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Things to Do

Here are lots of ideas on Things to Do across the whole of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From outdoor adventures to lazy picnics or fun activities for a rainy day, there is something for everyone and every age!


Meet the animalsOdds Farm 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Whipsnade near Dunstable

Odds Farm Park - Wooburn Common

Home of Rest for Horses - near Princes Risborough

Beale Park - Lower Basildon, Berks

Bucks Goat Centre - Stoke Mandeville

Visit a country show or craft fair - follow this link to find one near you


Have an adventureGo Ape

Go Ape High Wire Adventure - Wendover Woods

Gruffalo Trail - Wendover Woods - forest adventure for 3-8 year olds


Watery funThames cruiser

Go for a row on the Thames - hire a boat in Henley

Cruise the Thames from Wallingford or Marlow

Have a go at fishing - day tickets are available at Tring Reservoirs 

Take a walk by the River Chess near Chesham and look for trout and dragonflies


Get on 2 wheelsNickey Line

Family cycling on the Phoenix Trail - between Thame and Princes Risborough and also on the Ebury Way between Rickmansworth and Watford

Mountain biking at Aston Hill - woodland tracks near Wendover

Hire electric bikes and whizz up those Chilterns hills!

Try out the Chilterns Cycleway - day ride route options


Good places for a rainy dayRoald Dahl Museum

River and Rowing Museum - Henley-on-Thames

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Great Missenden, Bucks

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery - Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury

Natural History Museum at Tring

Wycombe Museum - High Wycombe

Pottery painting locations - the Pottery Project in Berkhamsted, Bojangles Creative Cafe in Amersham, the Kiln Ceramic Cafe in Henley


Many of the museums above run activity sessions for children as does:child doing crafts


The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust which has lots of children's activities and workshops


Blow away the cobwebsDunstable Downs

Admire the views from Sundon Hills Country Park near Harlington

Fly a kite at Dunstable Downs

Climb Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring for 360 degree views

Try out the fitness trail at Wendover Woods

Discover interactive sculptures on the Talking Trail at Aston Rowant Reserve

Have a picnic on a common - find your nearest one here

Do a quiz on a walk - Children's quizzes are available for promoted walks at Goring, Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe and Henley-on-Thames

Burn off energy on the woodland play trail at Nettlebed Common


Discover the pastGreys Court

Chiltern Open Air Museum - near Chalfont St Giles. Historic buildings, farm, adventure playground

Lacey Green Windmill - near Princes Risborough. Restored by the Chiltern Society

Berkhamsted Castle - remains of a royal home with lots of space for fun and picnics

Greys Court - near Henley. House, lovely gardens, donkey wheel, cafe and estate walks

Mapledurham House - on the Thames near Reading. Elizabethan manor and working watermill

Wallingford Castle - remains of a royal castle with a wealth of history


Fun for train buffsBekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village - a miniature world set in the 1930s with its own railway

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway - take a ride on a vintage train



After dark activitiesmoth

Set up a bright light in front of a white sheet and marvel at the moths which appear!


Holiday projectsAdonis Blue

Take a photo every day in your local area and build a picture of where you live

Go on a scavenger hunt in the woods - how many different leaves can you find?

Collect some natural objects - petals, shells, leaves and feathers for example - and make a colourful collage



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