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Chilterns Food and Drink Festival Starts this Weekend: 25 March-2 April

23 March 2017

Lots of brilliant events, tours, walks and tastings are on offer at the first Chilterns Festival of Food and Drink which starts this weekend and runs until 2 April to coincide with English Tourism Week.

The Festival celebrates local food and drink and events range from pub walks and milling demonstrations, to a campfire feast and an Iron Age Masterchef event.   All the events are listed on the Visit Chilterns website and vary in price (some are free) but you do need to book! 

The event is part of the Taste of the Chilterns project, for which the Chilterns Conservation Board secured Defra funding.  The project has had a positive impact in bringing together partners, local food and drink producers and building the "Chilterns" brand.  The team has created new brewery and vineyard tours and produced a “Taste the Chilterns" video to showcase some of the wonderful food and drink on offer in this very special area. Click on the link or image to watch!

 

HS2 Royal Assent

23 February 2017

Disappointment, but CCB seeks exemplar design for HS2 through the Chilterns

5 half-term ideas this February!

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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27 January 2017

Bulbourne at Box MoorA major project to restore a section of the R. Bulbourne in Hertfordshire has just been completed by the Environment Agency and partners.

2017 Buildings Design Awards

18 January 2017

We are delighted to announce that the annual Chilterns Buildings Design Awards are open for applications!

Chilterns Food and Drink gets a boost

05 December 2016

Chilterns Food and Drink gets a boost with a £24,000 Defra grant.

Lottery approves £2m grant for Bucks Chilterns

07 November 2016

Funding for a major landscape project in the Chilterns has received initial approval

Calling birdwatchers - help needed with exciting local project

26 October 2016

Put your birdwatching skills to good use and help the conservation of the River Thame catchment

Learn how to check a river's health

10 October 2016

Reviving the Wye in High Wycombe

04 October 2016

Over 200 volunteers including many young people helped make the River Wye a much better home for wildlife in High Wycombe

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