11 fun wet weather ideas in the Isle of Man

Stuck for rainy day ideas in the Isle of Man? Here are 11 activities you can enjoy to make your staycation or holiday in the Isle of Man even more fun when the heavens open!

When we enjoy beautiful weather in the Isle of Man, we head for the the beach, countryside or the water. However if the sun doesn't shine every day, why let the rain dampen the fun on your Isle of Man holiday. Seasidecottages.im have put together a tried and tested list of fantastic family activities ideal for adults teens and children. 

1.Roller Skating

Roller City IOM, the Island's largest indoor roller skating disco arena, located at Balthane, Ballasalla. We havnt felt this excited to roller skate for a long time!

Prices start at £7.50 per hour for children and £8.50 an hour for adults. 

2.Cupcake decorating

The Cupcakery, Castletown.

Mini master class. Learn how to make fondant cake decorations and buttercream piping techniques. Decorate  4 cupcakes to take back to Palm Villa in a  lovely gift box. While you decorate, you can have tea, coffee, juice and of course a cupcake.  

Open: Wed/Thur/Fri and Sunday bookings available, message in advance on facebook to book or call 07624 492773

3.Pottery painting 

Craftworks StudioCraftworks Studio in Castletown. A fully equipped ceramic studio where you can paint your own pottery. Choose from hundreds of items ranging from coasters to large platters. The lovely team offer guidance with painting, then glaze and fire the items to make them food-safe. Prices range from £5 to £40.

Open: Morning and afternoon sessions Friday, Saturday and Sundays during term time and 7 days a week during school holidays. Tel 823244 to book

4.Cookery Workshop at Palm Villa  

Leela's Kitchen cookery workshopKumar from Leela's kitchen will come to Palm Villa to teach you Indian cookery, tips and techniques.  Using Leela's kitchen spices, and for all age groups, enjoy this group workshop in the comfort of our open plan kitchen. Later, enjoy feasting on the wonderful dinner you have created. 

Read our blog for further details and enquire here to book in advance.  

5.Hover Karting

Indoor Hover Kart Racing in Ballasalla, ages 6 to 16, and disco rollerskating during school holidays.

Open: Saturdays and Sundays, and school holidays. Call 07624 322832 to enquire or message on facebook. 

6.Mountain biking in a plantation

Mountain biking Isle of Man

The rain doesn’t need to stop you hiring a mountain bike from Erin Bike Hut and cycling in sheltered plantation. Enjoy following guided routes and learning new techniques with Adam from Pedal to Progression Read more about Adam, how he coaches and our collaboration with Pedal to Progression here.

7.Indoor Live music and atmosphere

For undercover live music, beer, fun and atmosphere head to Compton Vaults in Castletown where you ware guaranteed a fantastic evening. Check out Glitch 256 on 6th August!

8.Indoor Axe Throwing 

Axe Throwing Isle of ManMad Jack's Axe Throwing  Douglas. A hilarious afternoon or evening, coached by an axpert. Children have their own foam axes, they serve great coffee and food, amazing soundrack, games and consols in an 80s style arcade. We guarantee you wont be able to stop laughing!  Bring your own booze, and they will supply an ice-bath. 

Open: Thursday to Sunday and half term

9. Indoor Golf 

IGolf Isle of Man- A great alternative to the outdoor golf course when the rain isn’t playing ball. Book into IGolf in Douglas  for an afternoon playing your choice of one of the 150,000 sunny dry courses of your choice. Follow with some target shooting, a game of table foosball and some Pool before you head back to Port Erin.    

10.Scuba diving and snorkelling 

Either in the pool or, since you will be getting wet anyway, the sea, why let that stop you!- Discover Diving Port St Mary. Snorkelling and scuba diving for over 12s with full kit rental. Call ahead book 01624 822422 or visit their website

11.Walking with waterproofs

Walking with dogFor some good old fashioned wet weather family fun, get the waterproofs on, and head up to Milner's Tower for a good stomp in the rain. See our article Favourite walks for some other great routes. Then on the way down, a bite to eat in Bradda Glen Cafe, you certainly will have earned it!!!

No need to let the rain spoil anything, you have all this on your doorstep so enjoy every moment.

Palm Villa sleeps 6 and is dog friendly. For availability, please enquire here. Read our blog for other holiday and staycation ideas, from our top 5 cycle routes  from Port Erin, to helpful hints when taking your dog on holiday  or Adventures on the Calf of Man.

We hope to see you soon

Seaside Cottages x