South West Top 5 Summer Events

South West Top 5 Summer Events

South West Top 5 Summer Events

Check out some of the top family friendly events happening this summer in the South West of England.

Elephant Parade
July 1 to August 31
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol

Visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm this summer to take part in Elephant parade®. From 1st July to 31st August the zoo will be hosting a herd of 26 hand-painted unique Elephant Sculptures. The herd is led by ‘Zebra Beats’ a fantastic Elephant covered in rainbow zebra stripes. The trail will be included within general zoo admission with the zoo opening between 10:30-17:00 daily.

Dinosaur Valley
July 12 to August 31
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Pixash Lane, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP

Dinosaur Valley is home to the largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs in the South West! Set alongside the River Avon with a beautiful backdrop your young paleontologists can see a 15m T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Raptors plus more around the park!

Bristol Zoo Big Summer Send Off
July 21 to September 3
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Guthrie Road, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Be wowed by our giant moving gorilla as part of our special BIG Summer Send-Off events, from 21 July to 3 September.
These are in addition to Bristol Zoo Gardens’ many other attractions from the famous gorilla troop, red pandas, penguins and sloths, to the award-winning gardens.

Super Summer!
July 23 to August 31
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG

Join us at Hestercombe as we fly around the world in the 40 days of the summer holidays, visiting India, Australia, Egypt, America and Italy.

This Summer you will be travelling to famous landmarks across the globe on your super sightseeing adventures around Hestercombe’s beautiful gardens. Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses for our super summer trail and weekly themed activities and crafts.

Sink or Swim
23 Jul – 4 Sep
We The Curious 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

You could be ye Captain for the day!

Come and see if you can build the sturdiest boat, heave the biggest treasure, or simply survive the voyage back from the Treasure Island.

We’ll be using a selection of creative materials to build rafts strong enough to plunder some mighty pirate treasure. You can test and refine your floating design as much as you like, as we see whose raft can support the most weight in a wet and fun-filled competition.

We hope this gives you some ideas of where to take the kids this summer and don’t forget to check out the rest of the events on our events page here.


Explore the World of Physics at the National Video Game Museum

25th January 2023

National Video Game Museum

The National Videogame Museum delves into the world of physics this half term. Starting from the 11th and throughout February half term, the museum will be hosting a special event jointly created by the University of Sheffield, CERN and the NVM, which will provide a 360 degree virtual tour recreating the Large Hadron Collider!

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Bring history to life with JORVIK Group attractions.

23rd January 2023

JORVIK Viking Centre

Spark your pupils’ interest and bring history to life with a visit to JORVIK Group attractions. School Visits Studying the Vikings this term? Take your pupils on a school trip to JORVIK! Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-age objects, a visit to JORVIK gives students…

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Discover a whole World on Your Windowsill at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this February half term

16th January 2023

Discover a whole World on Your Windowsill at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this February half term 1

February Half Term: ‘World on Your Windowsill’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, 11-19 February Discover a whole new world on your windowsill at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this half term and find out which plants can be grown in even the smallest of spaces. With planting workshops, wellbeing yoga sessions and…

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