Days Away Beyond Bristol


If you fancy venturing slightly further afield than Bristol for a day out, here is a list of places that I recommend visiting with children.

Burnham-On-Sea Beach

Burnham-On-Sea offers a beautiful clean and sandy beach which doesn’t have the crowds that Weston-Super-Mare can have. There are donkey rides in the Summer, plus free parking on the sea front.

The beach is patrolled by life guards in Summer and dogs are banned. Around a 45-minute drive from the centre of Bristol.

Stanton Drew Stone Circles, Somerset

stanton-3Stanton Drew Stone Circles offers three Neolithic stone circles and a three-stone cove – all of which you can touch and explore. A day out with a bit of a difference which also offers great learning opportunity for children and parents alike.

Not suitable for buggies as ground a bit uneven and can get very muddy. You can also visit the small, quiet village of Stanton Drew.

Big Pit, Blaenavon, Wales

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A brilliant family-friendly day away about an hour’s drive from Bristol which offers daily trips 300 feet down into a coal mine! Big Pit was a working coal mine from 1880 – 1980 and re-opened in 1983 under the National Museum of Wales.

A great way to learn about the history of coal mining and what life was like for people who spent their days working down there.

Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire

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A day out with a difference, Avebury Stone Circle is the world’s largest pre-historic stone circle. Children and grown-ups are able touch the stones and explore freely.

West Kennet Long Barrow Burial Chamber (which you can explore inside) and Silbury Hill are both nearby and also well worth seeing, as is Avebury Manor House and Garden (see below).

Avebury Manor & Garden, Wiltshire

Ave 13Avebury Manor and Garden is a National Trust Property a short walk away from Avebury Stone Circle. Avebury Manor differs from other stately homes in that kids are encouraged to touch everything! There are dressing-up costumes, beds to bounce on and lots of interesting objects to discover.

This is one of our favourite National Trust properties.

Tyntesfield House & Gardens

dsc04312Owned by the National Trust, the Tyntesfield estate boasts vast open space, green hills and trees of all shapes and sizes. Tyntesfield House is a Victorian Gothic Revival property which has lots of Victorian exhibits to see. There is also a play park for children, woodland play area, café for refreshments, plus regular food and craft markets throughout the year.

Dyrham Park

DSC01607A National Trust property situated near Bath, Dyrham Park offers a great trip with children. It includes a 17th century mansion, plus acres of deer park and garden to explore.

There is also a woodland playground and a picnic area with a hay bale maze, tractors and more for children to enjoy.

Clevedon Seafront and Pier

DSC05169Clevedon is a small Victorian seaside town in north Somerset which offers a great day away. It includes a seafront and pier which are perfect for crab fishing with the kids! There are also two good play parks next to Clevedon seafront and nearby cafés for meals/snacks.

There is a car park conveniently situated next to the seafront.

Clevedon Craft Centre

Clevedon craftLots of interesting shops, workshops and barns to see and explore; Clevedon Craft Centre offers something for adults and children of all ages. There are also gardens with chickens and ducks to feed – you can buy cheap bags of birdfeed there to do this.

There is also a café on site for a cup of tea and a snack, plus free parking.

Westonbirt Gardens, Tetbury

IMG_2620Part of Westonbirt School but open to the public every Wednesday and Thursday aftenoon from April – October, Westonbirt Gardens are a great place to explore and include beautiful grounds and gardens, interesting Victorian buildings and a little church.

Ideal for a picnic, walk, explore and game of hide-and-seek on a dry day.

Newton Café, Newton St Loe, Bath

DSC03811A family run farm café on the edge of Bath which offers great locally sourced food with a wide range of breakfasts, lunches and snacks. After you have eaten in the café or bought some local fresh produce in the farm café shop, the beautiful little village of Newton St Loe is a must for exploring!