We all know British summer doesn’t always mean blue skies and sunny days. The unpredictable weather can make planning the summer holidays tricky and the last thing you want is to be stuck at home twiddling your thumbs!

We’re not made of sugar so don’t let the rain put you off having fun, but if it’s particularly nasty out we’ve put together our top 10 things to do when it’s raining in Southampton…

Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park

Trampoline parks have taken the UK by storm and Oxygen Freejumping Southampton is providing a great space to unleash some energy. What’s more it’s completely inside meaning it makes a great activity on a rainy day, especially if you’re looking to wear the kids out. You can either enjoy some bouncing fun with them or relax in the café whilst you watch.

SeaCity Museum

It may not cross your mind that visiting a museum could be fun, but SeaCity Museum will shake off any doubts with its interactive exhibitions and stories of the people who have lived in and shaped Southampton, including the infamous tales of the Titanic. What’s more it’s a great for all ages and all undercover!

Mayflower Theatre

Heading to the theatre may feel like an evening activity, but with loads of matinee performances there’s always a fantastic show to catch at The Mayflower Theatre. When the rain is coming down and afternoon is looking potentially dull, why not brighten it up with a trip to the theatre!

Westquay Shopping Centre

There’s nothing better than a bit of retail therapy when it’s gloomy outside. Westquay Shopping Centre offers around 150 shops under one roof, meaning you can shop until you drop without having to dash between shops. There’s also a whole host cafés and restaurants to keep you refreshed.

Showcase Cinema De Lux

An all time favourite on a rainy day is to watch a film! At Showcase Cinema De Lux at Westquay you can do so in the comfort of reclining luxury seats and your favourite cinema snacks by your side. A great way to shelter from the rain and combined with some shopping a full day of entertainment.

Hollywood Bowl

Who doesn’t love bowling? It’s great for the family and fun to do with friends. Hollywood Bowl at Westquay Southampton offers brilliant bowling in a stylish venue. You’ll also find loads of amusements and a delicious range of food and drink to help keep you entertained for hours.

Tudor House Museum

Discover over 800 years of history at Tudor House Museum. With it’s interactive technology and fascinating displays you’ll be transported through time and discover the unique history of the city all within the walls of a 15th Century Tudor house.

The Quays Swimming

It sounds ironic but keep out of the rain and go and get wet! The Quays swimming complex offers shelter from the weather outside and is a great fun way to burn off some energy. What’s more under 8’s swim for free!

Exciting Escapes

The latest craze to hit the city is Exciting Escapes. You have one hour to uncover all of the clues and decipher the mystery in the room! Great fun with a small group and an easy way to forget about the outside world for an hour or two!

Solent Sky Museum

When the skies are falling learn about the history of life in the clouds! Solent Sky Museum tells the story of aviation history in Southampton and allows you to explore over 20 airframes including their giant Sandringham flying boat!