Whether you’re looking for daring date ideas or a fun day out with friends or family, Bristol and the surrounding area is home to plenty of thrillseeking activities, from rock climbing to surfing!

Head for heights?

Climb, jump and swoop your way around the high ropes course at Bristol Zoo Project’s outdoor climbing adventure, Leap of Faith, where you have the option of several climbing walls and poles to scale. Will you be brave enough to leap from the top?

A boy climbing on a wall at the Leap of Faith attraction at Bristol Zoo Project - credit Bristol Zoo Project

Image: Bristol Zoo Project

Explore the underground world and the glorious cliff edges 

Explore Wookey Hole’s spectacular cave system with Wild Wookey, where you'll get to crawl through small gaps and abseil into areas other visitors are not able to get to, while being guided by a highly knowledgeable guide and instructor.

A group participating in the Wild Wookey caving experience at Wookey Hole in Wells, near Bristol - credit Wookey Hole
Image: Wookey Hole

You’ll be able to get up close to a rare geological features as well as listen to the fascinating history of Wookey Hole, from the history of cave diving to spooky stories of witchcraft!

Explore the awe-inspiring cliffs in Rocksports at Cheddar Gorge & Caves with their qualified instructors, who will show you the ropes on the gorge’s 50ft outdoor climbing wall. Or choose to descend into the underground cave system by headtorch. Sessions are available for children eight years old through to adults for the rock climbing and caving activities.

There's also the option to explore Gough’s Cave (ages 11+) and climb a 30ft ladder to take a leap of faith into an exhilarating freefall, before being lowered back to the ground.

Two people climbing at Cheddar Gorge & Caves, near Bristol - credit Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Image: Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Mendip Activity Centre offer climbing and abseiling in their private quarry for a range of ages, plus caving experiences in the Mendip Hills, which is the most extensive cave system in the UK. You can find out more about Mendip Activity Centre’s accessibility guidelines as well as the additional support available for people with sensory impairment, physical disabilities and neurodiversity needs here

Staying in North Somerset? The area is home to Sand Point, Uphill Quarry and more coastal crags.

Bristol is also home to five indoor climbing centres (two rope climbing and three bouldering), so if you’d much rather hold onto plastic and not rely on changeable weather conditions, they’re a perfect all weather option.

Pedal power

Pedal Progression offer mountain bikes available to hire to explore Ashton Court Estate and further afield. They also do regular coaching sessions and can advise on the best mountain biking trails in the area. They offer sessions for ages five and up, as well as advanced riders.

People on mountain bikes in field
Image: Pedal Progression

Bristol Tandem Hire have bike hire points across the city in Queen Square, Temple Meads and Victoria Park. Hire a bike and head out - riding tandem means you can both enjoy the ride without worrying about playing catch up!

Fancy going further afield? Weston-super-Mare is also home to jump trails and motor cyclists will love the Weston-Super-Mare Beach Race – the maddest, baddest and biggest event in the UK-off road calendar. 

A group of motorcyclists on the beach at Weston-super-Mare near Bristol - credit Visit Weston
Image: Motorcylists taking part in the annual Weston-Super-Mare Beach Race, credit Visit Weston

For a truly memorable bike ride, head across the Clifton Suspension Bridge to take in the gorge-ous views and explore Clifton Village, or pick one of the city's top cycle routes.

A family cycling on a tandem on Queen Square in central Bristol - credit Bristol Tandem Hire
Image: Family on a tandem, credit Bristol Tandem Hire

Take to the water

Slip into cool water and explore the outdoor swimming spots that the region has to offer. The marine lakes in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon are great places for a free dip. Weston-super-Mare is also home to Weston Windzone, an area dedicated to windsurfing and kite surfing, if you're looking for some more outdoor activities on the coast.

A view of a windsurfer in the sea at Weston-super-Mare near Bristol

Image: A windsurfer at Weston-Super-Mare

If you'd prefer a pool, The Lido in Clifton and Portishead Open Air Pool are brilliant spots to do some lengths, as well as the pools at some hotels in Bristol

Kayakers in the Marine Lake at Clevedon, near Bristol - credit Allistair Hood
Image: Kayakers on Cevedon Marine Lake

Have a go at paddleboarding - whether you choose to stand up or kneel down - with SUP Bristol. See Bristol’s harbourside from a new perspective and explore Bristol’s historic waterways. Private booking is also available, as well as the option to hire a range of equipment for your own unguided adventure.

