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Enjoy a Family Trip to Bath this Summer

There’s plenty on offer for families in Bath this summer, with a plethora of fun activities and events guaranteed to keep all ages entertained.

Discover Bath’s heritage

Voted one of the country’s top three Large Visitor Attractions for 2017, the Roman Baths is sure to impress visitors of all ages. The whole family will enjoy exploring some of the best preserved Roman remains in the world and discovering Roman treasures in the interactive museum. Special audio guides are available for children, narrated by famous children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen.

This summer, the Roman Baths will be putting on free children’s activities every day, and are also unveiling their new projections in the East Baths, which allow you to see the heated rooms, tepid bath and changing rooms as they would have been used in the first-fourth centuries. The Roman Baths will also open until 10:00pm every evening over the summer, allowing you to see the beautiful baths by torchlight.

At the Fashion Museum, you can discover how fashions have changed through the ages. Enjoy learning about contemporary and historic fashion, dress up in the museum’s replica historical dresses, coats, hats and bonnets and design your own lace, which will be added to the museum’s lace design gallery. The Fashion Museum have recently announced their Dress of the Year, which is also on display.

The Victoria Art Gallery will have a host of free activities for kids during the summer holidays, suitable for children aged 3-11 years. This summer’s activities are dragon-themed, along with their family exhibition Here Be Dragons, which will run from 22nd July – 8th October.

Have an animal-themed day out

Tire the kids out with a fun-filled day of adventure, nature and animal interaction at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Activities for children include big slides, an outdoor play area and a junior assault course. For a really adventurous weekend, head to Avon Valley’s Family Camping Weekend on 21st-23rd July. The weekend will be jam-packed with nature, fun and camping activities and will be a great opportunity to see what happens when the park closes.

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is currently overrun with all things insectile. To celebrate the amazing world of insects, Longleat are offering the chance to enjoy hands-on encounters with a variety of living insects, as well as giant animatronic bugs, in their marvellous monsters event.

On 1st July, head to the Little Farmers’ Fiesta at Neston Farm Shop. There will be lots on offer for little ones, including animals to feed and pet, tractor rides around the farm, storytelling, face painting, crafts and more.

Get into the festival spirit

As part of the International Festival of Childhood, spaces around Bushey Norwood and Edge Arts, University of Bath, will be transformed on 29th June - 2nd July, for the Forest of Imagination. Featuring a playful programme of sensory installations, artworks, outdoor theatre and creative activities, the festival aims to connect people with nature by inspiring intuitive play, unleash imagination and encourage exploration. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by the fantastical forest.

Get Creative

Head to Crockadoodledo for a fun and relaxing paint your own pottery experience. Bring the whole family for an enjoyable day out, where everyone will have the chance to create their own unique piece of pottery. Alternatively, keep the kids entertained at their Summer Holiday Pottery Camp for 9-12 year olds. Children will learn how/why to wedge clay, make clay slabs, shape and attach clay, tidy up, and finish with paint after items been fired. Children will have their own set of potter’s tools to take home at the end of session.

Enjoy a picnic with a difference

Get into the American spirit at the American Museum in Britain’s Independence Day Fair on 1st July. Head to the home of the finest collection of Americana outside the United States for an afternoon of family fun. Featuring fairground rides, a bouncy castle, craft activities, delicious barbeque food and live music throughout the afternoon, you'll be sure to have a great day out.

Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park are holding an outdoor extravaganza on 15th July. Their Picnic Concert evening will see Bath Philharmonia Orchestra play ‘Music from the Movies’ whilst you enjoy a picnic in the park’s beautiful grounds. Your ticket will also grant you early admission to enjoy the park.

This year marks 250 years since the first foundation stone was placed on the Royal Crescent. Celebrate the crescent’s big anniversary at the Picnic in the Park on 29th July. The Natural Theatre Company will be on hand to provide entertainment, and Georgian ice creams will also be served up.

Have a laugh

On Tuesday 25th July, the king of fun Nutty Noah will be urging you to ‘Wear Your Pants With Pride’ at Komedia. The show is set to be playful, and full of energy and unbridled fun. Prepare to enjoy hysterical original songs, a good dose of audience participation and positively no educational content whatsoever!

Have a National Trust adventure

How about spending the day exploring one of the National Trust’s fantastic properties around Bath? With around 20 National Trust properties within an hours’ drive from the city, there is plenty to discover.

Spend an adventurous day out discovering Bath’s Skyline Walk. As well as offering spectacular views over Bath, there is a fantastic Family Discovery Trail, with two miles of exciting activities for the whole family. Search for magical fairy doors, hunt for geocaches, and let off some steam playing in the woodland play area.

Head to nearby Prior Park Landscape Garden to discover the famous Palladian Bridge, which is one of only four in the world. Explore woodland paths, enjoy a family picnic by the lake, and take in the magnificent views over Bath.

Spend a day exploring the beautiful village of Lacock and visit Lacock Abbey. The quintessential English village was home to William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the world’s first photographic negative at the abbey, and you can discover his story at the Fox Talbot Museum. Explore the thirteenth century abbey, and visit the cloisters which formed part of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film series. The abbey’s wooded grounds are the perfect destination for a relaxed walk. There are delicious treats aplenty to be found in Lacock village, with gorgeous tea rooms, an olde worlde sweet shop and a traditional bakery.

Take a trip to Dyrham Park, an ancient deer park with magnificent grounds and stunning views towards the Black Mountains. Spot their historic herd of deer, enjoy a nature trail and get a flavour of seventeenth century life in Mr Blathwayt’s Apartment. Young explorers can run free in the Old Lodge picnic and play area.

Visit spectacular Tyntesfield, a stunning Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland. Discover the ordinary and extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family, explore Tyntesfield’s beautiful grounds, and enjoy the farm-themed outdoor play area.

Plan your trip

Bath has lots of family friendly accommodation and great places for families to enjoy a meal out.

Bath is just 90 minutes by train from London. Book your tickets with Visit Bath’s travel partner Great Western Railway for a convenient trip.

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