• Chloe Moore

20 ideas to keep the kids happy in the summer- Discover Bath

Updated: Jul 27, 2018

Today is my boys last day of term so I decided it was time to make a list of activities to help us survive the summer holidays.

Starting with Bath's new feathered friends!

1) Find Minerva's Owls of Bath

City of Bath, England Minerva's Owl trail. Activities for children, summer holidays

This summer, 82 beautifully decorated owls have flown in and nested all over Bath.

The kids love spotting them around town so we will definitely be on the hunt over the holidays to see how many we can check off the list.

You can download an app which has a trail map to help you along the way.

For more information visit the Minerva's Owls website.

2) Watch the trains in Sydney Gardens

City of Bath, England. Sydney Gardens Train spotting.  Activities for children, summer holidays

Sydney Gardens is always my go-to park here in Bath as it has so much to keep the kids entertained.

There is plenty of space to enjoy a picnic, a play park, access to the canal and my boys favourite part- Watching the trains thunder by!

Open all week 9am-7pm

3) Play a spot of Mini Golf

Who doesn't love mini golf? Great for all ages and if you have a small one with you, it may even last the whole day!

You can find the golf course at the Royal Victoria Park.

For opening times and prices click here

4) Conquer Beazer Garden Maze

City of Bath, England. Beazer Garden Maze. Activities for children, summer holidays

My smallest loves this maze and every school run, begs me to walk the 'maze

way!' Here he is, jumping for joy after completing it.

You can find the maze right next to Pulteney Weir, which brings me to number 5..

5) Take a boat trip along the River

City of Bath, England. Pulteney Weir boat trip along the riverl. Activities for children, summer holidays

Hop on board at Pulteney Weir to take a scenic hour-long cruise up the River Avon to the village of Bathampton where you can see the old toll bridge at Bathampton weir.

The trip passes under the historic Pulteney Bridge & out into the beautiful Avon valley. There is an abundance of wildlife to see on the river including swans, herons, kingfishers & for the lucky few, otters!

For timetables click here

6) Discover Sham Castle

Overlooking a stunning view of Bath, find Sham Castle right next to the Bath Golf Club.

You can stop off at the castle as part of the Bath Skyline Walk.

City of Bath, England. Sham Castle, skyline walk . Activities for children, summer holidays

7) Relax in Parade Gardens

City of Bath, England. Parade Gardens. Activities for children, summer holidays

Explore the beautiful gardens, overlooking the River Avon and Pulteney weir.

Two events worth jotting down in the diary:

Sun 26 Aug – Creation Station – Crafts for children

Mon 27 Aug - Super Pirates – Active fun for children

Opening times:

July - August: 10:00 to 19:00

8) Learn about Bath's Roman history

City of Bath, England. Roman Baths. Activities for children, summer holidays

Learn all about life in Roman times and meet the lively costumed characters at The Roman Baths.

They have a range of activities for Children over the Summer. To view the events page click here

9) Picnic at the Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic on a warm day.

After lunch, why not step back in time and visit the No.1 Royal Crescent museum.

The rooms are decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796.

Children can try on costumes in the servants' hall and enjoy Georgian games.

Don't forget to pick up a History Detective’ pack on the way in.

You can visit the website here

City of Bath, England. Royal Crescent. Activities for children, summer holidays

10) Visit Bath City Farm

City of Bath, England. Bath City Farml. Activities for children, summer holidays

Located on a 37 acre plot, Bath City Farm has a range of things to enjoy including a play park, animals, farm shop, walking trails and a café.

They have teamed up with Bath Folk Festival to organise a family fun day at the farm on Saturday 18th August (12 midday-5pm).

There will be a BBQ, music, face painting and a bouncy castle!

For more information visit here

11) Explore a Woodland Playground

One of our favourite places to play in shade on a sunny day and the perfect place to let the kids run wild.

A natural playground featuring a rope swing, wooden see-saw, hop scotch, stepping logs, wobble beams, traverse ropes and more.

Find the playground in the woods at Claverton Down

City of Bath, England. Woodland Play Area. Forest school. Activities for children, summer holidays

12) Get fit walking the Family Discovery trail

City of Bath, England. Skyline Walk. Autumn Path. Activities for children, summer holidays

Set amongst woodland, walk the two mile stretch of the Bath Skyline filled with stunning views and things to discover.

Walk through the Long Wood to find magical elf and fairy doors, look for geocaches and play in the woodland playground.

To download the trail map visit here

13) Look over Bath from Alexandra Park

A stunning 11-acre park featuring a play area and beautiful panoramic views over Bath.

You can access the park at the top of Shakespeare Avenue but If you're feeling fit, take a walk up a long flight of steps known as Jacobs Ladder.

City of Bath, England. Panoramic view over Bath from Alexandra Park. Activities for children, summer holidays

14) Let off steam in the Sports Centre

After it's massive revamp, the sports centre now offers a wide range of things for children to enjoy.

The trampoline park is my boys personal favourite, along with swimming, soft play and bowling. All great for filling those rainy days!

For opening times and information click here

15) Visit the Royal Victoria Park

With 57 acres of green parkland to explore, there is something for all ages.

Wander through the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Great Dell before heading down to feed the ducks.

Right next to the pond you will find Bath's huge play area and skate park where you can grab refreshments from the café.

Don't forget to get a treat from the ice-cream van before you leave (usually a great way to encourage the little ones out of the park!)

City of Bath, England. Royal Victoria Park Ducks. Activities for children, summer holidays

16) Cycle the two Tunnels

The Two Tunnel path is a walking and cycling route which offers views of Bath's Georgian crescents before disappearing into the dramatic Devonshire tunnel.

At the end of the tunnel you will find yourself in a deep wooded valley, as the route leaves Lyncombe Vale and heads underground into Combe Down Tunnel and then over the renovated Tucking Mill viaduct.

At over one mile long, the Combe Down tunnel is the longest cycling and walking tunnel in Britain and features an interactive light and sound installation.

For more information and to plan your route click here

17) Watch a show at The Egg

City of Bath, England. The Egg Theatre. Activities for children, summer holidays

The egg is a unique and fun venue for family theatre.

Their child-friendly café is also a favourite amongst parents who can relax whilst the kids explore the play area.

They offer a wide range of healthy food with lots of yummy gluten-free and vegan options.

You can also enjoy a nice glass of Prosecco- what's not to love?!

See what's on here

17) Get creative at The Makery

The Makery offer a wide range of fantastic workshops which are perfect for creative kids!

For upcoming workshops visit their website here

City of Bath, England. The Makery. Craft Workshop in Bath. Activities for children, summer holidays

19) See the city on top of Bath's tour bus

My youngest is obsessed with double decker buses and since we don't get to catch them very often, I'm planning to let him ride the tour bus this summer.

It offers a unique way to see the city whilst learning more about Bath's history.

(It will also be a great way of spotting some of those Owls!)

To plan your trip, visit their website

20) Prior Park Summer Fun

Prior Park are hosting 'Terrific Tuesdays' for children this summer which sounds like great fun!

Dates for the diary:

31 July and 21 August: Pond dipping

What could be living in the Serpentine Lake at Prior Park?

7 and 28 August: garden art A creative morning surrounded by nature - creating a leaf prints from materials in the garden

14 August: make a willow bird feeder

A willow weaving workshop to create a lovely bird feeder for your garden

To see more, click here

City of Bath, England . Prior Park Landscape Garden. Palladian Bridge. Activities for children, summer holidays

I hope you all have a wonderful summer break with the little ones, time to crack open the wine!


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