Summer adventures in Thames Valley and Chilterns

Launching a kite, your dad flinging it hopefully in the air then leaping to avoid the double-back and dive. But when the wind took it and the strings tugged and it was flying, actually flying - do you remember the thrill of it as a child?

Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into at our places in the Thames Valley and Chilterns this summer, along with a Knights and Castles trail at Hughenden, family explorer days at Stowe and Wild Wednesdays at Ashridge and Cliveden.

Pick up a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook at any of places and keep the whole family flying high this summer.

A picnic table set up for an afternoon tea

Alice! Summer adventures for families at Hughenden

Alice came to visit in summer 2017. Get lost on a white rabbit trail, loose track of time at a tea party, play croquet in a game that never ends, or make a dormouse hidden within a teacup.

Children running through the gardens at a National Trust site

Summer adventures for families at Waddesdon Manor

Bring the whole family to enjoy your summer school holiday, with fun events, a great woodland playground and loads of space to run around in.

Visitors exploring at Stowe

Fun for families at Stowe

Get the kids outdoors with acres of space to play and stretch their legs. Adventures await your family with so much to discover whatever their age from the temples, lakes, wildlife and fun activities.

A small boy runs ascross the grass flying a kite at a National Trust site

Visiting White Horse Hill with your family

We have lots of space for kite flying, hill rolling and daisy chain making so plan a family visit and see how many things you can cross off your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list.

Children running in the Garden at Basildon Park

Family fun this Summer in the outdoors at Basildon Park

As the schools break up and the summer fun begins, Basildon Park is ideal for making the most of the nicer weather (fingers crossed). For families wanting adventures in the outdoors there are 400 acres to explore.

Child holding a small frog

Visiting Buscot and Coleshill with your family

Get closer to nature with your family and explore the countryside. Kids can also tick off some 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenges.