Activities for a Rainy Day in Yorkshire

By Amy Lloyd

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What’s large, very green, and sometimes a little aromatic? No no no, not Shrek, Yorkshire!

Well-known for its rolling hills, verdant valleys, country air, and rich history, Yorkshire is also a region that is prone to a rather high amount of rainfall, but how else did you think that the largest and greenest English county stayed so nourished? As we all know, a little rain never hurt anybody, and that’s why when glamping in this stunning county, you might need a few go-to activities up your sleeve for when the clouds have watched "The Notebook," again.

Here are our top activities for when there’s a rainy day in Yorkshire:

Unique Woodland Cabins with Yorkshire-Inspired Themes, England alt

Okay, so you’ve woken up to a little drizzle, and the sun is trying its hardest to make an appearance, but you are searching for somewhere to stay dry and something fun to do.

These beautiful wooded cabins in Sancton should be at the top of your list. Sleeping six guests and situated just 20 minutes from York, sightseeing and shopping is simply a must. The grand Gothic Cathedral, the quaint, cobbled streets of The Shambles, and Betty’s Tea Room are all prime spots to soak up some history, purchase a small trinket, or enjoy a Yorkshire brew and a homemade cake. After having dodged the rain, you can return to your cozy cabin nest, and curl up in front of the fire or enjoy a relaxing bath in your spa-style bathroom.

Quirky Pods near North York Moors National Park, England alt

Nothing will rain on your parade with a stay in one of these unique glamping pods near the North York Moors National Park. Nested on a traditional farm, these heated pods can give up to five guests a warm, scenic shelter, and there are museums, theaters, beaches, biking tours, and traditional Yorkshire cafés for all the family to enjoy.

Glamping packages are also available when pod glamping in Scarborough, of which include plush bedding, sparkling wine, chocolates, a fire pit with complementary marshmallows, tea/ coffee facilities, and a breakfast pack with locally-sourced produce.

Cozy and Relaxing Tipi in North Yorkshire, England alt

Wave goodbye to Mr. Rain Cloud with a stay in a cozy tipi in North Yorkshire, because a stay here promises to bring some sunshine on the cloudiest of days. Enveloped by the 250-acre Camp Hill Manor Estate, this six-person tipi brings with it an outdoor eco-spa with a wood-burning hot tub, a sauna, and a BBQ Grill Cabin, which really is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Take a day off from outdoor adventure, and continue on indoors with a wine-tasting tour, a cupcake-decorating workshop, or a life-drawing class, to name but a few. After a day of learning and perfecting your new skills, you can all snuggle down in your sleeping bags for your own campfire sleepover, while listening to the pitter-patter of the rain splashing on the roof.

Selection of Unique Tents in Woods near York, England alt

Things will be right as rain when spending a day or three away in one of these spacious woodland tents in Yorkshire. Brave the refreshing showers, and head out into the countryside for a hot air balloon ride, an afternoon of clay pigeon shooting, or indulge in one of the body treatments offered at this glampsite. You could also take the short drive into the city of York, and saunter around the assortment of historic museums. York’s Sweet Story fuses history and chocolate to make for the sweetest of rainy-day distractions.

Sleeping up to six guests, these tents come fully furnished with comfortable beds, a private bathroom, a kitchen, a barbecue, and a spacious dining area—the perfect spot to weather any storm!

Romantic Cabin Getaway in Secluded Spot in North Yorkshire, England alt

Confront the cloudbursts on your next trip to Yorkshire with a romantic cabin break between the historic cities of Selby and York. A secluded sojourn for you and that special someone, you can both snuggle up in the king-size sleigh bed, complete with Egyptian cotton linens.

A day trip to the York Minster or a trip to Selby’s famous Abbey makes for the ideal way to spend some time together absorbing the Northern culture. It’s easy to show the rain who’s boss with a fun activity, such as badminton, croquet, and shopping (that counts), and they are all there to be enjoyed while cabin glamping in Yorkshire this year.

Don’t take a rain check on your next holiday—book one of these glamping breaks, and brave the Yorkshire elements just like this blogger did! For more glamping ideas, you can check out our UK Getaways page, too.