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Family Days Out Within an Hour of Bristol

Spending time as a family is important, and what better opportunity to explore the array of farms, wildlife parks, historical sites and country estates around the South West?

Let us talk you through some of our favourite family days out within an hour of Bristol including the activities for families on-site, prices, how to get there, opening timesand accessability! 

Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves

Distance from Bristol: 45 minutes (19.3 miles) via Old Bristol Rd

About: Explore some amazing caves with the family. They also offer a 4D cinema, adventure golf, museum, mystery fairy garden, dinosuars, a papermill, arcade, gift shops, picnic area, cafe and lots more! The attraction offers a helpful device you can listen to while walking around the underground labyrinth. If the weather is good families can also enjoy a walk around Cheddar Gorge which is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most impressive natural landmarks, with towering cliffs and a host of wildlife.

Prices: 

  • Adults - £19.95
  • Seniors (60 years +) - £17.95
  • Child (3 - 14 years) - £15.95 
  • Infants (Under 3 years) - FREE

Address: Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset  BA5 1BB

Opening times: Winter (November to March) - 10.00am - 4.00pm Summer (April - October) - 10.00am - 5.00pm

Parking: Large onsite, FREE carpark

Accessibility: Even though it may not sound it, Wookey Hole is very Wheelchair and Pushchair friendly.

Telephone: 01749 672243

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Paulton's Park

PAULTONS PARK HOME OF PEPPA PIG WORLD

Distance from Bristol: 2 hours - Best for a full day trip.

About: Paultons Park provides a great day out for toddlers and adults! This theme park has a selection of incredibly thrilling rides for all ages. From roller coasters, water rides, to train rides and flat rides, this amusement park provides an unforgettable day out. 

They have an array of themed worlds but one in particular we think your toddler would love is Peppa Pig World. From Peppa's Big Balloon Ride, George's Dinosaur Adventure, to Grampy Rabbit's Sailing Club and Daddy Pig's Car Ride, your little ones will have a blast in this park.

TGt Recommends: If your little one is a massive Peppa Pig fan and you can see yourself spending considerable time at this part of the park then we highly recommend getting the Peppa's Early Play Pass. 

This then gives you the special opportunity to meet Peppa Pig and George personally before the Park opens between 9.00 - 10.00am on selected dates and enjoy 30 minutes early access to the rides in Peppa Pig World from 9.30am, with Peppa's Early Play & Ride Pass.

Address: Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AL

Tel: 023 8081 4442

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Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park

Distance from Swindon: 1 hr 12 min (43.6 mi) via M4 and A350

Embarking on a family adventure to Longleat Safari Park guarantees an enriching and exhilarating experience for all.

Famed as the pioneer of Drive Through Safari Parks outside of Africa, Longleat beckons you to roll up the windows and safeguard those sandwiches, for you're about to embark on an expedition wilder, furrier, and more growl-worthy than your wildest dreams. Tally the cheetah's spots, exchange greetings with wolves, and enjoy a close encounter with a gentle giraffe. Just be cautious of the ever-curious monkeys along the way!

Location: Longleat Safari Park, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Getting there: Parking is free

Opening Times: View their opening times here.

Accessibility: They provide a queue assist scheme which helps those who have difficulty queuing make the most of their day with Longleat.

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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum

Distance from Bristol: 35 minutes (24.3 miles) via the M4

About: Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt Arboretum is a remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees. They offer:

  • National Arboretum
  • STIHL Tree Top Walkway
  • Walking trails
  • Running trails 
  • Gruffalo sculptures
  • Play areas
  • Community programme
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome

Prices:

March to November -

  • Adult - £11.00
  • Students - £7.00
  • Child (5-14 years) - £4.00
  • Under 5's go FREE

December to February - 

  • Adult - £7.00
  • Students - £5.00
  • Child - £3.00
  • Under 5's go FREE

Address: Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Opening times: Monday - Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Parking: FREE parking

Accessibility: Disabled parking available and you can hire mobility scooters or wheelchairs for free. There is also a shuttle service designed to help those who need a little extra help getting around.

