Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is everything you would like it to be.

Summer is here! We've included our favourite summer events below but don’t miss strolling down to riverbank opposite the romantic Temple Island (it’s over a mile, so don’t do this in heels) to watch the explosive Henley Regatta starts.

Choose the Chilterns for activity and exploration, peace and quiet, entertainment or indulgence: this lovely countryside on London’s doorstep has all you need for a really memorable break. In 324 square miles of superb scenery, intriguing attractions, tucked-away villages and market towns, there’s always something more to be discovered.

Enjoy your stay and please share your experiences with us @VisitChilterns on Twitter and #TheChilterns on Instagram.

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Getting here

From central London train to Chilterns trail in just 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Oxford, the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns is one of the most accessible areas of countryside in the UK. The area has excellent rail and bus links, it is served by four main rail lines, the River Thames and the London Underground Metropolitan line, with frequent trains and a journey time of less than an hour from London.

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The Swan at Streatley

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Places to Visit

Chilterns Summer Festivals
Chilterns Summer Festivals

Summer is here! And it's time to enjoy the many festivals up and down the Chilterns; here are some of our favourites.

Great Missenden (St Peter & St Paul Parish Church)
Great Missenden Proms Concert – Saturday 4th July (American Independence Day)

A feat of American Choral, Folk and Gospel Music from Pop Up Choir, Festival Choir, Voice Band and Local schools with professional musicians – conducted by Fiona Firth. The audience is invited to wear American themed clothes – red/white/blue/stars/stripes etc. Tickets available online from Samways Newsagents on Station Approach in Great Missenden.

Grove House Gardens Dunstable

Party in the Park – Saturday 18th July     FREE

Our dedicated children’s area ’KidZone’ aimed for youngsters up to 14, this area is full of activities for all abilities. Try your hand at circus skills, bounce on the inflatables try out one of our water zorbs. But the highlight has to be performances on our mini-stage of JezO from CBBC’s the Slammer with his unique style of car crash magic. The rest of the Gardens will feature fun fair rides for the teenagers and a wide selection of craft, gift and charity stalls along with our fully licensed bar and a whole host of other fun. Live music from local bands along with the best tribute acts including - One Direction & Olly Murs. 

Traditioal Boat Festival, Henley-on-Thames

Europe’s biggest traditional boating show on 18th and 19th July, with over 200 boats, vintage cars, amphibians, flying displays and boat building exhibits.  Plus  the unique spectacle of Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 word speed record boat powering down the Thames and the Queen’s Royal Row Barge Gloriana. 

PennFest

PennFest (Penn Festival) – Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July

PennFest offers an impressive array of contemporary and established performers, creative workshops, a global artisan market with a selection arts-based stalls to choose from. Guest DJs will continue the party once the bands have come off stage. In addition to the main stage acts, there will also be a diverse selection of popular local bands performing. Camping will be available on site from Friday 17th July – Monday 20th July, offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Chilterns. Tickets available from pennfest.net

Full Weekend tickets from £99 Adult from £49 Child

Events

27th June to 5th July
700th Anniversary of Tring Celebrations

In 2015 Tring is celebrating the 700th anniversary of Edward II granting them a charter to become a market town. At the time, a two week fair was held - and in 2015 there will be celebrations to match - from June 27th to July 5th, there will be a wide range of events including Tring Carnival - all celebrating Tring 700.

July 1- 5th
The ultimate Edwardian-style season event on the Thames, with some rowing. The Henley Royal Regatta is the most identifiably Edwardian of the season events, and takes place on both banks of the river in Henley-on-Thames. It features knockout races, two boats at a time, with sometimes more than 90 races a day. The men get much of the sartorial attention: oarsmen past and present sport dazzling blazers, outrageous socks and club ties.
Sat 11th and Sun 12th July 1 - 9pm
Radnage Beer Festival, near Stokenchurch

5th Radnage Beer Festival, based at The Crown pub, championing local real ale, lager, cider and wine, some from the Radnage Valley. Live music, pig roast and BBQ. Make a weekend of it and stay at The Crown or at Home Farm campsite next door, with its magnificent views.

Saturday July 11th from 10 - 2pm

Come along and meet our colleagues and find out more about the great work they do in and around the Chilterns. Enjoy the best of what the Chilterns have to offer including, delicious locally sourced food, a hog roast, cakes and ice creams! Over 40 stands of family fun!

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th July

Chilfest brings two days of the very best sounds from the 1980s to the leafy setting of Tring.  Enjoy live classic 80s music from original acts in a lively but intimate festival atmosphere. Food and drinks available on site. Tickets available from Chilfest.co.uk and various local retailers.

Adults from £34.50 Children from £20

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July
Traditional Boat Festival, near Henley on Thames
This is Europe’s biggest traditional boating show with over 200 boats, vintage cars, amphibians, flying displays and boat building exhibits. This year we also celebrate the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk Little Ships, with over 20 veteran boats attending and veteran sailors and soldiers too. Plus we have the unique spectacle of Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 word speed record boat powering down the Thames and the Queen’s Royal Row Barge Gloriana.
Saturday 25th July
Goring Gap Regatta and Family Day
The Goring Gap Regatta is a great family day out  Not only is it a great rowing competition but it also offers a traditional mix of family events, including a funfair, stalls, places to eat,  and of course a beer tent and lots of Live Music (the line up will be published on the website). The event takes place in Cleeve Meadows, by the River Thames, in the scenic villages of Goring and Streatley.
Sunday 26th July 11am - 1pm
National Trust Archaeology and Wild Flower Walk

Archaeology and Wild Flower Walk
Sun 26 Jul 11am-1pm
Discover the orchids and bronze-age barrows of Cockmarsh.
Adults £7 Children £4 B 0844 2491895

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