Kids & Holiday Clubs
We’re lucky in B&NES that there’s a lot for children to do. Kids weekly classes and events are listed elsewhere on the site. Here we are going start listing some of facilities, camps and clubs in the area of fitness, sport and wellbeing in an easy-to-view section. Let us know what else we should have here.
Kids ‘sporty’ holiday camps
There are a variety of holiday camps and active days available for this summer (in alphabetical order). Let us know if you know of any more camps to add to this list.
Alice Park Summer Tennis Camps – for information, send email to email@example.com
Local B&NES sports centres – run children's activities a(eg Zany Zone indoor play, swim school, junior gym etc) : see www.better.org.uk/areas/banes
Baskervilles Gym have holiday gymnastics classes – www.baskervillesgym.co.uk/holiday-courses/
Bath Area Play Project: Play Rangers – free play days run by professional play workers across various Bath venues. Visit www.bapp.org.uk for dates and locations of summer play schemes
Bath Kids Holiday Club – see www.bathkidsholidayclub.com for details
Bath Rugby usually runs summer camps – www.bathrugby.com/community
Camp Teepee at The Paragon offers outdoor adventure camps in the holidays for 6-11 yr olds – www.paragonschool.co.uk/Camp-Teepee.asp
Community Badminton Summer Camps (5-16 yr olds) – www.avon.communitybadminton.org/Coaching/Camps
Cricketbath at Bath Cricket Club has courses – www.bathcricket.com
Dig & Delve – outdoor holiday club & forest school sessions for 5-11 year olds at Bath City Farm; see www.digdelve.co.uk
Excel Tennis in the Park runs indoor/outdoor tennis kids camps from age 4 and upwards, based in Royal Victoria Park – see www.tennisintheparkbath.co.uk/times.php#Events
Bloomfield Tennis Club junior holiday camps – see www.bloomfieldtennisbath.co.uk
GET Sported at Ralph Allen School: holiday camps – www.getsported.org
Kings Camps at Prior Park College – various mixed and sport-specific camps for different ages: www.kingscamps.org
Lansdown Tennis Club has tennis camps for various age groups; see www.lansdownclub.co.uk/tennis/coaching/holiday-camps/
MH Soccer Skills run holiday soccer clubs at venues in Bath; see www.mhsoccerskills.com
Monkton Combe School has a variety of camps and activities for different age groups – www.monktoncombeschool.com
Odd Down Sports Ground – various sessions/sports on the assorted pitches, cycling circuit and other facilities: see odddownsportsground.co.uk/
Pace Athletic Academy (5-11 year olds) at Beechen Cliff School – run by coaches James Hiller and Dan Cossins: paceacademy.webs.com
Play areas and playgrounds – info about local public parks and playgrounds: www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/sport-leisure-and-parks/play-areas-and-playgrounds
SollyCoaching – offers holiday courses and 1-to-1 sessions at Hampset and Winsley: email firstname.lastname@example.org
South West Dodgeball – held at Hayesfiled School; email email@example.com
Sportworks UK / OrokoSports are running Tag Rugby days in the summer at Walcot RFC – www.sportworksuk.co.uk
Spotters Hockey – runs summer camps for beginners and experienced players – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Camps at King Edward's School – multi-activity camps: see www.supercamps.co.uk
Swainswick Explorers – offering a wide range of outdoor activities for children and young people; see www.swainswickexplorers.co.uk
Team Bath Tribe at University of Bath – several sport specific holiday camps including hockey, netball, badminton, athletics and tennis www.teambath.com/tribe-schools/holiday-activities/
Ideas for teenagers
There are various private enterprises in the region catering for this age group, offering paint-balling, laser games, quad biking, bowling, etc but these can be more pricey. Various sports clubs and courses are available (including after-school sessions during term-time), including football, rugby, tennis and cricket at several locations, learn-to-row junior courses at Minerva Bath Rowing Club, and many others. Some gyms (including Baskervilles and Genesis in Bath) offer specific Teen Fitness sessions.
Cheaper ideas include: joining the Scouts or Guides or similar – these groups often provide interesting outings such as climbing, orienteering, sailing and summer camps at a low cost. Some activities can be paid for by the session, eg rollerskating, swimming, badminton etc. Some subsidised sports sessions are sometimes available. B&NES sports centres have good value activities and facilities. The Sports & Active Lifestyles team at B&NES Council can also help you locate something appropriate in your area.
Free opportunities are more difficult to find for this age group. There are some free skate parks: for example, in Bath's Royal Victoria Park and also The Somer Valley Adventure Play & Skate Park. Parents could take a mixed-age group of children and a picnic to The Somer Valley Park as it has "a range of exciting play facilities, from outdoor trampolines to a zip wire and tunnels." There are usually coached and supported skateboarding sessions run throughout the holidays too.
Another good resource is the activity finder at getactive.wesport.org.uk – where you can also check out if there are any suitable local Sportivate sessions (free taster courses for teens).
There's information for young people, including listings for various local events at www.b-active.info There are youth hubs at Peasedown, Radstock, Riverside and Southside which all run activities for young people.
Other useful links
www.bathmums.co.uk – a great user-friendly site for families in Bath with events, activities and parenting forum etc.
www.bathnes.gov.uk/fis – the council's Family Information Service site page.
www.1bigdatabase.org.uk – "family information at your fingertips" – is a directory of services, community and voluntary organisations, clubs and groups in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Has an events calendar but covers a wide area, not just B&NES. Not very comprehensive.
B&NES Family Information Service also produces a useful small booklet titled "Activities for Young Children" which you can obtain from them. Freephone 0800 0731214
Places to Play – a useful leaflet with tips and a map of outdoor spaces in B&NES: www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/siteimages/Sport-Leisure-and-Parks/Playgrounds/banes_park_map_leaflet.pdf