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Birds, apes and sharks

Blast clays at Keepers Lodge Clay Shoot, Go Ape at Mallards Pike, or gorge-scramble at Inspire 2 Adventure. Bring your clubs for The Bristol Golf Club and your derring-do for The Wave. Kids can meet giraffes, bears and cheetahs at Bristol Zoo Project, walk the Dyke, discover castles with bloody histories and find furry cuties at Puxton Park.

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Country kids

Did you know shark eggs are called mermaid’s purses? Find out this and many other fascinating fishy facts at Bristol Aquarium. Love going underground? You can see some of Britain’s oldest underground mines in nine impressive caverns at Clearwell Caves. Check out the blacksmith workshop and see how ochre got made into art.

Up for a walk? Offa’s Dyke should do the trick. Wander through market towns, past majestic castles and country churches. Or walk the Wye Valley: Tintern Railway Station’s a good place to start. Bring a picnic. Then get crafty and creative at Paint on Me Pottery Studio.

Chill the pace with a trip around Caldicot Castle’s medieval towers, peaceful gardens and woodland country park. Meet lemurs, zebras, wolves and more at The Wild Place Project. Take a crazy walk through magical woodland at Puzzlewood, full of twisted trees, paths, bridges and lookout points.

Tackle the massive assault course and archery tag at Mojo Active High Ropes Adventure. Keep active at AirHop Bristol on the 135 huge interconnected trampolines and total wipeout zone. Or plan a day out at Puxton Park, with its adventure area, miniature railway, tractor rides and furry cuties.

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For the grown ups

If you’re inspired by the gym at Wye House, book a class at Chepstow Leisure Centre or sizzle in the sauna. Blast clays from the sky at Keepers Lodge Clay Shoot. Book individual lessons at Severndale Equestrian Centre. Or Go Ape on daredevil crossings at Mallards Pike.

Wild at heart? Consider gorge scrambling, paddleboarding, rock climbing or kayaking at Inspire 2 Adventure. Hit the driving range at One Plane Golf and take your good habits out onto two real courses at The Bristol Golf Club. Stay in town for a unique man-made surfing experience at The Wave.

Hire bikes and explore the forest trails with Wye Bikes. Walk Offa’s Dyke Path along the Welsh border or follow the family activity trail, sculpture trail or cycle trails at Beechenhurst. Don’t forget to refuel in the café. Or cast your line for carp, tench, bream, rudd and chubb at Grange Springs Fishing Lakes. Watch out for the ghost.

Kayak down the Wye with Wye Canoes or Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre. Discover fascinating historical landmarks in Celtic battle country at Chepstow Castle, Monmouth Castle, Tintern Abbey, Tredegar House and Brockwells Meadows. Or get pampered with body therapies and facials at The Beauty Spot.

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