Visit the elegant streets and coaching inns of Old Beaconsfield or enjoy a day out at nearby Bekonscot Model Village.
New Beaconsfield grew up around the railway station and is home to Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, the first model village in the world and now a popular visitor attraction.
First opened in 1929, old English life has been captured here with charm and eccentricity, taking you back in time as you marvel at the miniature details. From coal mines to castles, animals to aerodromes, there is much to wonder at among the tiny streets and landscapes.
Beaconsfield has a thriving performing arts scene. It is home to the Chiltern Shakespeare Company, which holds amateur summer performances of Shakespeare plays in the beautiful parkland setting of Hall Barn.
For a longer stride out, the Seer Green-Beaconsfield walk is a 6-mile circular route through beautiful beech woodland. Between the woods, quiet lanes open out to wide countryside views. There is also a scenic linear route from Seer Green Station to Beaconsfield Station on the Marylebone line. If you’re looking for food along the way, The Jolly Cricketers is a gastronomic gem in Seer Green.
Beaconsfield’s closest wild spot is Warren Nature Reserve, a woodland just 3 miles away from the centre. The River Wye runs along the north-west border of the site, providing habitat for ducks, herons and kingfishers. There are accessible paths and parking in the village of Wooburn.
Image: cyclists at Seer Green. Below: Thatched cottages in Seer Green.
Beaconsfield’s pubs also have big-screen appeal. The 2007 police caper, Hot Fuzz, used Forty Green’s The Royal Standard of England as ‘The Crown’ during a dramatic scene. Seven years later, the pub was back in the limelight as Eddie Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking had a drink in ‘The Cambridge’ during The Theory of Everything.
The Royal Saracens Head in Beaconsfield Old Town featured in 1965’s Thunderball, while Hall Barn estate is featured in the 1981 Oscar-winner Chariots of Fire.
Heading further afield
Chiltern Open Air Museum – 5 miles away
Chiltern Open Air Museum rescues threatened historic buildings and rebuilds them in a traditional Chilterns landscape. Explore a 19th-century farm complete with animals and working machinery, and a village with its green, cottages, forge and chapel. The museum stages a wide variety of events, bringing the history of the area to life.Read more
Jordans village – 6 miles away
Jordans village is quaint village with cottages, a hall, a shop and a green, Jordans takes its name from Old Jordans, the original farmstead that was home to Quakers in the 17th century. William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania in America, is buried in the grounds of the Friends Meeting House. Building of the wider village began in 1919 to preserve the meeting house and promote village industries and crafts.