While much of the country swelters in the realisation that they can’t handle the sun they’d been wishing for months, in some areas they might be wishing it would warm up. Here’s a brief, indoor activities guide for those poor souls who find themselves in the five coldest spots in heatwave Britain:
Trawscoed, Ceredigion (10 degrees)
This beautiful area of mid-Wales offers a plethora of outdoor activities like hiking. But as it’s the coldest place in Britain today, why not take a trip to nearby Newbridge-on-Wye to visit Quackers Indoor Soft Play Centre? Quackers has the biggest drop slide in mid-Wales alongside a “large sandpit and ample parking”. Sold!
Bodmin, Cornwall (14 degrees)
Escape the chilly horrors of a Cornish summer with a trip to the courtroom experience at Bodmin’s Shire Hall, where you can be on the jury for a recreation of a Victorian murder trial, which hopefully won’t be too chilling.
Bishop Auckland, County Durham (14 degrees)
Forget the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a chilly day like this, get to Auckland castle, the history-packed home of the Prince Bishops of Durham. Running until 30 September is Sacred Encounters: The Pinnacle of Counter Reformation Art. No chance of pneumonia looking at that.
Dunfermline, Fife (14 degrees)
Perhaps used to cooler temperatures, the ancient city of Dunfermline has much to offer those seeking indoor comforts, be it its Abbey or the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. It’s also home to the Pittencrieff House Museum, which promises to “open your eyes to the ‘Magic of the Glen’”. That magic includes a collection of 19 and 20 century costumes and important specimens of fossil fish from Dura Den.
Par, Cornwall (14 degrees)
If you’re in the area, throw on a pair of shorts and go along to the Rainforest or Mediterranean Biomes at the Eden Project and imagine you are somewhere much warmer.