Somehow the school summer holiday is upon us once again. Hopefully we now have some lovely sunny weeks ahead of us throughout which we can have fun spending happy times with our children. Opting for outings where the whole family can enjoy being active helps form healthy habits in our children early on. Here are some of personal trainer Laura Hilton’s favourite active family outings…
- Family bike ride from Bath towards Bradford on Avon
Pack a picnic and ride the cycle path from Bath towards Bradford on Avon. Let your little legs determine how far you go. On a warm day you could pack swimmers and have a paddle at Warleigh Weir along the way. The Cafe on the Barge in Bathampton can be used tactically to encourage tired legs back to the start of the ride.
- National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾’
Whether you have a whole day, a few hours or just 20 minutes to spare, the National Trust’s ’50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾’ offers wholesome inspiration regarding fun things for kids to do outside. Pick a few and make a day of ticking them off, or set children the task of completing some out in the garden, at the park or while out on a walk.
This lovely open-air pool in Street does require a bit of a journey to get there, but it’s well worth the trip. Also a trip here can easily be combined with the much-dreaded trip to buy next year’s school shoes at Clark’s Village. It’s a good idea to take a picnic and to get there early as it gets very busy on nice days. Just remember to take the suncream!
- Long Wood
For a free, fun, active outing that gives you some time in the shade, one of the best places to head to is the wooden play area that is positioned at the end of Long Wood on Bath Skyline Family Discovery Trail. It’s the perfect picnic spot and a trip here can easily be combined with a hunt for the fairy and elf doors in Long Wood, or further along the trail or Skyline walk if your littlies are up for it. There are bus stops along Claverton Down Road or you can park along the same road. It’s then a short walk to the play area.
Roller skating is a fun way that all of the family can get active, and with extra sessions being put on at Bath Pavillion throughout August, it’s a great opportunity to take part. It gets busy so it’s worth booking and getting there early, but nothing will make you feel more like a child again than whizzing around on a pair of roller skates. Just try not to take out too many kids if/when you fall.
Climbing centres offer a rare opportunity for all family members to physically challenge themselves at once. We’re spoilt for choice in our local area and all offer sessions during which all members of the family can climb together. Writhington Sports Centre, Red Point, The Climbing Academy and Clip ’n’ Climb are all great places to head if you fancy an indoor vertical challenge.
Ten-pin bowling is a great rainy-day activity all the family can get involved in. The lanes in the Better Bath Sports and Leisure Centre are a great option as they are brighter than some other facilities. They also aren’t full of loud, flashing arcade games which not only distract children, but also run the risk of making the outing more expensive.
By now it’s a favourite family activity but for good reason. There’s so much fun to be had at one of the many trampolining centres now open in our area. Yes it can get pricey, yes it’s annoying that each centre insists on participants wearing their own brand’s socks, but goodness is it a fun way to spend a few hours? It’s a good idea to book ahead over school holidays, especially on rainy days.
- A picnic walk
We are so lucky to live in as beautiful an area as we do, and the summer holiday offers the perfect opportunity to explore it. Pack a picnic and head outside. The only decision you need to make is where to walk but whether you choose to stay local or explore a new area, you can do so safe in the knowledge that there is no better free way to make the most of our lovely countryside.
The Bath area offers so many wonderful parks that you could easily spend the whole holiday visiting them all if you so desired. Although the bigger parks such as that at Royal Victoria Park, Alice Park, Keynsham, Radstock and Midsomer Norton are wonderful, sometimes it’s the smaller, quieter parks that make for the most enjoyable days out. With such a lovely long holiday ahead you have plenty of opportunity to explore some new ones, not just within the Bath area but further afield. There are great parks in Wells city centre, Hengrove and at the Blaise Castle Estate. Let us know which are your favourites!
Have a fabulously fun and active summer, and please let us know what you get up to!
Mega grateful to the fabulous Laura from Hilton Health for such a fab article and so many great ideas! If you missed seeing her at this year’s Fiesta at the Rec then you can always go and check a kettlebells class out!!