Take our advice and enjoy a varied, entertaining, informative and relaxing weekend whatever the weather and whoever you are with.
This National Trust property has been drawing the crowds for more than 300 years thanks to its beautiful gardens, winding paths and lakeside vistas. Adults will especially enjoy the scenery, while there are plenty of fun activities to keep children entertained. Check the ‘What’s On’ page for special events taking place while you’re there.
Sustenance is taken care of thanks to the delicious fresh food on offer at the cafe.
Children under 16 years of age enter free with a paying adult, while the site comes with unisex baby-change facilities and is buggy and wheelchair friendly with a platform lift on entry to the House.
There aren’t too many places in the world with as much historical significance as Bletchley Park, so join the increasing number of people visiting the home of British codebreaking that played a huge role in bringing an end to World War Two.
As you’d expect there’s a lot of history to take in around the site, but there’s a modern twist too with Google’s Cultural Institute partnering on a digital exhibit that features material from Bletchley Park’s archives. Included are images of the Bombe machines that helped crack the Enigma cipher, and of Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer, used to crack the German High Command ciphers.
And how about this for a cafe: Hut 4, formerly a WW2 Naval Intelligence Codebreaking Hut, is where you’ll find freshly cooked meals made from local ingredients.
Bletchley Park is open every day bar four around Christmas and New Year and children under 12 go free.
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
The world’s oldest model village has been running since 1929 and with 1.5 acres of gardens and finely detailed model buildings, Bekonscot really is in a world of its own.
People of all ages will delight at the miniature marvels on display, with the incredible attention to detail an amazing sight to behold up close. One particular favourite is the 10 scale miles of model railway track which working trains take various routes around throughout the day. There’s also a larger Light Railway that you can board for a trip around the model village, criss-crossing the gardens and encircling a pond on the way.
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is open 7 days a week. Under 2’s go free. All profits go to charity.
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
This award-winning museum is right in the heart of Dahl country (Great Missenden), where the great author lived for 36 years. The museum is mainly aimed at children under 12 but is popular with adults too (because everyone loves Roald Dahl!). There is so much to do here, meaning kids can read, write, make, play and learn to their heart’s content. Grown-ups will also enjoy the interactive and lively workshops available almost as much as the kids.
Cafe Twit is on hand to deliver the scrumdiddlyumptious sandwitches and swishwifflers that will fill everyone’s stomachs.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday. Children under 5 go free.
Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre
Perhaps you want to try your hand at something creative? Queens Park Arts Centre is the largest independent arts centre in the UK and run regular workshops on Saturdays for people of all ages.
Take your pick from life drawing and painting, creative arts and crafts, children’s pottery, dance classes, junior musical theatre classes and pottery for those more experienced. Most activities are drop-in and pay as you go.
The Limelight Theatre showcases musical acts worth a listen. See who’s playing when you’re dropping by.
The venue is open from 10am-4pm, with 7pm finishes for shows.