Holiday season is the perfect time to spend some quality time with the family. There is plenty to see and do in-between Christmas shopping, and the county has a host of family friendly events and activities on offer throughout December.
If you’re looking for fun days out or the best places to take the children to meet Santa Claus, then you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a top list of things to do with the kids this festive season in the Buckinghamshire area, starting of course with an awesome day keeping warm at Rush indoor trampoline park.
Visit the Rush Christmas Grotto
This year, the Rush elves have sprinkled some magic at High Wycombe’s trampolining park, allowing families to combine a jump session with a visit to a wonderful festive grotto. The twinkly Christmas themed grotto includes festive arts and crafts, and Christmas themed fun and games.
One of the exciting interactive games we’ll be playing is #RushElfontheShelf – play along on social media! Follow us and tag us in your photos, we’re @rushuk on Twitter and find us on Instagram @rushuktrampolinepark. Parents, you can also indulge in our seasonal menu at the café, including many of your festive favourites! Don’t forget that jumping on a trampoline is a great way to burn calories and stay fit during the winter – and helps the kids burn off all that Christmas energy and excitement.
Elsewhere in Buckinghamshire
If you’re willing to brave the cold weather then there is lots of family fun to be had at Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury. Every day until 2nd January you can follow the Willow Lantern Walk in the grounds, which features an illuminated trail of artworks though the woodland. The lantern animals have all been made by local schools and community groups, and it’s totally free.
As dusk falls, you can then enjoy a music and light show projected onto the Manor. Waddesdon Imaginarium is a fascinating 10 minute performance and is repeated every 15 minutes until 6pm. Each day there is also a magical Christmas Fair, with 80 wooden chalets selling festive wares, unique gifts and delicious food.
Over at Ashridge Estate, there is lots for the kids to do this festive season. Follow the Christmas trail and pick up the things you need to create your very own Christmas garland. On December 17th check out the Jingle Ponies parade, where local riders dress up their horses for festive fun.
The gardens of Stowe House, which are managed by the National Trust, are also worth a visit at this time of year. Every weekend in December local music groups and choirs present Carols in the Courtyard, so the family can get in the Christmas spirit. Afterwards, enjoy a winter walk in the grounds and pick up a map for the landscape advent calendar.
Alternatively you can go back in time and take the kids to a traditional Victorian Christmas, organised by Chiltern Open Air Museum. The historic buildings will be decorated for Christmas and there will also be actors and storytellers roaming the grounds. Children can also meet Father Christmas himself in a beautiful Victorian cottage. The event takes place for one weekend only on 2nd and 3rd December.