A railway museum and a Steampunk festival may sound like an unlikely combination but it actually makes for a brilliant family day out, as we discovered at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.
The charming Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden was for a long time the home of author Roald Dahl, most famous for his children’s books. Now it’s home to a the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, dedicated to celebrating his life and work and inspiring the creativity of new generations of children. I take young Tilly to introduce her to the world of Dahl for the first time, plus we’ve a golden ticket giveaway with a family ticket to the museum up for grabs.
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.
I do enjoy a good walk but getting my daughter similarly enthused isn’t always straightforward. Traditional walks for us grown ups often revolve around a stop at a recommended hostelry. Giving a child-friendly twist to the format, I decided to see if I could entice Tilly on a walk with a family friendly pub as the goal.
Tucked away off a residential street in the leafy Buckinghamshire town of Beaconsfield is a wonder in miniature – the model village of Bekonscot. It is one of our local attractions so we know it well but if you live in London, the South East or are vaguely handy for the M40, you should certainly look it up. Here are five reasons why you should visit Bekonscot.
Odds Farm Park has introduced fresh and local food and a brilliant new play area to boot. We headed over to this favourite destination of families in Bucks, Berk, Herts and beyond to get the low down.
Every once in a while a business comes along that seems to perfectly fit a glaring gap in the market. Metro Lounge, the newest of the Loungers chain of cafe bars, which opened its doors in Amersham-on-the-Hill this week may well achieve just that. Given that the area has been bordering on going tee-total of late with the demise of most remaining pubs up the hill, I’m thrilled by the prospect of a decent social venue. Tilly and I popped in for brunch on its opening day to see what was on offer.
On our doorstep is something of a legendary destination, albeit in miniature. Bekonscot, taking its name in part from its home town of Beaconsfield, is regarded as the grandfather of miniature villages, having opened in the 1920s. It regularly features on television and we keeping spotting it on the CBeebies series ‘Show me show me’. Pretty much anyone who grew up in this part of the world will have visited as a child. Having moved to the area, however, it was to be a new experience both for me and toddler Tilly.
I had expected taking two-year-old Tilly into London to be challenging, fraught with avoiding tantrums on public transport and her running off in crowds. I never guessed it would instead be a defining experience, breaking down the barriers of toddler life and reappraising my role as a stay-at-home dad.
We first ventured into the deep dark wood in August to track down the Gruffalo who was rumoured to be residing in Wendover Woods. Tilly was not yet walking but we enjoyed the trail and the reward at the end of it. We thought the Gruffalo had departed at the end of September but it seems he remains in the wood while the Gruffalo’s Child now has a winter-themed trail to explore. Tilly’s interest in the Gruffalo reached new heights over Christmas with the screening of both Gruffalo adaptations on TV, so it was time to put on out wellies and brave the wintry woods.