If you are coming to stay at Woolley this summer holidays, here’s a sneak preview of the fun family events and activities going on in the hotel and beyond the gates.
Woolley Grange Family Events
We’ve had a good run up to the summer hols, so the water is warm and poolside cocktails are at the ready! But if relaxing by the pool isn’t your thing, take a look at our fun weekly programme of family events, from crazy nail painting with the Spa team to pesto making with Chef. See weekly schedule below.
Downward dog or crow? There’s yoga and other holistic classes in the wonderful yurt, nestled behind our woods at the bottom of the top field. Please see below our summer timetable for Yoga and Meditation Classes for adult and family class times, or, if you prefer, Rebekkah, our yoga teacher, can also offer one-to-one sessions.
Pop-up events are all the rage. We have a number planned throughout the summer, including Archery with Steve, ‘Drawing Animal Heads’ with local artist tutor Mandy; and Story Time events, including children’s author Laura James, will be regaling us with tales of Captain Pug and Fabio, the World’s Greatest Flamingo detective. More to follow shortly!
Bradford on Avon Summer Events
Beyond messing about on the river/ canal (which we highly recommend and can guide you with canoe, boat or bike hire), Bradford on Avon has a lot more going on this summer.
Just down the road from Woolley Grange, sits the world-class Wiltshire Music Centre. From toddlers to teenagers, the children take over the centre for a month (30th July- 30th August) of musical and creative activities. There’s circus skills classes, animation of a short film, drama workshops, Rock Band workshops, Young Composers workshop and more. For little ones there’s music and dancing with Fidgety Feet and Little Piccolos sessions.
Fancy a tour of our beautiful historic town of Bradford on Avon? Explore the alleyways, secrets, sights and landmarks on this informative and fun walking tour. This is free and lasts for 90 minutes. Meet 11am every Saturday in July at the train station. Look out for Janey, Tour Guide, in pink.
If you want to travel further on foot, then check out the Bradford on Avon Walking Festival (31st August to 2nd September). Guides will introduce you to the delights of the beautiful countryside. See bats, birds or the canal crossing the river, and indulge in a pint of the best or a scrumptious cream tea…after the walk of course!
Love markets? Check out the Bradford on Avon Floating Market (28th & 29th July). Local artisans sell their wares from canal boats. Crafts, food, demonstrations and entertainment. Fun for all the family. P.s. 2o minutes down the road the Frome Independent is also a must if you haven’t been yet. It takes over the town on the first Sunday of each month.
Beautiful Bath is a 20 minute drive away, or a picturesque 15 minute river valley journey on the train.
The Victoria Art Gallery have a programme of arts activities every Wednesday and Friday. Young visitors can make felt flower or bug badges, follow the bug trail around the gallery and create a picturesque pond. All activities are free and no need to book. Suitable for 3+ years.
The Holburne Museum has a 10 days Arts Festival from 20-29th August 11-4pm. Colourscape takes place within a sculpture. Don a coloured cape and step into a new world of no horizons, just intense colour and light. Live musicians and dancers lead you on a journey of discovery.
The Fashion Museum offers Georgian dressing up opportunities and a programme of family events. Their exhibition Royal Women showcases royal dresses across four generations and A History of Fashion in 100 Objects shows how fashions have changed throughout the ages.
The Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm throughout the summer, allowing visitors to experience the great Bath by torchlight. Children’s audio guides and video screens showing Roman’s at leisure, really bring this ancient monument to life for young and old.
Out and about in the countryside
A day trip to Longleat is a popular outing whilst staying at Woolley Grange. As well as going on safari, up until 3rd September you can come face to face with the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Unravel an ancient mystery, millions of years in the making and tackle a curious conundrum; was the fearsome T. rex perfectly adapted for the hunt or better suited to scavenging a kill? The exhibition is run in conjunction with the Natural History Museum.
Bowood House offers hours of fun for children in their adventure playground. Throughout the summer there is also a programme of activities from Junior Golf camp, to Classic Cars and Tractor Ted’s Diggers and Dumpers weekend.
Harry Potter mad? Visit Lacock to see the giant cauldron as well as a rather beautiful abbey and National Trust village. Lacock are having lots of crafty fun this summer: make your own sun catcher and sundial (23-27 July), your own family crest (30 July-3 August) and watercolour week (6-10 August) - Take a clip-board and a piece of paper and head out in the grounds and gardens to draw a picture to then paint with watercolours back in the Botanic Garden activity tent. Fun family trails also available (assuming you’ve already done the fabulous Woolley Sheep Trail back at the hotel).
Castle Coombe is reputed to be the prettiest village not only in the Cotswolds, but also the whole of England! The nearby racetrack offers thrills of a different kind. If speed thrills you, check out their racetrack days.
However you choose to spend your family time this summer, we hope you have a lovely one!
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