Paignton is at the heart of the English Riviera and whilst we would all hope for French Riviera weather during your stay we do have to admit that it does, sometimes, rain here!

The joy of the unpredictability of the British weather though is that we are always prepared for the worst – at St Weonards we have a selection of umbrellas available for you to use – and there are plenty of attractions, tours and things to do in the local area when the weather is more inclement.

Here is a selection of local attractions for you to think about should there be a rainy day on your next visit!

Dinosaur World:

For the young and the young at heart Dinosaur World, located in central Torquay is an award winning indoor attraction. It is fun and interactive indoor exhibition of dinosaurs and fossils where you can excavate a dinosaur fossil, discover full sized dinosaur skulls and even sit on top of a triceratops. Take the family explorer quiz, designed for all ages as you make your way through the exhibition to receive your Dinosaur Expert Certificate!

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Afternoon tea:

Tradition dictates that in Devon cream is put on the scone before the jam which, after scientific discussion has been proved the correct way to assemble your scone!

There are very many places to experience Afternoon Tea locally. All the local tea shops and cafes offer an Afternoon tea – why not try Weavers Cottage Tea Shoppe, Torquay. A hidden gem located in the village of Cockington this thatched cottage conceals a venue delivering light lunches and speciality teas in the heart of this historic village and if the weather clears up you can enjoy the adjacent country park. Guardhouse Café, Berry Head Nature Reserve, Brixham. This multi-award winning café has breath-taking views across the landscape of the UNESCO Global Geopark and is the perfect place to enjoy a Devonshire Cream tea. Using local produce including Westcountry clotted cream and strawberry jam the afternoon tea is something to behold.

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Escape Room:

‘The’ new thing to do there are several Escape Rooms in the area and two on Torbay Road – just around the corner from St Weonards.

Escape Rooms Paignton where you will need to solve a series of puzzles, clues and crack the code required to escape the room before your 60 minutes run out – will you make it out?!

There is a choice of rooms – in the first room, you’re trapped in the The Great Train Robbery searching for clues to find the key to escape from the room, but time is running out. The second room is the Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Room which is where you will help Agatha solve a mysterious case.

You have 60 minutes to solve a series of clues, puzzles, riddles and crack the codes to escape; if you need a hint, our Escape Room team members will be on hand to give you a few clues, to help you succeed in escaping.

Kents Cavern:

Underground it is always dry and the same temperature! Kents Cavern was lived in as far back as prehistoric times and is an important part of the global Geopark status on the English Riviera and includes a museum explaining more about it. If the rain clears up afterwards, there’s a circular walk you can do from their car park.

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Watch the latest blockbuster at Vue cinema – at the end of the road. With all tickets costing just £4.99 it is a great way to spend a few rainy hours!

Trago Mills:

Trago has outlets across the south west with one just half an hour away outside Newton Abbot. A massive discount warehouse store it is roughly the size of twenty large B&Q stores and they sell everything you can think of from clothes and suitcases to put them in, books and golf clubs, carpets to kitchens and everything in between! If Trago don’t stock it, then you don’t need it!

The park also has a covered steam railway and, if the weather improves, a Family fun Park as well as a ‘Four in one’ restaurant complex.

National Marine Aquarium:

Located in Plymouth, just 45 minutes from us, the National Marine Aquaruim is the country’s largest housing over 4000 ocean animals who are waiting to meet you! A visit to the Aquarium will take you from the Atlantic Ocean to the vibrant Great Barrier Reef. Explore the wonders of the ocean including sting rays, turtles, sharks and octopus. Both educational and entertaining this is a fascinating attraction for both children and adults.

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Play Café:

The Play Café in Torquay boasts a 120 square metre multi-level climbing frame which is the largest of its kind in Torbay. There is a separate baby and toddler area as well as a child friendly hair salon! Fun for children of all ages up to 148cm.

For the grown-ups there is a have a comfy lounge area, equipped with large flat screen televisions. We are fully licensed, with a great menu offering a wide range of meals, healthy options and home cooked favourites and all with free wifi access throughout.