Holidays can be great fun but when finances are tight, keeping the whole family happy and occupied can be a tough challenge. However, don’t despair. Although a trip abroad might be out of the question, having less money doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good day out with the kids.
Book a hotel in Bath, or take a day trip and you’ll find no end of things to see and do. Mixing culture with a little history and adventure, this is a great place to enjoy with the family, especially when you’re limited to a small budget.
Of course, sometimes it’s hard to get ideas flowing and those new and exciting days out can seem impossible to plan and bring to life. For those keen to get the kids out and about, here are a few ideas to get you started;
For the chance to enjoy a range of art styles and genres that provides a snapshot of life throughout the ages, try a visit to the grand building of the Holburne Museum.
Enjoy the gallery for free from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am to 5pm.
Once you’ve enjoyed the artwork, don’t forget to make the most of the garden café and parkland behind the gallery building, which makes for a perfect place for picnic and play time.
For a whole day out in the fresh open air, why not take the children to Bath City Farm? With the chance to meet and feed chickens, goats, pigs, sheep and ducks, this is a great chance to introduce young children to a range of different animals.
With a newly developed play area, amphitheatre and farm shops, the farm is a great family space. Entry is free, with trail activities for a range of ages and backpacks (for a small charge) available on request.
Over at HorseWorld, there are acres of adventures to explore and with both indoor and outdoor activities on offer; bad weather won’t spoil a family visit. Enjoy the Straw Den, try your hand at the Agility Trail and Aerial Runway and tackle the Jungle Climber.
Experience caring for a pony in the supervised Touch and Groom Stable area and find out what it takes to look after a horse or pony. Children between 3 and 5 are charged at £5.95 per ticket, with under 3s going free of charge. An adult ticket will cost £7.95, with a family ticket set at £24.95.
Those keen on space travel and the stars will enjoy the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Based within a Georgian townhouse that was once home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel, visitors can enjoy a look around Herschel’s workshop.
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Enjoy the Star Vault astronomy auditorium and learn about how telescopes are made and used with the audio tour. Adult entry will cost £4.50 per ticket and child entry £2.50 per ticket, with children under 5 going free of charge.
For something a little bit different, try a visit to Bristol’s Harbourside to see Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ‘first ocean-going, propeller driven, iron ship’.
Salvaged in the early 70s, The SS Great Britain offers the chance to discover what life might have been like for Victorian passengers, not to mention the crew.
Tickets to visit the ship can be purchased at the Bath Tourist Information Centre or bought direct on the Harbourside. Tickets for under 16s and students of 17 years old will cost just £6.25, with adult prices at £12.50 per ticket. Children under 5 years old gain free entry.
With so many options to choose from, it’s not surprising Bath has become a popular and well-loved holiday destination for families of all ages. A place that offers value for money as well as variety, Bath is a City well worth exploring time and time again.
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