dry. With exhibits including everything from tropical oceans to creatures native to Scotland’s lochs, a day at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond allows you to journey around the world and witness some of our most beautiful and intriguing sea life.

Cow nosed ray

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Walk through the aquarium’s underwater ocean tunnel and see Scotland’s largest collection of sharks up close – including Bonnethead and Blacktip Reef Sharks. The Bay of Rays is also home to Scotland’s only Cow Nose Rays, distinguished by their uniquely shaped faces.

If that wasn’t enough to delight you, the aquarium’s resident otters will certainly do the trick. Kids will love watching these cheeky critters swim and play on the rocks. And, after you made your way through the numerous attractions and exhibits, why not stop for a spot of lunch in the Loch Views Café – as the name implies it offers spectacular views over the water and beyond. Plan your visit today by visiting the aquarium’s website.

Three otters sitting on rocks

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Have you got a favourite rainy day activity? We’d love to hear your recommendations on our Facebook page.

While we can’t guarantee the weather on your next Parkdean Resorts break, we can guarantee some great facilities on park. From indoor heated pools and soft play areas to cosy restaurants and bars serving up delicious warming meals – you’ll never be short of something to do, come rain or shine. Many of our caravans and lodges also feature double glazing and central heating, so you can simply relax and unwind, enjoying some great family time in total bliss. Find your perfect park today.

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