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Sport and Adventure

Bath nourishes the body as well as the mind. The city is brimming with sports, activities and adventures. It’s the complete A to Z of get-up-and-go things to do, from hot air ballooning to walking, swimming to cycling. And if you’d prefer to watch not participate, cheer Bath Rugby on at The Rec or enjoy a day at the races at Bath Racecourse.

Kick off, perhaps, at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, right in the heart of the city.  Short-term membership for visitors give access to a comprehensive range of facilities, which include a 25m swimming pool, fun leisure pool, gym, tenpin bowling, a soft play area for kids and – one of its most recent (and popular) features – the exciting ‘Extreme Trampoline Park’.

Our countryside is also bursting with things to do. A good choice of outdoor activity centres lay on clay pigeon shooting, climbing, quad biking and driving experiences (the latter at Castle Combe, one of the UK’s fastest circuits) – not to mention quirky fun days out for groups that involve themed games, inflatables, fat suits, fancy dress and catapults!

On the gentler side there’s golf and – of course – walking in the city and surrounding countryside, linked by the lovely towpath trail alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal. Cyclists are also spoilt for choice, with guided city and county tours, traffic-free family trails and the unique Two Tunnels route through the UK’s longest cycling tunnel.

Bath and water are inseparable, so it’s almost compulsory to take a boat trip along the River Avon or hire a canoe, punt, row boat or narrow boat for a more active day out. Don’t miss the tranquil – and very scenic – Kennet & Avon Canal.

Bath is a hot air balloon hot spot, with two companies offering up, up and away experiences. See the Royal Crescent from a bird’s-eye perspective while sipping chilled champagne or – depending on the wind direction – drift over lush Cotswold countryside.

We’re proud of our sporting heritage here in Bath, and love to share it with visitors when Bath Rugby Club – one of the oldest in the world – plays at home at the famous ‘Rec’ ground. And up on the hill above there’s Bath Racecourse, a popular horse racing venue that’s more stylish than ever thanks to a recent multi-million-pound makeover.