Staying active as a family is one of the best bonding activities there is. Not only does it instill the values of keeping physically active, it also allows you and your children to get to know a different side of your area together. Summer and autumn are the best seasons for fitness and being outdoors because of the beautiful changing landscapes you will get to witness firsthand. Aside from getting the blood pumping through fun activities, being outside is a benefit in itself. Laura Hilton reminds us that the best source of vitamin D is from being out in the sun. Vitamin D ensures our bones stay healthy and our immune system functions properly. If this doesn’t motivate your family to join in on the fun, we’ve rounded up the top fitness events happening in Bath and Bristol this summer and autumn that your family can enjoy.

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Bath on the Beach

Bath on the Beach is a Caribbean-themed event celebrating summer. It’s a great opportunity to stay active by having fun under the sun with activities for people of all ages. Somerset Live reports that the beach volleyball event is the centrepiece of the attraction. Other games like table tennis, tennis, boules and adventure golf will also be available. After having fun under the sun, you can look forward to lying down in a hammock beneath palm trees while snacking on Mexican food and ice cream. You may even forget you’re in Bath.

Date and Time: 14th June – 4th August 2019, 10:00-22:00 

Location: Royal Avenue, Royal Victoria Park, Bath

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Bubble Rush Bristol

Bubble Rush is a unique fun run younger members of the family will especially like. You’ll start in a sea of foam and then go through four different coloured bubble stations that use foam cannons to create 4 feet bubble baths. If you’re not a runner, fret not. The run isn’t timed so there’s no pressure to reach the finish line at a certain time. The enjoyment is in spending a day being active with your loved ones. Moreover, the course is pushchair and wheelchair friendly so every member of the family can join in on the fun.

Date and Time: 14th September 2019, 10:00-14:00 

Location: Somerdale Pavillion, Tiberius Road, Keynsham


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Great Bristol Half Marathon

One of the most eagerly anticipated fitness events of 2019 is the Great Bristol Half Marathon located just down the road from Bath. The 13.1-mile event is a good way to stay fit and raise money for charity. The excitement of running alongside so many others is a unique one you won’t get anywhere else. Running a half marathon is a good activity to do with your teenagers and training for it together will be just as memorable. Bristol Live notes that the crowds at the half marathon have endless energy that keeps the spirits of the runners high throughout the race. Not to mention that sense of elation that comes when you finally cross the finish line. Save the Children details that the half marathon will be on the 15th September, which should give you and your family enough time to prepare for this epic event. Proper training is the key to enjoying any half marathon. 

Date and Time: 15th September 2019, 7:30-11:00 

Location: Anchor Road, Bristol

Bath Skyline Parkrun

If you’re tired of running on pavement, you might want to try your hand at trail running this season. The Bath Skyline Parkrun is a good place to start. It’s a free weekly 5k run that takes you across stone and mud. After running, the very lively bunch of trail runners usually grab coffee at the Summer Pavilion on the grounds of the BMI clinic. Sometimes weekly runs are even followed by volunteering opportunities. Not only do you and your family get your weekly dose of adventure, you also meet new people through this diverse running community.

Date and Time: Every Saturday, 9:00 BST

Location: ‘Free Field’, North Road/ Claverton Down Road, Combe Down, BA2 7AD