This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 19/01/2018.
11 things to do and places to go in Croydon on a rainy day
How to make the best use of your time when the weather is horrible, here is a packed list of attractions and activities in Croydon.
After a week of hard work it’s just typical that rain will arrive just in time for the weekend.
When it is cold, grey and pouring down the thought of venturing outdoors is not very tempting.
Beer gardens, parks and sun-soaked walks seem like a distant dream.
But there is no reason to stay cooped up at home on a rainy day in Croydon – there are plenty of options for when the British weather strikes again.
From galleries to cosy cafés, ancient buildings to trampolines, Croydon can offer a great day out while staying indoors.
Here are 11 of our picks for places to visit without rain stopping play.
1 Board game café
Croydon’s very own board game café, the Ludoquist, offers the perfect retreat from the rain and a home away from home for game lovers.
You can grab a hearty snack, coffee and drinks and settle down to choose from a massive selection of board games at the café on High Street.
There is no better place to enjoy a cosy afternoon.
2 Pinball wizard
If board games aren’t your thing, why not have a blast on one of 40 classic pinball machines at the truly unique Flip Out London.
Once and arcade, it now boasts a huge collection of the addictive retro machines – one of them dating from 1936.
You can while away a rainy afternoon battling against the best score at Flip Out, located in the Whitgift Centre.
3 Boxpark brunch
It might seem an obvious choice, but the options at Boxpark are so varied you will never struggle to find a perfect bite to eat at the trendy venue next to East Croydon station.
With dozens of eateries all in one place, you can shelter from the storm and tuck into an amazing array of exotic treats.
And if it’s still raining, you can sit tight and wait for the regular entertainment – and maybe grab yourself a beer.
4 Historic Croydon
The remains of six Archbishops of Canterbury lie are interred at Croydon Minster, a truly historic building which boasts some stunning architecture.
It is believed there has been a holy structure on the site since Anglo-Saxon times, and it still boasts Medieval elements from a long architectural lineage.
Why not pop inside and see for yourself this gem in the Old Town?
5 One for the kids
Keeping kids cooped up on a long rainy weekend can sometime be a challenge
When cartoons and computer games are no longer doing the trick, and they’re turning into little terrors, Kidspace on Purley Way is a great option.
With slides, climbing walls and loads of stuff for the little ones, it’s a great place for an adventure indoors.
6 An arty option
Croydon’s RISE Gallery boasts some truly original exhibits and installations.
The gallery specialised in modern, urban art pieces and is committed to “pioneering projects”.
You will always see something fresh and thought-provoking at the space on St George’s Walk.
Describing itself as a “micro-museum” Croydon Airport packs a lot of unique history into a small space.
Croydon once had a pioneering aerodrome which has seen the likes of Churchill (and some senior Nazis) take off from its runway.
Pop in and learn about a time when the world’s planes flew through Croydon, and maybe grab a bite to eat from the café.
8 Discover the dinosaurs
The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park may get a little damp in the rain, but you can find out how they got there without setting foot outside.
You can also find out a lot more about an amazing London location at the park’s museum on Anerley Hill.
The museum has everything you need to know about the building which gave its name to the area – and the nearby Eagles.
9 A spot of shopping
Why not use the excuse of the rain to head out and treat yourself with a bit of (sheltered) shopping.
Pop to the Whitgift Centre and Centrale and enjoy a bit of retail therapy under the welcome cover of the old glass roof – providing there aren’t any holes in it.
When the bags get heavy, take the weight off your feet and pop into one of the many eateries waiting to serve hungry shoppers.
10 Passion for local history
If you are intrigued by the remarkable history of the borough then the Museum of Croydon is the perfect place to spend a rainy day.
The array of exhibits by the clock tower will fascinate those keen on local history, as the galleries and artefacts transport visitors back in time.
Exhibits frequently change offering a fresh take on Croydon’s past.
11 Jump for joy
There is no rain should spoil your day, and Oxygen Freejumping makes sure there is always fun to be had even when the rain isn’t playing along.
The indoor trampoline park at The Collonades will get adults and kids bouncing whatever the weather.
Hundreds of trampoline are open to visitors – and there is the added bonus of a café overlooking the park for parents who might want a take a break from all the jumping around.