Looking for some COVID-safe activities to keep the kids busy this half term? We’ve picked out some great things to do in Bath and the surrounding area over the next week, along with child-friendly places to eat and stay…
Head on a Spooky Museum Search
This Halloween, children’s book character Where’s Wally – wearing a red and white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums including the Roman Baths. Visit to hunt for Wally amongst the Roman remains, as well as spelling out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wallys, and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark.
The event is part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.
Please note, all visitors to the Roman Baths must book in advance via their website.
Follow an Autumn Trail
From 24th October, have fun exploring the The Holburne Museum grounds and Sydney Gardens with a free Autumn Family Trail – follow the map to enjoy self-led creative activities. Trail packs have been produced in collaboration with local ceramicist Clare Day, so look out for some arty surprises along the way!
Learn About Bath’s History
Bath Walking Tours have designed a 90-minute walking tour of Bath specifically for families with children between the ages of six and 13, to share some of the history and stories of the city. If you want to know how whales and Georgians are connected, or why a Roman soldier carried a daffodil bulb, then this is the tour for you.
The tours will be led by a qualified and professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide, many with an educational background and experience working with children, plus a real passion to bring history to life. Safety is paramount and sensible precautions and social distancing measures will be implemented for the tours.
Meet Some Furry Friends
Slightly further afield, Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury will have some very special visitors this half term! Rescue animals from Second Chance Petting Farm, including a donkey, sheep and goats will be at the museum on Wednesday 28th October. The children can also enjoy a special themed trail around the museum.
Pick a Pumpkin
Have some pumpkin-picking fun at the Pumpkin Picking Patch, Newton St Loe, a short drive from the city centre. Entry is free, and you will find over 70,000 pumpkins across the 15-acre site. Let your creative talents run wild with crafts, including making your own witch’s broom or magic wand, and get toasty with seasonal food and drink.
On show at Milsom Place until 31st October and hosted by Art Gallery SW, The Online Bath Art Exhibition is a unique showcase of the amazing amount of artistic talent found in the South West, in support of the wonderful work of the Children’s Hospice South West. Featuring a vast array of subjects including figurative, still life, landscapes, and seascapes and mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolour, collage, etchings, pastels and photography, there truly is something for everyone! Over 60 artists are taking part, and 25% of the proceeds of art sold will go to the charity.
Let Little Legs Run Wild
Taking inspiration from nature, the landscape and Native American culture, the American Museum & Gardens have created a magical space where children can run free. Built along with play experts from the Green Play Project, the Children's Garden is a place for families of all ages to spend time together. You don’t need to pre-book to visit, but numbers may be temporarily limited at times.
Venture to the Woods
To burn off some more energy, get the kids walking the Bath Skyline Walk. Just a short stroll from the city centre, enter another world, onto the rolling hills above Bath and beyond, through six miles of meadows, ancient woodlands and secluded valleys. One of the main highlights of the walk for families is the Woodland Play Area, perfect for activities like tree climbing, swinging and seesaw-ing. Don’t miss the mystical Guardian of the Woodland, carved into one of the neighbouring trees on the site.
Check out Foodie Favourites for Families
If pizzas sound good, family-friendly pizzerias include Bath Pizza Co, Dough, The Oven and The Real Italian Pizza Company. Kids can also enjoy a range of gastro meals at new restaurant, PLATE, at The Bird, Bath – choose from homemade pasta and tomato sauce, battered Cornwall haddock, chips and peas, braised beeswax beef with mash and vegetables and fishcake with green salad.
Absurd Bird serves up American-style chicken, marinated in secret recipe sauces, and teamed with some irresistible sides. For a sweet treat, Mrs. Potts Chocolate House has a winning formula of homemade chocolate goodies including cakes, cookie sandwiches, milkshakes and hot chocolate floats – cups of Mrs. Potts melted chocolate poured over ice cream.
Find Somewhere to Stay
Stay as a family at No.15 Great Pulteney: the six Large Deluxe Doubles feature added seating areas, and three have sofa beds, making them all ideal for family stays with two young children. Brand-new are the cotton canvas and pine wood tepees for children to ‘camp out’ indoors!
The spacious Family Rooms at Apex City of Bath Hotel can be adjusted to suit your needs. Beds are ultra-comfortable, ensuring a great night’s sleep whatever the set-up. Whether you need one king-size and two single beds, or two king-size beds, these rooms have the flexibility to suit you. The kids can also stream their favourite shows on the widescreen TV whilst you relax with a tea or coffee.