Bath is beautiful whatever the weather but it’s extra glorious in the summer sun, and there are plenty of things to do in Bath to make the most of it. When the golden stone radiates warmth, Bath feels more like the South of France than Somerset! Whether you’re a sun-worshipper or prefer to hop between patches of shade, we’ve put together some ideas to help you enjoy this wonderful weather while it lasts...
1. Keep Cool with an Ice Cream from Swoon
There’s nothing like ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Treat yourself to a scoop or two of delicious, artisan gelato from Swoon.
2. Go on an Adventure with Original Wild
Original Wild are here to help you discover your adventurous side this summer. From paddleboarding along the River Avon to abseiling down Cheddar Gorge, Original Wild offer a selection of exhilarating outdoor activities to try your hand at.
3. Enjoy a Picnic with a View in Alexandra Park
A tranquil green space with stunning views of Bath, you can find the perfect picnic spot in Alexandra Park. Fill a hamper with all your picnic favourites and take it to the park at dusk to watch the sun set over the city.
4. Catch some Rays at Bath on the Beach
A beach is the one thing Bath is missing in the summer months, but not for long! Be transported to the Caribbean at Bath on the Beach, complete with hammocks, cabanas, palm trees, volleyball and more! Sip on a cooling cocktail and have a bite to eat at the Pura Vida Bar while you feel the sand in between your toes – all in the middle of Royal Victoria Park from Saturday 21st July.
5. Reach New Heights with a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
6. Explore the Canal by Bike or Boat
Meandering through beautiful countryside, the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath is a peaceful haven during the summer months. Follow it by foot, bike or boat and take in the spectacular scenery along the way.
7. Dine Al Fresco at Hall & Woodhouse
While away the long summer evenings on the roof-top terrace at Hall & Woodhouse. Soak up the sunshine as you admire the views and choose something to eat from their menu of classic British dishes, washed down with an ice-cold beer or chilled glass of wine.
8. Watch Summer Sport on the Big Screen at SouthGate
It’s a big summer for sport so why not head down to SouthGate to cheer on your favourite team? Not only are Southgate showing selected World Cup and Wimbledon matches on their big screen throughout the tournaments but they’re also serving refreshing tipples and tasty treats. Pull up a deck chair, get comfy and settle in for an exciting season of sport!
9. Get in the Party Spirit at Bath Carnival
On Saturday 21st July the city will turn into one big party as Bath Carnival brings the streets to life with their colourful procession. Immerse yourself in the carnival culture at Sydney Gardens where there will be live music, free workshops and mouth-watering street food.
10. Discover the Roman Baths at Twilight
As the sun sets, the Roman Baths are even more magical by flickering torchlight. Avoid the crowds and look around the Roman Baths at your leisure for an unforgettable and unique experience.
To find out more activities and attractions around Bath, visit our Things to Do section.