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Rainy Days

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t play ball, and whilst Kenilworth’s green spaces are lovely rain or shine, here’s something less soggy for an inclement day!

You just can’t rely on the weather, but that doesn’t have to make YOUR day in Kenilworth a wash-out! If the heavens are open then why not enjoy an easy breakfast? You won’t go wrong with coffee and pastries at the Forrest Coffee House centrally located in Abbey End (although there’s plenty of other options too!).

If you’ve had your caffeine fix then make a quick dash across Abbey Fields and enjoy a few lengths or just an easy splash about at the Abbey Fields Swimming Pool (there’s also a café on site if you missed breakfast earlier). Check the pool programme as they offer special events and also lessons for children. If you and the kids prefer more dry land related activities you can also join classes or book out a space for football, badminton and more at Castle Farm Recreation Centre.

If you fancy something more relaxing then how about a session in a salt cave? Little Himalaya Salt Rooms offer 45 minute sessions for both adults and children that allows you to enjoy an atmosphere designed to help ease respiratory issues but as importantly help you unwind and relax. The children’s salt room includes a DVD player (as they know relaxation amongst younger clients isn’t quite so easy!).

Afterwards if the weather is still on the rubbish side take some time to explore the shops in Kenilworth, there are plenty that are great for browsing and spots like Kenilworth Books and Treehouse books both have sections for children.

If lunch is calling then pick somewhere spacious (and dry!), The Almanack in Abbey End, The Green Man or places like Zizzi or The Abbey Fields will fit the bill, but there’s plenty to choose from.

For the afternoon you could brave a visit to Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden, despite being outdoors there are several indoor spaces and exhibitions as well as a cosy tea room if you need to warm up. If you are visiting on summer weekends do check out the Abbey Museum in Abbey fields, the only building remaining of the Abbey features displays and artefacts from the Abbey as well as local history as far back as prehistoric times. If the weather is truly dire, you can also check out the Talisman Theatre and Priory Theatres for shows and performances in the warm and dry!

Whatever you choose you can’t beat an afternoon pick me up to blow rainy day blues away. For kids there are the gooey delights of Delightful Deserts or there are plenty of great cosy pubs for those of a more adult inclination.

Finally, if it’s been a cold blustery day, why not cap things off with some fire in your belly? You’ll find a great selection of Indian cuisine, Thai treats and even a Malaysian option all an easy walk along Warwick Road (and they’ll provide extra chilli if you ask nicely!).