High Wycombe in Bucks is regularly listed as an up-and-coming area. Its excellent transport connections combined with stunning local scenery means it’s popular with families too. In the town centre there’s excellent shopping, a theatre, lots of independent businesses and restaurants. There are several beautiful parks with some fantastic playground areas, great family walks nearby and not one but two museums! There are loads of family friendly things to do with the kids in and around High Wycombe. Here are some of my favourites;
This article is produced in conjunction with High Wycombe Business Improvement District (HWBIDCo) which works with local businesses in the town centre.
The town centre
You’d struggle to miss the Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe! They have over 100 stores; from small independents to the household names we all know and love. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained; there’s a small, free, soft-play area for the youngest guests and throughout the school holidays they always run free events. We’ve been to their free Elf School for the past two years and absolutely LOVED it!
From the Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, November 1 2020 there’s a free pumpkin trail around the Eden Centre. To make it even more fun you could win lots of prizes including a family meal at Nando’s or a £50 voucher for Pizza 1889. There’s also exclusive discounts for people taking part in the trail.
Family friendly things to do with the kids indoors in High Wycombe
High Wycombe is home to The Swan Theatre which regularly shows family friendly shows and probably one of the best Pantos locally. There are so many independent cafes and restaurants to choose from. Some of them have more to them than you’d expect, such as the escape rooms at The Works. There’s also a cineworld in the Eden Centre showing both 2D and 3D films AND a bowling alley. That all means there’s plenty of indoors family things to do with the kids in High Wycombe.
If you’re looking for a way to help the kids burn off all that excess energy then Play Train is the local soft play centre and there’s Rush trampoline park in High Wycombe too.
Get some fresh air with the kids
The area around High Wycombe is an designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You really are spoilt for choice of lovely family walks within just a short distance of High Wycombe. There’s West Wycombe village and hill which can be seen from much of High Wycombe. There’s Hughenden Manor and Hughenden Park. The Manor is National Trust but the park is free for everyone to visit and has a fantastic playground and a lovely chalk stream running through it. In the autumn this is ablaze with colour and such a great space to let the kids run around and explore.
The Rye is near the town centre and has two playground areas, loads of green space, and a dyke running through it. It’s currently undergoing some refurbishment work near the dyke which will improve the facilities on-site. There’s actually several really good playground areas in High Wycombe, and lots of smaller local ones too.
Wycombe Rye Lido is an outdoors swimming pool based on the Rye, and it’s not just open in the summer! Fancy a family swim in November? Well you can here. If you’re not convinced outdoor swimming is a good idea in deepest Buckinghamshire, during a bleak mid-winter then don’t worry, there’s also an indoor pool at Wycombe Leisure Centre.
Learn about the history of High Wycombe
In High Wycombe town centre there are going to be a series of Halloween Walks with a professional ghost-hunter. The walks are on the 25th & 31st October at 12noon, 2pm & 4pm. They’re free family friendly tours and last 45 minutes. Will you spot Brother Gilbert, the famed historical hospital ghost or perhaps you’ll feel a presence in one of the All Saints graveyard hot spots? Tickets must be pre-booked in advance. Get yours here.
High Wycombe has got a really interesting history, some of it is a little bit saucy! The notorious Hellfire Club was hosted in the Hellfire caves just outside of High Wycombe. They’re now a visitor attraction where you can explore the underground network of man-made tunnels and caves.
Historically the main thing that High Wycombe was known for was chair making. There are two museums in town; the Chair Making Museum and Wycombe Museum. We visited Wycombe Museum, which is free, and had a brilliant time. Although it’s small Wycombe Museum really is a family friendly place to visit and they’ve packed a lot in.
Family friendly events in High Wycombe
There are lots of free family friendly events that happen throughout the year in High Wycombe. HWBIDCo arranges a lot of them such as their summer trails, Christmas events and Frogfest. They share the details on their Facebook page but you’ll also find the details on my Facebook page as well.
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