Tilly enjoying Bekonscot model village

Many families have been away on holiday and returned home, yet there’s still a few weeks of summer holidays still to fill. Fortunately there’s no shortage of places to visit if you know where to look. Here are dozens of ideas across South Buckinghamshire and South West Hertfordshire that are particularly suitable for families with younger children…


Dates for your diary

  • Tuesdays in August: Terrific Tuesdays, Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • 15-16 Aug: Tudor Farming, Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • 20-21, 27-28 Aug: Pirates Lair at Hughenden Manor
  • 22 Aug: Beaconsfield Farmers’ Market with animal petting farm
  • 22-23 Aug: Victorian Vagrants and Gentle Georgians, Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • 27 Aug: Bucks County Show
  • 31 Aug: Beaconsfield Country Fayre

Toddler activity groups

Not all groups shut up shop for the summer.

  • Childrens Centres – stay and play sessions often continue throughout the summer
  • Libraries – check at your local library to see what’s on over the summer
  • Pay as you go sessions – some music and other classes can continue over the holidays but check first


There are some excellent open spaces in our area, offering low cost days out. Many feature play areas and cafes


  • Wendover Woods – woodland walks, adventure playground, Super Worm trail, Cafe in the Woods
  • Ashridge Estate – extensive trails and cafe
  • Penn Wood – easy paths and a play garden in the nearby Squirrel pub
  • Coombe Hill – park at Low Scrubs car park for an easy walk to the view point and monument


  • Odds Farm – animal feeding, soft play, rides, near Beaconsfield
  • Langleybury Childrens Farm – Open daily throughout the summer holidays, located just to the north of Watford near the Langleys
  • Bucks Goat Farm – animal feeding, near Stoke Mandeville
  • Willows Activity Farm – huge entertainment park with animal feeding, extensive play areas and soft play, near London Colney, St Albans
  • Green Dragon Eco Farm – animal feeding, vale of Aylesbury
  • Hazeldene Farm – family farm hosting monthly events with rides and animal feeding

Museums and attractions

  • Bekonscot – superb miniature village with train ride and play area in Beaconsfield
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum – historic buildings, playground, farm plus special events throughout the summer

Steam railways

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2 thoughts on “Summer ideas for young children in Bucks and Herts

  • 28 August 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this list – I was looking for some new ideas for local places to visit and remembered your home counties day out linky so thought your blog might be a good place to look! Got a few ideas to add to the list now – thank you 🙂

    • 30 August 2015 at 8:37 am

      So glad you found the list useful. Looking forward to reading about the places you visited.


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