Best things to do in Cardiff when it’s raining

We’ve been blessed with some gorgeous weather this summer, but deep down we knew that it couldn’t last forever. Try not to panic if you see a strange, wet substance falling from the sky over the weekend – it’s called rain and it’s completely natural!

We’re bracing ourselves for Storm Debby, which means that outdoor activities are probably going to be restricted, at least for the next few days. This isn’t ideal, especially with the kids home for the summer holiday, meaning we can’t just go to the pub and wait for it all to blow over. However, there are still plenty of ways to keep busy during this treacherous weather. Here is a list of our favourite suggestions.


Hit The Ramps At Spit and Sawdust.

Spit and Sawdust has a cafe, shop, art space, and most perhaps most importantly of all, one of the best indoor skate parks in Cardiff. It’s run by skateboarders, headed by Christian ‘Pirate Man’ Hart, so they know what they’re doing. The park has a quite a large street area which you’re free to roam, with plenty of ramps and transitions to take on, as well as an nice size mini ramp, and banks lining the walls. The perfect excuse to get back on your board!

If that doesn’t flip your deck they also serve some of the finest burgers in Cardiff!

Find out more about Spit & Sawdust website  – Spit & Sawdust


Laser Blast

Laser Blast is a fun-packed laser gaming experience located in the Cardiff Bay Activity Centre. It ‘uses the very latest in gaming technology. Players will be kitted out with the very latest ‘Predator’ laser tagger, combined with targeting scope and hit detectors.’ There are loads of different of games and missions to choose from, and one day might not be enough to try everything! Needless to say, Laser Blast is an excellent way to fight off the rainy blues.

Get Laser Blast in cross hairs and visit –

National Museum Cardiff

The National Museum is such an established part of Cardiff that sometimes we risk taking it for granted. There world-class art galleries, brilliant natural history and cultural exhibitions, including currently KIZUNA, a Japanese design exhibition which really is one to remember. They have also just launched a new VR experience to really the you into the exhibition- VR Exhibition 

There’s so much to look at, time will fly by.



Plan For a Wet Weekend At The Cardiff International White Water (CIWW)

A great hangout for thrill-seekers, CIWW is an Olympic standard white water rafting and indoor wave facility that has been making waves ever since it was launched in Cardiff Bay. One of the best activities CIWW offers is the indoor surfing facility, which is family friendly, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts.

Wave goodbye to the wet weather and catch a wave at the indoor waverider –


Hollywood Bowl/Red Dragon Centre

If you’re looking for somewhere fun to take the family, Hollywood Bowl is a great place to let your hair down for a couple of hours. Why not hit the lanes for a bit of friendly family competition? The bowling alley accommodates for children and adults alike, with plenty of support if you need it, such as ramps and walled lanes. There is also an arcade, a bar and a couple of pool tables to use.

Plus, the Red Dragon Centre has great food options if you get peckish, such as Five Guys, which is opposite Hollywood Bowl. – There’s a full list of activities on the Red Dragon centre’s website.


Go Air Trampoline Park

Whether you want to try one of the six supersize foam pits, do your own thing in the main open area, get a group of you together to play dodgeball, or try one of their brilliant Go Air-obic fitness classes, there will be something for at this huge trampoline park. Go Air will have you jumping for joy – you might want to go two days on the bounce!



Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre is an excellent way to keep the whole family active and entertained. There is both adult and children’s climbing available, as well as Pebbles, an adventure soft play area for under sevens, full of thrilling challenges and obstacles for the little ones to have a go at.



Go Karting Cardiff

TeamSport are the number one indoor go-karting company in Britain and a few laps around Go Karting Cardiff will quickly show you why. This state-of-the-art, adrenaline-charged track is full of twists, turns and ‘white-knuckle straights’ that will have you zipping around trying to beat your friends as well as the record average lap time. Hold on tight!

Inflatable Obstacle Course – Opening Mid August 

The Inflatable Arena is opening in Cardiff during the summer hols and it’s going to be a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained. The arena has “vertical drop slides, an assault course, climbing mountains, and a pitch black maze and challenge zone”, as well a Ninja Warrior-style assault course, Gladiator-style games, and a myriad of other fun activities such as mountain climbing, rope swings and tunnels. The kids will be the ones having to drag the parents home! – Read more here


Techniquest has been wowing families for years, and one of the reasons for its longevity, apart from being a huge amount of fun, is its refusal to stand still. Every year the science centre finds new ways to engage our brains. This summer they have a brand new show, Operation Earth, plus an augmented reality experience and an ant colony exhibit. There also summer camps you can attend, and summer passes which offer good value if you’d like to make the most of the centre in the sunny months.


Ice Arena Wales

Located in the Cardiff International Sport Village, Ice Arena Wales is superb fun for all ages, offering everything from skating lessons, events, such as the Ice Friday Party Night ans the Family Disco, as well as private hire. They’ll also supply the skates. Suggest this to the kids and you’ll get a far from icy reception!


Treetop Adventure Golf

This crazy golf adventure facility is a good way of keeping  kids and parents occupied. There are two courses to choose from, the Tropical Trail and Ancient Explorer, and both of them are great. There is student discount available, as well as other discounts for non-students. Since arriving in St. David’s Shopping Centre the facility has been a huge hit, we really recommend giving it a go.





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