Fun, child-friendly activities and green spaces make Bath a great destination for families – the beautiful Somerset and Wiltshire countryside is also on the city’s doorstep. Read on for some brilliant – and socially distanced – activities to keep kids entertained during a summer staycation to Bath and the surrounding area…
Things to Do
Hop onto one of City Sightseeing’s red double-decker buses to hunt out Bath’s landmarks, or, if your children are over eight, book an adventure with Original Wild and embark on paddleboarding or kayaking along the River Avon.
The Roman Baths, a captivating and educational day out for all ages, lets you step back in time (in a socially distanced way) to discover Roman life. Their free audio guide for older children is read by Michael Rosen, and younger children can follow the Hoot the Owl activity trails around the museum.
The American Museum & Gardens is great for young explorers, offering winding paths and colourful flowers to spot on woodland wanders with four-legged friends. Look out for their new play area coming soon.
For a relaxing afternoon, make for Royal Victoria Park and Bath on the Beach — a great spot to chill out after a morning of sightseeing. Next to Victoria Falls Adventure Golf you’ll find a sandy area with tables, deckchairs and hammocks dotted beneath palm trees. Enjoy some pizza and Caribbean-inspired mocktails, and make sure you book a game of table tennis or pétanque in advance!
Parks and Gardens
While away a few hours in one of Bath’s many parks. Royal Victoria Park has a large play area, while the lawn beneath the Royal Crescent is perfect for a picnic with the grandest view. Henrietta Park, Sydney Gardens, Parade Gardens and Alice Park are all great for relaxing and playing in the summer sunshine. To burn off some more energy, head to the rope-swing and den-building area at Rainbow Woods — part of the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk.
Food and Drink
Tapas Revolution in SouthGate specialise in small Spanish dishes packed with flavour. Create a meal with a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian plates along with some refreshing homemade Spanish lemonade. Kids’ meals come with an activity pack and breadsticks.
The Real Italian Pizza Company is an award-winning pizzeria with an outdoor courtyard and authentic menu of wood-fired oven pizzas and other Italian favourites. Afterwards, pop next door to The Real Italian Ice Cream Company for dessert.
Award-winning restaurant The Scallop Shell champions the best of British seafood and is popular with locals for fish and chips. Children are welcome and can order a half size portion of cod or homemade fishcakes and chips. You can also dine alfresco on the first-floor terrace.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham has reopened as a Mini Farm Safari Park, where you can spot the animals from the comfort of your own car. This summer they will also be running a socially distanced Camping with Dinosaurs experience, giving kids the chance to meet animatronic dinos.
The popular safari park Longleat is opening more of its main areas. Whilst Longleat House remains closed for the time being, there are plenty of animals to meet in the Jungle Kingdom, Monkey Temple and Koala Creek.
Having played host to Harry Potter, Cranford and many other historic film sets, Lacock, 14 miles east of Bath, is a beautiful National Trust Wiltshire village, with the grounds of its ancient abbey open on a pre-bookable basis.
Places to Stay
Spacious Gallery Family Rooms at Abbey Hotel Bath, are ideal for families, accommodating up to four guests. Each room includes a seating area doubling up as a comfortable sofa bed when needed.
14 York Street, in the heart of the city, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms across two floors, making it perfect for families with older children, while 3 Herschel Place, part of Bath Apartment Breaks, has dedicated parking and a cot, highchair and all-important ducks to feed around the corner on the canal!
Further afield, Woolley Grange Hotel, in Bradford-on-Avon, has developed a new programme of summer activities, including pre-bookable family yoga sessions, a new sensory room, gardening sessions, twilight bat walks, arts and crafts and a new ‘mud kitchen’ in the garden.
Enjoy quality time together away from phone screens at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Calne, a short drive from Bath. With dedicated activities for kids, plus a host of traditional country pursuits, like falconry, archery, croquet, football and cricket, there’s no shortage of options to keep everyone entertained.