Someone found my blog a few weeks ago by googling “things to do in Curracloe when it’s wet and windy” and I thought I should give the readers and googlers what they want, so here’s my things to do in Wexford when it’s wet post. By Wexford I mean County Wexford, mostly North Wexford as that’s where I live. By wet, well, take it whatever way you want it. Since Wexford is dry a wet day here might not register as wet to those from soggier climes so brave it, you’re on your holidays after all!
Welcome to the real Sunny South East, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. We’re really sorry that it’s raining while you’re here, but the strawberries need it.
Things to Do in Wexford when It’s Wet.
Playcentres. Sorry. I thought I’d just get this out of the way. We all know that soft play is hell on earth on wet days, especially when there are parties there too, but it’s doable. Kidzone (Gorey Business Park, signposted opposite Tesco) soft play is a good one in that it’s small enough that you are unlikely to lose your children and it’s cleaner than many. There are soft plays in Wexford (2) and Playbarn in New Ross too.
Adventure Alley in Gorey Business Park has an indoor “ice” rink and trampolines (pre-booking advisable, check their page for dress code, over 7’s only).
Pirates’ Cove in Courtown offers soft play, slot machines and bowling (and crazy golf for dry days). You could do a tour of the slot machine places, there’s a big one called Flanagan’s Wharf too near the sea in the village.
Cinema: Movies at Gorey does a 7-day very cheap kids’ club €2.75 per child, with a range of movies to choose from and shows at different times during the day. I know it’s not original to say “it’s wet, let’s go to the cinema” but it’s a good plan. There’s also a cinema in Drinagh outside Wexford town.
Go Swimming: Courtown Leisure Centre is open to the public and has swimming including a small kids’ play area and a huge flume tube slide, open at various times. Wexford Swimming Pool, Enniscorthy Swimming Pool and The Apex in New Ross are all options too, check their websites in advance for public hours.
Kia-ora Mini Farm. On a showery day you can enjoy a lot of Kia-Ora’s facilities indoors, including the fire engine rides, feeding animals and the sandpits.
The Farm Shop in Tinahely (yes, I know it’s in Wicklow) has an Activity Barn, and does lovely lunches and cakes. (Try the lemon meringue).
Enniscorthy Castle You could do worse than spend an hour here, and hope the rain clears for a few minutes so you can get out on the roof to see the views.
Hook Lighthouse. The views won’t be quite as good but the new lighthouse tour and art workshops operate in all weathers, and on rough days the seas look fantastic.
Loftus Hall on the Hook Peninsula has haunted house tours, suitable for older kids.
Beach. Yes really, blow the cobwebs off with a walk on the beach in the drizzle and feel the salt on your lips to feel alive.
The Woods. We’d a lovely walk in Courtown Woods in the spilling rain last weekend the canopy kept us dry for most of it and the kids got to do some puddle jumping.
Go shopping: Gorey is boutique Mecca, and with over 50 places in town to buy a coffee or drink there’s refreshments too. Check out our favourites here.
Wells House have Build a Bear Workshops every Friday throughout the summer, costing €18 including the price of the bear- book online here.
Bowling. Leisuremax in Wexford and Pirates’ Cove in Courtown both offer bowling.
Hope you find something fun to do, and that your wet days in Wexford are few, but if they’re not pull on your raincoat and stand into your wellies and remember, you’re on your holidays, enjoy it!
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