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Visitors in the Parterre Garden in winter at Cliveden, Berkshire. The mother is taking a photo on her phone of the father and son playing around on the large grassy lawn.
A family exploring the Parterre Garden at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Family-friendly places in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Discover the best places to visit with your family around Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, from exploring the magical landscape at Stowe to den-building at Basildon Park.

Winter adventures in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

It may be chilly and a little grey outside, but there is running and playing and exploring to be done. A child's energy isn't dampened by a little rain, the wind doesn't blow away their pioneering spirit. Let's wrap up and get out in that cool fresh air, appreciate those big winter skies and far reaching views. Just don't forget the hot chocolate at the end to warm up!

Mother and daughter playing in autumn leaves at Stowe, Buckinghamshire


Stowe is a vast and exciting playground for children with winding paths, wildlife-filled lakes and intriguing statues and monuments.

Two children lying in a pile of autumn leaves at Castle Ward, County Down


There's a natural playground for climbing, balancing and make-believe at Hughenden. Children also love the walled garden with its narrow paths for running along and a willow tunnel for winding their way through.

Children playing in woodland at Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Greys Court 

There's a children's play area nestled in the woodland at Greys Court and a walk around the estate is livened with fallen logs for balance-walking. Also look out for the lambs in spring.

A family playing outside at Osterley Park and House, London in autumn

Basildon Park 

With 400 acres of historic parkland, garden and woodland to explore, there are lots of ways to play at Basildon Park.

Children in waterproof clothing running across a lawn away from the camera, clutching trail sheets


Waddesdon's popular woodland playground has been refurbished and there's a brand new zip wire, board rider, swings and roundabout. The Aviary is also a must for children to spot the exotic birds.

near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

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Children playing in the maze at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire


There are some great walks at Cliveden to get the whole family spending time together in the great outdoors. The Blue walking trail is a great place to start, taking you via the natural Play Trail.

Two children in autumn woodland studying a trail sheet

The Vyne 

Witch’s Hallowe’en recipe trail, 21 October to 5 November: Hunt The Vyne’s gardens in search of mysterious and bizarre ingredients to complete the witch’s potion. £2 including prize. Or snap up a colour wheel to find rich autumn shades and identify trees through their leaves.

Track through gates at Bradenham Estate during the summer

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