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20th January 2020

Our Rainy Day Guide to Cornwall

You can never underestimate the mischievous Cornish weather, so prepare for all eventualities with our rainy day guide to Cornwall.

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VISIT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Located across Falmouth's events square overlooking the beautiful harbour, The National Maritime Museum is the perfect place to explore the seaside town's maritime heritage. A must-visit for boating enthusiasts, the iconic building is bursting with galleries, exhibitions and interactive talks. 

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ENJOY ENDLESS GIN AT OUR BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES AT THE ALVERTON

Where: in our restaurant

When it's mizzly outside, cosy up indoors at our gorgeous garden view restaurant with a hearty brunch and endless gin. Bottomless brunches at The Alverton include a choice of delicious breakfast options and unlimited G&Ts from our very own Alverton-infused gins in fabulous flavours. Find out more here.

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EXPLORE LANHYDROCK HOUSE AND ESTATE GROUNDS

Where: 35 minute drive from The Alverton

Take a trip back to Victorian times with a visit to the magnificent Lanhydrock House and Estate. A country house with all the grandeur associated with late-Victorian style and decor, take a tour around the various rooms, from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters that give a snapshot into life "downstairs", before heading up to the luxurious family areas, including an elegant dining room and huge bedrooms.

If you want to brave the outdoors despite the rain, the gardens are quite the spectacle, famous for their manicured lawns and shrubs, vibrant floral arrangements and year-round colour. There are also surrounding ancient woodlands and bike trails to explore on the National Trust owned estate.

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TAKE A GUIDED TOUR AROUND HEALEYS CYDER FARM

Where: 20 minute drive from The Alverton

From short 20 minute tours to in-depth talks and and apple pressing workshops, discover all the 'behind-the-scenes' secrets from Healeys Cyder Farm. Check out the courtyard, traditional open kettle pots, cyder making museum and barrel-lined cellars, before enjoying a sampling session involving lots of tipples and Healeys refreshments. Soak up some of the cyder with a hearty lunch from The Old Bottlery restaurant, or treat yourself to a spot of tea and cake in The Mowhay Tea Rooms. 

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LEARN ABOUT SEALIFE AT BLUE REEF AQUARIUM IN NEWQUAY

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Cornwall may be well known for its gorgeous sea views and wildlife, but when the wind is howling and the rain is pelting down, it's not the best time to enjoy these perks. Luckily, Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is the dry alternative to surrounding yourself with the wonders of the ocean. Take a peek into life underwater, with over 40 naturally themed habitats and hundreds of sea creatures in all shapes and sizes. 

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DISCOVER TRURO CATHEDRAL

Where: 10 minute walk from The Alverton

Towering high above the rest of the city, Truro Cathedral is an iconic landmark in the Cornish capital. Admire the dramatic gothic revival architecture from the outside, and prepare to be wowed by the equally stunning interiors. Truro Cathedral offer lots of different events, as well as providing a sacred place of worship and reflection. Check out what's on at the cathedral here

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EMBRACE THE RAIN AND TAKE A WOODLAND WALK IN TEHIDY WOODS

Where: 35 minute drive from The Alverton

Why let the rain stop you having fun? If you've got a trusty raincoat and some good wellies, you're all set for a woodland walk. The trees in Tehidy Woods are ideal for acting as a canopy, breaking the fall of the rain. With beautiful streams, muddy puddles and the crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet, embracing the Great British weather with a country stroll is a very theraupeutic way to spend an afternoon. Once you're done exploring, peel off those wellies and wet clothes and snuggle up indoors with a hot chocolate. Bliss!

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SINK A FEW PINTS ON A PUB CRAWL IN FALMOUTH

Where: 25 minute drive from The Alverton

Cornwall has a vibrant and booming drinks scene, with a whole host of local breweries and distilleries creating craft products and smooth brews. There are plenty of fantastic Cornish pubs to check out up and down the county, and Falmouth is one of our favourite places for a good old fashioned pub crawl. Make a start in our sister hotel's characterful pub, The Working Boat, which offers plenty of local tipples and unbeatable views across the harbour. A perfect starting point, take a short walk from The Working Boat along the harbour-front and into the high street where hidden gems and cosy corners are dotted throughout the cobbled streets.

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WANDER THE SHIPWRECK TREASURE MUSEUM IN CHARLESTOWN

Where: 40 minute drive from The Alverton

Discover the stories behind the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe. Located in the picturesque village of Charlestown, the museum is a treasure trove of unique and intriguing items that tell the tales of old ships' voyages, challenges and discoveries. 

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE AT THE EDEN PROJECT

Where: 35 minute drive from The Alverton

Fancy a bit of Mediterranean heat? Or perhaps a day trip to the rainforest? At the Eden Project, whether it's scorching hot or below freezing outside, the biomes are the solution to escaping the unpredictable Cornish weather. Wander around the largest rainforest in captivity, roam around over 1000 varieties of plants in the Mediterranean climate and expand your knowledge with exhibitions and fascinating stories.

As well as being one of Cornwall's most popular and well-known tourist attractions, the Eden Project also welcomes world-class musicians and performers to their Eden Sessions in the summer, offer an adrenaline rush on England's longest zip wire and hosts a variety of community events throughout the year.

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GO STRAWBERRY PICKING AT TREVASKIS FARM

Where: 40 minute drive from The Alverton

A farm might seem like the last place you'd want to visit on a rainy day in Cornwall. However, Trevaskis Farm offers fruit and vegetable picking experiences under their weather-protected polytunnels. Pick seasonal produce, from loganberries, apples and beans to strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries. Just don't forget to wear your wellies to avoid any puddles or muddy patches.

Once you're all done exercising your green fingers, head to the homely farm restaurant and fuel up on the freshest dishes cooked from the farm's produce. We'd recommend their Sunday roasts, or if you have a sweet tooth, their insane range of mouth-watering cakes and desserts that will not disappoint.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ART AT TATE ST IVES

Where: 1 hour drive from The Alverton

Overlooking Porthmeor Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, inspire your creative senses at Tate museum in the heart of St Ives. With regularly changing exhibitions and displays, the Tate museum is perfectly positioned in one of Cornwall's most idyllic and pretty seaside towns. 

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STROLL OR SAIL ACROSS TO ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT

Where: 50 minute drive from The Alverton

The unmistakable view of St Michael's Mount from Marazion is postcard worthy, and one of the most iconic images in Cornwall. As well as being a sight to behold, the floating island is home to a castle and medieval church, as well as a small community of residents. The most unique part about St Michael's Mount is the causeway, which is accessible to stroll across when the tide is out, but is engulfed by the Cornish waters at high tide. Whether you walk across or take one of the water taxis, a trip to the mount is suitable for all weather types. 

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MEET THE SEALS AT THE CORNISH SEAL SANCTUARY

Where: 45 minute drive from The Alverton

This day out has got the rainy day seal of approval from us. Meet some of the cutest sea creatures at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, from grey seals, otters, sea lions and penguins, and learn all about how the sanctuary helps these gorgeous animals when they are injured, nursing them back to health before releasing them back into the wild.

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