Our rainy day guide to Watergate Bay

In the summer there’s nowhere we would rather be then in Cornwall. Think turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and enough Cornish ice cream to bathe in. Most days are spent diving into the salty Atlantic sea and evenings are for enjoying barbecues with friends and long barefoot walks on the beach.

By August we usually have this routine mastered. So much so that when our unpredictable British weather inevitably turns to gloom and doom, we can sometimes feel a bit lost on things to do.

But Watergate Bay, come rain or shine, always has plenty going on to keep you entertained. Whether you’re down on holiday or a local looking for something a bit different, here are our top 5 things to do in Watergate Bay when the sun doesn’t want to shine.

1. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Fifteen Cornwall

Fifteen Cornwall’s views overlooking Watergate Bay make you feel like you’re outside without actually having to brace against the elements. Enjoy lunch with friends and family whilst taking shelter from the rain and wind and watch the incoming storm roll into the bay. And with dishes like squid ink bucatini or chargrilled lamb with new season carrots you’ll enjoy a taste of Italy and sunshine on the North coast of Cornwall, even when the bay is far from sunny. We can’t think of a better place to storm watch and enjoy a carafe of wine or a cocktail or two.

2. Lounge by the pool at Watergate Bay

For a day of relaxation we highly recommend a visit to Watergate Bay Hotel’s Swim Club. A Day Membership will give you access to all of their state of the art facilities including an infinity pool and a timber Finish outdoor sauna. It also includes a 60 minute treatment of your choice and heavy rain is the perfect excuse to spend your day lounging by the pool.

3. Learn to surf with the Extreme Academy

If a bit of rain and wind isn’t enough to stop you from braving the Atlantic Ocean then the Extreme Academy will be up your street. Embrace all that the North Coast has to throw at you with surf lessons that’ll teach you how to surf like a local. With a team of expert coaches you’ll always be in safe hands and really get to grips with the tricks of the trade.

4. Extreme hot chocolates at the Beach Hut

If getting out in the wet and wild isn’t for you then another great way to ride out a spell of bad weather is by drinking buckets of hot chocolate in the shelter of the Beach Hut. The Beach Hut has panoramic views that look out onto the bay and snugs soft enough to sink into. With one of their extreme hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and chocolate in one hand and perhaps a good book in another, we can think of worse ways to spend a grey afternoon.

5. Breakfast in the bay

Start a rainy day as you mean to go on with a breakfast at Fifteen Cornwall. Served from 8.30- 10am every day, the restaurant is the perfect spot to watch the waves and our breakfast dishes will set you up for a day of surfing with the extreme academy, or a stomp on the Cornish coast path. Dishes like Scandinavian inspired toasted rye with mackerel and granola with summer fruit and Trewithen Dairy yoghurt are a taste of summer, perfect for when it feels far from it. And you can’t beat our old favourite the Fifteen fry up. Take your time over locally roasted coffee and freshly made juices because with weather this grey, what’s the rush to head back outside.

Fifteen Fry Up

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