Things to do in Buckinghamshire: glorious countryside, inspiring museums and Hollywood connections
Our Local editor for Buckinghamshire points you in the direction of the best that Bucks has to offer. From rolling hills to hell-fire caves, you're sure to find something you love about the area.
If you're a local looking for something new to do or you're visiting with the family, we've got a host of brilliant ideas to keep you busy.
What do you think is the best thing about the area?
Buckinghamshire is a beautiful county, with pretty river walks and areas of outstanding natural beauty nestled among charming market towns. With brilliant transport links and great schools too, Buckinghamshire really does have it all!
Bucks is known for its great outdoors - where is the best place to enjoy it?
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 (which has appeared in several films including Harry Potter, given its proximity to Pinewood Studios), Burnham Beeches, Wendover Woods and the Chiltern Hills to name a few, but whatever the weather, wrap up and enjoy the beauty of Bucks.
Sadly the kids need more than gorgeous countryside to keep amused - what are the best days out for the whole family?
Odds Farm Park is a wonderful day out with plenty of animals to see and feed, and a large play barn 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. Not only is the model village the oldest in the world, it also inspired Enid Blyton to create Noddy and Toytown.
And if we don't want to break the bank?
Wycombe Museum has free admission and a packed activity calendar.
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, including the grand Clivedon in Taplow and Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe.
If the kids need a pit-stop, where's the best place to refuel?
There are plenty of great cafes serving delicious coffee and top notch cakes in Buckinghamshire, 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.
And what would you recommend for the grown ups?
If gastronomy is your thing then you're spoilt for choice. For somewhere a bit special, Tom Kerridge's two Michelin star restaurant, The Hand & Flowers in Marlow and Artichoke in Amersham are renowned high-end restaurants, and The Crazy Bear hotel and 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.
We can't leave without a souvenir - what are the best shopping spots in the county?
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.
We never want to leave; where is the best place to settle down?
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.
Tell us more about Bucks' strong community vibe?
There are many community centres running a wide variety of sessions based on support and recreation. Find your local one here.
You should also take time to discover your local Sure Start Children's centre, an invaluable resource for families.
Before you go, can you point us in the direction of a hidden gem we might have missed?
The Hell-Fire Caves are most definitely hidden... they're underground! This spooky attraction ignites the imagination and is a big hit with little ones.
About the Local 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."
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