Thursday 28 November 2019
So the big day has been and gone, presents have been unwrapped, food and drink have been consumed and the family have all gone home. What now?
Fortunately the Chilterns has a fantastic range of activities to keep the family entertained once the excitement of Christmas is over, whether it be going for walk in the winter sunshine or sheltering from a deluge.
Wendover Woods is a favourite at any time of year. Especially now it has its revamped parking area, café and play trail along with Go Ape, mountain biking and fitness trails for the more adventurous, its perfect for blowing away those winter cobwebs.
It’s a short, fairly flat, walk from the car park down to the Boddington Hillfort, if you’d like to include a little of the Iron Age in your day. For younger visitors there’s a Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon glow trail.
Or why not head to College Lake near Tring? One of our favourite venues, this former quarry now provides a haven for wildlife and, for humans, has a café, shop, education centre and many hides from which to watch the huge variety of birds on the main lakes.
Ashridge Estate is hosting its annual post-Christmas Ramble on Friday 27th December from 10-12pm. Rounding off a fun-filled festive season, this scenic walk is the perfect chance to get the family together and enjoy the outdoors. Tickets must be pre-booked for this event, and cost £5 per adult and £3 per child.
Don’t let that put you off getting out of the house!
The Natural History Museum at Tring is exhibiting the highlights of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition until 9 February 2020 and the Rudolph Christmas Trail is running until 5th January, in addition to all of its usual fantastic exhibits. Our favourite is the Mexican Flea, which has to be seen to be believed.
The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden is, as it says on the outside, flushbunkingly gloriumptious. It offers a range of events in late December and early January including crafts, story time and torchlit trails.
The Picturehouse Cinema in Henley, has a wealth of seasonal offerings plus a few films between Christmas and New Year, the highlight of which is “Little Women”.
December and January are, of course, pantomime season, and this can be a lovely family tradition that everyone will look forward to year after year. “Oh yes they will…!” The Elgiva in Chesham is showing Cinderella, the Wycombe Swan has Dick Whittington and the Waterside in Aylesbury brings you Beauty and the Beast for some old fashioned family entertainment.
If a bracing walk followed by a cosy pub (and a fire) is your thing, look no further. Brakspear Pubs have produced this handy guide (there’s also an app) to circular walks around many of their pubs in the area.
Waddesdon’s fantastic Christmas decorations and illuminations are in place until 5th January so avoid the pre-Christmas crowds and be amazed by the “light in motion” and illuminated winter light installations. Then head to one of the restaurants or take the kids to one of the playgrounds.
For those who would love a stroll by the river then there are plenty of walks around Henley that will fit the bill – there’s also the Henley River and Rowing Museum which has an exhibition of illustrations from The Snowman and The Snowdog until 19th January.
And finally, Chinnor Railway is operating mince pie specials where kids travel for £1 on 28-30th December and 1st January, plus for steam buffs there’s the opportunity to travel as an observer, riding on the footplate – early booking advised. See Chinnor Railway’s website for more details.