Person stand up paddleboarding in harbour
Image: SUP Bristol

Bristol has great access to surfing beaches in Wales, Cornwall and Devon but is also home to Bristol’s only inland surfing destination! The Wave has a variety of options to suit all abilities, from 'Play in the Bay' sessions where you can try body boarding and splash around in the water, to beginner and advanced sessions. Adaptive booking sessions are also available via The Wave’s website, where the team can discuss a group or individual's specific needs.

A surfer taking part in adaptive surfing at The Wave inland surfing lake near Bristol - credit The Wave
Image: The Wave

Choose from a range of water-based on Mendip Activity Centre’s private river, from raft building and kayaking to paddleboarding.

A group of people kayaking at Mendip Activity Centre, near Bristol - credit Mendip Activity Centre
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All About Watersports in Bristol's harbour also offer a range of activities, including sailing, canoeing, rowing, powerboating and more. They also offer Paddleability and Visual Impairment Friendly rowing.

A row of boats with colourful sails on the water in Bristol Harbour - Credit All Aboard Watersports
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Immerse yourself in a whole new world of adventure and discovery and explore beauty of the ocean with some scuba diving near Bristol. PADI have a range of sessions you can get involved with in the area, including the Hidden Depths Scuba School in Thornbury or DM Scuba Training in Filton. The PADI Adaptive Support Diver course will increase your awareness of divers’ varying abilities, and explores adaptive techniques to apply while diving or freediving with a buddy with a disability.

A man and woman posing underwater in an open water diving course with PADI Bristol - credit PADI

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Activity Centres

Mendip Activity Centre run a whole host of activities for all ages and group sizes, from archery and air rifles to tobogganing and assault courses. They've even got their own dry snowsport slope for you to have a go at skiing or snowboarding.

A group of people tackling the muddy assault course at Mendip Activity Centre near Bristol - credit Mendip Activity Centre
Image: Mendip Activity Centre

Book onto a survival skills day at Adventure Bristol, where teams can test their problem solving skills and have a go at bushcraft. Complete your day of adventuring with a well deserve hot chocolate and marshmallows on the fire (which you’ve lit yourself).

Bristol Activity Centre in Cribbs Causeway offers more than ten outdoor activities, including paintball, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, airsoft and bubble football.

Tackle some large inflatables, catapults and bungees at West Country Games or see a different side of Bristol with the Adventurous Activity Company, who offer canoeing sessions in the harbour, or abseiling in the Avon Gorge.

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Take on the Tree Top Challenge in the Forest of Dean with Go Ape, who also run forest safaris on Segways.

A family taking part in the Treetop Challenge at Go Ape Mallards Pike near Bristol - credit Go Ape
Image: Family taking on the Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean

Experience Days

Yuup has a tonne of adventurous activities available to book on their website – from fossil hunting, cycling along the strawberry line to iced water bath and Wim Hof workshops.

WonderDays also has a range of hair-rising days out for you to choose from, whether you want the thrill of driving a supercar around a track, or abseiling down a cliff face.

Get competitive

Looking for a group activity to pit your skills against your friends, family or colleagues? Try your hand at axe throwing Whistle Punks, or see who can bounce highest and take on the obstacle courses and dodgeball in the UK's largest trampoline park at AirHop.

The dodgeball area at the AirHop trampolining centre in North Bristol - credit AirHop
Image: The dodgeball court at AirHop Bristol, credit AirHop

Challenge your group to a race at Absolutely Karting in Fishponds, or take a spin around the 300m indoor go-karting track at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.

A man driving a go kart at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare near Bristol - credit The Grand Pier
Image: The Grand Pier

Soar in a hot air balloon

Enjoy amazing views of the city and beyond with Fly Away Ballooning. Bristol flights leave from Ashton Court Estate, with the option of a group flight of up to eight people, or a private tour for two.

A group of balloons lifting off in a mass ascent at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - credit Adam Gasson
Image: Balloons at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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