5 things to do when it’s raining



We’re totally bummed about the current weather situation. Is there a bigger disappointment than summer holidays where it does nothing but rain?

Any plans of day trips, sun-soaked walks with an ice cream cone and visits to the beach have been well and truly scuppered by our current meteorological predicament. With all the time spent indoors, we’re getting cabin fever – there’s only so many times you can check your Facebook feed between checking the window to see if the rain’s off yet.

But don’t get too down – there’s still plenty of things you can do to fill your time over the holidays. Here’s a few of our favourite rainy day activities.

1. Read a book

Climb under your duvet, grab a book and escape to another world! Reading is a great rainy day activity – and it’ll impress your English teacher when you’re back in class after the holidays. Our favourite reads right now include Carrie Hope Fletchers’ All I Know Now, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird. If you have a Kindle, Amazon have lots of books available totally free, including classics like Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby.

2. Bag a board game

We know this is possibly the most old school suggestion ever, but sitting down with your family or a group of friends and taking on Cluedo, Monopoly, Operation or even Hungry Hippos is surprisingly good fun. Go all out and have a full on tournament with several games played throughout the week, a leader board and prize for the overall winner. Be warned: board games bring out the competitive side in just about everyone, so there may be tears.

3. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix

Get yourself a Netflix subscription, boot up your laptop or smart TV and get bingeing! Invite your mates round and curate your own mini film festival – ask everyone to pick their favourite movie from the current listings and spend the afternoon getting lost in fictional worlds. Ask everyone to bring a bag of sweets too – it’ll be just like going to the movies, only you don’t have to brave the outdoors to get there!

4. Ready, set, bake

Our favourite TV show, The Great British Bake Off, is back on screens next week, so what better way to get in the mood than to get busy in the kitchen? You can check out recipes from the show on the BBC website, and BBC Good Food is great for finding recipes based around ingredients you have in your kitchen cupboards already – invite your friends round for a tea party afterwards to s hare your creations.

5. Learn something new

When you’re trapped inside, do something productive with your time. Whether that’s reading over your driving test theory book, teaching yourself how to crochet with YouTube tutorials or taking up some yoga with the help of an at-home DVD or your Wii, take your learning into your own hands and start teaching yourself something new.

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