Whether you’re looking for a beach day, a family activity, outdoor pool or country park, there is no end of things to do with kids in Somerset.
The school summer holidays are approaching and as a parent, I like to have some activities and days out with the kids planned. So if you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration then read on.
Here are our top picks of fun family days out, events and what’s on for kids in Somerset this summer.
Somerset Summer Holiday Events
If you’re looking for a family-friendly walk, take a look at our Best Family Walks in Somerset.Or, if the great British weather is not great and you’re looking for some indoor activities, check out our post on Things to do in North Somerset with kids when it’s raining. Alternatively, if it’s hot and you want somewhere to cool down, see our post on The Best Water Parks and Outdoor Pools in Somerset.
Festivals in and around Somerset this summer
When: Thursday 3rd August – Sunday 6th August, 2023
Where: Denny Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol, BS40 8SZ . Overlooking Chew Valley Lake.
Experience Somerset’s family-friendly Food and Music Festival. Music from Bananarama, Soul II Soul, The Kooks and Scouting for Girls who headline the weekend. There is also a food programme with demonstrations, cooking masterclasses, street food and fine local food producers. The Community Farm, will be running their popular tours and wildlife walks and the wild and wonderful Woodland Tribe collaborating with Arcadia to create a bespoke adventure playground for kids.
To purchase tickets click here.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
When: Thursday 10th August – Sunday 13th August, 2023.
Where: Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN
Europe’s largest ballooning event comes to Ashton Court. This FREE festival is a great day out for families and is jam-packed with lots of activities. The highlights include the spectacular mass ascents which happen early morning (6am) and evening (6pm), the Night Glow (9pm Thurs and Sat.) and lots of family fun including fair rides, stalls and kids shows.
Click here for car parking tickets.
Kids Fest 2023
Where: Farrington’s Farm, Home Farm, Farrington Gurney, Somerset, BS39 6UB
When: Saturday 1st July 2023 & Sunday 2nd July, 2023. 10am – 4pm.
Celebrate summertime on the farm with a family day of fun! The line-up includes magic shows, bubbles, inflatable MEGA slide, and Super-Pirates will be bringing big energy for a day of inflatables, interactive field games and fun activities!
Advance tickets only, click here to book.
When: Thursday 6th July – Sunday 9th July, 2023
Where: The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
This 4-day festival celebrates street culture: music, street art, skate and BMX. The 2023 music line-up of global drum and bass, hip hop and UKrap includes Anne-Marie, Chase & Status Live, Wu-Tang Clan, and Little Simz. There’ll be some of the most recognised street artists in Bristol as well as skate and BMX competitions. Kids (under 15) can purchase day tickets only (no camping).
To book tickets, click here.
Animal and Adventure Park Days out in Somerset
Smallway Leisure Park, Smallway, Congresbury, BS49 5AA
Visit the North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre during the Open Days on:
Sunday 23rd JulySunday 6th AugustSunday 20th AugustSunday 24th September
See over 60 resident birds of prey, exotic mammals and reptiles.
All activities, handling and talks are included in the admission price. No pre booking required, just pay on arrival and you can come & go all day. Opening times 10.30am-4.30pm.Cash or cheques only.Adults £6, Children/Concessions £4, Under 2s free.
Clevedon Road, Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1PG
Noah’s Ark Zoo has teamed up with Aardman Animations to stage a baa-rilliant new event for 2023. Get set for a farm-tastic experience this summer as an Augmented Reality Trail starring Shaun the Sheep arrives at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
Ticket prices include:
- Indoor and outdoor play areas
- Visit the animals
- Trails – don’t forget to pick up your trail maps at the ticket office
- Keeper talks
- Birds of Prey display
- Britain’s longest hedge maze
- Free all day parking
Open 7 days a week from 10.30am to 5pm. For prices and to book tickets, click here.
Blackhorse Hill, Bristol, BS10 7TP
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trail – Follow the immersive trail with giant cocoon swings and AR and become the caterpillar as you climb and crawl through larger-than-life 3D fruit! Grab a selfie with the beautiful butterfly. Wind your way through the giant butterfly maze where you can learn amazing facts along the way. Discover wildlife from the UK and around the world including bears, giraffes, cheetahs, lemurs and more. Plus try out the barefoot trail, play areas and Leap of Faith. Click here for prices and more info (10% off when booking online).
