The best adventures for families in Bristol and Cardiff


Finding something fun for the whole family can be a bit of a challenge. Ask anybody with kids and they’ll be able to tell you at least one tale of a disastrous day out. Remember when you thought you’d found the perfect thing to do only for someone to declare they’re ‘bored’ halfway through? If it hasn’t happened yet, trust us, it probably will!

To help you stave that day away and keep the kids entertained, we’ve found some of best boredom busting adventures on both sides of the UK’s Severn Bridge. Whether you’re in search of  Cardiff activities or Bristol activities, these will get you out of the house and channelling your inner Bear Grylls, Tarzan or even Tiger Woods in no time.

Severn Bridge

the Severn Bridge links England and Wales

Awesome activities in Cardiff

Treetop Adventure Golf

We know that the Welsh weather isn’t always the most forgiving so, if you find it limiting your options, escape the urban jungle and head to the rainforest instead. Treetop Adventure Golf is conveniently situated within St David’s shopping centre and features two challenging courses of pitch and putt to pit your wits against. It’s ideal for those of you who are a little bit (or maybe more than a little bit!) competitive.

Cardiff International White Water

If you’re not too wary about a wash out, we’d recommend a trip to Cardiff International White Water. Situated in Cardiff Bay, the centre runs a range of water based activities and caters for all ages. There’s so much to do, you may struggle to choose but their specially designed family canoe and kayak taster sessions are perfect for both kids and big kids alike. Feeling a little more adventurous? They also run a family rafting session on their white-water course too. Just make sure you don’t fall out!

Brilliant activities in Bristol

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

45 minutes from Bristol and in the heart of the Somerset countryside lies Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Despite the name, a visit to the Gorge is far from just an underground sightseeing trip; there’s lots more for everyone to get involved with. From rock climbing to freefalling to a race against the clock in one of their Escape Room challenges, there’s plenty to do, making it easy to turn your trip into a whole day out.

AirHop Bristol

If you’re looking for an adventure but you’re not really a great-wide- open kind of clan then a visit to AirHop Bristol is a must. This isn’t just any trampoline park, it’s the biggest in the world with over 177 trampolines and a whole host of activities that everyone can enjoy. Yes, even the big kids! As well as the main trampoline arena, the park is also home to both dodgeball and basketball courts, battle beams to bring out your inner gladiator and a wipeout zone to sort the winners from the losers. Game on!


Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s memorable landmarks

Go Ape!

Nobody does treetop adventures like Go Ape! and a day swinging through the trees and unleashing your inner Tarzan is one you’ll never forget. Everyone is catered, for with kids either joining the grown-ups on the original high ropes course or taking on a separate route designed especially for mini monkeys. Go Ape has locations across the UK and you’ll find a fun day out in both Wales and the South West. Their Forest of Dean location is a short drive from Bristol whilst their Margam Park site is a little over 30 minutes away from Cardiff.

Whether you’re looking for things to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays or simply looking for something to do this weekend, there’s plenty of adventure to be found in and around both Bristol and Cardiff.

These brilliant days out should leave everyone entertained for hours without the dreaded ‘B’ word even being thought of.

Even from the grown-ups!

Read more of our recommendations for things to do in Wales here.

For more recommendations of family adventure holidays in Europe, check out this feature.

This is a collaborative post. All pictures in this post are from Pixabay.

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  • Plutonium Sox
    November 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Oh wow! We get over towards Bristol and Cardiff a bit as my husband has family that way and I used to live in Cardiff. I hadn’t heard of Cardiff International White Water but it’s just our sort of thing, we will definitely be checking that out next year.

    • Nell
      November 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, it sounds great. My mum lives further west in Wales so we might pop in on the way to see her!


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