Planning a long ‘adult’ weekend in Bucks? We have put together a fun-packed few days for you to explore and enjoy the area. This is a crazy busy weekend but gives an indication of some of the fabulous places to stay, visit and dine at in Bucks!
We are using The Dinton Hermit in Aylesbury as our base for the weekend which is a beautifully rustic refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country inn. They offer great food and accommodation and pride themselves in being a pub at the heart of the community. Their barn room is accessible and available as a twin or super-king. Your four-legged friend is most welcome to join too. Very affordable at £180 for 2 adults for 2 nights (prices based on staying Autumn 2022).
Arriving Friday lunchtime gives you the perfect opportunity to drop your bags at the inn and grab a bite to eat from their extensive menu using locally sourced ingredients. On a glorious Friday afternoon, there's nothing better than a visit to neighbouring Waddesdon Manor.
This renaissance-styled chateau was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain his fashionable guests and to host his collection of fine art. Waddesdon is a perfect day out to explore history, gardens and collections with many changing exhibitions talks and tours.
Book your tickets beforehand (free for carer) - the price for an adult is £25.20 for the house and the gardens. Blue badge holders and those with limited mobility are advised to use the free visitor car park, this has the best access to the manor. The buses are fully accessible; each bus has ramps and dedicated space for wheelchairs. Buses run from the car park to the North Fountain, returning via the Stables and back to the car park.
Still not exhausted after the drive and touring round Waddesdon, then pop into Aylesbury town and take in a show at the Waterside Theatre. Fully accessible they show a wide array of electrifying West End productions, unparalleled comedy and much more. They also have Audio Described, British Sign Language Interpreted, Captioned and Relaxed Performances. (Carer goes free).
Saturday morning after a lovely lie in and hearty breakfast, time to get on the road again and head further south into the county. You will see many beautiful and quaint villages as you pass through Wendover, Old Amersham and Bourne End on your way to Marlow. Here you can spend the morning with a lovely walk along the Thames, watching the rowers.
Come back via Beaconsfield and take a nostalgic step back in time when you visit Bekonscot which is the world’s oldest and original model village. It first opened in 1929 and now spans 1.5 acres with over 200 buildings, 3,000 inhabitants and 1,000 animals! It comprises of seven little towns showcasing life in the 1930’s, the biggest being Bekonscot Town. Each town has its own individual character, residents and features.
Since it opened over 15 million visitors have enjoyed the timeless vision and creation designed by Roland Callingham. The Foundation continue to run the village as a charity who have to date donated over £5.5 million to various (mainly local) charities. All the facilities are fully accessible to wheelchair users (except the elevated walkway).
Time for dinner? Whilst in Beaconsfield pop along to the newly opened, light and airy Riwaz. Owned by twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, it champions the traditions and history of India. Enjoy the Jugalbandi tasting menu for two to share, along with vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes and tasting menus that cater for all tastes and diets. The restaurant has roadside parking, but there's more parking nearby, and it's fully accessible for dining in spacious surroundings. The food is delicious and ample to satisfy the tastebuds and tummy!
Time for bed sleepy head……..or maybe a nightcap back at The Dinton?
Your final day awaits as you enjoy another hearty Dinton breakfast! Still got some energy for more exploring? No need to rush off just yet, after you have loaded your bags there is still time for one more adventure and one more tastebud treat.
To the north of the county is Bletchley Park. If you know your history, you will know the Enigma machine (if you are not up on your WW2 history, or moments that change time, you will certainly have heard of the film The Imitation Game).
During WW2 Bletchley Park was vital to the Allied victory, being home to the extraordinary Alan Turing and his colleagues - men and women who were our codebreakers. Whilst it was top secret at the time, it is now a vibrant heritage attraction with interactive displays, museum collections, immersive films and recreated WW2 rooms to take you on a journey through history. Bletchley is the birthplace of modern computing. Discover more about its rich past and brilliant minds and complex machinery that changed the outcome of WW2 as you explore beautifully restored historic buildings.
They have thought of everything to make Bletchley Park fully accessible - step free access, dedicated disabled parking, ground level exhibitions (ramps and a disabled lift), multi-media guide (BSL and audio), sound enhancement systems, free wheelchair hire, assistance/guide dogs welcome, Sunflower lanyards. Adult price is £24.50, carers free.
After your lovely morning at Bletchley, head over to the MK Dons stadium where you will find Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill which offers everything you would expect from a traditional steakhouse, combined with the superior quality of Marco Pierre White. The restaurant is located on the Saxon Street-side of Stadium MK and boasts a fantastic location with one side opening up onto an outside terrace area where guests can enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks with a view over the pitch. Renowned for its quality steaks, the finest sirloin, rib-eye and fillets are cooked perfectly to your liking. The menu also contains grilled to order beef burgers, delicious fish dishes, tasty salads and dishes for vegetarians and vegans, they also serve up a delicious traditional Sunday Roast, where you can expect a choice of prime meats with all the trimming. The best Sunday Roast in Milton Keynes (their words) – what better way to finish your Bucks adventure! We hope you have had a fabulous weekend and come visit us again, soon.