Plan your #SummerInBath with our guide to top attractions and events for families during the summer holidays. Step back in time, get arty, meet wildlife, cook together and more!
Explore a piece of ancient Britain by stepping inside the grand bathing complex and fascinating museum at the Roman Baths. A Hoot the Owl activity trail entertains little ones on the way round, while older children can tune into a special audio guide narrated by Michael Rosen. You might also bump into costumed characters, who give you an insight into Roman life.
No.1 Royal Crescent
No.1 Royal Crescent, which you may recognise as the Featherington residence from Bridgerton, has a brand-new immersive experience this summer allowing you to see how life was lived in the late 1700s. ‘The Georgian Home in Bath’ is a self-guided tour that uses digital projections and soundscapes to follow the day-to-day life of an imagined family in the house.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy
As well as an audio tour for grown-ups, there’s a new audio-visual guide for children at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Learn about the famous astronomer, the family’s life in Bath, their contributions to science and music, and even make your own discoveries.
Treasure Hunt Bath
Go on a beautiful walk, spend quality time together, learn about the city and have fun cracking clues as you search for historical hidden treasures with Treasure Hunt Bath. Their self-guided puzzle-solving tour is tricky enough to make it exciting for adults and teens, while on the right side of challenging for younger kids to get involved too.
The Jane Austen Centre
For a literary day out, make your way to The Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street. Here you can get a snapshot of Regency life in Bath as well as finding out how the city impacted the renowned writer and her novels, with chances to dress up, interact with costumed guides and have a photo taken with a waxwork of Austen.
Creative activities at Victoria Art Gallery (Wednesdays during the holidays)
Let kids get crafty with creative activities themed around the artworks on display at Victoria Art Gallery. They can draw and collage a still life; make some fierce and friendly fish; make a mini story book; learn how to create a self-portrait; or make 3D paper fruits.
Creative activities at Fashion Museum Bath (Tuesdays during the holidays)
There are more creative activities for kids aged over three years to try out at the Fashion Museum, all themed around their Shoephoria! exhibition. Create a big and bold design for Dr Martens; make a beaded flip-flop collage; a walking flip book; a bright and beautiful shoe silhouette collage; or design a pair of stand-out shoes using colour and collage.
Family creative workshops at The Holburne Museum (Weekdays 2nd – 13th August)
The creative activities continue over at The Holburne Museum, where local artists will be leading family-friendly outdoor workshops inspired by the range of objects in the museum’s collection.
Outdoor theatre performances
There’s a sensational line-up of alfresco theatre, music and cinema coming to Bath this summer, including exciting family-friendly productions. The Holburne Museum is hosting a Garden Theatre Festival, with Robin Hood and Wind in the Willows among the shows on the programme through July and August.
You can also see Wonder With Grimm at The American Museum & Gardens (21st July), which will tell Grimm tales with a twist, or an adaptation of David Walliams’ much-loved Mr Stink at Bowood House & Gardens (21st August). For a fun and interactive walkabout performance, don’t miss Shakespeare Undone between 23rd and 25th July.
Children’s Yoga at the American Museum & Gardens (Fridays during school holidays)
Children aged four to seven can explore yoga and mindfulness in the peaceful setting of the American Museum gardens. Each session is based around a story or a theme that changes each week, ending with relaxation.
Children’s and Family Cooking Classes at The Bertinet Kitchen (4th – 6th August)
Summer classes for kids at the Bertinet Bakery cookery school include patisserie, Middle Eastern mezze and Spanish cooking. Grown-ups can also get involved in family cooking classes, where you learn to cook healthy, seasonal recipes together.
Summer Sundays in Bath City Centre (Sundays in July & August)
From face painting to samba bands and beach bars, head into Bath on Sundays during the summer and you’ll find a host of free family-friendly entertainment, activities and events on offer. Read more about what to expect in our round-up of ways to enjoy Summer Sundays in Bath.
Big Summer Scavenger Hunt by Julian House (24th July – 7th August)
Solve riddles, search for treasure, and win prizes in aid of a good cause with homelessness charity Julian House. Choose between a trail for children of all ages or the ‘Code Breaker’ trial for adults and older teenagers. Donations are welcomed for taking part.
Avon Valley Railway
Take a family trip on the Avon Valley Railway, with steam and diesel locomotives running on various dates throughout the summer holidays. Hop in a heritage carriage at the beautifully restored Victorian station at Bitton and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Avon Valley along the route.
Wookey Hole has a summer of fun in store, with everything from a 4D cinema and show-stopping circus acts to meetings with the Witch of Wookey Hole and tours of the magnificent caves to enjoy.
Somerset Rural Life Museum
This museum in Glastonbury is the place to discover the history of farming and rural life, with activity trails available for little ones. They also have a programme of summer holiday activities lined up, including pole lathe demonstrations, donkey day, birds of prey, a craft fair and more.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Head to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham this summer to meet over 200 animals, from meerkats to llama, and to make the most of adventure play attractions such as the mini jeep safari, climbing wall, electric quad bikes, and mini golf.
Go on a drive-through safari adventure this summer at Longleat – the UK’s original safari park. Spot wolves, tigers, lions, rhinos, monkeys and more, play on exciting attractions and explore the magnificent Elizabethan house.
Haynes Motor Museum
Haynes International Motor Museum near Yeovil has special activity days taking place on certain dates throughout the summer holidays. Uncover the fascinating stories, facts, and quirky characters behind the very first cars through to Formula 1.
Bowood House & Gardens
Visit the beautiful Bowood House & Gardens for a day out featuring spacious gardens and parkland; an adventure playground with a life-size pirate ship, aerial rope walks and giant slides; and The Den, where little ones can try out a tractor trail, build their own outdoor den and climb on the ‘Tree Wall’.