Things to do When it Rains in the Peak District

This guide to the best rainy day activities in the Peak District should provide you with some ideas on what to do when the weather prevents you from getting out into the great outdoors, as well as keeping the kids entertained when they’re not in the mood for walking.

Get Fit at Ashbourne Leisure Centre

If it rains during your visit to the Peak District, why not get wet on your own terms and get in a bit of exercise at the same time. The Ashbourne Leisure Centre is the perfect way to get out of the cold and wet weather and undertake a fitness improving activity such as swimming in the modern leisure pool or joining in with one of the fitness classes. If you or your companions have energy to burn off and the weather isn’t letting you do it out on the Peak then this is a great option for a rainy day in the area. There are also squash courts available for hire at this leisure centre.

Peak Rail

If you came to see the sights but the weather is keeping you out of the national park then the Peak Rail service will let you take in the spectacular scenery without getting drenched. The railway runs from Rowsley to Matlock and takes in some of the best scenery the rural countryside of the area has to offer. If you have a passing interest in steam trains or just want a way to get out of the poor weather, then the dog-friendly Peak Rail service should be right up your street.

Tissington Hall

While exploring a 17th century stately home isn’t the most strenuous of activities you can partake in, it does present an opportunity to straighten your legs while taking a trip back in time. Tissington Hall is only open to the public for 28 days a year so do check to see whether these dates coincide with your visit to the Peak District. If you do find that the hall is closed to the general public, the Old Coach Tearooms can provide a welcome respite from the elements where homemade light snacks and refreshments can be found, as well as a fully licensed bar. The Tearooms are open seven days a week from March 1st to November 1st.

Kids Play Centres

If the kids are champing at the bit to do something active and the weather just won’t allow any outdoor adventures, why not stop in at one of the excellent indoor kids play centres in the area. There are a few to choose from and each one has enough activities and fun stuff to do to keep most kids busy for the day.

  • The Play Mill has free parking and is open daily. Food is available onsite and children under 4’9” are welcome to play. They also hold weekly activities for the little ones which include yoga, singing and craft sessions.
  • Little Monkeys has a large indoor play area that is perfect for a rainy day in the Peak District. Open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, you can just turn up and play.
  • Little Rascals accommodates children from zero right up to 10 years of age in its fun and exciting indoor kids play area. There are three zoned soft play areas for kids of different ages and there is free WIFI for keeping up-to-date with the weather reports. Just don’t forget your socks!

There you have it, our top pick of rainy day activities in the Peak District, hopefully there is something on this list that will help you bide the time during your visit, until you can get back outside again and on the trails.

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