A-Z: things to do this summer

 Summer-A-Z

Get your summer with the kids sorted with this A-Z of things to see and do across Wycombe this summer.

From open-air theatre to ziplining... county fairs to tree-climbing... and plenty of ice cream to boot, there's something for everyone!

So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and explore everything our district has to offer...


Art and craft activities are always ensured to keep the kids entertained. Take part in fantastic discover and make sessions at Wycombe Museum every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the holidays.

Bekonscot Model Village has been welcoming visitors for 90 years this summer! On Saturday 3 August head over for a special anniversary event with a traditional 1930s village fete theme or visit any day and immerse yourself in the wonderful little world.

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway would be delighted to welcome you on one (or more) of their many trips this summer. With some great themed events as well as the popular Kids-for-a-Quid scheme steam over and hop on board.

Dip your toes or make a splash at the historical Wycombe Rye Lido. With a 30m heated pool, heated children’s pool and grass and terraced sunbathing areas, a summers’ day at the lido is the dream. To guarantee your swim book online in advance.

Eden Shopping Centre is a great hub to entertain the children. For the little ones enjoy soft play and special events at Kids Corner, head to Cineworld to catch the latest films or Hollywood Bowl to try your luck at a game of ten pin bowling or in the arcades.

Farms are always fun for a family day out and Odds Farm Park is no exception as the summer holidays sees the return of the Oddsocks Family! As well as all the normal farmyard fun there will be themed shows, games and art and crafts. Don’t forget indoor and outdoor adventure play and the unique water play area.

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Game of golf anyone? Wycombe Heights has the perfect facilities to develop young players from beginners through to elite youth performers. There is a variety of golf camps available with the opportunity to learn or develop performance this summer.

Hughenden Manor has recently opened a new Hillside Exhibition where the full story of Hughenden's secret Second World War map-making history is revealed. Discover this in ground floor rooms which are opened to the public for first time and then join the new recruits in a World War Two operation, you'll be issued with a Hillside Heroes briefing and take on top secret work!

Ice cream! Whatever the weather, it’s the season for delicious ice cream. Kids can enjoy all their favorite flavours or something new from the exciting kids menu at The Works. We are also lucky that our parks regularly play host to an ice cream van so you can cool off with a chilled treat when you visit.

Jump around at Rush Trampoline Park. The kids can let off some steam with wall-to-wall trampolines, spring-loaded dodgeball courts, giant foam pit, tumble lanes, assault course, slam dunk hoops and even after dark disco sessions!

Kop Hill Climb is a great event to round off your summer. This year the festival takes place on 21 and 22 September and celebrates its 10th anniversary! As well as the fantastic cars, bikes and the historic hill climb there’s loads to enjoy including live music, side stalls, fairground rides, fabulous food and a whole host of traders. Advanced tickets are available online, so book now (external website) and save yourself a few pennies.

Leisure centres across the district look forward to welcoming you over the summer holidays with a range of activities including swimming, trampolining, football and gym sessions (11-15 years). Wycombe Leisure Centre also offer multi-sport holiday camps at as well as exciting climbing sessions.

Museums are a must for the summer holidays! Explore the history of the local area at Wycombe Museum with so much to see packed into the hands on displays. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is an award winning museum with interactive galleries exploring the life and works of Roald Dahl. The Chiltern Open Air Museum brings history to life, set amongst beautiful woodland with a traditional working farm there are over 30 rescued historic buildings to explore.

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National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville opened its door to visitors earlier this year and would love to welcome you. Stoke Mandeville is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the National Paralympic Heritage Centre celebrates and explores its unique history. The centre is open daily and has special everts and activities planned for the summer including a chance to meet Paralympian adaptive rower, Naomi Riches MBE.

Open air theatre is always a big hit for all the family. Enjoy performances of Wind in the Willows and Gangsta Granny in the beautiful water garden setting at Cliveden. Over at West Wycombe Park evening entertainment is on offer on the East Lawn with performances of Pride and Prejudice and one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Picnic time! Pack up some of the kids favourite treats and head out to one of the many picnic spots across the district.  With play areas and plenty of space for fun and games our green spaces at The Rye, Higginson Park and Hughenden are always favourites. Whiteleaf too is a beautiful spot with far reaching views and also ideal for kite flying on more blustery days.   

Queen Victoria is to thank for popularising the British tradition of afternoon tea which remains much loved and enjoyed to this day. In fact the 12-18 August is Afternoon Tea Week! We are spoilt for choice with a whole variety of venues serving up a delicious menu and it’s not just for the grown-ups! Roald Dahl Museum offer a ‘Scoff and Stroll’, Danesfield House Hotel welcome families to their stunning restaurant or terrace or you can board the afternoon tea car with Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway and sit back and relax as you steam through the countryside.

Reading during the summer holidays can really help boost your child’s progress and it can be enjoyed anywhere! A great way to enjoy reading over the summer break is with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

Salters Steamers will be operating boat trips from the landing stage at Higginson Park in Marlow. Choose a short trip to Temple Lock and back or cruise your way to Henley or Windsor and take in the beautiful scenery and sights that line the River Thames.

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Trails are a great way to explore and we are lucky to have so many walking and cycling routes right on our doorstep. The Phoenix Trail is just perfect for children. Linking Princes Risborough and Thame the flat, traffic free path is shared by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and a great safe route for teaching you child to ride their first bicycle.

Up in the tree tops get a birds eye view of Cliveden or Hughenden with experts from the Big Tree Climbing Company. It’s a fun and safe way to enjoy the trees, scale the woodland canopy and view the estates from up above!

Visit Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns website is a one stop shop for information and ideas on what’s on and places to visit. Visit the website to discover loads about things to do and sign up to their mailing list to get all the latest news straight to your inbox.

West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill are all cared for by the National Trust and offer lots to explore. Take a stroll around West Wycombe Park and discover the hidden temples and follies. Climb West Wycombe Hill which offers commanding views over the surrounding countryside and a great picnic spot. Don’t forget to return to the village and pay a visit to the Traditional Sweet Shop trading for over 200 years!

Xplore the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe by torchlight. On selected Mondays children that are not too keen on the dark can join a torch tour and light up the tunnels to the caves. The tours have been created especially for the family with an experienced guide who’ll have fun facts to share with the children.

Young, old and everyone in-between love the annual Bucks County Show. It’s one of the best one day agricultural shows in the country and this year it takes place on Thursday 29 August. See some of the best livestock in the country, a gravity defying freestyle motocross show, displays and demonstrations from handicrafts to cookery and photography to flower arranging as well as all your favourite side stalls, trade stands and a delicious food hall.

Zip, swing and climb your way through the forest with a Go Ape adventure! Choose your course and spend your time in the trees taking on zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings!

For more inspiration or ideas call or visit the visitor information service based in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough libraries: 01296 382415