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5 family-friendly things to do in Bath this summer

14 August 2020

The school holidays can sometimes drag on for parents, especially when your children haven’t been in school for months thanks to COVID-19. 

If you’re running out of ways to entertain the kids this summer, come to Bath. There are lots of family-friendly things to do in the city, from safari parks to balloon rides.  

Here’s our roundup of the best post-lockdown days out for families in Bath and the surrounding areas:

  1. Longleat Safari Park

Just over half an hour’s drive is one of the best wildlife attractions in the UK – Longleat Safari Park. It’s the perfect type of activity for social distancing, as it’s a drive-through experience. This means you can stay in your car and spot lions, tigers, cheetahs and monkeys, plus white rhinos, elephants, zebras and much more. Pre-booking is essential, as the park is limiting visitor numbers as a coronavirus safety measure. 

  1. Balloon rides from Royal Victoria Park

Fancy an adventure in the skies above Bath? Hop in a hot air balloon with Bailey Balloons, taking off from Royal Victoria Park and drinking in stunning views of the city and the countryside beyond. It’s the ultimate way to unwind, floating gently above the city. You can quite literally get away from it all!

In line with government guidelines, each balloon is available for exclusive hire only. This means you’ll have the whole balloon to yourselves, with 2-5 people per party. Stay at our Parkview, Royal Crescent Prospect or Marlborough Garden apartments – all of which sleep at least 4 people – and you’ll be right next to the park. 

  1. Paddle boarding with Original Wild

When its hot outdoors, the best way to cool off is out on the water. Book the whole family in for a stand-up paddle boarding session with Original Wild in central Bath. No worries if you’ve never done it before, as full training and equipment is provided. There are lots of activities to try, from a private session and tours for just your family to group sessions of kayaking, raft building and even climbing and abseiling. 

  1. Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Another fantastic outdoor activity for families, the Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park is less than 25 minutes’ drive from Bath. The kids can meet Shetland ponies, donkeys and farmyard favourites like pigs and goats, plus alpaca and wallabies. Plus, there’s adventure playgrounds, tractor rides, electric quad bikes, mini gold, a climbing wall, toddler play area and much, much more. Get ready for an action-packed day!

As with many attractions at the moment, you’ll need to pre-book your tickets in advance. The park is limiting visitor numbers and staggering arrival times. And bear in mind that not all attractions will be open due to COVID-19 safety precautions. 

  1. Adventure golf and tennis at Excel Tennis Bath

If you’re feeling sporty and the kids have extra energy to burn off, book a court at Excel Tennis Bath. It’s nestled in the heart of the lush Royal Victoria Park, within easy walking distance of our beautiful Brock Street apartment (which sleeps 6). 

You can also enjoy a round of 18-hole adventure golf, on a charming natural landscaped mini golf course. You can only play with your household, there will be 5-minute gaps between groups to ensure social distancing, and all balls and clubs are rigorously cleaned. 

If you’re looking for a city centre basecamp for a family trip to Bath, check out our fantastic choice of stunning apartments and houses – many of which sleep 4-6 people or more.