Adventure Activities in Bristol

If you love the outdoors, like to get a bit of fresh air when you are away and are always up for a challenge and trying something new: Bristol is the place for you!

Bristol is surrounded by beautiful countryside, is close to the coast and is home to a harbour. There are plenty of places to ride and hire a bike, as well as lots of activity centres who will be able to help you try out new activities: from rock climbing to surfing, kayaking to mountain biking.

Just outside Bristol in the Mendips and Cheddar there is an awesome underground cave system, as well as lots of opportunities for bouldering, rope climbing and more. You can go caving at Wookey Hole, or try an exhilarating experience with Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Head out on an adventure with Mendip Activity Centre: try rock climbing target sports, water sports or have a go on the snow slope.

Water-based adventures

Paddleboard, canoe and sail through the heart of the city and around the Harbour with SUP Paddleboarding and Adventurous Activity Company to see Bristol from a completely different angle.

All Aboard Watersports are based in Bristol's Harbourside and offer a range of activities, including sailing, powerboats, rowing and swimming. They also run a range of after school clubs, youth activities and 50+ activities. They offer Paddleability and Visual Impairment Friendly rowing to those with disabilities.

The Wave just outside Bristol is an inland lake which produces perfect waves: join a surfing, body boarding, or outdoor swimming session. Bring a skateboard along to try out The Wave Skate Ramp. The Wave run adaptive surfing sessions as well as special women-only surf sessions and activities for children.

Activities for groups

Adventure Bristol, at Bristol Zoo Project offer a whole range of adrenaline filled activities from high ropes courses to bubble football, archery, climbing walls and a daring Leap of Faith! If tackling large inflatables, catapults and bungees sounds more up your street, check out the games on offer from West Country Games. Or head up into the trees for some tree-trekking and zip lining with Go Ape, outside of the city.

Hop on a bike: Pedal Progression offer mountain bike hire, as well as instruction and you can also hire bikes from Bristol Tandem.

Explore adventurous activities on Yuup, where you can try out everything from JumpFit, acro yoga, Drum’n’Bass Boxing and more.

If you want to stay indoors in the city, try your hand at axe throwing at Whistle Punks, trampolining at AirHop, or racing at Absolutely Karting. If you get your adrenaline rush from puzzle solving, test yourself at an escape room like Locked in a Room.

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