It’s possibly harder to find fun things to do for your dog than kids when it is raining — without getting very muddy. But here are some days out you can enjoy with your dog and stay dry .
This little museum tucked into the heart of beautiful fishing village Boscastle is famous all over the world for it’s intriguing collection of all things related to Wicca. Founded and run by real live Wiccans, the museum is run by a dedicated teatm of volunteers and is very educational. Be prepared to learn much more of the truth about this much misunderstood religion and learn about real Cornish witches and see some of the artefacts used for making spells. Dogs are welcome, as indeed are well behaved children. cornishwitchcraft.co.uk/museum
Once upon a time, there was a huge mining industry in Cornwall — but it wasn’t only tin and copper. In the St Austell area conical mountains and vivid azure lakes appeared as a result of the China Clay mining industry. China Clay is used in everything from toothpaste to the gloss on magazines and was exported all over the world. Find out more at this brilliant museum and country park. Dogs are welcome throughout the site. www.wheal-martyn.com
If you want to try something a little different, enjoy a ride on a beautiful vintage steam train through the Cornish countryside. Enjoy a 13 mile return journey from Bodmin General Station to Bodmin Parkway in the Glynn Valley and Boscarne Junction in the Camel Valley. Dogs are welcome on board — but not on the seats, or in the buffet car and they need to be kept on leads on the platforms and at the stations for fairly obvious reasons! www.bodminrailway.co.uk
Both of these prestigious art galleries now allow well behaved dogs. Newlyn has been an historic centre of support for British painters and the exhibitions in the galleries are excellent. newlynartgallery.co.uk
One of Henry VIII’s finest forts was built to protect the strategically important opening of the Fal estuary in Tudor times. Today dogs are allowed on leads, and visitors can enjoy the magnificent keep, grounds, tea room and shop as well as brilliant historic exhibitions. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle
Housed in Helston’s former Market House and Drill Hall, Helston Museum has some fascinating collections, and this is an ideal day out come rain or shine. Inside you can find exhibitions about archeology and geology on the Lizard Peninsula, a huge social history collection covering everything from toys to gardening equipment from the area in days gone by. There’s also a large costume collection, exhibited in the Martin Matthews Costume Gallery. www.helstonmuseum.co.uk