The school holidays are here and the kids need keeping busy for six long weeks. Together with Cassie at Mummy on a Budget, we have Buckinghamshire covered, with what’s on listings and ideas for days out across the county as well as the surrounding home counties and London. Whether it’s museums, outdoor spaces, crafts or fetes, you’ll find it here.

South Buckinghamshire: Read on for my listing of events in South Bucks, South West Herts, West Berkshire and North West London.

North Buckinghamshire: Visit Cassie at Mummy on a Budget for what’s on in Aylesbury Vale, North Bucks, West Herts, Milton Keynes and South Oxfordshire.

Daily / weekly events during the school holidays

If you’re stuck for ideas, there’s something on pretty much every day so take a pick from these.

Daily: The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden has something on nearly every day of the holidays (age suitability varies)

Daily: Odds Farm Park has a Wild West Show from 21 July – 12 August and a Circus Spectacular from 13 August – 4 September

Tuesdays: The Chiltern Open Air Museum‘s Terrific Tuesdays has activities each Tuesday in August

Wednesdays: Amersham Museum has Create events each Wednesday afternoon. £2.50 per child. Biggies go free!

Wednesdays: Wild Wednesdays at National Trust Cliveden with a different theme each week. Small charge applies.

Wednesdays: The Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe has Rio themed crafts and activities in their kid’s corner each Wednesday in August

Thursdays and Fridays: Knights and Castles fun days at National Trust Hughenden Manor. There’s also a Dragon trail running throughout the summer.

Thursdays and Sundays: Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway is running its heritage trains each Thursday, Sunday and some Saturdays. Kids ride for only £1!

Weekly: Buckinghamshire Libraries are hosting creative events throughout the summer as part of the Big Friendly read. Check what’s on at your local library.

What’s on calendar

There are special events taking place throughout the holidays. Here’s my pick of what’s on in and around South Bucks.


Sat 23 – Sun 24 July: Ragged Victorians at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sat 23 – Sun 24 July: Carters Steam Fair at West Wycombe (HP12 4AH)

Sun 24 July: Family Fun Day, Crowne Plaza Marlow

Wed 27 July: Fun in the Park, Langley Country Park nr Iver

Thurs 28 July: Family Open Day, Amersham Field Centre

Sat 30 – Sun 31 July: Highwaymen at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sun 31 July: Colne Valley Festival, Denham Country Park


Mon 1 – Fri 5 August: Fairies and Elves Trail, Black Park Country Park

Tue 2 August: Beasts and Butterflies, NT Hughenden Manor.

Wed 3 August: Be Inspired Fun Day, George V Field, Amersham

Sat 6 – Sun 7 August: Sharpe’s Rifles at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sun 7 August: Fun Dog Show and Craft Market, Hazeldene Farm

Mon 8 August: Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Whiteleaf Hill, nr Princes Risborough

Wed 10 August: Community Games, Black Park Country Park

Sat 13 August: Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Black Park Country Park

Sat 13 – Sun 14 August: Medieval Pageantry at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sat 20 – Sun 21 August: Vicious Vikings at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Thurs 25 – Fri 26 August: Children’s Outdoor Theatre – Danny Champion of the World, NT Cliveden

Sat 27 – Bank Holiday Mon 29 August: Great Missenden Food Festival

Sun 28 – Bank Holiday Mon 29 August: Tudor Times at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sun 28 August: Children’s Concert, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and French Market, Amersham Old Town

Bank Holiday Mon 29 August: Beaconsfield Country Fayre

Bank Holiday Mon 29 August: Hazlemere Fete

Tue 30 August: Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Prestwood local nature reserve


Thurs 1 September: Buckinghamshire County Show, Weedon Park nr Aylesbury

Sat 3 September: Chalfont St Giles Show, Stone Meadows,HP8 4QF

Sun 4 September: Lowndesbourne Town Picnic, Chesham

You can find listings for North Bucks at Mummy on a Budget.

The great outdoors

These outdoors venues are great for getting the family to have fun in the fresh air

Wendover Woods. Featuring a Stickman Trail, the wonderful Cafe in the Woods, an adventure playground, den building area and miles of paths. Free (parking chargeable).

Ruislip Lido. Spend the summer at the beach with masses of play activities and cafes. Take the railway around the Lido (chargeable, running daily). Free parking.

Reviews of top family friendly destinations

Check out my reviews of these great places to take children

  1. Bekonscot, Beaconsfield
  2. Legoland, Windsor
  3. Natural History Museum, Tring
  4. National Trust Cliveden and Hughenden Manor
  5. Odds Farm, Wooburn Common
  6. Ruislip Lido
  7. Willows Activity Farm, London Colney
  8. ZSL Whipsnade

I’m always trying out the best family destinations in Buckinghamshire, the Chilterns and London.

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One thought on “What’s on: Summer holidays 2016 in Bucks plus Herts, Berks and London

  • 21 July 2016 at 8:40 am

    What a brilliant guide. I had a few of these marked out on the calendar already but this is a brilliant summary of all the things happening locally over the summer. Thank you for sharing.


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