OK so the weather is not brilliant this weekend but there are fun things to do in the Rye area even if it is a bit damp from time to time.
My favourite day out is to drive up to Tenterden (http://www.tenterdentown.co.uk/) which has loads of funny little shops and places to eat – so you can wander round there for a while. Then go round to the Kent and East Sussex Railway (http://www.kesr.org.uk/) to take a steam train down the line to Bodiam or Northiam. It is great fun to rattle through the lovely countryside with the sound of the engine, blowing its whistle at the level crossings and great clouds of steam.
If it is dry, I would get off at Bodiam (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/) and walk up to the castle – probably the best medieval castle in England and they often have displays and events on during the summer. To keep Mum happy in the other direction a short walk from the station is a wonderful nursery Bodiam Nursey (http://www.bodiamnursery.co.uk/)which is well worth a visit.
If it is lashing down, I would get off at Northiam and on the other side of the road is the Mill Toy Museum (http://www.themilltoymuseum.com/) which is a place to spend hours in as it is crammed full of old toys and full of nostalgia. It also has a great little tea shop where you can wait for the next train to take you home.
This will use up a whole day of wet weather and you will see fascinating and interesting things and have some fun. And if you stay at Strand House (www.thestrandhouse.co.uk) you can get a voucher for 20% off your train ticket for four people. Great eh!