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. 

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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

Celebrate a traditional Chilterns Christmas
Celebrate a traditional Chilterns Christmas

The beech woodlands are turning golden, the log fires are burning and thoughts are beginning to turn to the Festive season. Winter is the perfect time to see the rolling Chilterns’ fields glisten with crunchy frost and mist drifting through the trees. Enjoy the winter festivities, from craft fairs and pantos to illuminated gardens and brewery tours.

Tring and Ashridge Forest
Tring and Ashridge Forest

On Friday 27th November, Tring Christmas Fair sees the High Street turn into a magical place for a winter's night. From 6.30 - 9.30pm tickets are free.

Tring Brewery offers Christmas seasonal beer and Mash Up tours on various dates in December. They’ll be brewing Santa's Little Helper, their annual Christmas Seasonal beer, and there is a well stocked shop full of fine beers and beer-related presents.

The festive season kicks off at the National Trust Ashridge Estate with their Christmas Fair on 6th December and continues post-Christmas with a guided walk on 27th December10.30am, setting off from the National Trust Ashridge Visitor Centre. Mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Booking essential.

Wendover and surrounds
Wendover and surrounds

Christmas shopping can be fun! Look out for No. 2 Pound Street's Christmas shopping evenings, a great place to stock up with mouth-watering goodies, hampers and local Chilterns Food and Drink. They will be holding Christmas wine tastings on 17th November and 2nd December from 7.30pm, click here for details.

There are lots of festive events at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden. On Saturday 28th November there is a Gloriumptious pre-Christmas event as part of Great Missenden's Village Christmas Festival; the Museum will be open for free from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. Meet Father and Mother Twitmas, make your own Twitmas eye baubles, join in with seasonal storytelling and pick up a Twitmas trail sheet. There are lots of Christmas craft events throughout November and December.

Get into the jolly spirit of Christmas this December at the Missenden Abbey Christmas Fair on Sunday 13th December. Bring along your family to enjoy Christmas market stalls, festive food and drink and various fun activities for the kids. We look forward to seeing you there!

Henley and Marlow
Henley and Marlow

With its beautiful riverside setting, Henley offers a magical festive setting. TheTraditional Henley Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday 5 December 5-9pm – the town centre streets are closed to traffic, fairground rides appear, shops stay open late and charity stalls offer mulled wine and seasonal goodies and the Christmas Tree lights are turned on.

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Clivedens impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Bring the family to take part in some Christmassy activities together on this special 'Twelve Days of Christmas' trail which will lead you around the gardens to find some early stocking-filler gifts – on 5 dates, starting 5th Dec. You can also enjoy a Christmas wreath-making workshop using fresh foliage from the Estate. Cliveden is open between Christmas and New Year (closed on 24th and 25th Dec).

The Kenton theatre will be featuring pantos and ballets including Jack and the Beanstalk and the Snow Queen ballet. Hobbs of Henley will be running their ever popular Santa Cruises on the River Thames featuring Fred in the Shed along with the star attraction, Santa Claus himself. The River and Rowing Museum offers Christmas activities, ranging from Christmas decoration-making to a family festive event on 21st December, with carols lucky dip, and fun!


Weekends in November/December
Bekonscot Model Village & Railway Winter opening

Following on from our usual closure on 1 November 2015, Bekonscot Model Village will open for the following WEEKENDS ONLY:

Saturday/Sunday   28/29 November

Saturday/Sunday   5/6 December       Santa’s Grotto

Saturday/Sunday   12/13 December    Santa’s grotto

Till 1st December
Take a stroll through the woodland discovering more about Winter and Christmas time at Ashridge. Visit the Ashridge Visitor Centre to collect your trail map and follow the trail, answer the questions and return to collect your Christmas reward. No need to book, just turn up.
Friday 4th December, 4pm to 7pm
Lantern Trail in Penn Wood, near High Wycombe

Join the woodland Trust for an enchanting evening exploring Penn's ancient woodland. Explore 200 year old oak, beech and birch trees and experience the wonder of woods at night. Follow the lantern trail to discover a magical storyteller and finish with a tasty marshmallow by the fire. The event starts by Penn Church HP7 0PY. Free event but booking essential CatherineVivian@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Saturday 5 December 2015 10:00 to 14:30
Chilterns Festive Fayre, Stokenchurch
Come to the first-ever festive crafts and food fair organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board and the Chiltern Society. A great range of local producers will be present, with lots of lovely products for sale. Hand-made jewellery, glass gifts, handspun scarves, wildlife prints, wooden gifts, flavoured oils, home-made sweets and chocolates and much more will be on offer. Entrance £2 per person. At the King's Hotel, Oxford Road, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3TA
5 - 6th December

Enjoy a traditional Chilterns Christmas weekend in the lovely setting of the Chilterns Open Air Museum. Special winter opening 5th - 6th December from 11am – 4pm. Watch Father Christmas arrive in his horse and carriage then meet him in the Toll House Grotto. Carol singers, traditional folk singers, costumed re-enactors making preparations for a Regency Christmas, watch the Blacksmith at work and lots of craft stalls and magical decorations. Kids can get stuck in and make their own Christmas decorations and Christmas biscuits. 

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.
7th December
Wreath Making at Cliveden National Trust

Make your own beautiful Christmas wreath using fresh foliage from the Cliveden Estate. We provide the greenery and expert tuition, but also have many beautiful items such as ribbon, candles and silk flowers for you to buy on the day to add to your wreath: More Information: Isabella Peck, 01628 605069, isabella.peck@nationaltrust.org.uk

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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