While staying in Bath you could be forgiven for doing just that – staying in Bath! With so many attractions to be found within this great historic city, you certainly won’t be short of ideas. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t jump in the car and spend a little time outside of the city’s boundaries, especially if you have children to entertain.
One superb location perfect for entertaining the children and adults alike is the Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. Situated a short drive from Bath itself, this place is wonderful. The gardens and Capability Brown’s Pleasure Walk are hazy with the coloured glow of flowers, and is the perfect place to retreat from the excitement of the soft play tent, the maze, the play area and (of course) all the animals. The Monkey Tent is a regular favourite with the children, but who could fail to be charmed by watching a giraffe drink, legs splayed yet still elegant! And Penguin Island, the Big Game Park, and so much more add admirably to the experience. With special events galore, and being the ultimate in child-friendly fun, it is definitely worth making the journey to Longleat.
Another must-do day out when staying in Bath is Stonehenge. Though it is one hour’s drive away, it will be well worth the additional effort. This World Heritage Site comprising Neolithic stone circle is both fascinating and mysterious. The mysteries abound – how was it constructed? How were the stones transported from their Welsh roots? Who built the structures? What was Stonehenge used for? An audio tour provides some answers – perhaps… There’s also a new visitor centre on site, with both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Pre-booking to view Stonehenge is usually essential, especially during the busier months.
Wookey Hole Caves
The legendary home of the Witch of (yes you’ve guessed it!) Wookey, the caves are quite a spookily-cool place to take youngsters who will also love the Pirate Island Adventure Golf, the Wookey Circus Show, the various museums, maze, Victorian Penny Arcade and so much more. One of the museums you’ll either love or hate – it’s the Clown Museum! Together with the Wizard’s Play Castle, Wookey Hole Caves do offer plenty of fun for the entire family both when the weather’s kind, and when it isn’t. Also with facilities for dining and ultimately child-friendly throughout, this is well worth a trip, especially during school holidays, when you might just catch a glimpse of the witch herself!
Castle Combe Circuit
The Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Chippenham is probably one of the world’s fastest racing circuits and also offers close encounters with the racers – viewers can stand only metres away from the racing! Not for the faint-hearted and those who prefer a quiet life, this nevertheless is a fantastic day out for most. Throughout the year Castle Combe runs a large number of racing events (their full race Meeting calendar can be found at the link below) but they also offer track days, White Knuckle Passenger Rides and Action Days. A must for petrol-heads, and anyone who loves loud, lively, exhilarating fun!