Telephone: 0300 067 4890

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Cotswold Country Park & Beach

Cotswold Country Park & Beach

Distance from Bristol: 52 minute drive (38.3 miles) via the M4

About: Just under an hour’s drive north east of Bristol, this area produced gravel until the Seventies, when the pits were filled with water and about 150 lakes were created. These now serve as either wildlife habitats or lively centres for watersports. An inviting range of activities is on offer for all ages, with an inland beach, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, aqua zorbing and lots more. Visit their website for more information and pries for activities.

Prices: 

Peak Park Admission:

  • Car (up to 5 persons) -  £16
  • MPV’s (6-8 persons)  - £20
  • Minibus - £40
  • Motorbikes (up to 2 persons)  - £6
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist -  £6

Off Peak Park Admission:

  • Car (up to 5 persons) -  £12
  • MPV’s (6-8 persons) -  £16
  • Minibus -  £30
  • Motorbikes (up to 2 persons) -  £5
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist (adult) -  £4
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist (child) -  £2

Address: Cotswold Country Park & Beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, GL7 6DF

Opening times: Every Day 10.00am - 7.00pm (Peak Season) Every Day 10.00am - 5.00pm (Off Peak Season)

Parking: FREE with admission

Accessibility: N/A

Telephone: 01285 868096

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Wild Place Project

Wild Place Project

Distance from Bristol: 19 minutes (11.8 miles) via the M32

About: Wild Place Project is a fun family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning. Meet amazing animals from across the world from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to magnificent European brown bears.

They have a bear wood, a barefoot trail, discover Madagascar, play areas, food and drink, gardens, Gelada rocks, the secret Congo, walled garden, camp baboon and the Benou national park.

Prices: 

At the gate:

  • Adult  -  £14.37 
  • Child (2 - 14 years) - £11.50 
  • Child (Under 2)  -  FREE
  • Carer -   FREE

Online:

  • Adult  -  £13.65
  • Child (2 - 14 years)  -  £10.35
  • Child (Under 2)  -  FREE
  • Carer  -  FREE

Address: Wild Place Project, Black Horse Hill, Bristol, BS10 7TP, United Kingdom

Opening times: Visit their website for their opening times.

Parking: FREE Parking on site

Accessibility: Wild Place Project is based on a site rich in natural beauty please be aware that paths can be loose and unevensome parts so some parts of Wild Place Project are unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Telephone: 0117 980 7175

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Puxton Park

Puxton Park

Distance from Bristol: 30 minutes (16.5 miles) via the A370

About: This is a brilliant family day out, the ultimate fun-filled, all weather experience for all the family! They offer an adventure play area, indoor soft play, water pursuits, tractor tracks, an animal zone, falconry and mini railway. There is plenty for the kids to do and all the rides are free when you get in. Brilliant soft play area, boating lake, bouncy pillow, go-carts, water zorbs and much more!

Prices:

  • Adult - £11.00
  • Child (under 16) - £13.00
  • Senior (Over 60) - £10.00
  • Family (4 people) - £44.00

Address: Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish, BS24 6AH, United Kingdom

Opening times: Monday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Parking: FREE parking on site

Accessibility: Access from the designated disabled parking spaced to the main entrance is on concrete and from all other areas on tarmac or hard core. The grounds at Puxton Park are suitable for wheelchair and disabled users.

Telephone: 01934 523500

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Brean Theme Park

Brean Theme Park

Distance from Bristol: 53 minutes (35.9 miles) via the M5

About: Somerset’s ultimate day out with lots to do for all the family. Featuring Brean Theme Park, Brean Splash Waterpark, Brean Play, Brean Country Club. Brean Theme Park has over 40 fantastic rides and attractions to suit all ages. From thrilling roller coasters, sky-divers and ghost trains - to gentle river boat rides and mini-coasters for children, there is something for everyone.

Prices: 

  • Megaband Blue Day  -  £24.75  
  • Junior Band - Blue Day  -  £20.25  
  • Tot Band Blue Day  -  £15.75  
  • 3 day Megaband  -  £36.00  
  • 3 day Junior Band  -  £28.80  
  • 3 day Tot Band  -  £21.60  

Address: Coast Road, Brean Sands, Somerset, TA8 2QY

Opening times: Monday - Sunday 11.00am -8.00pm 

Parking: £4 for an all day parking ticket

Accessibility: All of their rides are accessed via steps, i.e. there are no flat approaches. 

Telephone: 01278 751595

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