When it rains

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Gwithian in Cornwall. Beaches are the number one attraction for staycationers and, of course, it never rains and the sun is always out

Gwithian in Cornwall. Beaches are the number one attraction for staycationers and, of course, it never rains and the sun is always out

We have all had to cope with bad weather when on holiday. The question then becomes what to do with the kids to keep them amused or – if not amused – occupied until the rain stops.

Actually kids like water otherwise why do they always head for puddles? Why do they instinctively like mud and getting dirty? Perhaps grotty weather should become a tourist attraction in its own right?

Because we always have perfect warm sunny and dry weather in August in the UK and Ireland we need to take no notice of suggestions made by Trevornick, the five star camping “oasis” in Cornwall. They quote the Swedish who say that that there is no bad weather only bad clothing which is not how most people would see it but the message is clear. Don’t let the weather put you off enjoying yourself. It makes some suggestions of how to make the most of less than perfect hot summery weather.

  1. Grab a tarp and build a shelter;  building a den in the woods gives the whole Wild Tribe of young explorers a place to hide out.
  2. Find a cave, lay out the blankets and pour some hot chocolate for a fantastic wild story time.
  3. Go singing in the rain with your brollies and your best voice.
  4. Get that wetsuit on and dive under the waves; you can’t get any wetter than swimming, so just enjoy it.
  5. Make some crafty rain catchers with an empty bottle and some help from Pinterest. Hunt for shells and sticks to decorate your creations.
  6. Make some mud pies or go full Glasto with some mud bathing
  7. Waterfight! Buckets at the ready, drench each other, you might as well if you’re already wet.
  8. Worm hunting is at its best when it’s wet, see how many creatures you can spot lurking in the earth and sand.
  9. Create some cool canvasses using mud as your medium or get some paper, squeeze on some food colouring and see the patterns made when you take them out into the rain.
  10.  Wet sand make the best castles sculpt the pyramids or carve out a mystical creature.

I can’t see mudbathing being top of a mother’s list of things to do  especially as someone has to do the washing!

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