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Things to do in Cambridge on a Rainy Day

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Things to do in Cambridge on a Rainy Day

Looking for inspiration on how to keep the family occupied on one of those days where the sun is persistently absent? We have a list of loads of things to do in Cambridge on a rainy day.

If you want some ideas for rainy day activities to keep the kids occupied at home, we have those too. Click here for plenty of rainy day ideas to keep everyone happy.

Soft Play

One of the most obvious ways to let little ones have a run around whilst staying completely dry. Check out our Activities section for local soft play areas


Another rainy day favourite. Our kids love the novelty of going to a different pool and Cambridge has a fair few to choose from – Our Activities section lists all the swimming pools in Cambridge.

Visit a museum or gallery

Cambridge has so many museums and galleries, it’s difficult to know which one to choose from. Dinosaurs, interactive science & engineering, classical myths & contemporary art, there really is something for everyone. See our Museums & Art Galleries section for listings.

Visit The Round Church or Great St Mary’s

Two of Cambridge’s most famous churches. Both are well worth a visit and children are often fascinated by churches (especially if they don’t go in them very often). You could create your own visual treasure hunt.

Visit one of the Colleges

We know it sounds silly, but a visit to the colleges is not just for tourists. They are beautiful buildings and kids enjoy wandering around them too. We particularly like visting Christ’s College and Peterhouse as they are normally free.

Cambridge Libraries & Bookshops

The libraries are a great place to explore books together and will keep younger children occupied for quite some time, as will the city’s bookshops. Both Heffers and Waterstones have excellent children’s sections, and Waterstones hosts a weekly Sunday Storytime. Most libraries have Rhymetime and Storytime for children as part of their programme of events. See our Groups section for more details on library activities.

Get Muddy

If you’ve got waterproofs why not splosh around in a few muddly puddles. Preschoolers in particular love the opportunity to get wet and muddy!  Milton Country Park is great for this, as is Wandlebury or Coton Countryside Reserve

Watch a film

At weekends and in school holidays both Vue and Cineworld have kids rates in the morning on selected films. The Arts Picturehouse meanwhile holds ‘The Big Scream’ for babies, ‘Toddler Time’ and ‘Kids Club’ sessions which are worth exploring.

Ten Pin Bowling

If your kids are way too old for soft play, bowling can be a really nice alternative. There is a bowling alley at Cambridge Leisure Park and they often runs deals in the school holidays.

Go Karting

There are several Karting tracks around Cambridge and this can be a great option for older kids. Be warned, it can get expensive and some tracks have a minimum age so it is worth checking website or calling before you make any promises!

Visit a toy shop

Only for parents with deep pockets or steel willpower. Having said that, the toy section in John Lewis in particular can entertain our children for longer than should be reasonable!

Family Theatre

Cambridge is really spoilt for theatres with several brilliant venues that have frequent performances suitable for different age groups. We have details of all the local theatres on our Theatre and Performance page, and we include details of family friendly performance in our What’s On listings.










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