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A Chilterns Celebration

Headline events

-October 10: The Big Draw: Art and Conservation- Free workshop day in High Wycombe for young people as part of the national campaign for Drawing Changes Lives

-October 24: Citizen Science Conference (with Chris Packham as keynote speaker!)

-Brand new heritage trail on the Wycombe Rye: We are working with Wycombe Museum to create a brand new family friendly trail around the Rye, with a pilot launching as part of the Celebration! We're working on a map, activity sheet and resources for self led walks soon- keep up to date on our social media!

-Chilterns Walking Festival

The Chilterns Walking Festival will be taking place during the Chilterns Celebration. With over 60 guided walks on offer the 16-day Festival has been designed to appeal to different age groups, interests and levels of fitness. The walks provide opportunities to meet countryside rangers, farmers, archaeologists, historians, food producers and storytellers of the Chilterns. Each walk is guided by an experienced walk leader who will bring their story to life.

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Detailed Schedule of events:

A Chilterns Celebration will include family friendly events, walks, online workshops and talks, taster sessions for young people and much more. We are working with the Chilterns Walking Festival, Chiltern Rangers and a host of other partners to help you celebrate the Chilterns this October and extend the season.

Celebration dates and schedule

October 1-31, 2020

October 1: Identifying the secret archeology of the Chilterns with Dr Edward Peveler from Beacons of the Past

In this talk Dr Ed Peveler will tell us about results coming from the Beacons of the Past Project, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project based at the Chilterns Conservation Board. Using LiDAR and Citizen Science, the project have discovered and mapped thousands of previously unknown archaeological sites across the Chilterns, from Bronze Age barrows to WWII camps. Learn how this technique works to reveal earthworks hidden deep in Chilterns woodlands, see some of the exciting new sites coming to light, and learn how you can get involved with the search.

October 2nd, 9th and 30th: Gong Bath with Shinrin of Sound 7pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 6:45 – no entry after 7pm when the session has started) £5 per person  
Penn Street Village Hall HP7 0PX 

Shinrin of Sound welcomes you to an enchanting evening of sound healing. A gong bath is a relaxing and blissful experience where you bathe in the healing sound waves. It is a great opportunity to unwind, de-stress and let go of the anxieties.  
Doors will open at 6:45 allowing time to arrive and settle in. The doors will be closed at 7pm, and there will be no entry after 7pm. Simply lie down on a mat, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax. Please bring your own yoga mats, blankets, pillow, or anything else that will help you to get comfortable and stay cozy - the more comfortable you are the better the experience! There will be limited mats and blankets available. This is not an event for children as the instruments can get too loud for them. Pregnant women in the middle and last trimester only. If you suffer from epilepsy, serious mental health issues, sound sensitive issues, or you are on heavy medication provide this information before we start the gong bath. Book online using the links below:

02.10 - https://www.facebook.com/events/267013790949898/  
09.10 - https://www.facebook.com/events/2751664388382984/  
30.10 - https://www.facebook.com/events/663785037877254/  

October 2-3rd, 4pm – 10pm: Ocktoberfest in Wendover (October 3rd almost SOLD OUT!)

A wonderful, socially distanced event where you can enjoy food, beer, lager, German food, Bratwurst, Strudel and music from local Chilterns suppliers. On three selected dates throughout October, in the Market Square from 4pm – 10pm.
The event will be marshalled so booking is essential and only via the website below following track and trace (only tables up to 6 now allowed, in line with government restrictions). The sponsored charity for the event is Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information and to book your own private gazebo for this event please visit www.2poundstreet.com

October 3rd, 10-1pm: Morning in Gomm's Wood with Chiltern Rangers: Family Event (Bring your own marshmallows!)

Join us for a morning in the woods and learn about woodland wildlife and how to make it better for the animals that live there. Families and individuals are all welcome (under 16s bring an adult along!) Wear old clothes and sturdy footwear and don’t forget to bring a flask and maybe a marshmallow for the fire! Book online here.

October 5: Conservation at Landscape scale (Walk and Talk at Lodge Hill)

Ever wondered how Landscape scale conservation actually works? What connected habitats look like? Come and see a large scale habitat management project in action with Chalk, Cherries and Chairs! Limited places available so book your time slot here.