Meare, Ashcott, Glastonbury, BA6 9SX
Look no further than RSPB Ham Wall for a summer packed full of events. There is something for the whole family with minibeast safaris, family pond dipping (for children aged 5-12 years) and nature trails. There is a picnic area and children’s play area. Venture out as dusk falls and join the Big Wild Summer PJ Party with stories and marshmallows around the campfire.
Open from dawn until dusk, visitor centre open between 10am – 4pm.
Entrance is FREE but donations are welcome.
Car parking is £3 (card only), or free for RSPB members.
Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1TP
During the 50 Days of Summer, there are lots of special events happening:
- Bluey and Bingo
- Massive family water fight
- The Bitcoin Adventure Weekend
- Foam parties
Also included in the price is: Dinosaur Valley, Mini Jeep Safari, animal interactions, sand and water play, miniature railway and lots of other activities.
You can also stay here by booking a camping or Glamping holiday, click here for details.
Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT
Drawn to Water: Quentin Blake at WWT – Collect an illustrated guide full of Quentin Blake’s drawings and journey around the wonderful wetlands world this summer. New seasonal Trails will be launched later in the year, each with a different illustrated guide to collect and keep. There is also the opportunity to see some of Quentin Blake’s illustrations at the exhibition gallery between 21 July – 16 September 2023.
For more information, prices and to book tickets, click here.
Cowslip Lane Hewish, North Somerset, BS24 6AH
Visit Puxton Park for an unforgettable family adventure during the summer holidays! Packed full of activities like the high ropes, tractor rides, miniature railway and bumper boats. From animal encounters to indoor soft play, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Part of the Unicorn Festival, you’ll be able to take a selfie and tick another unicorn off your list!
For more information, prices and online tickets, click here.
Wolvershill Road, Banwell, Weston-super-Mare, BS29 6DL
Visit a real working farm and see lots of friendly animals from ponies to pigs with lots going on every day. Included in the price are tractor rides, outdoor adventure playgrounds, the milking show, trampolines and two indoor playbarns. There is a tea room and picnic area.
For more information and prices click here.
Chew Hill, Chew Magna, Somerset, BS40 8SB
Discover all the interesting animals at Chew Valley Animal Park with animal encounters and keeper talks. Click here to see the animals at the park. Get up close and handle some of the smaller animals.
The cafe serves food throughout the day.
The Park View Restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday evenings, 4pm – 10pm and Sunday 12 -3pm for a traditional Sunday lunch.
For more information and prices, click here.
Kelston View, Whiteway, Bath, BA2 1NW
Bath City Farm is a living, working farm, that’s also a much loved visitor attraction and a charity too. Visit the farm animals, feed the goats (£1/bag), community cafe and farm shop, children’s playground, woodland and nature trails (£1/trail guide).
Entrance is free however donations are very welcome.
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am -4pm
Open Sundays, 9.30am-4pm
Red Road, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
3rd – 9th August, Dinosaur Adventure Week. Meet Titch the T-Rex, Ralph the Raptor and Gretel the Triceratops!
A full day out at the park includes animal encounters, indoor play barn, a wallaby walk-through, the adventure play castle, crazy golf and trampolines.
Open every day, 10am – 5pm. No booking required.
Farrington Gurney, Somerset, BS39 6UB
Visit Farrington’s Farm Park in July for PYO sunflowers, pack your swimmers for the slip and slide water area, see the farm animals, jump into the straw pool, run off some steam in the indoor soft play and enjoy refreshments in the play barn cafe.
Open Monday – Saturday, 9am until 5pm.
Sunday 9am until 4pm.
For more information click here.
A magical unicorn trail has arrived in Bristol and various locations in the South West this summer. A whole family adventure around well-known landmarks, collecting selfies with different custom painted unicorns by many local artists, raising money for Leukemia.
Download the free app (App Store/Google Play) and start hunting for the 60 painted unicorns. For the Trail Map, click here.
Most unicorn sculptures are in Bristol, but there are some to be found in Somerset.
Towerhouse Woods, Towerhouse Lane, Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1JR
The best place to park is atJackland Fishing Lake on the Clevedon Road. Pick up a trail map from the tea shop and access the trail straight from the car park. The sculptures are mainly carved in stone and quite small, so you need to have a sharp eye to spot them. They all have a woodland theme, from different animals and animal footprints. There is a rope swing and a little brook in the woods too. Afterwards, you must try the delicious homemade cakes from the tea shop.
Click here for trail map and more information.
Enjoy the summer holidays!