If you are planning to come and see us in 2020, you might like to check out some of these ideas for things to do in and around the hotel. From chocolate workshops to wildlife walks, kayaking to safaris, Easter bunny hunts to baby massage classes. One thing we can promise...you won't be bored!
1. Learn a new skill
Whether it’s how to make gut-friendly fermented foods (24th January); Gardening for Wildlife (28th February - both open to non-residents too), marmalade making, bug hotel making, seed planting (February Half term holidays) or fresh pesto making with chef in the garden (in the summer holidays), come away from your break with a new skill.
2. Chocoholics heaven
Come on one of our raw chocolate making workshops (Valentine’s 13th February; Family Easter 6th April). We’ve teamed up with ‘Elements for Life’ to offer gourmet raw chocolate making courses. You’ll come away with lots of goodies! Vegan friendly and gluten free. Booking details for Valentine's workshop. Easter workshop details to follow.
3. Pamper Your Pooch
Dogs are positively welcomed and receive their own welcome pack, dog bed and even have their own shower. The countryside around here is stunning, the walks exhilarating and Bradford on Avon must be one of the most dog friendly towns in the whole of the UK! Just ask us for recommendations.
Love dogs but don't yet have one? Meet Rex our friendly hotel dog and take him for walks in the grounds.
4. Pamper yourself
Down time for parents (well all adults really) – sit by the fire with a book, enjoy a peaceful massage, indulge in a rather special cocktail and candlelit dining from the kitchen of BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Quarter Finalist, Jethro Lawrence.
5. Tots Too
Special Baby & Toddler breaks. Come on our re-launched Baby’s First Stay Away break (suitable for babies 12 weeks up to 18 months), and enjoy different treats on different days of the week. Try the Singing Tree baby singing sessions, a 'Baby’s First Swim' swimming lesson, or a Baby Massage Class, not to mention the Baby Breakfast Club on a Wednesday morning, allowing mum and dad a lie-in. Bliss!
6. Beautiful Bath
There’s lots going on in Bath in 2020. Check out the Grayson Perry exhibition, top names at the Bath Festival and of course the fabulous Bath Christmas Market. See what's on in Bath during your stay.
7. Spring has Sprung
Spring is a lovely time to visit Woolley. The gardens are full of Spring bulbs, the blossom is on the trees and nature starts to hum into life. Visit the National Trust Courts Gardens for an amazing display of snowdrops (5 minute drive), Lacock Abbey (15minute drive) or book to see the lambing in March at Lackham, our local agricultural college.
8. Easter fun
Did someone mention rabbits? Our fun Easter Bunny Trail returns over the holidays for guests (and for those coming for lunch or afternoon tea). Then the Easter bunny himself (herself?) will be hopping along to deliver Easter eggs on Easter Sunday morning.
9. Food Glorious Food
Bradford on Avon Food Festival is the 30th May. A knockout success in its inaugural year, it returns with artisan producers and mouth watering demonstrations. If you like food, you’ll love this!
Check out our latest foodie blog here.
10. Water Babies Ahoy
Outdoor swimming is quite the thing at the moment. Dip your toe in the water (and maybe a bit more) with the popular Bradford on Avon slow swim & picnic. It takes place in the River Avon from the centre of town on 13th June. Be sure to book your place early as it’s always a sell-out.
11. Go on Safari
Yes, you can go on safari without leaving the country! Longleat is about ½ hour’s drive from Woolley but it seems like a world away. Elephants, lions, tigers and more. The also run some pretty cool events in and around the Longleat House. Check out the Festival of Light.
12. Go wild
For more wildness, we’ve partnered with Original Wild outdoor adventure company to offer paddle boarding (and paddle boarding with dogs), climbing, absailing and kayaking.
13. Lazy hazy days of summer
Feeling exhausted? Lie-back by the heated outdoor pool in summer with a rum punch from the pool bar and survey the views across the valley. One day my son, this could all be yours…
14. Harvest Festival Family Fun 20th September
We've got heaps of fun planned for this family day out. Save the date and watch this space!
15. Read all about it
Inspiring. Funny. Scintillating. Outstanding. Just some of the words used to describe the Bath Children’s Literature Festival (Friday 25 September – Sunday 4 October). Ideal for both bookworms and those who need a little more encouragement.
16. Wonders of the World
No holiday in Wiltshire would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge, one of the Wonders of the World (a 45 minute drive from Woolley), but have you heard of the other Wonders of Wiltshire, equally worth seeing but a little less visited? There's the Avebury stones, the Caen Hill flight of 29 locks, the 8 Wiltshire White Horses - the oldest (1778) is at Westbury and, on a clear day, can be seen across the valley from the hotel; and in Bradford on Avon itself the Tithe Barn, the early Saxon Church, the town lockup and St Mary’s, the old chapel of pilgrimage on the hill. Discover these and more!
17. Lights, camera, action
Harry Potter, Poldark, Wolf Hall, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Pride and Prejudice to name but a few have all been shot locally. See here for the low down on what and where and don't miss the Harry Potter cauldron at Lacock Abbey!
18. Chocolate Box Cottages
Love quaint old English villages, chocolate box cottages and country pubs? You could well go into overload here. Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds the hotel is a stone's throw away from idyllic villages such as Lacock, Castle Combe and Biddestone.
19. Theatre trips & concerts
The Theatre Royal Bath has been described as one of the best preserved examples of Georgian theatre architecture. It puts on some pretty good performances too. Of greatest renown though are its pantomines. Yes, he’s behind you!
Five minutes down the road from us is the World class Wiltshire Music Centre, with a wide choice of music on offer for young and old.
20. The festive season
Thinking ahead to where would you like to celebrate next Christmas? Ours is a very traditional affair. The hotel is dressed in all its Christmas finery from 1st December and there’s mulled wine on tap. Then there’s a real country house party over Christmas itself with lots of entertainment and free flowing food and drink. In between Christmas and New Year there’s still fun to be had but at a more leisurely pace, and then there’s the New Year celebrations….perfect if you want to celebrate as a family. Do let us know if you are interested. Booking details to follow.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2020 and if you are planning to come and see us we look forward to welcoming you!
The Team at Woolley.