Family days out
Make family days out easy. Swing through the trees or take a dip, the Chilterns AONB has something for everyone.
With everyone having different likes and ideas, it can be hard to find a suitable day out for all the family. Yet, the Chilterns AONB has so much to offer. There are gardens and playgrounds surrounding historic houses, treetop adventure activities close to cafés and beautiful woodlands, and galleries offering fun events for little ones among interesting exhibits for those who are a bit older.
Don’t let rainy days put you off either. There’s plenty to do inside, with museums dotted throughout the market towns, where you might also fit in a bit of shopping or a bite to eat. So, whatever your age and whatever the weather, there’s something that’s bound to appeal to you!
Here are a few highlights to set you off on your travels, or visit our interactive map to browse what the Chilterns AONB has to offer.
Wild days out
The rolling landscape of the Chilterns AONB is peppered with fantastic places for picnics and walks – just take a look at our interactive map. But if you are looking for a family day out that gets you up close and personal with wildlife, try the following attractions.
Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens
Adventure, animals, play and activities make this a firm favourite with young visitors who want to get close to nature. Enjoy all this among gardens and lakes on the banks of the River Thames.Read more
Odds Farm Park
There’s stacks of animal fun and adventure at this award-winning farm. Meet some furry friends, including sheep and rabbits, enjoy indoor play in the giant play barn, or get active outdoors with go-karts, mazes, crazy golf, playgrounds and even tractor rides!Read more
The Horse Trust
This long-established charity provides an idyllic, rural home of rest for retired military, police and working horses, and a sanctuary for rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. See the residents, get refreshed in the tea room, and find out more in the museum.Read more
Set on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills, the UK’s biggest zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. Whipsnade is noted for creating interactive and inspiring exhibits and exciting events.Read more
Long rainy days can put anyone off going out of the house. But there’s no need to get soaking wet outdoors with all the fun indoor attractions the AONB has to offer.
Natural History Museum
A splendid Victorian building in the heart of Tring houses the incredible collections of the keen zoologist, Walter Rothschild, which are now part of the world-renowned Natural History Museum of London. The museum also runs a regular programme of inspiring exhibitions and events.Read more
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Established in Roald Dahl‘s home village of Great Missenden, the Centre inspires young visitors with hands-on story-telling activities, fun-packed galleries, and a chance to visit Roald Dahl’s original Writing Hut, where all the magic happened!Read more
The Hellfire Caves
The medieval village of West Wycombe sits above a set of chalk caves renowned for hosting the notorious Hellfire Club, set up by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 18th Travel deep beneath the Chiltern Hills and see where Sir Francis and his guests ate, drank and possibly undertook more sinister rituals!Read more
Wycombe Museum explores the history of High Wycombe and the surrounding area. It is known to many as the ‘chair museum’; yet, its hands-on galleries span more than just the history of local furniture-making, and include art, historical artefacts and social history too.Read more
Fun and frolics
What something a little different to do? Whether you’re looking for quirky, immersive or thrilling experiences – the Chilterns AONB has got it all.
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
Opened in 1929, this is the oldest surviving model village in the world. Step back in time to the 1930s and marvel at the thousands of buildings, plants and people created here in minute and meticulous detail, all linked by a model railway.Read more
Black Park Country Park
Black Park is a large area of woodland, heathland and open space in south Buckinghamshire. It hosts family friendly attractions, such as an adventure playground, has a lakeside café, and plenty of accessible paths.Read more
Chiltern Open Air Museum
The 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
Riverside Parks and Pools
Based in Wallingford, Riverside Parks and Pools provides a watery family day out during the summer season. There’s an outdoor heated swimming pool and a splash park for children, as well as a café, indoor changing area and even a campsite.Read more
Stonor Park and Gardens
Home to the Stonor family for more than 850 years, the house at Stonor Park is full of global art and treasures. The grounds are also exquisite, with myriad walks and rides. But it’s the Park’s fantastical playground at Tumblestone Hollow that will capture the imaginations of the whole family.Read more
One of the highest points in the Chilterns, Wendover Woods is a large nature area managed by Forestry England. There is a café, adventure playground, a Gruffalo trail and a fitness assault course. There’s also Go Ape’s fantastic Treetop Challenge where you can swing through the trees like Tarzan!Read more