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!
2024 bucket list
**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!
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.
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
- Tuckers Grave Inn wassail – 26th Jan
One of my favourite rustic pubs and great for a knees up.
- Community Farm, Chew Magna – 5th February
A lovely wassail in the farm’s orchards. Great for smaller kids due to its early afternoon timings.
- Sheppy’s House of Cider wassail – 26th Jan
A well-known wassail near Taunton
- Have your own wassail
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;
- Avon needs trees
We spent the day with Avon needs trees before Christmas.
They have tree planting days most Thursday – Sundays for everyone aged 9+
and family specific days on the 21st January, 3rd February, 2nd March and 17th March.
See their volunteer opportunities page for more details
- One Tree Per Child
Brilliant tree planting opportunities across Bristol from Jan – March
- Arrange a school/community tree planting day with the Woodland Trust
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.
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.
- Wild swimming events
– Tara, the Wild Swimming Woman is running some fantastic events in early 2024 including a big wild swim day out in Dorset.
– Alternatively, join one of my own guided wild swimming walks. Dates to be announced in Spring but sign up to our facebook group or newsletter for updates.
- Burn Series Adventure Racing, Wales
We LOVE Burn Series; this is a great way to join a run, bike and kayak adventure race whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Check their website for upcoming spring dates including family races (the mini burn).
- Go Ape, Forest of Dean
Knee-knocking, terror inducing tree top trails…. great if you want to be shown up by your adventurous children!
- Join ‘Team Wilder’ – various challenges across 2024
Somerset Wildlife Trust has set up a brilliant campaign to encourage you to challenge yourself as well as fundraise for the wildlife trust. Challenges including Mud Masters, Caving for Nature, abseiling or even an ultra-marathon.
- Other favourites include Dorset Sea Kayak Get Together, Exmoor running and walking festival, Black Dragon Challenge and various events run by Outdoor Adventure Girls.
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;
- Biking adventures
– Check out our top tips for cycling with kids and think about an adventurous day at Bike Park Wales or on a family cycle trail near you
– For grown-ups or teenagers, how about taking on the West Kernow Way? It doesn’t need to be done all at once, try splitting across a few weekends.
– Have you thought about bike packing?
– I’d highly recommend a wild camping trip. Winter is great for wild camping on a cold, clear evening.
How about a mid-week camping adventure or planning a camping or adventurous glamping trip in the south west. Remember, many of the best camping and glamping sites book up from January!
Find help for getting the kids out walking and plan some fun adventure walks like exploring the King Charles III coast path.
- Explore new places
There are so many amazing places to explore in the South West and Wales. Take a look at our holiday guides to;
The South West & Wales Holiday Guide