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Rain stopped play? Not if you visit Devon, it won’t! Although Devon is lucky enough to have a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the UK, we still get our fair share of April showers and autumn gales (that’s why it’s so green and lush down here!). But even if it turns from a barbecue into a brolly summer, we’ve still got plenty to keep everyone happy while we wait for the sun to pop back out.
Burn off some excess energy at one of the best indoor sports centres in the country. Plymouth Life Centre boasts an Olympic sized 50metre pool, as well as A family leisure pool with flumes, 'beach entry' and a bubble pool, so you can pretend you’re sunning yourself on the beach even if it’s grey outside. Get a head for heights by testing yourself on their climbing zone with 15metre wall, aerial assault course, bouldering and abseiling, or, if that’s all a bit too energetic for you, relax in the café while the kids have a great time in the pool.
We do love our climbing in Devon, and in Exeter you’ll also find an uphill battle of nerves at the Quay Climbing Centre – can you make it all the way to the top?
Head underground and find out about our Stone Age ancestors, Sabre Toothed Tigers and what it was like to live 10,000 years ago at the fascinating Kents Cavern in Torquay. Alternatively, take a walk through time – in miniature – at the famous model village at Babbacombe, where you’ll find an entire world scaled down especially for little folk. Another Devon underground attraction is Exeter's Underground Passages, built to bring fresh water into the city during the medieval period.
If you fancy relaxing with a tipple, try a wine sampling session at the Pebblebed Vineyard in Topsham – but remember to book a taxi back to your hotel!
If a bit of rain doesn’t bother you too much then those wet afternoons can often mean some of the best surfing conditions on both the north and south Devon coasts. Up in Croyde, you’ll even get some clean double-overheads and a good chance of some spectacular pipes to ride, so grab your board!
There’s something for everyone, even if the weather is a bit gloomy. Head for the kitchen and brush up your cooking skills at the award-winning Ashburton Cookery School, or discover the best of Devon crafts at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, where they also do a rather nice home-made carrot cake and fresh coffee in the café! Finally, why not rediscover the age of Steam on a trip through the dramatic North Devon scenery on the Lynton and Barnstaple Steam Railway?
No matter what the weather, you’ll never be stuck for something to do when you visit Devon.