Historic Old Beaconsfield boasts elegant wide streets lined with coaching inns and grand houses, offering a tempting array of shops and eateries. New Beaconsfield grew up around the railway station a mile away and is home to Bekonscot model village, the first model village in the world and now a popular visitor attraction.
Beaconsfield has a thriving performing arts scene, it is home to the National Film and Television School (once Beaconsfield Film Studios) and is regularly used as a filming location; it has recently been used as a location for the TV Midsomer Murders series and the Inspector Morse spinoff Lewis. The town is home to the Chiltern Shakespeare Company which annually holds amateur performances of Shakespeare plays in June, in the beautiful outdoor parkland setting of Hall Barn.
There is plenty to whet the appetite in Beaconsfield. A favourite in the New Town is Jungs German-style bakery and café, with their irresistible selection of cakes and pastries. Beaconsfield Old Town offers a wide range of restaurants, there are lots of traditional coaching inns now with modern menus, and food from around the globe. A thriving farmers market takes place on the 4th Saturday of every month.
Into the countryside
There are walks and rides galore in the beechwoods surrounding the town, with numerous small hamlets and great country pubs. Just a couple of miles from Beaconsfield, there is a 2 mile circular pub walk starting at the Royal Standard of England pub in Forty Green which claims to be one of the oldest pubs in Britain. The walk takes you through beech woodland and a wildflower meadow which is a blaze of colour in summer.
The Seer Green-Beaconsfield Chilterns Country walk is a 6 mile circular walk through beautiful beech woods. Between the woods are paths and quiet lanes offering extensive countryside views. There is also a scenic linear route taking you from Seer Green Station to Beaconsfield Station on the Marylebone line. There is a gastronomic gem in Seer Green, The Jolly Cricketers which won a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2012.
Heading out further afield
Chiltern Open Air Museum – 5.3 miles from Beaconsfield. The museum rescues threatened buildings that are typical of the Chilterns and re-erects them on a 45-acre site of natural park, meadow and woodland. There are more than 30 buildings on the site, include a working 19th century farmyard and a village with its green, cottages, forge and chapel. Animals, and traditional machinery still in use, make the farm a particularly special place. The museum stages a wide variety of events for adults and children, bringing the history of the Chilterns and their buildings to life.
Jordans – 3 miles from Beaconsfield. The Quaker village (and former home of Ozzy Osbourne) takes its name from Old Jordans, the farmstead where Quaker farmers lived and worshipped in 17th century, when Quakers and other non-conformists were persecuted for their faith. William Penn, the founder and first governor of Pennsylvania, was amongst them. He is buried in the grounds of the tranquil Friends Meeting House, built in 1688 after the Declaration of Indulgence made public worship possible. Building of the village began in earnest in 1919 by a Friendly Society that aimed to build the houses and cottages using its own industries to produce the individually crafted materials.