Fun Activities to Do on Dartmoor in the Rain

There’s no denying it, Dartmoor is rainy. Thanks to the high position and south-westerly flow of air, Dartmoor gets double the amount of rain as the Scilly Isles. It even trumps the coastal areas of Devon and Cornwall when it comes to rainfall. Even so, it’s a great place to visit. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun things to do on Dartmoor in the rain!



When the sun chooses to hide behind a cloud, try one of these three fun activities to while away your rainy day.


#1 Release your inner artist on Dartmoor in the rain!

Dartmoor has lots of famous artists. Galleries all over the moor display works from times gone by as well as contemporary pieces. From paintings to sculptures and large installations, a day out admiring Dartmoor’s artwork is one well spent. These exhibition spaces are a great way to get out and about on a rainy day on Dartmoor.


If you prefer making art to viewing it, you can release your inner artist at MAKE Southwest. Founded in 1955 as the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the organisation hosts exhibitions, workshops and making activities too. From printing to ceramics and puppet making, there is something for everyone to try. Some of the making activities are even free!


#2 Spot sculpture in the garden

Granted, you might need to bring a brolly with you, but Stone Lane Gardens in Chagford will be worth it!  The garden is packed with rare plants from all over the world. Hiding among the trees and shrubs are outdoor sculptures. Each year a sculpture exhibition is held here. The Ashburner Prize is awarded to one of the exhibiting sculptors. David Newman won the 2023 Ashburner Prize with his Undefined Forms.


The garden is an RHS partner and is open all year round. A restaurant serves snacks and meals. You’re also welcome to bring along your dog, as long as it’s on a lead.


#3 Enjoy the local history

A little closer to Langstone Manor Park in Okehampton is the Museum of Dartmoor Life. Objects from across 5,000 years of Dartmoor’s history are housed here. There’s lots to learn and little ones will delight in the hands-on discovery zones. A lift makes it wheelchair accessible on all floors. From Bronze Age huts to military displays, the museum is a great place to start your exploration of Dartmoor.


The history of Dartmoor’s people and the changing landscape are fascinating for young and old alike. Understanding the forming of this unique landscape gives insight into the Tors, the moors and the people of Devon and Cornwall today.


Whether you’re a history buff, an appreciator of fine arts, or a maker of crafty objects, there is something for everyone to do and enjoy on Dartmoor in the rain. Book a late break with us today to enjoy these fun activities and more on Dartmoor!

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