Great days out in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
It’s always wonderful to find new ideas for family days out, which is why we’ve created this guide to National Trust days out in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire.
National Trust properties aren’t always the first thought when it comes to a day out with children, however they’re often very family friendly with lots of parkland to explore, activities to engage young minds and adventure playgrounds to enjoy.
Here are a few ideas for National Trust properties to visit in the area.
Chastleton House and Gardens
Chastleton House and Gardens has lots of activities for children both inside the house and out in the gardens. Make sure you plan your visit though as the property is only open during the afternoons and the house tours are by timed tickets only.
Mary, from Over 40 and Mum to One says: “We got to measure tables, search for squirrels in the plaster work of the ceilings, look for hidden key holes in a bed frame and mystery doors”
Read more about Mary’s family day out at Chastleton House.
Cliveden Hall itself is now a hotel, although there guided tours available on certain days of the week. The gardens are filled with everything needed for a perfect day out with the kids.
Cathy, from Mummy Travels says: “The grounds stretch out high above the Thames, with some fabulous views over the parterre’s formal garden towards the woods and you can even wander down to the river itself to spot the boats”
Donna, from What the Red Head Said, says: “We spent most of the day in the gardens, the maze and the play area where there was a lovely cafe and so many picnic tables creating the perfect place for lunch. The play area was full of beautifully carved wooden climbing frames, animals and toadstools to name a few things that the children could have spent all day on”
Greys Court is a family home, set in an idyllic estate. Children can let off steam in the play area or build a den in the woods. There are even resident fairies to hunt for among the trees.
Donna, from What the Red Head said, says:”After the gardens we found the flat maze that the children loved exploring and Greys Fort was also perfect for their ages with the main fort to climb up and a slide as well as the trees everywhere to climb over”
Find out more about Donna’s visit to Greys Court.
Hughenden has lots to offer families looking for a great day out in nature. There are trees to climb and hills to roll down and seeds to help plant in the gardens. Events are run throughout the year, especially during the school holidays.
Jenny, from The Gingerbread House, visited at Halloween, she says: “you can visit part of the house, gardens, and extensive grounds. They also run some really fun events for families. Last year we went along to one of their Apple Days, this time we wanted to go pumpkin carving!
Find out more about Jenny’s seasonal day out at Hughenden.
Stowe offers acres of space for kids to run around and stretch their legs. There are three different discovery trails, the goodies, the baddies and the heroes, which offer varying difficulties of walks. Plus each month Stowe offers a different theme for you to discover and explore nature.
Mary, from Over 40 and Mum to One says: “With map in hand he set off in search of his first animal track. We weren’t sure what to expect but these tracks were easy to find as they were laminated sheets stuck up in various locations.”
Find out more about Mary’s family day out at Stowe.
Waddesdon Manor is a magnificent house and gardens in the style of a 16th century French chateau. There’s plenty of space for family picnics and The Stables offers a family friendly place to have a delicious lunch.
Louise from Pink Pear Bear says: “The outdoor play area. It is so amazing! All set onto a hill, as you walk up, you discover more and more areas. There are the standard swings and slides but there are also some really really cool extras like a massive tunnel slide that pops the children out much further down the hill, (small boy went down before we’d even caught them up, big girl bottled it, it is age 6+ though!), a zip wire and my personal favourite, an area for den building”
Read Louise’s review of Waddesdon Manor.
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After you’ve visited one or more of these great days out in the region, why not read my list of 100 National Trust days out with children for ideas on where to visit next.
This post on National Trust days out in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire is part of my series on National Trust days out with children.