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Things to do on holiday


Bradford-on-Avon has many fine examples of architecture from the Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Industrial Revolution periods.  The bridge retains two of the original 13th century arches as well as an 18th century ‘Blind House’, which served as the town lock-up!  Why not visit the Saxon Church of St. Laurence dating from the early 11th century or the stunning, 14th century Tithe Barn, retaining its old threshing floors and other features from its agricultural past.  It has been used as a setting for several TV dramas. The chapel of St Mary Tory is a tiny chapel high up on Tory, on the north side of the town.  It was largely rebuilt in Victorian times.  Take a walk through The Shambles.  It was the meat market in medieval times, but is now a quaint, pedestrian walkway lined with a range of small, boutique shops.  Stop for afternoon tea at the Victorian Tea Shop, named as ‘UK’s Top Tea Place’ by the prestigious UK Tea Guild.  If you enjoy museums, then visit the town’s museum, home to a diverse collection illustrating the history of the town, along with an exact reconstruction of the Victorian Chemist’s shop that used to serve the town.  Within Barton Farm Country Park, is a range of medieval buildings known as Barton Grange Farm. This was the grange of the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey who had been granted the manor of Bradford by King Ethelred in AD 1001.


For those that enjoy cycling, bicycles from adult mountain bikes to childrens’ bikes, trailers, tag-alongs or child seats can be rented in Bradford-on-Avon.  The Kennet and Avon Cycle route is Britain’s most popular long-distance waterside cycle-route.  From town, you can cycle west towards Bath passing the stunning aqueducts at Dundas and Avoncliff.  It is a level 8 mile bike ride to Bath.  At Bath you can join the Bristol and Bath Railway path.  Cycling east from Bradford on Avon you reach the Caen hill locks at Devizes where the canal ascends Caen Hill via a flight of 16 locks.


‘Pack your ginger beer and marmite sandwiches and set off on a true adventure’.  Canadian canoes can be hired near the lock at Bradford on Avon.  The canoes are very safe and easy to use and can be paddled solo or with a couple, or a family of four.

If you fancy something a bit more leisurely, then how about taking a trip on a 65ft wide-beam boat along the Kennet and Avon canal.  Trips run from Bradford on Avon to the Avoncliff Aqueduct or Widbrook.


Enjoy a day out at the Races in nearby Bath, at Britain’s highest racecourse; or experience the exciting atmosphere of an English Premiership match at The Rec, home of Bath Rugby.  Play Golf at Bowood Golf Club, the region’s top championship golf course or try Racing at Castle Combe.


Bathe in the UKs only natural thermal spa at the Thermae Bath Spa.  With a choice of 50 treatments and 3 pools, including a roof top pool with stunning views of the city, a lazy spa day is a must!  Visit the Roman Baths, with their remarkably complete remains built around Britain’s only hot springs.  Come in the summer and enjoy the Opera and Jazz Festival at Iford Manor.  In September, enjoy the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, with many events spread out over the 9 day period.  From late November to mid-December, for 18 days, the quaint streets and the square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopper’s haven – the Bath Christmas markets.


With three bridal gown and accessory shops and a number of beauty salons Bradford on Avon is a great place for the future bride and her mother to plan for the big day.


There’s so much to do with the kids.  Longleat House & Safari park will entertain young and old.  Feed the giraffes, reindeer and sealions; get lost in the maze; take a train ride or boat trip; or why not see how many car parts the monkeys can remove in the monkey enclosure!  Visit Cheddar Gorge & Caves where kids can abseil, climb or go caving.  How about visiting the East Somerset Railway on Thomas the Tank Engine days!  On a rainy day, visit Wookey Hole, the West’s largest indoor attraction.  For something a bit closer to home and a bit different, why not try the West of England Falconry in nearby Monkton Combe where you can learn to fly hawks.  Or for a ‘quieter’ day, take the kids swimming at the pool in Bradford-on-Avon.

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