Rainy days - 43 things to do
Don't let the rain get you down. Here are 20 ideas (plus another 23 for good measure) for having a good time on a rainy day here in West Sussex
So it's best to have some good ideas for what to do on a rainy day up your sleeve. And there are lots of fun things to do in West Sussex when it's raining. Here are a few suggestions.
1 Go dancingMaybe Singing in the Rain might not be the best choice of music to help you forget about the wild weather outside. But learning to dance is a great way to have fun indoors while keeping all your clothes on.
2 Pamper yourselfOK - it might be a bit self indulgent, but a rainy day is the perfect time to get that beauty treatment you promised yourself but never had the time to take up.
3 Get a massageOr why not enjoy the luxury of a good massage? Face down for half an hour or more, the rain will become a distant memory
4 A trip to the theatreA comfy seat, no sign of the rain and a drink at the interval. A very civilised way to spend a rainy matinee or evening.
5 Have a saucy day in a hotel roomWhy not treat the one you love to a romantic day in bed in one of West Sussex's top-end hotels?
6 Martial artsThere's an incredible variety of martial arts. While some martial arts devotees enjoy the sport as a channel for naked aggression, lots of people swear by the fitness, self defence and spiritual aspects of their chosen fighting skills. And best of all for a rainy day, they can be done indoors
7 Art galleriesAnd on the subject of arts, why not have a look round the excellent art galleries we have in West Sussex. Our particular favourite is Pallant House in Chichester, but there are lots of fine art galleries around which are just....fine.
8 A day at the museumWest Sussex museums are generally under-visited and under-funded. But if you take the time to look around there are some really interesting things on show. Horsham Museum in the Causeway is very good, as is the new Novium in Chichester, but some of the smaller museums, like the one at Cuckfield, are good too.
9 See a movie(Apart from the generally disgusting food), what's not to like about snuggling up in the dark for a couple of hours, far from the rain and the troubles of the world with an engrossing movie?
10 Laugh your head offComedy venues like Komedia in Brighton are often dark, dingy and windowless - so where better to forget about the bad weather and laugh the rain away.
11 See how the other half livedA rainy day is a great time to visit some of the more popular stately homes in West Sussex because they can be less busy. Although you might miss out on the full splendour of the gardens, there are plenty of historic houses in West Sussex where the real treasures are indoors - try Uppark or Petworth House.
12 Learn how to sailTrue, sailing is a lot more fun when it's sunny. But if you want to learn how to sail a dinghy then you're going to get wet. So why not embrace the rain, get a good soaking and let the wind and rain wash over you while you learn how to sail.
13 Take up scuba divingJacques Cousteau eat your heart our. The Sussex coastline boasts lots of interesting dive sites and centuries of maritime history. Down there the waters may be murky, but the rain is but a memory.
14 SwimmingContinuing the water related theme, why not take the kids swimming?
15 Find out more about where you liveOne of the things that's been fascinating about writing this website is finding out more about West Sussex. Knowing a bit more about a place's past can really enhance your enjoyment of the present. It's a great thing to do on a rainy day.
16 Go antique shopping in PetworthSure, you'll have to step out into the rain a little bit - but an afternoon's antique shopping in Petworth is a great way of getting out and about whilst staying (mostly) indoors. Petworth has an extraordinary selection of antique shops which well all sorts of old paraphernalia, from the cheap and tatty to top of the range treasures.
17 RunThere's something soothing about running in the rain. Maybe it's the feel of the rain on the road; maybe it's the cooling effect of the rain. But a rainy day is a great time to put in some hard miles before a good hot bath.
18 Pottery PaintingWhy not take the kids pottery painting? Although some pottery painting businesses in West Sussex have closed down over the last few years, it's still a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon and you'll have a unique souvenir to take away to boot once your ceramics have been fired.
19 Get in the swing of thingsWhy not take out your frustrations on a bucket of golf balls at a golf driving range. You'll be under cover from the rain, but get plenty of fresh air too. If you haven't played before, why not phone ahead and book a beginner's lesson.
20 SquashSome people don't like squash, but if you enjoy chasing a small ball around a box for an hour or so, then a rainy day is the time to do it. There aren't too many indoor ball games where facilities are widely available.
Even more ideas for a rainy day
- 21 Why not see if you can make your All-Day Breakfast last all day.
- 22 Find a pub with a pub quiz.
- 23 And on the subject of pubs, there are still plenty of pubs in West Sussex that support live music, like the Park Tavern in Chichester, which has post Sunday lunch music.
- 24 Get your bucket list together - and why not make a list of all the places you'll enjoy going to when the sun shines again.
- 25 Have a big tidy and clear out all your clutter. You'll feel much better for it.
- 26 Go out for a spot of afternoon tea and a big cake.
- 27 Cook a recipe you've never tried before, preferably a slow and complicated one.
- 28 Sleep all day and then go out clubbing all night.
- 29 Do a painting or drawing - especially if you've never painted or drawn before.
- 30 Start to research your family history.
- 31 Make a list of all the people you like who you haven't heard from in a while and phone them all.
- 32 Get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
- 33 Start a website or blog about something you are passionate about.
- 34 Write a poem.
- 35 Do Stretching pilates or yoga.
- 36 Play with your pet (maybe not if you have a pet goldfish).
- 37 Design a piece of clothing or a custom T-shirt design.
- 38 Find 5 new blogs or websites that you'll want to visit every week.
- 39 Read a classic book that everyone knows about but which you haven't read.
- 40 Using a service like Spotify, listen to all the music that you've never heard before but wanted to listen to.
- 41 Create a scrapbook of your year so far.
- 42 Go ten pin bowling.
- 43 Lastly.
If the weather's really bad and there's a big storm and an offshore wind, then a trip down to the seafront is hard to beat. But if you do this please take care not to get near to parts of the beach where the waves can reach. Make sure you wave watch from a very safe distance and leave a large margin for error in case a really big freak wave creeps up on you. Sadly, people and pets have been swept away doing this in Sussex, so care is essential.
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2043 things to do on a rainy day
- Choral music
- Classical music
- Classical recitals
- Jazz and swing
- Operatic music
- Orchestral music
- Music festivals
- Music promoters
- Other festivals
- Sussex music guide
- Live music venues
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath