7 of the best bank holiday days out near Bristol
Who’s ready to get out of the city for a fun day out this bank holiday weekend? With a whole 3 days off there’s more than enough time to spend an afternoon in Bath, explore Yatton, jet off to Somerset, and more. This week we’ve teamed up with Karshare to make planning your bank holiday adventure out of the city a breeze...
Karshare connects car renters with car owners, making it easy to rent a car in your local community. Simply find an available car near to where you live in Bristol, pick it up using Karshare’s keyless technology, and you’re on your way! Now to choose your perfect bank holiday day out...
1. Food heroes tasting walk in Bath
Take a short drive to Bath and go on a food heroes tasting walk where you’ll explore the city’s culinary delights. You’ll stop at up to 7 specially chosen locations selected for their artisan products, where you’ll meet the makers and best of all - sample their local produce. Our top advice for this one? Arrive hungry!
2. Private champagne balloon flight over Somerset
The rolling hills of Somerset are just a car ride away and what better way to see them than from the air! Bristol’s own Bailey Balloons will take you on an unforgettable champagne balloon flight over Somerset villages and the 198 square miles of the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. As the wind takes you, you're likely to see Glastonbury Tor rising out of the Somerset levels and in the distance, neighbouring counties of Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire.
3. Foraging for wild bitters and tonics in Warmley
Head just outside Bristol and you’ll find new green spaces to explore and forage for wild bitters in, like Overscourt Wood in Siston, near Warmley. Walking around this beautiful woodland, you'll find cleansing spring herbs that invigorate the body. Your host, Maria, will show you how to discover and harvest these wild herbs and make them into a cleansing spring tonic to bring home and enjoy.
4. Ride a bicycle made for two in Yatton
Take a drive to Yatton and you’ll find The Strawberry Line, which stretches all the way to Sandford. You can explore this beautiful part of North Somerset and ride a bicycle made for two with the help of the Strawberry Line Cycle Project. Simply turn up on the day and the Strawberry Line team will have your tandem, route and a tasty picnic all ready!
5. Sheep herding and wool spinning in Poulshot
A little further away over in Wiltshire you’ll find a field full of sheep that need herding into their pen! Head to the village of Poulshot to enjoy a fun and completely unique sheep herding experience with the wonderful Raising the Baa team. Your professional shepherd host, Chris, will give you low down on sheep herding tactics, before you head into the barn to try spinning and felting with wool. Baa-rilliant fun guaranteed!
6. Make your own lino prints and cards in Portishead
Combine a waterside walk along Portishead Marina with making your own line art prints on a boat! Your Bristol Art Workshops host, Barbara, will have everything you need to try art printing for the first time. You’ll drive home with a set of beautiful one-off, handmade prints that you can share as unique gifts or hang on a wall.
7. Bee a beekeeper
Take a short drive to Emerson’s Green in South Gloucestershire to meet Alyson, otherwise known as The Bee Lady. This experience is a chance for bee lovers to become a beekeeper for the afternoon and explore the secret life of the hive. Putting on a bee suit, you’ll get to look inside a working hive and help Alyson do her regular beekeeping checks, discovering more about these incredible pollinators. Afterwards you’ll leave for home with your own pot of Bristol honey!