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Summer Activities in Bath

There's something for everyone in Bath this summer with so much fun to be had around the city. Check out our expert pick of the best summer fun activities to try in Bath and enjoy a hot summer filled with memorable moments in Bath.

From classic summer sports to leisurely exercise, we run down some of our favourite ways to spend summer in Bath...

Day of Leisure

Day of Leisure

Where to visit: Bath Sports & Leisure Centre & Better Extreme 

About: Bath is full of fun summer activities, but one in particular that we feel is certainly worth a visit is Bath Sports &  Leisure Centre. Alongside their impressive health and fitness facilities such as; a 6 lane swimming pool, gym, sauna and a sports hall, they also have an 8 lane bowling alley, 5 storey soft play area and an Extreme Trampoline Park.

There really is something for everyone at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre! So when the weather is hot you can cool off in their 25m swimming pool or let the kids get some shade and let them have some fun in their Extreme Trampoline Park, soft play area or bowling alley.

Watersports Adventure

Watersports Adventure

Where to visit: West Country Water Park

About: West Country Water Park is open every day from 7am until 6pm from Monday - Sunday for all your watersports needs.

West Country Water Park offers the following activities:

  • Swimming
  • Paddleboarding
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Triathlons
  • Remote Controlled Boating
  • Kayaking
  • AquaPark
  • Jetski
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Visit a Museum

Visit a Museum

Where to visit: American Museum & Gardens

About: Visiting the American Museum in Bath during the summer is an exceptional way to immerse oneself in a captivating cultural experience.

Nestled amidst the picturesque countryside, this museum offers a unique journey through American history and art, making it a perfect destination for a leisurely and enlightening outing. As the sun bathes the lush gardens and historic manor in golden warmth, visitors can explore a diverse array of exhibits that span centuries and regions, from Native American artifacts to intricate quilts and folk art. 

You can view what's on at the American Museum & Gardens HERE!

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Boozy Day Session in Bath

Boozy Day Session in Bath

Where to visit: Sub 13, Sleight Bar, Abbey Hotel, Slug and Lettuce, Revolution Bath and many more.

About: Bath is the perfect setting for a summer day sesh with friends, making it a brilliant adult-only summer activity to enjoy in the city. 

Bath is besotted with a bounty of brilliant cocktail and gin bars including an array of outdoor venues that allow you to enjoy delicious cocktails with the whole group on a sunny day out in Bath.

Get out in the city this summer and make the most of the sunny weather with a cocktail - or two - in hand at Bath's creative cocktail bars.

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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Where to vist: LiveFree Adventures

About: There is nothing better than doing fun outdoor activities whilst the sun is shinning. For those who love a little adventure this is the ultimate activity for when the weather is nice.

LiveFree Adventures provide an array of fun outdoor activities. They offer a wide range of personal guiding, teaching and hire for adventurous activities on land, in water and through the air!

From Climbing, Bouldering, Mountaineering, Highlining, Waterlining, to Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Coasteering
and so much more!

Whether you're a pro or a complete novice, it's a fun adventure for everyone!

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Go for A Bike Ride

Go for A Bike Ride

You certainly don't have to be Bradley Wiggins to enjoy Bath's eclectic mix of cycle routes.

Whether you're planning on exploring the city by cycle or just fancy a family bike ride, Bath really does has something for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the city's most popular routes include Colliers Way and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

For those in need of a bike, Bath Bike Hire has a full range of adult and children’s mountain bikes. Each cycle is available for either half or full day hire from as little as £13.

For our full cycle hire listings click here.

Go for a Run

Go for a Run

It's never too early or too late to start working on your beach body!

Running is a great way to keep fit and stay in shape. Its inexpensive and also a great way to keep active on a beautiful sunny day.

If you're running in the afternoon, make sure you pick a shady course and drink plenty of fluids; shade will provide relief from humid environments and keep you cool.

The coolest time of the day is usually just before dawn, so if it’s going to be a scorcher your best bet is to run during the evening or at night.

For hints, tips and tricks make sure you check out our Total Guide to Running.

Cake-filled Afternoon Tea

Cake-filled Afternoon Tea

Where to visit: Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton, Abbey Hotel, and many more.

About: Bath is well-known for its variety of quintessentially British afternoon tea establishments, but have you visited any of them yet? For a summer activity filled with sweet cakes, finger sandwiches, and of course champagne, then afternoon tea in Bath is your only choice!

Book a table at some of our favourite afternoon spots in Bath and spend a day out this summer nestled in luxury and surrounded by an outstanding array of expertly-crafted afternoon tea goodies. 

The perfect summer activity for foodies visiting Bath.

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Play Tennis

Play Tennis

If you’ve never played tennis before, don’t be afraid to try it out, especially on a beautiful sunny day.

Tennis is fun, energetic, and great way of keeping fit with family and friends.

If you're looking for a place to play, Excel Tennis in the Park is home to seven quality outdoor courts.

