The summer holidays are finally here and thousands of children across the county are jumping for joy at six weeks of fun in sun. As a parent, keeping your little ones entertained and busy for the summer holidays can be a challenge. Whether your kids are 4 or 14, Buckinghamshire is packed full of exciting activities and days out for children of all ages. We have come up with our top summer holiday activities in and around Buckinghamshire:
Just outside of Buckinghamshire, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London allows you to explore the magic of the much loved Harry Potter films. The unique walking tour is perfect for children of all ages and will take you behind the scenes of the most successful film series of all time. The tour showcases a selection of magnificent sets, costumes and props from the films, and also reveals some closely guarded secrets such as facts about the special effects and how they made the magic come to life on screen. Tickets must be booked online before visiting, and over the summer holidays they are £41 for adults, £33 for children aged 5-15 and children aged 4 and under are free of charge. A family ticket is also available for £132.
The National Trust Cliveden is a great summer day out for all the family. The stunning National Trust property overlooks the River Thames and is surrounded by glorious gardens which are filled with fun summer holiday activities throughout July and August. Starting from the 25th of July, you can join the ‘Summer of Colour’ children’s trail, where your little ones can explore the stunning gardens in full bloom and discover the nature of the National Trust. For something a bit more adventurous, you can treat your children to a day of tree climbing as experts from The Great Big Tree Climbing Co will be arranging unforgettable experiences on just 4 days throughout the holidays. National Trust Cliveden is also home to an impressive maze which provides heaps of fun for children trying to find their way out. In the maze, all children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult, and pushchairs and prams cannot be taken inside the maze.
Less than ten miles outside of Buckinghamshire, Windsor Castle is an exciting and educational day out for all the family. It is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and one of The Queen’s favourite weekend spots. In May this year, it was the location of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, making it a world famous tourist spot. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the marvellous State Apartments and watching the Changing of the Guard. Between 1st August and 30th September, the Conquer the Tower Tour will run daily and give visitors the chance to climb the 200 steps to the top of Windsor Castle’s iconic round tower and enjoy breathtaking views of Royal Windsor. The tour must be booked in advance and there is a height restriction in place so all visitors must be over 1.3m to participate. Whilst in Royal Windsor, head to The Brasserie at Sir Christopher Wren for a delicious meal right on the river Thames.
Treat your kid to a day out exploring the world’s oldest and original model village at Bekonscot. The miniature world has over 80 years of interesting history, a huge model railway, 1.5 acres of well kept gardens and beautifully detailed model buildings. Your little ones will love being able to take a trip out on the Bekonscot Light Railway which runs daily between 10.30am and 4.30pm, and you can enjoy a family picnic before heading off to explore the stunning gardens.
Whilst out and about in Buckinghamshire this summer be sure to visit the Bull Hotel in Gerrards Cross for a bite to eat or drink in the landscaped gardens. Bring your family to enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea on the sunny terrace, or join us on Sundays for a carvery lunch accompanied by live jazz music. Be sure to book your table online to avoid disappointment.
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