October 9: Landscape Archaeology and the Master of Grim's Ditch, 11 am

Join Heritage Officer Sam Johansen for an informative online talk, as we explore the history of these linear earthworks, what we know already and what we hope to discover as part of our project. Sign up for this online talk here. 

October 10: The Big Draw: Free workshops for young people in High Wycombe

October 11: Map Reading workshop, led by the Chiltern Society

October 11: Guided Walk of Amersham Old Town 2:30pm  

£5 per person, free to Friends of Amersham Museum and children 
A fascinating walk, led by a guide, around old Amersham. Discover the historic buildings and the interesting stories of the people who lived in and shaped the town in the past. 1½ to 2 hours. Pre-booking is essential. Each group is now limited to five people, led by a museum volunteer guide. Each guide will be wearing a visor and will ask separate groups within the walk to maintain a 2m distance from each other. For further information and to book tickets please click here.

October 12th, 10-3pm: Hedgerow Planting at Plomer Hill with Chiltern Rangers: Families welcome!

Another conservation focused day with Chiltern Rangers! This will be a day of planting. We need YOUR HELP to plan 150 metres of native hedgerow to improve this green space for wildlife. Families and individuals are all welcome (under 16s bring an adult along!) Wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. Book online here.

October 14: Autumnal Herbal Walk with Medical Herbalist Kristine De Block 11am to 12.30pm - SOLD OUT!!

Join Medical Herbalist Kristine for an autumnal walk at Lowndes Park in Chesham. She will show you how to identify local medicinal plants and trees, will share some fun herbal folklore tales and myths, as well as give you a unique insight into how these plants are used in a modern herbal practice and dispensary. 

Location: Lowndes Park, Chesham. Meet at the steps by the bandstand at 10.50am. We will set off on the walk at 11am sharp! 
Distance: 2.4 km (1.5 miles) 
Terrain and accessibility: we will be walking uphill a fair bit at the start of the walk, and the terrain is somewhat uneven in places. I recommend you wear good walking shoes and all-weather clothing! 
Cost per person: £16 
Spaces available: 10  

Book online at: https://thecraftyherbalist.org.uk/product/autumnalwalk/ 

October 15: Routes to the Past, Chinnor, 10am 

Join Community Heritage Officer Sam Johansen for a walk taking in some of the Historic Routeways on Chinnor Hill. We will discuss how the routeways of the Chilterns are developed in response to the unique local conditions, and walk down some fantastic examples of sunken lanes (holloways). Meet at the Ridgeway/Icknield Way Car Park above Chinnor on the Chinnor Hill Road OS Grid Ref: SP 761 003. Book online here.

October 15:  Interactive Wellness Education Online Workshop (1) 8pm 

Are you short of time and don’t have the freedom to exercise or focus on your eating habits? Then this diet and lifestyle workshop could be for you!  How to make your diet work for you (your lifestyle and your body type) whilst making the most of quality sourced ingredients, local foods and achieving nutritional balance. Brought to you by Coachhouse Wellness. For more information and to sign up to this interactive and fun workshop please visit our website. 

October 15: How to make your garden a haven for wildlife and native species, 7 PM 

Join Katie Horgan (BBOWT), our project officer for Rough Around the Edges, as she discusses how to make your garden or any small green space more wildlife friendly this autumn with some simple steps. Register now for this great talk and make your space wildlife friendly this season!

October 16, 11 am: Tree to Jar Chutney making at Countryways Road Farm! 

A Chiltern’s Chop and Chatter, with pans and preserving for Celebration Chutney!  Gathering apples in the orchard and stages of transformation into delicious chutney.

In line with Government Guidance, only available to the lucky 5.  Strict distancing and personal hygiene measures must be adhered to. Please book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chutney-making-at-road-farm-tickets-123326718535

If places are full, please let us know if you would like to visit on a different occasion (we’re hoping to plan more basic Countryways Cookery, Chatter and Craft!)

October 17: Mushroom Walk in Penn Woods 10am and 2pm 

The Magical world of Mushrooms – a guided tour through the forest looking at different species of fungus. In this walk we will look at mushrooms in mythology along with some fun facts about their relationship with the forest and other life form. Please note this is not a foraging walk. Meet in Holy Trinity Church Car Park, Penn Street, HP7 0PX. Limited space, so book your place here.

