Things To Do Whatever The Weather

Boys running through woodland

We Brits talk about the weather a lot. A lot a lot. Seemingly this can be somewhat confusing for others but let me try to explain this continuing theme. Put to one side that it is considered a polite (read: unlikely to cause a major argument) topic of conversation, it is also on occasion a necessary and interesting one. We get all sorts of weather fronts across the British Isles, which make for chaotic conditions. Take May 2017 for example. We had a heat wave. Days of ducking under anything that provided a moment’s shade, and paddling in the local outdoor pool with the boys, cooling our (my) swollen feet. Then in June the heating came on. That’s right. We have a Hive thermostat which has a minimum temperature. We hadn’t thought to turn it off completely, after all it wouldn’t get that cold in the summer. But it did. We even had sleet and, in some parts of the country, snow. In June. Which is summer time on this side of the equator.

This post started off life in my head as a rainy day post. Then I realised that actually we need to be prepared for four seasons in one day, especially during the school holidays when the weather is bound to throw a curve ball. So here it is, my ideas for things to do when the weather turns, well, ‘British’.

1. Visit a farm
When we go to a farm we normally wear wellington boots and have coats at the ready. It seems standard that there will be a puddle to jump in, or a muddy path to cross. So if the weather turns from hot to cold, or dry to wet, it’s likely that we’ll be prepared. It seems that others don’t always share this view and on rainy days we’ve had loads of fun at our local farm which is often relatively quiet in terms of visitors (the geese, on the other hand, are a different matter!).

Goat at a farm
2. Play a game
I admit that while we have a lot of games, they don’t get played as often as perhaps they should. We love them, but just don’t think to get them out. Changeable weather days seem the perfect time to enjoy them by having a games morning/ afternoon/ day, which can be inside or out depending on the conditions.

Playing a game

Playing with games inside

3. Go on a minibeast adventure
Much like going to a farm, this works best if you equip yourself with sturdy shoes and a jacket and accept that you might come home muddy! Where possible I plan our route to involve woodland so that we have cover if required whilst we eat a picnic (or at the very least share the experience of soggy sandwiches). Alternatively it can be just as fun to head out into the garden to search for creepy crawlies there. Wet weather conditions can bring out different creatures compared to when it’s baking hot, which gives us a chance to observe these (including the boys if they’re not too busy hunting for puddles and sticks!).

Boy walking through wood

4. Go to an art gallery
Often overlooked, many art galleries have areas for children to put their imagination to good use with crayons, paper, and sometimes craft supplies too. Our local gallery supplies these for free, although there may be a small charge at other galleries. Rain or shine these are lovely places to chill out in. Even my three exuberant boys tend to calm down when we visit one!

Playing at an art gallery

5. Hop on the train/ bus/ tram and visit a new town or city
You don’t have to travel far to go on an adventure, and whatever conditions the weather is bestowing on us the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar place will take away any disappointment that the sun isn’t shining. We do plan ahead a little if possible to find ideas for places to duck into if it gets really bad, or for things to do if the sun comes out.

Boy at train station

Boys at a sensory garden

What are your favourite all weather things to do? I’d love to hear from you!

Under an umbrella

Cuddle Fairy
Mrs Mummy Harris
16th August 2017


I like the mini beast adventure idea! My kids love discovering creepy crawlies. I just need to work on my insect knowledge as it’s very limited! If the weather is bad we like making a den indoors with blankets, chairs and pegs. We often have an indoor picnic in the den and the teddies join us too!

Dens are so much fun aren’t they? 😀

oooh mini beast adventures – i love that idea!! We’ve just moved from Australia to Jersey and I am trying to adjust to the fact that we have to just go out whatever the weather otherwise we’ll never get out this winter!! lovely blog Jo well done

Thank you for your lovely comment! Yes, I imagine that our climate is rather different 😉 enjoy hunting for mini beasts!

Mini beast adventures in the rain are little man’s favourite – he loves that they all come out to play! Thanks so much for joining us at #TriumphantTales. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

We saw plenty today in the downpour! My 2 year old was amazed by how many snails were out and about 🙂

Great post. I’m a big fan of the board games when the weathers not so great and we try and get outdoors as much as possible regardless of weather. Brilliant shout with the art gallery stuff though, that had never even crossed my mind! #TriumphantTales

Thanks! It’s surprising how many lovely places there are to duck into for free to pass a couple of hours if it’s not quite park weather. I seem to have found a lot more this summer!

This August has brought so much rain we have been doing a lot of whatever the weather activities too. Games, cinema at home & imaginative play are some of our favourite things to do when we can’t get outside. Sometimes it’s great to just pop on he wellies and head out anyway. Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

Absolutely! What a strange summer we’ve had. Definitely one that just needed embracing and going with the flow!

Goodness we have had some strange weather this year! On a rainy day I love snuggling up with snacks and the TV or a film. Thanks for linking up with #Blogstravaganza

I love doing that too 🙂 but yes, lots of strange weather has made for getting out more and ignoring it this year 😉

I love getting out in all weathers! You’re right, in the UK we don’t really have a choice but to embrace it, do we?! #blogstravaganza

Haha exactly! If this is the best we’re going to get we’ll certainly try to take advantage of it while the days are still long-ish and not too cold 😉

The weather has been so hit and miss this year hasn’t it? It’d be nice to have another spell of sunshine before Autumn sets in! Fab ideas for things to do, the Farm is my favourite! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

It has, I’m hoping for a bit more sunshine and heat, maybe we’ll get some in September?! In the meantime we’re wrapping up warm and getting out and about as much as we can 🙂 xx

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