Summer micro-adventures for teens in Bucks and Berks

Keeping teens entertained in the summer holidays is a challenge. Actually, that's not quite true, they can happily while away many an hour on their devices. How different they become, though, if we can entice them out into the fresh air.

There's something about being in big green spaces that allows them to relax and be free, allowing you to glimpse both the children they once were and the grown-ups they'll become. Enjoy this time with them.

A group of teenagers inspect pond water

Stowe 

There’s a fantastic challenge at Stowe for teen fans of mind games and escape rooms. With teamwork and combined brain power, the groups have to travel back in time to solve the The Secrets of Stowe - the mystery of an abandoned garden, before it is lost forever. Will Stowe survive in their hands?

Rowing at Cliveden Reach on the River Thames.

Cliveden 

Families can join a skippered cruise or hire a rowing or self-drive motor boat to explore one of the prettiest spots on the river at Cliveden. There's also a giant maze to solve and an active trail in the woodlands. You're never too cool to enjoy a rope swing.

Children running through the gardens at a National Trust site

Waddesdon 

Waddesdon is open Wednesday to Sunday in the summer holidays. There's a mown maze to explore beyond the parterre, or a summer of sport where teens can try croquet or golf. And if that doesn't get them out, there's always the promise of ice cream sundaes in the Treaterie.

Four people riding bikes through the woods on a sunny day

Ashridge 

If you've keen teen cyclists in the family, Ashridge is the perfect place to bring bikes, followed by a BBQ on Monument Drive. There are more than 20 miles of bridleway to explore. Horses are welcome too!

Big Camp at Osterley Park and House

Big Camp in Bucks and Berks 

Make the most of the summer by camping out under the stars at one of our special places in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire such as Stowe or Buscot. The rangers put on incredible events with campfires, marshmallows and bat walks all on the cards.

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre

Open air theatre in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire 

Enjoy opera, Shakespeare and David Walliams at West Wycombe Park and Cliveden this summer.