Grand Georgian architecture, ancient Roman history and natural hot springs draw thousands of visitors to Bath each year. The World Heritage spa city is nestled in the Avon Valley, surrounded by picture perfect rolling hills and quaint villages. Famed as a relaxing holiday spot for centuries, there are loads of attractions for families in Bath, and some great child-friendly restaurants too. So, BabyBreaks has selected some of the best things to do with your kids, from petting farms to playgrounds. The whole family is sure to fall in love with this beautiful city.
Without further ado, let’s explore our favourite things to do with kids in Bath:
1. The Makery
A crafty haven for both adults and children. This haberdashers-come-workshop holds wonderful events all year round for making, painting and sewing your own unique creations. From a Tie Dye T-Shirt to Superhero Masks and Capes, there’s something every child will love to make!
Workshop prices include tea and coffee for mum and dad.
Different venues are indeed available here for workshops
2. Fashion Museum
Delve into contemporary and historic dress at this fantastic museum, which is much-loved by families thanks to its hand-on displays. Kids will love also the dress up section, where they can try dresses and coats from the Victorian and Georgian era.
Last but not least, don’t forget to get a snap in front of the Royal Crescent backdrop as a souvenir! There are also lots of free, creative activities on during the school holidays.
Opening Times: Open daily 10:30 am – 4pm
3. The Egg Theatre
First, this acclaimed children’s theatre shows a great variety of plays for all ages, and has become a renowned venue for its community outreach and youth work.
Secondly, performances vary every year and could include for instance Hansel and Gretel, Snow Mouse or Muckers.
Opening Times: Open daily 9am – 4pm
4. The Holburne Museum
Enjoy hands-on activities, an animal trail and a great range of children’s workshops at this beautiful museum, housing Sir William Holburne’s collection of fine art and sculptures.
Admission to the museum is free, although some of the seasonally changing temporary exhibitions may be charged.
Opening Times: 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays
5. Go Bananas Soft Play Centre
And finally, rated the best indoor play centre in the area, this clean and friendly space offers a hours of fun for your little ones! There is a separate play area for under 3’s , and two areas over 3’s complete with ball pit, slides, bridges, rope swings, trampolines and more!
Adults have also been well catered for too, with free WIFI and freshly ground coffee in the comfortable viewing lounge.
Opening Times: 9.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
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6. Bath City Farm
Families in Bath love this 37 acre working farm, offering a play park, walking trails, farm shop and cafe, and of course, animals to feed and pet! Check their website for up to date activities including a Christmas Craft Fair.
Admission is free, and any donations go towards providing education, training and therapeutic activities to disadvantaged people in the local community. One of the most popular things to do in Bath with your kids for sure.
Address: Kelston View, Bath, BA2 1NW
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
7. Scenic Cruise
Take a leisurely cruise along the Kennet and Avon Canal in a narrowboat, as you admire Bath’s historic architecture and surrounding rural views. Stop off for a bite to eat at a cosy pub, bring your own picnic, or pre-order a gourmet hamper to enjoy on board. This is a lovely outdoor activity for a sunny day.
8. Alice Park
Alice Park is a tranquil spot in the East of the city, with a children’s playground, 6 tennis courts, boules piste and an award winning café. A social hub for local families, there are always things to do, from football coaching and rugby tots to community-based events.
Address: Gloucester Rd, Bath BA1 6EW
Café Opening Hours: 9:15am – 4:30pm (winter) or 5:30pm (summer)
9. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Located between Bath and Bristol, this 90 acre park is perfect for an active family day out. It has extensive indoor and outdoor play areas, animal handling and a riverside trail. Explore on electric quad bikes or jump on the tractor ride and miniature railway – the kids will love it!
Opening hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm
10. Royal Victoria Park
Opened in 1830 by the 11-year-old Princess Victoria, this beautiful park boasts views of the famous Royal Crescent. Its 57 acres include botanic gardens, a mini golf course, and a fantastic playground with climbing frames, zip lines and a skateboard area. Stop for coffee at the Pavilion Café on a summer’s day, or lace up and take to the ice skating rink in winter.
Address: Marlborough Lane, Bath BA1 2NQ
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