Experiences make memories. Whether you're after adventure or relaxation this summer and autumn, be inspired with our selection of the best experiences that Woolley Grange and the surrounding countryside have to offer.
The Woolley Country Festival
This summer we are running an ongoing and socially distanced Woolley Country Festival exclusively for our hotel guests. Make garden pesto with the chef, create pretty flower crowns, learn how to willow weave, design your own mocktail recipe (and then drink the results), have a go at soft archery, toast marshmallows in the copse, try a kids’ yoga class, learn all about gardening with our ‘seed-to-harvest’ planting and cropping with the garden team, and get to know the local wildlife with our Twilight Bat Walk led by Megan, our Head Gardener & Ecologist. See attached timetable for details. Please note that some of these activities are subject to favourable weather conditions.
You can also take part in our Family Challenge in the grounds. Try welly wanging, wheel barrow racing, our fiendish obstacle course and hula-hooping. Could your family be the winning one?
For a more leisurely activity, follow the Woolley Sheep Trail and get to know our 14 acre grounds. All the little ones win a prize. There's also arts & crafts fun in the Woolley Bears Den and den building in the grounds.
For those with young children we have individual family areas in the grounds with teepees for the children to play in whilst mum and dad relax in deckchairs with a drink and a book. Bliss!
When the lights dip low enjoy a relaxing cocktail on the terrace as gentle guitar music drifts across the gardens, firepits are lit and woollen blankets are brought out to keep you warm.
Enjoy our socially distanced Woolley Country Festival this summer…with no crowds or queues for the loos!
Fantastic Food & Drink
Head Chef Jethro Lawrence returns offering fantastic food in the restaurant (recommended guest spacing and operating procedures in place). We are offering a delicious lunchtime picnic menu, or a cream tea if you prefer. Just pick up your blanket and your pre-ordered picnic basket from the hotel and go find the perfect picnic spot in our 14 acre gardens or explore the local countryside. We have lots of recommendations for some rather special places.
We are offering some lovely Elemis treatments (with carefully reformulated safety procedures) in the Spa, from Biotec facials to deep tissue massage as well as professional Jessica manicures and pedicures. (Once Government guidelines allow).
Children's Yoga: Coming soon! Rachael, our Spa Manager and Tracy, one of our Spa Therapists, will be offerring kid’s yoga sessions throughout the summer. Watch this space for when booking opens!
Adult and family yoga: Rebekah, a professional yoga teacher, is offering one-to-one, partner or family yoga sessions in the hotel grounds. She writes: ‘I have over a decade of experience, and can adapt my classes to cater for the needs of your body. I love to work with people one to one or in small groups and am also able to offer meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), chanting and mantra, restorative and yoga nidra based classes if you feel that rest is top of your agenda.’
Rebekah’s sessions last 75 minutes and cost £50. Please contact her directly to book: www.shantishala.co.uk
Our new sensory room is also open to families with young children. Please book your session with the hotel.
Wildlife & Nature
Enjoy nature walks with Megan, Head Gardener and Ecologist, in our 14 acre grounds, or how about den building or some mucky fun in our new mud kitchen?
You can also now visit Longleat and go on safari. Pre-booking is essential.
Canadian Canoes can be hired from the Lock Inn in Bradford on Avon. They take up to a family of four and cost £25 for a two hour paddle. Head up to Avoncliff where the Kennett & Avon canal crosses the River Avon - so picturesque! If you are quiet enough you can also see kingfishers and herons. Pre-booking of 2 hours or more in advance is essential. Call Mark on 07429290071
We have also teamed up with the award winning adventure company Original Wild to offer paddleboarding, kayaking and climbing guided tours. We are hoping that they can re-open soon to offer these fun adventure tours. Please check their website for updated details.
Local Walks & History Trails
The Bradford on Avon Blue Badge Trail takes you around our well preserved little medieval town that is bursting with history. Follow the blue badge trail and get to understand this wool and rubber town’s history a little better. Download the document below.
Fred’s Walk. Fred is our Bar Manager. He has lived in Bradford on Avon for over 21 years and so knows it well. Follow Fred’s Walk for local interest and a bit of folklore!
Roman and Georgian Bath is only 6 miles from Woolley Grange. Admire the Roman history, the serene Georgian crescents and parks whilst it's quieter. Despite some attractions remaining closed, just walking the streets and parks of this UNESCO Heritage city is still a total delight. Visit Bath highlight the top 10 attractions, including the National Trust Bath Skyline Walk, where you can wander through 6 miles of meadows, ancient woodlands and secluded valleys, with great views of Bath below. To make it more fun for the children you could see how many Georgian crescents you can find or perhaps download a Treasure Trail of Bath.
Lacock. Home to Harry Potter, Poldark and many other historic film sets, Lacock is a beautiful National Trust Cotswold village and abbey, only 15 minutes drive from Woolley. Lacock Abbey grounds are now open on a pre-bookable only basis, as are the nearer (5minute drive), and equally gorgeous, The Courts gardens.
Pretty as a Picture
Whatever you choose to do on your family summer holiday with us, we hope you have fun!