10 reasons to visit Buckinghamshire

Mumsnet Buckinghamshire logo

Buckinghamshire must be one of the most family friendly places there is. The county is jam-packed with discoveries for toddlers, teens and grown-ups alike: stunning nature reserves, tranquil picnic river settings, picturesque 'Midsommer Murder' villages, gastronomic havens and bustling market towns.

Our Local editor Jennifer tells us more.


Best...

1. Thing about the area

Buckinghamshire is a beautiful county, with pretty river walks and areas of outstanding natural beauty nestled amongst charming market towns.

With brilliant transport links and great schools too, Buckinghamshire proves the saying wrong – it really does have it all!

 

2. Child-friendly cafeChilterns

There are plenty of great cafes serving delicious coffee and top notch cakes in Buckinghamshire (check our listings on site), but for children in particular we are spoilt for choice.

At Cafe in the Woods in Wendover, Black Park Cafe and Cafe in the Park in Marlow your child can burn off some energy, feed the ducks and round off with a yummy ice cream or slice of cake.

Enjoy some crafty fun at Bojangles creative cafe in Amersham.

On rainy days escape the weather at The Stay & Play Cafe in Chesham which serves mouth watering cakes, home made soup, organic, freshly prepared baby food and Hans Sloan Gourmet hot chocolate. 

 

3. Child-free night out

If you want to use your precious night out to catch a show, then The Swan or Waterside Theatres both have a broad array on offer.

If gastronomy is your thing then you’re spoilt for choice. For somewhere a bit special The Hand & Flowers in Marlow and Artichoke in Amersham are renowned high-end restaurants, and The Crazy Bear restaurant is also worth a visit – a trip to the toilets is an experience in itself!

For more relaxed (and affordable!) nights out, cosy gastropubs with welcoming roaring fires, delicious menus and brasseries are plentiful – please share any particular favourites of your own on the site.

 

4. Outside space

At a glance

Average semi-detached house price
Buckinghamshire: £310,546
UK: £201,427 

Average class size for primary schools
Buckinghamshire: 26.3 pupils
UK: 25.9 pupils

Average salary
Buckinghamshire: £25,846
UK: £26,461

Unemployment rate
Buckinghamshire: 5.3%
UK: 7.1%

With the rolling Chiltern Hills, and the river Thames on our doorstep it is impossible to pick out THE best outside space in Buckinghamshire.

Choose between Black Park, Burnham Beeches, Wendover Woods and the Chiltern Hills to name a few, but whatever the weather, wrap up and enjoy the beauty of Bucks!

 

5. Hidden gem

The Hell-Fire Caves are most definitely hidden... they're underground! This spooky attraction ignites the imagination and is a big hit with the little people.

 

6. Community venues

There are many community centres running a wide variety of sessions based on support and recreation. Find your local one here

Discover your local Sure Start Children’s centre, an invaluable resource for families.

 

7. Free visitor attraction

Wycombe Museum has free admission and a packed activity calendar.

 

8. Day out

Odds Farm Park is a wonderful day out, with a large playbarn for less clement weather.

The Chiltern Open Air Museum brings the past alive with great interactive activities, such as den building and candle making.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Bekonscot Model Village are also firm favourites for the whole family.

As Buckinghamshire is home to the most National Trust properties in the country, membership arguably gives value for money and access to some truly breathtaking heritage treasures.

 

River Thames

9. Places to live

The north of the county is ideal for access to Milton Keynes and the Midlands and is more affordable, while South Bucks has great transport links to London. Towns and villages throughout Buckinghamshire have a wonderful sense of community and there are some helpful threads on the Local Talk Board about which areas to move to, so take a look and join the conversation.

 

10. Places to shop

Town shopping centres in Buckinghamshire are good, with a mix of high street and independent traders. You will also find fantastic independent shops throughout the county; from high end clothing stores and bookshops to delis and butchers. Weekly markets and farmers markets have a strong presence in Buckinghamshire and are brilliant for fresh, local produce. Find your nearest one here.

 

About the Editor

Having moved to Buckinghamshire a few years ago, Jennifer lives with her husband and two young children, and is constantly discovering new things about the area.

She says: "The opportunity to work as the Local Editor is an exciting one. There is a real need for a one-stop platform to share knowledge, top tips and insider info at a local level which was noticeably absent when I made the move myself."

If you'd like to be kept up to date with what's happening in Mumsnet Buckinghamshire, then like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Last updated: 23-Jan-2014 at 9:58 AM