All of the club's facilities are run on a pay and play system, so there are no membership fees and everyone can enjoy them.

Tour The Roman Baths

Tour The Roman Baths

Where to visit: Roman Baths

About: The Roman Baths are one of our city's most popular tourist attractions, bringing in over 1 million visitors per year! 

Explore the ancient history of Bath's Roman generation and take a tour of this magnificent museum that boasts a mix of indoor and outdoor areas to explore, including the mesmerising outdoor bath that is still fully-functional!

If you're visiting Bath seeking out a summer activity that will entertain the whole family then look no further!

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Play Boules

Play Boules

Often dismissed as a game for the elderly, boules is suddenly at the height of cool - the popular French game looks set to be one of the trendiest sports of summer 2022!

The game is easy to pick up, easy to play, and enjoyable even if you're a novice.

Whether you play in a shady back garden with a glass of Pimms or on one of Bath's boules courts, you're guaranteed to have plenty of summer fun.

For more information about boules in Bath click here.

Head Out For a Picnic

Head Out For a Picnic

Where to visit: Parade Gardens, Bath Skyline, Sydney Gardens, Royal Victoria Park and many more.

About: Nothing quite says summer has arrived like a picnic out in the park, and Bath has tons of great picnic areas to visit around the city making for a great summers day outdoors in Bath. 

Visit Bath's best picnic spots HERE and spend your summer in the city relaxing in our beautiful parks with a glass in hand alongside your own homemade feast.

Don't break the bank with this summer acitivity and enjoy a beautiful picnic at some of Bath's most amazing parks and open spaces.

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Splash Out On a Shopping Trip

Splash Out On a Shopping Trip

Where to visit: SouthGate Bath, Milsom Place, Walcot Street, and more.

About: Grab your handbag and get ready for a day out shopping in Bath as you shop till you drop this summer at Bath's city centre shopping district. 

For a summer activity filled with the best fashion that 2022 has to offer, then a day out shopping with friends is the ideal choice for those visiting Bath over the coming months.

Find out more about the shopping areas around Bath HERE.

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Play a Game of Golf

Play a Game of Golf

Eighteen holes of golf mean at least a couple of hours spent outdoors, with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

If you're looking for somewhere to play a couple of holes, Bath Approach Golf Course has some of best practice facilities in Somerset; the course provides a challenge for all standards of golfer - from beginners to international-standard players.

So next time the sun shines over Bath pull out the plaid, dig out your visor and hit the fairways.

Grab an Ice Cream

Grab an Ice Cream

Where to visit: Real Italian Ice Cream Co

About: Cool down from the summer heat by grabbing yourself a refreshing ice cream from one of Bath's mouth-watering Italian ice cream spots and enjoy delicious creamy ice cream without ever leaving the city centre.

If you're spending the day exploring everything that Bath has to offer then make sure to grab yourself an ice cream on your trip and relax in the summer sun with a fantastic ice cream that will make you the envy of everyone that you pass.



Where: No.1 Royal Crescent Museum

About: No.1 Royal Crescent Museum is a Georgian-themed museum located in the infamous crescent, showcasing exactly what life was like in the Georgian era, specifically during 1776-1796.

Each and every room has been furnished and decorated just as it might have been during this period, giving visitors a real sense of life back then.

Their new immersive experience brings the house to life through sound and film, and is something for everybody to enjoy. Get a real feel for what it would have been like to live here in the 18th century!

No matter the weather, visiting No.1 Royal Crescent Museum should be at the top of your list, come rain or sunshine it's a great day out!

Address: No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2LR

Telephone: 01225 428126


Where: The Herschel Museum of Astronomy

About: The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is the former home of Astronomer William Herschel and is a Museum dedicated to him and his family's achievements.

When the weather isn't on our side visit The Herschel Museum of Astronomy and explore the magic behind astronomy and the fascinating discoveries made by the Herschel family.

Address: 19 New King Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BL

Telephone: 01225 446865


Where: The Museum of Bath Architecture

About: Looking for things to do when the weather isn't playing ball? Bath plays host to a number of places that are great to visit when the weather isn't glistening but we'd highly recommend checking ou The Museum of Bath Architecture.

It shows you the history behind all the eighteenth century buildings and impressive architecture. This is a great family friendly day out no matter the weather, that lets you explore and learn the rich architectural history of Bath as it was turned from a small medieval town to the world famous Georgian city.

Address: The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, The Vineyards, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5NA

Telephone: 01225 333895


Where: Beckford's Tower & Museum

About: When the weather isn't bright don't let that stop you from having a good time. Explore one of Bath's most popular museums, Beckford's Tower and Museum. This was built between 1826 and 1827 and is a remarkable building that was home to an array of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art. Beckford's Tower is the only surviving example of William Beckford's fantastic architectural achievements.

Address: Beckford's Tower and Museum, Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 9BH

Telephone: 01225 422212


Where: Klemscott Manor

About: Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Address: Kelmscott, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ

Telephone: 01367 252486

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