Things to do

Rainy Day Activities

What if it rains when we’re camping?

Bad weather can put a bit of a dampner on a camping holiday – but only if you let it. It’s a good idea to think of some wet weather camping activities before you arrive, just in case. Bring wellies and waterproofs, games and books so you can still have a great holiday even if the heavens open.

Many instinctively reach for their iPads and phones when the rain comes in but as there are no pitches with electric hook-up at The Secret Campsites, once that precious battery has gone there’s no way to recharge it. Here are a few ideas that might help you if you are caught camping in the rain. Maybe you could leave the iPad at home after all…

Things to do when you are camping in the rain.

Put your wet weather gear on and go for a walk regardless!

Put your wet weather gear on and go for a walk regardless!If you’ve got protection from the rain in the shape of waterproofs and boots, go out for a walk and enjoy the countryside while everyone else is sheltering inside.

A welly splashing in a puddle proving you can still go for a walk whilst camping in the rain - if you've got the right gear!

You can still go for a walk whilst camping in the rain – if you’ve got the right gear!

Head for the trees and build a den

Head for the trees and build a den: not only does the woodland canopy give a bit of protection from the rain but by keeping moving you will stay warm. Added to that, if your den is good enough you will be able to shelter from the storm in it once it is finished!

Wild Boar Wood Den Building – Camping With Kids

Get a campfire going!

Get a campfire going! Grey skies can lead to grey moods but a campfire is a wonderful morale booster. Unless it is really pouring, you should still be able to get a campfire going in the rain. Check out whether your campsite has a communal, covered fire pit area. We have a parachute shelter over our central campfire among the facilities at The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood.

Bring out the board games!

It’s always a good idea to take a pack of cards or a board game or two when you’re going camping and when it starts raining outside you can hunker down in the tent and get a tournament on the go. Yahtzee is a good game to take on a camping trip – can be played by all ages and packs down small.

A scrabble board at the campsite for when you're camping in the rain

Get out the board games if you’re camping in the rain

The A-Z game

If you’ve forgotten the board games and it starts to rain – fear not there’s always I spy! But once that becomes boring why not try the A-Z game? Choose a topic, such as fruit and veg (for kids) or song titles (for adults), and then take it in turns to come up with something beginning with each letter of the alphabet. You might want to start thinking about vegetables beginning with the letter X now!

Use your imagination

A game my nieces and nephews love to play is to sit in a circle and tell a story with each person contributing a single word to build up the tale. It invariably leads to some bizarre and non-sensical tales but as there is not long between each go it keeps everyone occupied.


Don’t you always take too many books on holiday? When it rains it is the perfect time to catch up on your holiday reading.

The campsite library at The Secret Campsite at Wild Boar Wood

The campsite library at The Secret Campsite at Wild Boar Wood

Draw, paint or colour in

Whether you are a child or adult – focusing on a creative pursuit can be relaxing and absorbing (whether it’s raining or not). There are lots of colouring books for adults now – so if the weather is looking dubious pick one up and when you’re packing your bag don’t forget the pencils.

A rainbow over The Secret Campsite at Wild Boar Wood photographed while camping in the rain!

A rainbow over The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood photographed while camping in the rain!

And remember the rain isn’t all bad. Without it you wouldn’t get scenes like this one – captured on camera just outside our Wild Boar Wood campsite!


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