Forget the weather; turn your home into an entertainment centre
Entertaining in heavy rain presents a great opportunity to be inventive inside your home. There are plenty of outside-in things you can do, from the relatively simple (hold a box-set movie or TV marathon, complete with popcorn, snacks and drinks) to the elaborate (buffet food and a whodunit role-playing game, where your guests arrive in simple fancy dress to suit their character).
Splashing in puddles
Other popular options include karaoke, family board games, computer game tournaments and, for the younger children, a treasure hunt in which you hide little treats around the house with a series of clues, leading from one to the next. This can easily be customised to suit older children or adults.
If you don't want to convert your house into a mad fun-zone, there are large, relatively cheap and versatile interior spaces for hire, such as village halls and community centres. Or for a more upmarket treat, you could enjoy afternoon tea in a nice hotel or stately home. For the full experience, dress up a bit to suit the venue. Nibbling cakes and sandwiches and sipping well made tea from fine china in elegant surroundings, it's more fun if you look your best.
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Rain on the silver screen
Selection of recipes from River Cottage
Films to help you forgot the rain.