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Halloweeny happenings this October half term in the Chilterns

Thursday 22 October 2020

Despite the current Covid-19 situation, there are plenty of things to do in and around the Chilterns – however, most are running at reduced capacity or require pre-booking so thinking (and booking) ahead is definitely a good idea. In general when visiting the area check with anywhere you’re planning to visit what COVID precautions they have in place and follow the latest Government guidelines. Help us to keep our countryside safe for all.  

Halloween is nearly upon us and there is a variety of ghoulish activities on offer from pumpkin carving/decorating and more at Peterley Manor Farm to themed afternoon tea at Missenden Abbey. At Odds Farm Park near Beaconsfield you can view the animals, play mini golf, collect your own pumpkin in a wheelbarrow from their special pumpkin patch and carve it, as well as explore the Wicked Witch's Walk for all number of spooky surprises. Take part in a Witches' Hat Hunt with sweet treats to be won at Bucks Goat Centre, plus children in Halloween costumes will gain free entry. Guest caterers will also be available.

Our local National Trust properties are always a good bet – don’t forget to pre-book though. Spend a day at beautiful Stowe where you can collect conkers from Bell Gate Drive and make a wild crown from the leaves tumbling from the thousands of trees. Bring along your home carved pumpkin to be displayed in the temples and monuments in the grounds. We understand from the world wide (spiders') web that some of the trees at Hughenden have been dressing up for Halloween to trick unsuspecting children. With creatures’ lairs and magical scenes, Hughenden will be celebrating the season of autumn in their garden trail plus handmade apple-inspired scarecrows are waiting to be spotted in the walled garden.

High Wycombe town centre will be hosting a series of ‘Ghost Walks’ on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st October, with a professional ghost-hunter leading the way, to unearth the ghoulish past of the town. The family-friendly tours are free and pre-bookable.

Auberge du Chocolat in Chesham is offering a kids' Halloween workshop (over 10s only) on 31st October using Fairtrade chocolate. Only 6 spaces available so get booking now. Handmade Chess Valley ice cream will be available to buy or use with your chocolate creation. Tasting definitely encouraged!

And if that’s not enough we have our very own, COVID secure, Chilterns Walking Festival which features a number of family friendly guided walks such as nature walks, Nordic walking, miniature pigs and much more – get booking though as places are limited and going like hotcakes.

 

The start of November, this year just after the end of half term, means remembrance season is upon us. As it will be more difficult for people to buy poppies this year the Royal British Legion is providing “colour your own” poppy templates that you can then display in your window (pre-coloured versions also available). If you want to get out and about with some history thrown in, go hunting for the WW1 practice trenches in Pullingshill Wood near Marlow.

So, you see, there’s absolutely no excuse for being bored in the Chilterns this autumn half term!

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