There are so many beautiful outdoor spaces located in The Chilterns and the surrounding areas and the great news is that the majority of them are free. Get the family out and about and escape from technology.
Recreational Play Areas/Spaces
There is a number of children’s play areas in and around the Chiltern’s. 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 children’s play area offers here.
Lowndes Park (Amersham) is a major historic feature of Chesham. There is a Children’s play area; a multisport’s court and a skateboard park for 2 to 13 year olds. Bring your bikes and follow the cycle paths through the park. The park boasts fantastic views across the town. Chesham Town Council have produced a leaflet highlighting some of the interesting features of the park, including Skottowes Pond, The scented Garden and the Pudding Stone.
National Picnic Week 2016
This year between 11th to 19th June, National Picnic Week will be taking place across the UK. So dust off your picnic blankets, dig out your baskets and get snacking!
Why not take your picnic to one of the county’s many beautiful Country Parks, there is a number in and around the Chilterns, take a ball or a frisbee and have some fun. Country parks are also a great place to take a bike ride.
Denham Country Park has 69 acres of great recreation opportunities. It has links to local footpaths, bridleways and the South Bucks Long Distance Route. 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
Black Park is a beautiful area packed full of great things to do with the family. Take a walk around the lake and feed the ducks. Have a play in the large children’s wooded play area. Stop off for a bite to eat and drink at the lakeside café. Or for the more adventurous, have a go at ‘Go Ape’.
Langley Park Is 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. After the success of the Gruffalo trail, Wendover woods has created a Stick Man trail. So why not join the Stick Man on his quest to make the family tree! Pick up an activity pack, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way!
Ever tried geocaching? If your kids hate walking, an excellent way to get them out in the fresh air and walking (without them really realising) is to go geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. This is a great way to explore the outdoors and have some fun as well. You can download geocache apps for free onto most smart phone devices. Here is a useful guide for beginners
Child Safety Week 2016
This year Child Safety Week will be between 6th to 12th June and the theme is “Turn off Technology.” So why not join in, switch off and get out of the house for some fun and fresh air.
We at the Bucks Family Information Service have put together some information on ‘safety when out and about‘
Or take a look at the Child Accident Prevention Trust website for more information and ideas.