Zorb, shoot, paintball and party

Kids, mums, dads, hens and stags – the Cotswolds is activity central. Get kids down to the Cotswold Water Park or Avon Valley Adventure Park. Grown-ups can hoover up history at the Baths and Abbey. And hens and stags can mix cocktails, zorb, shoot, paintball, and party, party, party in Bath’s underground nightclub scene.

Country kids

Have a ball in the kid-friendly Cotswolds. Get down to Green Park Bike Station in Bath and pedal the quiet rural roads from Chipping Sodbury to Yate. Swap two wheels for four legs and explore the 500 acres of Lucknam Park on horseback. Or see how your balance and nerve stand up with the Bath Paddleboarding Centre.

Take a towpath trail bike ride or hire canoes from River Adventures and Tours, or try canoeing, kayaking, boating, wakeboarding and plenty more at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Or see meerkats, penguins, pandas, kangaroos, gorillas and more at Bristol Zoo, and lions galore at Longleat.

Into museums? Prepare to meet the Bath Costume Museum, the Roman Baths, the American Museum and the Jane Austen Centre. Or enjoy exciting interactive displays with a hands-on feel, plus live shows and a planetarium, at Bristol’s We the Curious. Or take a high tea aboard the Avon Valley Railway.

Ride the zips, climb the walls, meet the animals at Avon Valley Adventure Park. See wildlife close up at the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. Visit Cheddar Gorge for awe-inspiring cliffs and subterranean stalactite show caves. Or see the caves plus animatronic dinosaurs and 4D cinema at Wookey Hole.

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For the grown ups

Race your mates at M4 karting or blast their pants off at Hamburger Hill Paintball in Bristol or UK paintballing in Bath. If you’re a secret Houdini, you’ll want to worm your way out of the escape rooms at Escape4fun in Bath. Or maybe you’ll just want to immerse yourself in history.

Start off at the Roman Baths, one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Continue the magical history tour at Bath Abbey. Join a service or a tour, light a candle or listen to music. Be awed by the beauty. Or cross the beautiful, historic, shop-lined Pultney Bridge above the Avon.

Relax in the rooftop pool fed by naturally warm, mineral-rich waters at the Thermae Bath Spa and enjoy the multi-sensory Wellness Suite. Take a high ride with Bath Balloons and get a bird’s eye view of the city’s gorgeous Roman and Georgian architecture.

Hop on and hop off the Bath bus tour wherever the fancy takes you. Or see beautiful Bath on foot with a guided tour of the city’s architecture and hidden gardens. Choose a culinary-themed stroll around the best places to eat or see the darker side on a spooky ghost walk.