Welcome to the Naturally Outstanding Chilterns

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

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.

The Chilterns' hosts a number of unique events throughout the year and below you will find the highlights. 

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. From train to trail, 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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Places to Visit

Chilterns Autumn Fairs and Festivals
Chilterns Autumn Fairs and Festivals

Autumn is well on the way but there's still plenty going on up and down the Chilterns, from literature festivals to food and craft events; here are some to look out for:

Christmas Craft + Gift Fair, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham
Christmas Craft + Gift Fair, 31st October and 1st November Held in heated marquees on the lawns of the historic Mapledurham House, the Christmas craft fair will feature wonderful gifts for the family and home, original and wonderful crafts, a festive atmosphere and entertainment, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas, and of course, Father Christmas. Plenty of FREE parking. Why not kick start your Christmas shopping with superb gifts for all. We have a special offer of discounted tickets to include entry to the house, watermill and fair.
Explore the Chilterns with the National Trust

There are some spectacular National Trust houses, gardens and countryside sites in the Chilterns, which offer autumn wildlife walks, apple pressing, Halloween Events and more...

Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Explore the house, formal gardens and surrounding park and woods. There are lots of waymarked trails. Look out for Apple Days on 17-18 October, Meet the Beekeepers, Haloween activities and Bat Walks.

Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted covers 6 square miles of woodlands, commons, downland and farmland. Walks galore, visitor centre with exhibition, tea room/shop and regular activities. Look out for the Autumn wildlife trail to 31st Oct, join the rangers for the annual Deer Rutting 9-18 Oct and Creepy Crafts 26-30 Oct.

Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames,  a 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens with walled gardens, a maze and childrens play area. Beautiful setting with choice of walks.


Various dates in October

Don't miss a chance to see majestic bucks clash antlers early on an autumn morning, it's a Chilterns experience not to be missed.

  • Fri, Sat, Sun 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 Oct
  • 7 - 9am
  • £15 per adult, £10 per child including breakfast
  • Booking essential on 01442 851 227
12th October and November 15th

Amersham Museum has planned three special talks this autumn; 

On Tuesday 22nd September local historian, Alison Bailey, will share the fascinating lives of The Formidable Women of Chesham Bois in the 1940s. 

On Monday 12th October, Julie Summers, an author who wrote the book Jambusters, will share a history of the Women’s Institute during the Second World War on which the ITV series Homefires is based. 

On Sunday 15th November, highlights of Latimer House's vital role for British intelligence services in the Second World War. 

All events are ticketed and booking is essential, details on the website above.

Saturday 24th October, 18.30 to 20.30
Lanter Walk in the Woods, Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve

A lantern lit adventure through the woods along the Aston Rowant Talking Trail. Activities are based on autumn and night-time wildlife. Takes place at the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve near Stokenchurch.

Sunday November 1st
The Annual Turkey Tasting event at Hazeldene Farm near Chesham is a great chance to taste our beautiful bronze free range turkeys and pre-order yours for Christmas. They are all lovingly cared for throughout their life and subsequently taste exquisite!
Sunday 6th December
Christmas Fair at Ashridge Estate, near Tring
Fill yourself with festive cheer and your bags with festive goodies at the annual Christmas fair in the beautiful National Trust-managed Ashridge Estate.
Stanley Spencer special Exhibition, Cookham
The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer From now until 20th March 2015, Cookham’s Stanley Spencer Gallery is displaying an unprecedented combination of fine Spencer paintings, including the full permanent Spencer collections of Aberdeen City Art Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery. The exhibition exemplifies the extraordinary diversity of Spencer's output and the breadth of his creative genius. There is something here to please everyone, whether revelling in Spencer’s meticulously accurate representations of the natural world and the outdoor environment, or swept away by the artists personal joys and anguish, or fascinated by his glorious Cookham settings, his ‘village in heaven’.
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