As hosts to our lovely guests staying in the yurts, we dread the summer rain in Cornwall. We have definitely observed an August monsoon phenomenon that starts not long after the summer holidays begin, and often ends around the bank holiday weekend before schools go back. This final weekend of the holidays is when some of us locals go camping on Vault beach, and I can only remember one weekend cancelled due to rain in the past 9 years. Frustratingly, the weather is the one thing we can’t control at Cotna Eco Retreat (that and the mysteries of the shower shed, which tends to pack up as soon as we have more than one yurt occupied!) So what to do when the heavens open and you have a young family to keep entertained, long after the novelty of books and board games in the yurt has worn off?
Well, of course there’s always The Eden Project which this year has its Dinosaur Uproar season as well as their regular green activities in and around the biomes. However, beware ‘Wet Tuesday’ when every visitor in Cornwall decides to pay a visit and you spend half your time waiting in a queue. The Lost Gardens of Heligan puts on lots of family activities, this year The Lost Years with lots of traditional children’s games and activities; this is also a good dog-friendly place to go, as long as its not a complete washout. There’s the Maritime Museum in Falmouth, which can be spiced up with a boat trip from St Mawes, and Truro is our other local town worth visiting, with good exhibitions at the Truro Museum (including Poldark’s Cornwall and Kurt Jackson’s Place exhibition this year) as well as plenty of shopping and eating opportunities. There’s a quirky little place near Cotna Eco Retreat called Melinsey Mill, down in the green valley of Tubbs Mill, teapots woven into living willow structures with tea rooms and gallery in a still working watermill. And there are many more summer activity ideas listed here: https://www.pinterest.com/railholiday/101-ideas-for-summer-holiday-fun-in-cornwall-and-b/
Lastly, remember two pieces of advice – first keep an eye out for those gaps in the rain and don’t wait – make the very most of the gap there and then. Second, rest in the knowledge that Cornish weather does come and go quickly and is very localised, so even if Cotna Eco Retreat is sitting in cloud, Mevagissey may be basking in sunshine. So get out there, come rain or shine!