Trying to keep the kids busy this summer? Look no further for ideas of loads to do around Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area.


Sat 3 Open Weekend at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. See behind the scenes at this volunteer run railway including a free ride on the heritage diesel railcar.

Sat 3 St Leonards Village Fete. Featuring a horseshoe from 9.30, a dog show at 1pm with the fete opening at 2pm. The Parish Hall and Field, Jenkins Lane, St. Leonards, Tring, Herts, Buckinghamshire HP23 6NW

Sat 3 – Sun 4 Steampunk Weekend and Miniature Traction Engine Rally at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Entertainment, market stalls and live music inspired by the sci-fi Victorian Steampunk style.

Sat 10 Community Day, King’s Church, Raans Road Amersham – lots of rides, activities and BBQ

Sat 10 – Sun 11 JC Farm, Little Kingshill – Open Farm Sunday. Falconry and dog displays, meet the animals.

Sun 11 Garden Party at Ashridge House. Food and craft stalls, plus children’s activities including circus skills and punch and judy. Raising money for the Hospice of St Francis.

Sat 17 Little Chalfont Village Day. Featuring stalls around the village plus a fun run in the morning and a dog show.

Sat 17 – Sun 18 Father’s Day model train exhibition, NT Hughenden Manor. The Wycombe and District Model Railway Society will have a variety of layouts including an interactive layout for children.

Sun 18 Heavy Horses, Chiltern Open Air Museum. Features parades in the areas, demonstrations of traditional farm work plus a horse drawn fire engine.

Sun 18 Father’s Day at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. Dads travel for free when accompanied by another ticket holder. Refreshments on board include Chinnor Railway Ale.

Sat 24 Tring Summer Carnival. This year’s carnival has a ‘wheels’ theme and features a stunt cycle display and wheel-inspired parade. Plus there are stalls, games and activities throughout the day.

Sat 24 Bellingdon and Asheridge Village Fete. A traditional fete with a brass band, BBQ, real ale festival, dog show and tug of war.

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Hyde End Food Festival. A new festival featuring celebrity chefs, food and drink stalls, live music and for families there are workshops, a Bushtucker challenge, puppets and fairground rides.

Sun 25 Donkey Derby, Botley Playing Fields, Chesham. Featuring donkey races and rides, local stalls, rides and a BBQ.

Ending 25 Dodos, Natural History Museum at Tring. An interactive exhibition about this mysterious bird. Draw a dodo and search for bones.


Sat 1 – Sun 2 Day Out with Thomas, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Travel aboard trains pulled by Thomas and Friends

Sun 2 Aylesbury on Sea.

Tue 4 Chiddlers’ hour: James and the Giant Peach, The Roald Dahl Museum

Tue 11 Chiddlers’ hour: The BFG, The Roald Dahl Museum

Sat 8 – Sun 9 Meet Sharpe’s Rifles, COAM

Sun 16 Missenden Abbey Summer Fair. 11-4pm.

Sun 16 Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Black Park, 11am-12.30pm.

Fri 21 Big Camp, Waddesdon Manor.

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Classic Vehicles Show, COAM

From Mon 24 Ashridge Adventurers, NT Ashridge. Led family activities and crafts from pond dipping to mini beast hunting and den building. For ages 4-10. Selected dates throughout the summer holidays.

Wed 26 Fun in the park, Langley Park, 12-4pm. Activities include live performances and displays, games, and BBQ.

Fri 28 – 29 Kite Festival, Dunstable Downs, 11am-5pm.

Sat 29 – Sun 30 Discover Medieval England

Sun 30 Colne Valley Festival, Denham Country Park.

From Mon 31 Fairies and Elves Trail, Black Park. Follow the trail to find all of the elves and fries hiding in Black Park. Answer the quiz sheet for a small treat. £3 per trail guide.

August and September events will follow in the coming weeks. 

Read my low down on the best local events each month in Hiya Bucks magazine for Amersham, Chesham, Missenden and the Chalfonts.

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