When the clouds roll in and the rain pours down, going for a swim at an indoor pool lets you get wet on your own terms. Whether you’re taking the kids or getting some laps in, both of these pools are great spots for a dip.
Hit Hunter Street
Grab a brolly and head to Hunter Street. It has a wide rage of shops, cafes, etc.
The secret? Although the awnings were put in to create shade in the height of summer they also do a great job of keeping the rain off.
Two places you should keep in mind if you’re looking for refreshments are The Press Book House Cafe and The Umbrian. And the sparkling new Uni building also has places to eat, sit (and work), and even a great view of the city from one of the upper levels – The University of Newcastle is now in the city!
Cruise Around the Valley
Go wine, cheese and/or chocolate tasting in the Hunter Valley. We mentioned the Hunter Valley in our 12 Things To Do With Your Family When They Visit Newcastle article. The wine, cheese and chocolate still taste amazing even when the weather isn’t, and the wet weather should keep the numbers down. Our top tips are the Scarborough Wine Co., Peter Drayton Wines and Binnorie Cheese.
Tea, Cakes & Thickshakes at Sweet Poison
This café in the Coles side of the Marketown Shopping Centre in Newcastle West has got their name spot-on! Sweet Poison has cakes that are devilishly good, and can be eaten in or taken away to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. A slice of cake or one of their other delights is nicely accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. Or if you’re feeling like going all out, the combination of some cake backed-up by one of their Thickshakes should give you a pretty good sugar high!
Go To The Cinema
It’s an oldie but a goodie. Some people like to go to watch something on the silver-screen on a super hot day but equally you can escape an uncomfortably wet one to relax and enjoy a movie in a comfortable environment. The Tower Cinema at 183/185 King St is a favourite of a few of our team, partly because you can compliment the film with a pizza at Napoli Centrale and/or icecream at Popolo Artisan Gelateria which are both only metres away – Popolo also made it into our Places To Go To In Newcastle With Your Mum article! If you’re looking for something a little different the HOYTS cinema at Charlestown might be your thing. Or if you want something totally different (as in a small theatre in a refurbished 1950s wooden building which shows new releases and special event films) then the Regal Cinema might be the one for you and the family.
Squash Your Blues
Rugby, Aussie Rules, Soccer, Netball, Swimming – the list goes on. These are sports that most people think of as the perfect way to get fit while having fun, but the true master of them all is squash. It is super fun, requires mental agility as well as physical, and it is an epic workout. The Squash Pavilion located at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus is open to everyone and is looking fresh after a recent make-over. If you like a more classic feel then the Cardiff Squash Centre might be more your thing.
The FogHorn Brewhouse isn’t just about a good brew. That is a big part of what they have to offer, but there is so much more. There is a fantastic selection of drinks, yummy food, tours of the brewery, and plenty of events to check out.
Legend has it that it never rains there! So next time you’re looking for Things To Do On Rainy Days In Newcastle why not see if the legend is true? It wont be a wasted journey as there are loads of cool animals to see at the Blackbutt Nature Reserve and if you like walking, there are plenty of walking tracks to take advantage of.
Do The Triple
On a wet day a dose of culture can really lift your mood if you’re feeling a bit glum. There is a magical trifecta which we like to visit for a burst of light on a gloomy day – head to the Darby St end of Laman Street where you’ll find the Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Library and the Newcastle War Memorial Cultural Centre, just behind Newcastle Civic Park. The Newcastle Art Gallery made it into our Places To Go To In Newcastle With Your Mum article, so definitely check it out!
Become A Ninja
It doesn’t have to be a rainy day to make becoming a ninja seem like a tip-top idea, as it will feel great on any given day! But on a day when being inside seems like the thing to do, Howzat Newcastle / The Parc [Indoor Active Zone] is ideal for kids, young adults, adults – as well as adults who still behave like kids. The two activities which jump out are the Ninja Parc and Ninja Climb, but there is plenty more on offer there too!