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The Winter weather here in Britain, and it can make for a pretty gloomy experience. When it’s raining cats and dogs outside, it can limit your options when it comes to how we spend our days, especially when you put lockdowns and Coronavirus restrictions on top of that. So, we thought put together a few ideas on how you can make the most of that time with some cracking rainy day activities.

Whether you’re looking to make the most of your indoor time with the Coronavirus pandemic on-going, or you just want to avoid the chills and beat the boredom, we’ve got a few ideas on a few things to do on a rainy day.

Get Crafty on a Rainy Day

Picking up new hobbies is always a fabulous way to populate your spare time. To top it off craft projects are a great way to spend your time with tangible results. Whether it’s knitting, DIY, woodburning, sewing or anything in between, you can get creative and have something to mark the experience afterwards. That’s why it’s so high on the list of rainy day activities to try.

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Knit yourself a scarf to beat the bad Winter weather. Upcycle an old piece of furniture. Or just sew some old clothes up to give them a new lease of life. It’s perfect for people looking to pick up some new skills. And there’s an extra helping of sustainability to sweeten the deal.

Cook Up a Storm

We all love to eat tasty food. Most of us are pretty comfortable whacking the oven on and shoving a tray of frozen goodies in, a day stuck in the house is the perfect excuse to take your culinary skills to the next level. From trying out new techniques, to getting to grips with new and unusual ingredients, it can be a real adventure.

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This is another hobby that gives you valuable life skills as well as a pretty tasty pay-off. Whether you’re into Italian, want to chomp down some Chinese food, or want to try your hand at grandma’s old recipe. It’s a delicious way to spend a rainy day. So, Watch a few YouTube videos, dust off an old cookbook, and crack on your most amusing novelty apron.

Kit out your kitchen with a little help from the Dunelm kitchenware section.

Put Pen to Paper

Whether we know it or not, we all probably have some pretty great ideas. From epic story ideas, to observations about movies, TV, music and games, you might not realise you’re on to a winner. So, it’s well worth writing these ideas down.

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Whether it’s the plot to a bestselling novel, a masterfully written haiku, or you just want to start a diary. It’s a great way to document ideas and work on your writing skills. It’s not just great practice, it’s fun too. Not to mention, writing a diary can be great for your mental health in a tough time.

The Works have all your reading and writing gear covered.

Get Those Creative Juices Flowing

On the topic of putting those ideas into action, you can get creative with some doodling. Whether you want to go digital, or you just want to crack out some crayons with the kids, go ahead and put that imagination to use.

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You can grab a pencil and work on your drawing skills, pop open a few tubs of Play-Doh or just go to town on an etch-a-sketch. When the rainy days come, you can get those creative juices flowing, whatever the medium. The best part is, the kids have such wild imaginations. It might even inspire you a little if you’re looking to make it a hobby.

Check out Hobbycraft for everything you need to get those creatives juices flowing.

Race Through that Reading List

There’s nothing like being curled up on a cold day with a good book in hand. Whether it’s a paperback, or you crack out the Kindle, there’s so many riveting reads to get stuck into. From biographies about your favourite celebrities, to murder mysteries, fantasy epics and encyclopaedias.

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It’s great fuel for your imagination and can be a great way to educate yourself. While we’re all stuck in the house, it can be the perfect way to escape and let your mind wander. You never know what you might pick up in the process. Whether it’s a pub quiz winning bit of information, or a fresh perspective.

Waterstones have you covered with all the latest riveting reads.

Game On

When it comes to rainy day activities for the kids, there’s nothing better than a game. Video games are a great outlet when you’ve got some spare time. Whether you want to go for a solo experience, play some multiplayer games with friends, or get the family around for a party game like Jackbox or Mario Party, it’s a ton of fun.

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On the flip side you have board games. From getting the family riled up in a tense game of Monopoly, to quick-fire games like Articulate and more adult experiences like Cards Against Humanity, there’s a ton of brilliant board games on the market. For those looking to play for less, there’s always games like charades and free online versions to get stuck into.

Head over to Argos to get all your board game needs covered this season.

For the latest in video game greats, check out the AO.com selection.

Movie Night

With streaming services upping their game in the last few years, there’s so much entertainment at our finger-tips. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ offering so much content. It’s worth investigating and finding the right one for you.

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You can revisit your childhood with Disney classics, find a new favourite to binge on Netflix, or check out a few Amazon exclusives like ‘The Boys’ and ‘The Grand Tour’. And there’s nothing stopping you from dusting off those DVD’s and having a movie night with the family.

Get subscribed to Disney+ for a huge library of marvellous movies and TV.

Brave the Rain

While rainy days mostly mean spending your time indoors, there’s no reason you can’t get outside and go for a walk. Break out the wellies, get your hands on a brolly, and make the most of your allotted exercise time.

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While most activities are off the cards for the moment, there’s nothing wrong with firing up the pedometer and getting a bit of fresh air. All you need to do is wrap up warm in your waterproofs, and no amount of rain can stop you.

Stock up on rainy day essentials like coats, wellies and umbrellas at Blacks.

Indulge Your Inner Child

As we get older, our idea of fun starts to change. But there’s still a good time to be had by letting your inner child run loose. Whether you’re making some mess with the kids or you’re building a blanket fort with your better half, it’s a different way to spend a rainy day.

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Challenge your little ones to a game of hide and seek, bring out the bucket of Lego, or get the pets involved and send your furry friends on a scavenger hunt, it’s a great alternative to the classic ‘Netflix and chill’.

Get Stuck Into Some Rainy Day Activities

So, we hope you’re feeling a little more inspired when it comes to what to do on a rainy day. Whether you’re working on a budget, or you want to bag yourself a bargain on a board game, you can’t go wrong.

While we’re all spending a lot more time indoors thanks to COVID-19, finding a new hobby is a great idea. So, try a few things out on those miserable days, and get inspired, whether it’s a creative outlet, or just a few hours of family fun.

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