When you’ve got kids to look after but limited funds, the holidays can feel very long indeed so Bucks Family Information Service have put together some ideas for free family days out that will keep the whole family occupied.
LOCAL WOODS & COUNTRY PARKS
Why not visit one of the many Country Parks in and around the Chilterns, spot the wildlife of Buckinghamshire and enjoy a picnic and have a play. Don’t forget your wellies!
Black Park has over 10 miles of well- surfaced trackways so whether you like to walk, run or cycle this is a place to keep the family fit and active. There is a great children’s woodland play area and a lakeside cafe and toilets right next door. Over the Easter holidays Black Park are holding events for all the family for a small charge. Follow the Easter trail and get a chocolatey treat at the end, no need to book just turn up. Entry to the park is FREE but there is a charge for parking.
Denham Country Park has 69 acres of great recreation opportunities, with a new adventure zone for children under 12 years including a sand pit, treehouse and much more. It has links to local footpaths, bridleways and the South Bucks Long Distance Route. The park is surrounded by the Grand Union Canal and the rivers Colne and Misbourne. There is always somewhere for the little ones to run wild. There is a café on site so you are never too far from well needed refreshments Entry to the park is FREE but there is a charge for parking
Langley Park is historic parkland of 130 acres of important wildlife habitats, including woodland, heathland, wetland and grassland. It’s a place to come and relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. The estate is a fascinating piece of our countryside heritage. Layer upon layer of history can be traced in Langley Park. There is also children’s play area and Café for refreshments.
Wendover Woods is a woodland/forest site that has it all. Offering walking trails, play area, “Cafe in the Woods”, cycle trails, orienteering course, fitness trail, picnic areas and BBQs. The Highway Rat book has been brought to life on the forest trails. Follow the rail and interact with the forest on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. The Highway Rat Trail Activity Packs can be purchased from the cafe.
If you want to learn about the woods, the flora and fauna, whilst enjoying a family friendly walk, then book a place on one of the FREE woodland walks run by David Willis. Please note that places book up quickly, see website for details.
RECREATIONAL PLAY AREAS/SPACES
Take the kids to your local park to let them run off steam over the holidays. Most play areas are suitable for children up to 12 years old. However, some do offer equipment for older children. For example skateboard park, teen shelters, sports walls or you could always take a ball and have a fun kick around. Find what facilities your local park offers here.
YOUR LOCAL CHILDREN’S CENTRE
Did you know that your local Children’s Centre offers a range of free or low cost activities for children for children age 0 to 5 years old? Why not take a look at your local Chiltern centre.
• Chesham (Waterside)
• Denham and Gerrards Cross
• Hazlemere and Loudwater
• Prestwood and Missenden
• Stokenchurch and Hambleden Valley
• The Chalfonts
• Wooburn Green and Bourne End
• Wycombe (Castlefield)
• Wycombe (East)
• Wycombe (Hampton Way)
And don’t forget that a number of the museums in Buckinghamshire are FREE.
Amersham Museum is located in the oldest house in Amersham. The museum houses a collection of objects, photos and documents all about the history of Amersham and its people. There is an expanded herb garden and resources for families. The museum has lots to offer family visitors and there is a regular programme of family activities. There is a small charge for adult visitors, under 16’s are free.
Chesham Museum is known temporary storage until a new location can be found. However there will still be events taking place in aid of the museum so visit the website for details.
If you fancy travelling a little further afield Bucks County Museum run family friendly workshops often linked to current exhibitions and collections. They also host special events including ‘Meet The Saxon Warriors’, Pop-Up Cinema: The LEGO Movie and Pop-Up Cinema: The Fantastic Mr Fox. Please note pre-booking of the Pop-Up Cinema events is advised, cost £3.75, book via the website.
YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Remember to make the most of your local Library, many libraries are holding FREE events throughout the Easter holidays.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES (CRAFT IDEAS) & GAMES
If it’s raining or you just don’t fancy venturing out why not do some Easter craft in the comfort of your own home. Make an Easter basket or a bunny mask. Or have an Easter bonnet parade with a prize for the best Easter bonnet. Playing Easter games with the kids is a FREE and fun way to entertain the kids
Why not create your own Easter hunt around your home or garden (if it’s not too muddy!), or print off some colouring sheets for some quiet time!
There are also many Easter apps that you can download onto your mobile or tablet for FREE to keep the kids entertained for hours.
We take great care in compiling these listings but please always contact the venue in advance to check details are correct.