Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is everything you would like it to be.

Choose the Chilterns for activity and exploration, peace and quiet, entertainment or indulgence: this lovely countryside on London’s doorstep has all you need for a really memorable break. In 324 square miles of superb scenery, intriguing attractions, tucked-away villages and market towns, there’s always something more to be discovered.

Spring is perfect to spend time in the emerging greening woodlands, to enjoy the blossom and birdsong. College Lake in the spring really comes alive with visiting migratory birds who will simply stop off for the obligatory refuel, wash and brush-up before continuing their journey.

The ever-popular bluebells are coming into season now and there are lots of places to enjoy them, apart from Ashridge (which get terribly busy), so why not try these alternatives; Cowleaze Wood, Aston Rowant and surrounds, Wendover Woods, Hughenden has lovely walks in the nearby woods as does Grey's Court and surrounds. Please do tweet other locations using #bluebells and #Chilterns and we will RT.

Combine a walk in the Chilterns with lunch in an outstanding country pub, enjoying local specialities including craft beer and fine food.

A new on-line guide to the Chilterns Top Ten Midsomer Murders locations features some of the area's best loved villages and market towns.

Enjoy your stay and please share your experiences with us @VisitChilterns on Twitter and #TheChilterns on Instagram.

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Getting here

From central London train to Chilterns trail in just 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Oxford, the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns is one of the most accessible areas of countryside in the UK. From train to trail, the area has excellent rail and bus links, it is served by four main rail lines, the River Thames and the London Underground Metropolitan line, with frequent trains and a journey time of less than an hour from London.

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Places to Visit

Chilterns Food and Drink
Good taste comes naturally in the Chilterns, where so much local produce is enjoyed fresh from the farm to your plate, picnic hamper or glass. Here's a pick of the best....
Food and Drink events at Frithsden Vineyard
Food and Drink events at Frithsden Vineyard
Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. Enjoy 5- course Supper Evenings in the vineyard farmhouse, dates in April.
Henley on Food
Henley on Food
The first of its kind, Henley on Food will unite thousands of local food lovers with exciting cooks and culinary writers, for the UKs first literary food festival. Cookery demonstrations, pop-up kitchens and talks by top chefs  30 April/1st May.
Berkhamsted Beer Festival
Berkhamsted Beer Festival
Berkhamsted Beer Festival will take place on 21st/22nd May at Haresfoot Brewery, featuring 18 ales from across the Chilterns. Free Entry. There are also regular tours and events at Haresfoot Brewery.
Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours
Tring Brewery Saturday Morning Tours
Beer on a Saturday morning. Why not? This popular tour is designed for groups of all sizes. They are run twice a month and provide you with an opportunity to discover more about Tring brewery, our beers and how we make them. Included in the price are samples to taste during the tour or a bottle to take home with you. Time 11.00am to 12.30pm, Price £5 per person.
Haresfoot Craft Beer Brewery Tours

Public tours run 7.30-10.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Private tours can be booked for the other Thursdays or other week days. The cost is £20 per person and includes your tour, a curry platter and complimentary beers.That's a good deal!

12 May Public Tour

09 June Public Tour

Buckmoreend Farm Shop
Buckmoorend Farm Shop is a welcome addition to the Chilterns foodie scene. It is a small, family run farm surrounded by natural woodland that just happens to be a part of the Chequers Estate, and can be reached very easily from the Ridgeway National Trail that runs right past the shop door. Perfect for that gelato break or better still, for that summer BBQ, as their free-range lamb tastes of the Chilterns
Chiltern Valley Winery
TripAdvisor’s top rated visitor attraction in Henley on Thames is Chiltern Valley Winery, who will be celebrating English Wine Week with tours & tastings of three new 2015 vintage wines. The marvellous behind the scenes tours includes the winery, brewery, press and bottling hall. And sampling of course. Too good to leave? They do B&B too!
Auberge Du Chocolat
Auberge Du Chocolat is the joint passion of Anne and Ian, both behind this successful artisan business that thrives on sharing the joys (and there are many), of sampling, producing, learning or just enjoying chocolates, ice-cream and fabulous fudge. Their children’s chocolate workshops are very popular!

Events

23rd April to 7th May
Tring Spring Fayre

This year Tring Spring Fayre will include guided nature and heritage walks, free taster sessions from sports clubs as well as a Spring photographic competition in conjunction with the Natural History Museum Tring. Over 30 activities will take place during the Fayre, culminating in the Friends of Tring Church Heritage Family Fun Day on Saturday 7th May in and around St Peter and St Paul Church, Tring.

MIDSOMER MURDERS Top Ten Chilterns locations!
New on-line guide now available to the Chiltern's Top Ten Midsomer Murders locations! Public guided tours of Henley and its Midsomer Murders locations will take place every Saturday from 12 March to 15 October @ 10.30am.  The Tour lasts one hour. Bookings here.
Throughout the year
We've got tasty events right through the season from pop-up kitchens, tours, cookery school and a Food and Drink Festivals.
Monday May 2nd
Morris Dancing

The Whitchurch Morris are having their usual busy Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd and and will be dancing at the following locations;

06.30am Coombe Hill Monument, Nr Wendover
9.00am The Hampden Arms, Great Hampden
10.30am Worlds End Garden Centre, Wendover
12.00 noon May Fair, Whitchurch
2.15pm Pitstone Green Farm Museum, Pitstone

Saturday 25th June

E Nesbitt's classic story of three children whose lives are changed forever by the mysterious disappearance of their father. Enjoy your picnic and Chapterhouse outdoor theatre in the amazing setting of West Wycombe Park overlooking its lake. Booking essentail.

14 and 15th May
National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and gives you with a fantastic opportunity to visit wind and watermills, many of which are not usually open to visitors. Here in the Chilterns we have Chinnor, Lacey Green, Qauinton, Brill and Pitstone windmills that will be open.
20 April – 4 June 2016
Beyond Words is the first contemporary art exhibition in the 129 year history of Milton’s Cottage. "Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them... they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon’s teeth". – Milton, Areopagitica. Six artists take inspiration from the collection at Milton’s Cottage – only surviving home of the visionary poet, parliamentarian and political writer, John Milton. Displayed alongside the books, paintings and prints that inspired them,
Until the 5th June
In this intimate exhibition, the River and Rowing Museum explores the early work of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the modern era. Famous for his representations of Californian pools, celebrities and most recently i-Pad landscapes, his creative output is diverse and long-standing. David Hockney: from the beginning explores Hockney’s early years – and features works from the collection with the collections of the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Art and the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre.  Works include his evocative We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961 and the 1974 film A Bigger Splash.
Dates in May and June

Behind the Scenes at Tring.

12 May and 23 June
45-minute tour at 11.00 and 15.00

Tickets £10 (advance booking required), most suitable for adults.

Step into one of our collections areas to discover what's behind the scenes at the Museum and learn how our world-renowned bird collection is used.  Join egg curator Douglas Russell to learn about Captain Scott's fateful last expedition, where his team collected some of the Museum's most famous specimens.

26 March until 24 September

Bucks County Museum has brought talent and funding together to mount a superb programme of nearly 100 events in the biggest exhibition of Islamic works of art ever held in the County. Treasures on display include carpets, paintings, furniture, metalwork, jewellery and splendid calligraphy from across the Near East, Pakistan and Muslim India. 

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