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Out with the kids

Bath and Bristol are full of engaging activities for children that bring the region's culture to life for you and your family

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At the Roman Baths, meet costumed characters and be immersed in Roman daily life. Become part of Regency high society at the Fashion Museum, dressing up in the finest outfits of the day, or explore more humble lives below stairs at No. 1 Royal Crescent.

In Bristol, become a Victorian sailor and climb the rigging of Brunel’s SS Great Britain, be a space traveller at We The Curious' 3D Planetarium, climb onboard Concorde at Aerospace Bristol, or sit in the pilot’s seat at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.

Bath and Bristol also have some of Britain’s best arts and cultural activities created specifically for children. We The Curious on Bristol Harbourside is a unique attraction that blurs the boundaries between art, science, people and ideas. Think of it as an indoor festival, with all sorts of interactive experiences and experiments that are great fun for children (and adults!) of all ages.

Bath hosts the annual Forest of Imagination with its programme of outdoor theatre, sensory installations, sound sculptures and creative activities; as well as the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in September, which is Europe’s largest such event, attracting many famous name authors such as J. K. Rowling, David Walliams and Philip Pullman.

Bath is also rightly proud to be home to the Egg Theatre. Built and designed especially for children, it hosts an award-winning year-round programme of imaginative and engaging shows for young audiences.

Interested in wildlife? 

Then try to catch the annual summer Festival of Nature, which winds its way along the River Avon between Bristol and Bath, and offers talks, performances and exhibitions from major names in the natural history world.


Getting away from the cities, take a bucket and spade for a day on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, or for something more energetic, explore the caves in the Cheddar Gorge or go mountain biking on the Mendip Hills.

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