The best 50 things activities to do when it’s raining

Don't let the rain force you to be stuck inside. We've put together a list of activities that are great to do outside, even when the sun isn't shining.

Children walking in the rain

No. 6 go welly wandering

All you'll need for this challenge is a rainy day and yourself. Running around in the rain might seem crazy when you start, but you'll soon be splishing and splashing around like a fish.

Children photograph nature at Sutton Hoo

No. 50 take a friend on a nature adventure 

Double your fun by sharing your next nature adventure with a friend. Explore your secret wildlife hideouts together and make the great outdoors your new playground.

Mysterious cave opening at Alderley Edge

No. 29 explore a cave

Watery wildlife, slimy green weeds, or things that make noises in the dark - who knows what you’ll discover? Caves are perfect places to explore whatever the weather, whether you're looking for caves in sea cliffs, or impressive natural caves inland. Don't forget your torch!

Child making mud pies at Bath Skyline, Somerset

No. 13 Make a mud creation 

How creative can you get with mud? Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot to find out. Cook-up a mud pie or create a modern masterpiece are just some things you can do with squishy mud.

Boy kicking and splashing while laying in the sea

No. 42 Go swimming in the sea 

Is there anything more refreshing than the big blue sea? We look after lots of brilliant beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find somewhere perfect for a splash.

Boys and dad damming a stream with rocks

No. 14 dam a stream

Get some tips from a beaver and use twigs, branches and rocks to dam a stream. You can also try all sorts of designs, but you'll need to work quickly to stop your dam getting washed away. And when you've built it, local wildlife will be happier if you remember to knock it down afterwards.

Children paddling in the sea at Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down

No. 20 Go paddling 

Enjoy feeling the water wash over your feet and legs. Feel the sand moving between your toes and giving your feet a gentle massage. Why not see if you can spot fish or other creatures that might be interested in your feet?

Woman and two children on a boat
Watersports

No. 32 float in a boat 

There are lots of options for floating in a boat at our places across the UK. In some places, you can hire the boats and all the kit you'll need or join a group. In other places, you can take off on your own adventure.