09 February 2017
1. Blow off the cobwebs with a family walk or cycle trail
Try out the Phoenix trail, for example, from Thame to Princes Risborough. This disused railway line is a great way to see the countryside, with views of the Chiltern Hills. Walk or cycle the 6 miles between Thame and Princes Risborough and look out for artworks along the way. This route is suitable for all the family with good access for all. There are over 2000kms of rights of way through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – find a walk or ride near you!
2. Museums galore!
Think museums are stuffy? Think again! This half-term, kids of all ages are spoilt for choice with activities ranging from space activities to mosaics, the Clangers to Revolting Rhymes! See our things to do page for links to museums in the Chilterns area.
3. Make a nest box
From 14-21 February it is the 20th National Nest Box Week which helps to support breeding birds and wildlife. There are instructions on the British Trust for Ornithology website for making nest boxes. You could even learn to “build a bird box” at the Earth Trust or join in with one of the other events. If that’s not for you, how about trying to identify the birds you can see in your garden or in the Chiltern Hills.
4. Meet the animals!
There are lots of opportunities to see animals up close in the area. With zoos, farms and rescue centres where you can see horses, goats, farm animals and the more exotic, there are lots of ideas on our website here. Or you could head out into the countryside and look out for birds, bugs and other wildlife and record what you have seen.
5. Fly a kite at Dunstable Downs
Nothing beats the feeling of flying a kite on a windy day and Dunstable Downs is one of the best places in the country for kite flying! Bring your own, or head to the shop where they sell a wide range. This is one of many National Trust sites in the Chilterns, many of which are running half-term activities.
We have loads more ideas for exploring on our things to do page.
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