Summer is here! Yay! Now smallest child is bigger I’m really looking forward to hanging out with her and the boys. But the summer holidays are loooooooonnnnng, and therefore they can be expensive. Here’s my guide to the best free and cheap things to do with the kids and family days out during the summer holidays in Buckinghamshire.
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This is just a guide to the summer events. You can find all of my reviews of family days out and activities in Buckinghamshire here.
What’s on in Buckinghamshire during the summer holidays
The Roald Dahl Museum and story centre are holding tons of craft activities and events throughout the holidays. There are too many to go through in this post but they’re all linked to his stories. Highlights include an insect orchestra and the opportunity to get hands on with specimens from Tring Natural History museum. Click here for all of the activities and costs.
Throughout the summer Chinnor Railway are running their Kids-for-a-Quid scheme. Up to 2 children can travel for just £1 when accompanied by a full paying adult.
What’s on in and Near Aylesbury
Bucks County Museum are running a robot exhibition from the 27th July to the 31st August on Monday – Saturday from 10-5. There will be robots, cyborgs and androids including loads you’ll know. Cost £3.50 per adult, £2.50 per adult, under 4’s by donation. If you combine your ticket with one for the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery then you can get a discount. For more details click here.
Astonbury Festival is on the 17th August, with bands starting from 2.30pm. It’s completely FREE and held in Aston Clinton Park. As well as the bands there will be children’s activities, food and drink.
Play in the Park, Aylesbury. 7th August from 11 – 4. Entry if FREE. Some activities cost £1-3 per person. There will be story-telling, giant games, crafts & messy play, fishing taster session as well as sessions with Colonel Custard, Zumba kids and various dance classes.
There’s also Parklife Weekend on the 24th and 25th August and it’s totally FREE. This is such a good weekend with tons of free music, we’ve had such a great time when we’ve been before. It also includes Stars in the Park on the Saturday night for an evening of guided stargazing.
Play around the Parishes is happening throughout the summer. There will be 40 FREE events in 20 parishes in our area. There will be soft play, a bouncy castle, giant games, crafts, circus skills, parachute games and more. Click to link to see what’s happening in your area.
Waddesdon Manor has got lots of children’s activities going on throughout the summer holidays; summer of sport trails (£2 per child per trail) with orienteering, workout challenges and the Tour de Waddeson for scooters, The Great Waddesdon Sports Day on the 18th August from 12-4 (free, donations encouraged) and the big tree climb on the 17/18th August (£20 per person). There is also the big camp on the 3/4th August, a photography summer school and a Midsummer Mowed Maze. Click here for all the details.
There are action packed taster day at Green Park in August. Activities cost just £3.50 and include mountain biking, archery and more. Booking online is essential.
What’s On in High Wycombe
The Eden Centre in High Wycombe is also really good at free kids activities (Check out my review of their awesome Santa’s grotto). This time it’s all about nature in their Garden of Eden themed workshops, every Thursday in August from 11-4.
High Wycombe Museum has numerous events over the summer. There’s an open-air screening of Back to the Future, the chance to make your own magic lamp, a Toy’s story (see what they did there!) make and take as well as other make and takes and a forest school. Prices vary according to activity.
There is also a FREE community fair on the 21st July from 12-5. There will be music, dancing, bouncy castle, soft play and more.
Hughenden Manor is all about WWII this summer. Take part in a top-secret operation as a Hillside Hero £2 per child. There are also vintage craft sessions every Tue and Weds from 10.30 – 4 from 30/7 – 27/8
The Hellfire Caves are running three separate events over the holidays. Family friendly Torch Tours each Monday from 29/7 – 19/8. Tours are at 11.3. and 2.30. Children who bring their own torch for FREE (1 child per adult). Any Horrible Histories fans?? The Gruesome Georgians will be visiting on selected dates over the summer holidays (free with admission). Finally, Knights and Princesses go FREE on the 31st August and 1st September.
What’s on in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Play Association – They’re really pushing the boat out this year with their play sessions. There are free sessions across the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire area during the summer holidays. Check out their facebook page for all the details.
Book the kids into Apple Camp at the Apple store in Milton Keynes. It’s a FREE 3 day course (90 minutes per session) where they’ll get to design their own community park. All devices provided. Booking essential.
From the 20th July until the 1st September there’s going to be a massive beach outside John Lewis at Intu in Milton Keynes.
MK Play Day is back this year. It will be on the 7th August from 11-4 at Campbell Park and is totally FREE.
There’s a 1940’s weekend at Milton Keynes Museum (read the review here) on the 31st August and 1st September. There will be music, you can learn how to cook your ratios and see some stunning 1940’s vehicles.
Come to Seaside in the city on the 16th August. They’ll be a FREE massive sand pit (bring your own buckets/spades or some are available for a small fee) plus FREE dragon boat rides, archery tag and trail. There are also some chargeable activities too. Click to find out more. You can read my review of Willen Lake here.
What’s on in Buckingham
Stowe is running a trail specifically for teens, travelling back in time, solving the mystery of an abandoned garden before it’s lost forever. Cost £5 per pack + admission. There are Wild Wednesdays for 5-10 year olds (£2 per child + admission) and there is also a free trail around the garden. Don’t forget, both National Trust members and Blue Peter badge holders get in for FREE.
There are FREE Turn up and Play basketball sessions with an experienced coach in Chandos Park (ages 8-12) and Bourton Park (13+) every Monday evening between the 22nd July and the 19th August.
I hope you’ve got lots of ideas of things to do in the summer holidays across Buckinghamshire. If there’s anywhere else you’d suggest just get in touch.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch email@example.com or get in touch via Facebook