Things to do when its raining
It’s no secret that the British weather is unpredictable. As a nation, we take wet summers in our stride and expect to have to plan contingencies for when the clouds gather. If you find yourself on a coastal weekend getaway in Kent and the rain starts to fall, what is there to do? Let’s take a look at some of the top attractions to do when it’s raining in Kent
Where to go when it’s raining in Kent
The great thing about Kent is that it has been a seaside holiday destination since the Victorian era, so even if the weather lets you down, there are plenty of things to do.
Kent Battle of Britain Museum
The Battle of Britain was fought over Kent skies, so where better to discover its stories than at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum just outside Folkestone? Open from April to November, it holds the world’s largest collection of memorabilia from this iconic battle, including aircraft engines and fusilages, weaponry and uniforms. You’ll also find the autographs of over 600 pilots and a collection of Battle of Britain fine art prints. For history buffs, the museum is one of the best indoor attractions in Kent.
St Leonard’s Church Ossuary, Hythe
The Catacombs in Paris are famous for holding the bones of over 6 million Parisians – but did you know you can find the macabre a little closer to home? In St Leonard’s Church is an ossuary holding the UK’s largest and best-preserved collection of human skulls and bones. It’s thought that the remains of around 4,000 people are housed here, dating back as far as Saxon times. For fans of the historic or the peculiar, this is a great place to visit on a rainy day.
Built soon after the Norman invasion of 1066, Dover Castle sits atop the White Cliffs overlooking the English Channel. The site of royal intrigue, epic sieges and the coordination of the plan to evacuate troops from Dunkirk, it has a rich and exciting history. Visitors can discover the underground tunnels and hospital, medieval rooms and a post war signalling station – ideal entertainment for the whole family when the rain comes.
Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury is full of fun things to do, so if you’re looking for Kent rainy day activities you won’t be short of choice. The Cathedral and Canterbury Tales are worth visiting, but if you need to keep kids entertained, the Roman Museum is great. There’s dressing up, Roman games, themed trails, and the chance to create your own mosaic.
McArthur Glen, Ashford
If the only way to relieve the rainy-day blues is with retail therapy, you’ll find plenty of stores to browse at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Ashford. Shop your favourite brands and enjoy discounts you won’t find on the high street. If the kids get bored there’s even a covered Garden of England themed playground for them to let off some steam.
Coastal Holiday Accommodation in Kent
Hythe is a fantastic place to spend your Kent holiday and is within easy reach of a range of top indoor attractions and things to do. The luxury coastal apartments available through The Beach Escapes offer direct access to Hythe Beach, as well as comfy beds and high-quality amenities, making them perfect for weekend getaways or family holidays. Book direct for the best rates.