October 17: 'The River Meadow at the Pile of Stones', Photography Exhibit and Walk, 1.15 pm

'The River Meadow at the Pile of Stones' is a series of photographs created by photographer and local resident Matt Writtle. They explore the relationship between humanity and the environment in the English hinterland and are exhibited outside and displayed at the location they were taken. This creates the walk that follows the course of the River Chess and takes the participant on a journey through the town of Chesham, with descriptions of historic and geographic information by Matt himself, to the beginning of the beautiful Chess Valley walk at Chesham Moor. Here, further images will be displayed providing a perfect spot for a picnic and a continuing journey along the Chess Valley.

Book online here.

October 17: Harvest Storytelling Online, 10 am

For ages 5-9, join local storyteller Sarah Law online (via Zoom) for a short harvest storytelling session. We will explore stories of the Chilterns and local wildlife. Bring along your favourite toy (and harvest snack too). Be sure to register for your free place at: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124691707253 

October 17: Farm Walks at Countryways Road Farm, 9:30 am ,12 noon and 2 pm

Booking online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-walks-at-road-farm-countryways-tickets-123323490881 


9:30 am: Discovering our local plants:  a helping hand to identify hedgerow and field species in the Autumn.  Wendy Gray will lead you on a 1mile max walk around the farm to help your confidence at knowing what’s growing!  All ages welcome; all terrain wheelchair can be borrowed if needed.
Max participants: 15

12 noon: Farm Field Relics to explore the past: a gentle wander across certain farm fields, considering relics, geology and natural features which help explain our landscape.  Duncan Gray will take you over nearby fields and up to the woods, unravelling tales of local history. This walk hopes to include a mystery guest appearance from an Old Bucks Boy too...

Max participants: 15

2 pm: Ancient Barns, Cisterns and Flint walls: Road Farm with Farmer David, following on from his popular Chalk Cherries and Chairs Cluster group Clip on YouTube.
Max participants: 15

October 18: All Terrain Wheelchair Wander at Countryways Road Farm, 11 am 

For those who have a motorised All Terrain Wheelchair (eg. Tramper).  A manual all-terrain Trekinetic Wheelchair can also be borrowed.  Our toilets include an accessible disabled hoist and adjustable adult changing bench if needed.  This is a traditional farm with mud, bumps and holes and we welcome those who want to explore the countryside as it is.
Max 8 people (with and without chairs) to ensure distancing. Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fully-accessible-farm-tour-at-road-farm-tickets-123326295269 
NB If places are full, please let us know if you would like to visit on a different occasion.

October 18: Chiltern Society walk in Bledlow Ridge 10am

Join the Chiltern Society in Bledlow for a 6.2 mile circular walk with one hill and two stiles. Join the Ridgeway at Wainhill and follow for 2.5 m over Lodge Hill with excellent views before returning through Saunderton and Horsenden.
For more information and to book your place please visit the website.

October 21: Routes to the Past, 11 am

Would you like to dive into the ancient routeways of the Chilterns? Learn about how they were formed, who used them, which are still in use today and how these routes shaped the landscape we know today. Join Heritage Officer Sam Johansen for this informative online talk, and learn how you could help us discover new routeways too! Sign up here.

October 22nd, 11-4 pm: Community Scrub Bash at Sands Bank

An exciting opportunity to join us in a scrub bash on this precious chalk grassland. Using loppers and saws, we will tackle unwanted growth to keep the grassland open for beautiful butterflies and specialist flowers. ALREADY SOLD OUT! 

October 22:  Interactive Wellness Education Online Workshop (2) 8pm

The second part of this workshop focuses on fitness and lifestyle. This online workshop will explore ideas and opportunities around making fitness a part of everyday life, maximising your own skills and abilities and time/lifestyle management for consistent benefits. Brought to you by Coachhouse Wellness. For more information and to sign up to this interactive and fun workshop please visit our website. 

October 23: Historic Routeways walk at Coombe Hill, 10 am

Join Community Heritage Officer Sam Johansen for a walk taking in some of the Historic Routeways around Coombe Hill. We will discuss how the routeways of the Chilterns are developed in response to the unique local conditions, and walk down some fantastic examples of sunken lanes (holloways). Book now here. 

