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What’s on near me; activities, adventures and challenges for 2024

Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Now is the time for 2024 adventure bucket list planning!

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Maybe you’ll plot an awesome adventure, find a challenge or sign up to a fun family event over the coming weeks.

**we have an awesome series of family weekend adventure itineraries coming up with an epic partner so watch this space….**

Whether you’re with the family, a group of mates or going solo, it’s always a good idea to get a few things booked up in the calendar to look forward to. If you want to raise your kids adventurously, get started in 2024!

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Adventures and events near Bristol, Bath and beyond in 2024

Here are our favourite family and adult events and adventures near Bristol, Bath and beyond over the coming months.

1. Wassailing

Winter is the time for wassailing! This old English tradition comes from the UK’s cider making regions and involves ‘waking the trees’ by banging pots and pans, singing, dancing, and having lots of fun to ward off bad spirits and encourage a good harvest. It also requires drinking cider which I’m very fond of.

Here are some upcoming wassail events in Somerset


2. Tree planting days

December to March is tree planting season. There’s something highly enjoyable about spending a day out amongst the trees; everyone is always jolly, you have the satisfaction of doing something good AND it’s a refreshing day in the great outdoors.

There are many tree planting opportunities across the UK, but here are our favourites locally;

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3. Wildlife watching

You may think that winter is a quiet time on the wildlife front, but it’s quite the opposite. Winter is often the easiest time to see our native wildlife before the busy Spring period. It’s also a chance to see non-native species that over-winter here.

Here are a few of our favourite winter wildlife watching opportunities;

  • Starling murmurations at Avalon Marshes
    The dance and swirl of the Starlings is the most incredible natural show you can ever see. Head to the Avalon Marshes in Jan and Feb at sunrise or sunset to catch a glimpse of this magical performance.
    Call the Avalon Marshes Starling hotline to learn where the starlings roosted the previous evening: 07866 554142
  • Sea Watch January Survey (Somerset Wildlife Trust), Sand Point – 21st January
    Join this volunteer opportunity to survey for porpoises, dolphins and seals with optional creative writing and drawing! No previous experience required. Later dates also available.
  • Family Wildlife Watch Club (Somerset Wildlife Trust) – Jan & Feb
    Join a mini-beast hunt and build a bug hotel at various locations on numerous dates across Somerset
  • RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, 26th – 28th January
    Don’t forget to take part in this year’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Spend a peaceful hour watching and counting the birds in your garden or local park.
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4. Join an Challenge

January is a time for New Year’s Resolutions… and signing up to some awesome events and challenges throughout the year. Check out some of our favourite adventures to sign up for;

Some are family events, others adult only events.

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5. Make an Adventure

As well as joining an adventure, don’t forget to plan your own! Get the kids involved and sit down to write a list of which adventures you’d like to try in 2024. Make sure you plan dates for your adventures so you don’t get too booked up later in the year.

Here are a few suggestions for your own adventures;

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