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Explore the great outdoors this summer

Bath is bathing in glory this summer as it was recently given a second World-Heritage status by UNESCO and there is no better place to soak up the summer sunshine than in and around this spectacular city, nestled right on the edge of the undulating Cotswolds. Find a few suggestion on how to enjoy the great outdoors on your staycation this holiday season…

Despite the historic labyrinth of decorative streets, Bath is also a city with plenty of hidden green space, with parks and gardens a plenty, so why not settle down with an artisan picnic of tasty treats from the local delis and traders, or pick up fresh produce from the Bath Farmers’ Market at Green Park Station on a Saturday morning.

Royal Victoria Park is the largest of Bath’s green spaces, showcasing a beautiful expanse of green parkland with bountiful botanical gardens and aerial walkway in The Dell It’s the perfect place to watch hot air balloon ascend before sunset, whilst kids can run wild in the adventure playground. Hidden behind The Holburne Museum you’ll find the city’s oldest park. Sydney Gardens was created as a pleasure ground for residents like Jane Austen (who lived opposite) in the 18th century and is equally favoured today in its idyllic location next to the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Parade Gardens is a secluded beauty spot right by the River Avon, casting views across the neighbouring weir to the magnificent Pulteney Bridge. This is the perfect place to pick up a deckchair a laze between the vibrant flower beds with a refreshment to hand. Throughout the school holidays, the city is also hosting a range of family activities, events and entertainment over its course of ‘Summer Sundays’, with outdoor theatre, music and face-painting for the little ones dotted about the city, so do keep an eye on your travels.

If you’re looking to explore the fringes of the city then Alexandra Park offers a unique perspective of the city skyline, or you could take advantage of the Bath Skyline Walk if you’re keen to stretch those legs. For some family fun, take a trip on the scenic Avon Valley Railway, with both steam and diesel locomotives running various dates across the summer from the beautifully restored station at Bitton.

However you choose to spend your days outdoors this summer, you can be sure to unwind in comfort at the end of the day with a welcoming stay from Bath Self Catering.

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