October 23: Mindfulness in the Chilterns Meditation - Tree for All Seasons - 8pm online 

Sophie Lacey from Linden Tree Meditation will be teaching an online meditation class inspired by the beauty of the seasons in the Chilterns. Sophie is an accredited meditation & mindfulness teacher specialising in nature-based practice. In the spring and summer she teaches at Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum, leading garden meditation and forest bathing. She works with the contemplation of plants and trees, natural elements, seasons, and multi-sensory connection to the details of nature. She is also a creative writer and devises engaging and unusual guided meditation scripts for her classes. 

Her practice is secular and easily accessible, but also a gently spiritual celebration of the natural world. She lives at the foot of the Chilterns in Chinnor and many of her meditations are inspired by the local woods and fields and the expansive skies.

A grounding practice working with mindfulness through breath and a tree-themed guided visualisation.  
You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone to take part. This is a 40-minute session (plus time to ask questions afterwards). Cost: £5 . You will be sent an email with a few simple health questions and details for payment before receiving your Zoom link. Please register via email sophie@lindentreemeditation.com  

October 24, Harvest Storytelling Session with Sarah Law, 4 pm

Sarah Law has been sharing stories for over a decade at fairs and festivals, museum, libraries, schools and now zoom. So grab a cushion and snuggle down ready to enjoy some autumnal tales! Suitable for ages 5-9, online via Zoom, so register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124692712259 

October 24: Chilterns Champions Conference

Wondering what citizen science is all about? Have you heard it is just a bunch of people standing around in fields? In truth, champions and volunteers across the Chilterns are outstanding in their fields, collecting key data, monitoring the state of nature, uncovering new heritage and tales from the past, and using cutting-edge tech to unearth new archaeological treasures! 

But why should you care? Because you could become a Chilterns Champion too, benefitting from free trainings, a great network of volunteers and organisations, and input your research and data into national schemes (which influence policy).  

Sounding more appealing (and less like standing around in a field)? Join us, Chris Packham and a host of local and national experts as we discuss citizen science relating to heritage, water, wildlife and more, as well as how you could get involved.

Register for your free place here!

October 25: Chiltern Society walk in Berkhamsted 10am

This stile-free 5 mile walk takes in some great views of the urban landscape, valleys and woodland to the north and west of the historic town of Berkhamsted. Two short uphill sections and a number of gates to pass through.
For more information and to book your place please visit the website.

October 25: Guided Walk of Amersham Old Town 2:30pm 
£5 per person, free to Friends of Amersham Museum and children 

A fascinating walk, led by a guide, around old Amersham. Discover the historic buildings and the interesting stories of the people who lived in and shaped the town in the past. 1½ to 2 hours. Pre-booking is essential. Each group is now limited to five people, led by a museum volunteer guide. Each guide will be wearing a visor and will ask separate groups within the walk to maintain a 2m distance from each other. For further information and to book tickets please visit our website.

October 27th, Breaking Barriers Part 3, Wycombe Arts Centre, 12-4pm

Join Wycombe Youth Action, Decreate, Flux Photographic and more for an afternoon of FREE creative workshops for young people in High Wycombe. Suitable for ages 11+

Learn more on Wycombe Youth Action's Facebook page. 

October 29th, 10-1 pm: Practical Conservation with Chiltern Rangers at Rowliff Wood: Families Welcome!

More work in the woods to create lighter areas by sawing down some trees to promote the health of others. Learn about how and why we manage the woods and which animals and plants will benefit from our work. Families and individuals are all welcome (under 16s bring an adult along!) Wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. Book online here.

October 30: 4pm – 10pm: Ocktoberfest in Wendover

A wonderful, socially distanced event where you can enjoy food, beer, lager, German food, Bratwurst, Strudel and music from local Chilterns suppliers. On three selected dates throughout October, in the Market Square from 4pm – 10pm.
The event will be marshalled so booking is essential and only via the website below following track and trace. The sponsored charity for the event is Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information and to book your own private gazebo for this event please visit www.2poundstreet.com

Interested in your very own Trike Tour of the Chilterns?

Get in touch and book yours today! 

 

Partner Organisations:

Chiltern Rangers

BBOWT

Chiltern Society

Chilterns Walking Festival

Wycombe Museum

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Please note: All in-person events will be risk assessed and Covid-19 safety precautions adhered to, including maintaining a 2m social distance and limiting numbers.  Booking is essential for all events and participants will be asked to provide telephone and email details for purposes of contact tracing. For further information see here

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