Summer holiday activities in and around Buckinghamshire

Set the kids to task on 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 and they'll be rolling down hills, clambering over logs and bubbling with giggles before you can say 'Why don't you build a den?'

Here are some of the best places to run off some steam in the great British outdoors this summer.

A girl leaps on a  tree placed as a balance beam, her two sits balancing behind her with their father holding the youngest's hand to help.


There's brand new activities waiting for your family over the summer holidays. Take your teens on an adventure through the gardens on the Secrets of Stowe summer challenge for fans of mind games and escape rooms. For little ones, grab a free family explorer guide or drop in for a Wild Wednesday session.

Top Secret Adventure at Hughenden


This summer get into the war-time spirit with events and activities inspired by Hughenden's secret World War Two story.

Two children using binoculars in a field of wildflowers.

Canons Ashby 

Have some family fun with outdoor games and lot's of exploring, for little and big adventurers.

Children running through the gardens at a National Trust site


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.

Children building woodland dens


This summer we have a packed programme of events to keep the whole family happy. From a crafty children's trail around the colourful formal gardens to nature trails and picnic spots across the wider estate, there's lots to see and do this summer holiday at Cliveden.

Wildflowers on Ivinghoe Beacon at Ashridge, Bucks

Summer in the countryside at Ashridge 

The hills are alive with the sound of birds, smell of wildflowers and sight of fluttering butterflies. Take a wander and experience our wildlife at its best.