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.

Winter is the perfect time to see the rolling Chilterns’ fields glisten with crunchy frost and mist drifting through the trees. Enjoy roaring log fires in a snug countryside pub after a hearty walk.

The Chilterns' hosts a number of unique events throughout the year and below you will find the highlights. 

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

English Tourism Week
English Tourism Week marks the start of the season and we invite you to try out these enticing events taking place across the naturally outstanding Chilterns during the week of 5th - 13th March.
Discover Dahl’s archive: Letters to Mama
Sunday 6 March 12 noon,1pm and 2pm For 10+ years: a unique behind-the-scenes peek into our archive store, which houses Roald Dahl’s original letters and manuscripts. To celebrate Mother’s Day, our wondercrump Archivist Rachel White will show you Roald Dahl’s hilarious and touching letters to his Mama that he wrote during his school years. £1 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry
Swishwiffling signed stories
Saturday 12 March Signed hut talks at 11am, 12 noon, and 1pm. Signed stories at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm for Disabled Access Day. For all ages, deaf and hearing visitors: come and enjoy BSL signed talks about Roald Dahl’s life and stories, and signed storytelling from Revolting Rhymes throughout the day. Plus try out Signly our exciting new signed content app. Signly. Free for Museum visitors
Leighton Buzzard Railway
Mum travels FREE with any accompanied ticket holder and she receives a complimentary flower posy too. Sunday Cream Teas will also be available for the perfect treat (advance booking essential - see website for details).

Events

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.
Thursday 11th February

Fondue of a nibble of cheese? Want to know more about the whey it’s made? Don’t brie sheepish, join the grate and the gouda including microbiologist John Schollar and host Quentin Cooper to explore the biochemistry of cheese-making and why cheeses are dynamic bacterial ecosystems at the River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF. Ticketed event 

Monday 15th February, 11 to 3pm
Chinese New Year at the River and Rowing Museum, Henley
Visit the River and Rowing Museum over half-term to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, making Chinese lanterns, lucky charms and more! Make a day of it and visit the Wind in the Willows exhibition and enjoy a walk by the River Thames.
Various Dates in February
Nature Walks and Events at College Lake reserve near Tring
Winter guided walk at College Lake Saturday 13th February 10:00am - 12:00pm. Join us for a gentle walk around this stunning reserve, taking in seasonal wildlife and discussing the management of the site.

Wild at Heart at College Lake. Wed 17th & Thursday 18th Feb 10 - 1pm. Find out how animals living here prepare for spring. Wrap up warm for fun activities inside and out, including trails, crafts, and exploration. Booking essential.

Sunday 21st February
Included in the National Gardens event, Quainton village lies at foot of Quainton Hills with fine views over Vale of Aylesbury to Chiltern Hills. There is a C14 church with outstanding monuments, a C19 working windmill milling Quainton flour (open Sundays am), and a steam railway centre. Heavy clay but well watered from the hills. The gardens are varied in their styles and content and also incl part of the allotments.
27 February - 2 July 2016
A display of historic views of Buckinghamshire drawn from the rarely seen collections of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society will be a good reason to explore Bucks County Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated book entitled ‘Historic Views of Buckinghamshire’ comprising fifty views of the County many of which feature in the display. Free entry.
27 February 10.30 - 12.30

Join the Woodland Trust for a guided walk on the unique history of the beautiful Tring Park, much loved by the locals. With links to King Charles II, Charles Bridgeman and Walter Rothschild, its rich and varied story will unfold on your journey.

Free (advance booking required), most suitable for adults. For information and tickets call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6163. Lines are open Monday-Friday, 10.00-16.00. 

Support your local museum, they are the best place to begin to explore and get under the skin of our market towns. Staffed by knowledgable local volunteers, find out about the history and story of Marlow at their lovely museum. Opening hours: From November to February, they are open on Sundays and New Year’s Day 2pm to 4pm. From March 1st to the end of October, are open on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 1pm to 5pm.
March 10th,11th,12th, 17th,18th and 19th - 8pm
'The Martyrs of Amersham' promenade performance theatre
The Amersham Society is proud to present the life and times of THE MARTYRS OF AMERSHAM, at St Mary's Church Old Amersham. A cast approaching 100 actors present this spectacular piece of theatre (as a promenade performance) telling the tale of the ordinary folk living in 16th century Amersham. The seven Martyrs who were burnt at the stake, were part of that community. Further details here.
March to November 2016
Supper Talks at St Katherine's country house, near Henley-on-Thames

St Katherine's is an historic house and retreat standing in 12 acres of grounds at the top of the Chiltern hills, run by the Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship charity. They are hosting a series of supper talks (£17.50 including a two-course supper). Pre-booking essential 01494 881037.

Behind the Scenes at Pinewood Studios, Friday 22 April 7.30pm. This is a fascinating look at the origins of one of Buckinghamshire’s most famous sites, and the rollercoaster development of the studios over the past 79 years since it was built in 1936.  It features many famous faces and some personal memories of the stars and personalities that have worked there.

Are you married? Or do you live in Maidenhead? Thursday 23 June 7.30pm. An introduction to centuries of gossip and scandal in what promises to be a highly entertaining evening.

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