Bath Activities - Your Group Activity Guide To Bath
Want to find some fun Bath activities to do? There are oodles of choices for hen parties, stag weekends, birthday bashes and corporate teams who would like to get active.
All aboard Bath activity!
Looking at the Georgian splendour of Bath, lolling opulently in the Somerset countryside, you might just want to sprawl with it, sup coffee and take in the sights. But if you fancy a few thrills and spills, there are plenty of adrenaline-busting Bath activities to choose from.
Bath is a great place for getting active on the water. There is even a venerable and ancient boating station. Victorian ladies and gents set out onto the water from here and the business is still going strong today.
Stag and hen parties have a splendid choice of watery activities available to them. You can hire canoes, row boats, punts or canal boats, then head out along the River Avon or Kennet and Avon canal leaving Bath in the background.
You can glide and wobble your way downstream, spotting wildlife, splashing your mates and admiring the views. There are gorgeous country pubs to moor up at for a few bevies, before it’s “all hands on deck” to wend your watery way back to Bath.
Go Crazy Outdoors in Bath
One of the newest Bath activities on offer is bubble football. The art of footie is all a lot trickier when you are encased in a zorb-like PVC sphere! Try to tackle and you’ll soon be rebounding off your mates.
It’s a hilarious challenge that is sure to make you bounce. Alternatively, you can choose to pit your skills against your friends down on the farm, with a unique set of West Country themed games that will make you pant, chuckle and cheer. There is even the truly crazy Bath activity of wingsuit flying. Make like a flying squirrel and take to the skies!
Sporting Activities in Bath
Bath rugby ground ‘The Rec’ is slap bang in the heart of the city, so an easy stroll for rugby-loving groups. Bath have been playing their home matches here since 1884, so just like its home city, the ground is steeped in history.
Matches are scheduled from August to May each year. You can cheer on the Bath players from the stands, enjoy a locally-brewed beer or two and spot the current and future stars of England rugby. So, set your chariot’s compass for the Rec and ‘swing low’ in style.
Now I know this doesn’t sound like the most adventurous of activities, but everyone needs a pitstop to refuel. And when in Bath…drink tea! Bath may very well be the ultimate destination for those with a fondness for tea and cake, as there are dozens of super cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Next door to the Roman Baths lies the deliciously posh Pump Rooms, where you can be entertained by a trio of classical musicians, whilst munching genteel sandwiches and quaffing a glass of champagne.
In Jane Austin Centre’s Regency Tea Rooms, you can step into Regency life and experience ‘Tea With Mr Darcy’, ‘Bingley’s Brownies’ or ‘Cousin Collins Crumpets’. And if you fancy a dollop of history with your high tea, you could visit the famous Sally Lunns. This cafe is set in one of the oldest buildings in Bath and is home to the original ‘Bath bun’, a scrumptious brioche-style delicacy. All in all, one of the best relaxing Bath activities on offer.
Go fast Bath activities
For those with a need for speed with their Bath activities, there are plenty of Bath activities that will have you whizzing about. There is the pint-sized option of speeding around on mini motos.
Your machine is only 18 inches tall, but when you’re that close to the ground, a top speed of 30 mph feels like flying. There’s also the muddy prospect of quad biking, with a few challenging courses to choose from.
And there’s the ever-popular activity of go-karting. There are indoor and outdoor tracks to tear around. One of the venues is set in an iconic World War 2 aircraft hangar. You’ll have hairpin bends and your mates to contend with. Some sites even offer an F1 style championship. Strap on your seatbelt and let battle commence!
Aim…fire…SPLAT….”aargh!” Ah, hark at that. It can only be ye olde sport of paintballing. There’s nowt more fun than dressing up in boiler suits and running about the woods shooting paint at your friends. If you prefer a less messy option, there are venues offering laser quest too.
If you want to get all country gent, there is the challenge of clay pigeon shooting. Or if you want to practice an ancient and venerable skill, get your noggin around nocking, ready your quiver and try your hand at archery instead.
Shop till you drop
Bath is simply awesome for shopping darlings! Whilst this may not strictly count as an adrenaline activity, there are pairs of shoes in Bath to set your heart racing. There are streets upon streets of genteel Georgian architecture, with curious little side alleys to explore too.
All of them are jam-packed with stylish, quirky and artisanal treasures. And it’s all set in a nice compact area, so easily stroll-able.
…in a spa. One of the more commonly recognized of all Bath activities. When the Romans settled in Bath 2,000 years ago, they called the town Aquae Sulis, meaning ‘the waters of Sulis’, after the local goddess of the hot springs. Bath claims to have the hottest natural spring waters in the country, waters which have drawn the rich and famous here to bathe for centuries.
In Roman times, the spa was a hotbed of debauchery, being famously lewd. But these days, the spa experience is a far more refined affair. Thermae Bath spa has a variety of pools, including a fabulous rooftop pool. Once there, you can swim and relax in the warm waters, whilst admiring the view, through the steam, across the rooftops of the city. Relax, renew and rejuvenate before your totally splendid Bath night out on the tiles.