Celebrate our local heritage and connect with the past
22nd September – 6th October

We’re thrilled to launch our first annual Chilterns Heritage Festival! From 22nd September – 6th October, we’ll be running a series of exciting events across the region that are designed to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Chilterns. This festival of experiences promises something for everyone to enjoy!

With exclusive visits to iconic Chiltern houses, historical open days, heritage walks and countless other special events, this extraordinary festival will help us learn about our local heritage and open it up to the people who live both within the Chilterns and beyond. The Festival will bring together historic buildings, museums, landscapes and organisations charged with keeping our heritage alive.

Heritage is not just in the past, it is a living breathing part of everyday life that is just waiting to be discovered and celebrated.

Festival Programme

Please note that spaces are limited at the majority of our events, so booking is essential except where otherwise specified. All our events are open to everyone, but we offer our members discounted prices. Not a member? Join us to receive the discounted rate.

September 2018
£2 - £4

Cholesbury Heritage Walk

September 22 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
The Village Hall, Cholesbury Common
Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire HP23 6ND

A gentle, one mile fascinating walk around the village of Cholesbury that will include a guided visit to our very own Iron Age hillfort and a stroll across the beautiful Cholesbury Common. Your knowledgeable guide from the local history group will tell you all about the history of the village, its notable buildings and interestingRead More

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£6 - £11

Roald Dahl Guided Trail & Cream Tea

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, 81-83 High Street
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL United Kingdom

A family walk for all ages, exploring the charming Chilterns village of Great Missenden. See the places that inspired Roald Dahl and feature in the stories, including Danny’s dad’s petrol pumps from Danny, the Champion of the World, Sophie’s ‘norphange’ from The BFG, and Matilda’s library. Stroll up picturesque Church Street and follow the BFG footstepsRead More

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£6 - £11

Roald Dahl Guided Trail & Cream Tea

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, 81-83 High Street
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL United Kingdom

A family walk for all ages, exploring the charming Chilterns village of Great Missenden. See the places that inspired Roald Dahl and feature in the stories, including Danny’s dad’s petrol pumps from Danny, the Champion of the World, Sophie’s ‘norphange’ from The BFG, and Matilda’s library. Stroll up picturesque Church Street and follow the BFG footstepsRead More

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£6 - £14

Chiltern Open Air Museum Private Tour

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is home to over 30 rescued historic buildings including a 1940s Prefab, Victorian Toll House, Blacksmith’s Forge, Iron Age Roundhouse and Victorian Farm.  On this private tour, you’ll explore these beautiful rescued buildings steeped in Chilterns history. Ideal for families, you’ll have the chance to play with museum’s historic toysRead More

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Free - £4

Tour of Ewelme Watercress Beds

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ewelme Watercress Beds, High Street
Ewelme, Oxfordshire OX10 6HQ United Kingdom

Join us at our historic watercress beds in Ewelme for an afternoon of discovery. Once an active watercress farm selling produce nationwide until 1988, it is now a nature reserve allowing the local wildlife population to thrive. The afternoon will start with an old film explaining the history of the site. A guided tour aroundRead More

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Free - £2.50

Lacey Green Windmill Open Afternoon

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lacey Green Windmill, Nr Princes Risborough
Buckinghamshire, HP27 0PG

Visit our lovingly restored smock windmill in Lacey Green- the oldest in the country. No need to book in advance- just turn up for a guided tour of the mill’s stunning historical interior.

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£20 - £25

Wycombe Museum & Town Tour (with lunch)

September 24 @ 10:45 am - 3:00 pm
Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 6PX

Join us at the beautiful Wycombe Museum for a private tour, followed by a presentation on the town’s heritage and furniture industry. After lunch (provided), you’ll be taken on a guided 2.5 hour heritage walk lead by the knowledgeable ‘Walking Willie’, which will take in some of Wycombe’s most famous spots including the Rye, TempleRead More

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£15 - £20

Carriage to Cars; A Journey Through Time

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:45 pm
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Stockwood Park Golf Club, London Road
Luton, LU1 4LX

Travel through the ages with a tour of the carriage collection at Stockwood Discovery Centre followed by a tour of Vauxhall Motors Limited Heritage Centre - one of the oldest established vehicle manufacturers and distribution companies in the UK. Lunch at Stockwood is included. Please note a car is a necessary to drive from Stockwood toRead More

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£6 - £8

Milton’s Cottage Private Tour

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Milton’s Cottage, 21 Deanway
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4JH

Join us for a private tour of the only surviving home of the visionary poet and political writer, John Milton.  It was in this 16th century cottage that he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regained. Today, the cottage retains the charm of the 17th century home whilst housing one ofRead More

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£10 - £13

Chenies Manor Private Tour

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Chenies Manor, Chenies
Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER United Kingdom

Enjoy a private tour of this historic and enchanting Tudor Manor House with its award-winning Gardens.  The tour will last 45 minutes but afterwards you are welcome to stay the day and enjoy the gardens.  Price includes a tea, coffee and biscuits.

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£6 - £8

Amersham Museum Private Tour

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Amersham Museum, 49 High Street
Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DP

Join a special guided visit of the recently refurbished Amersham Museum; the visit will include a talk by the museum's curator about the history of Amersham and you will have the chance to handle objects from the museum's collection. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.

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£9 - £12

Photography Workshop, Old Amersham

September 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Amersham Museum, 49 High Street
Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DP

Improve your photography skills in the stunning surroundings of Old Amersham. Lead by our PhotoGroup, this two-hour guided walk will take in the picturesque market town and will start/ finish at the Amersham Museum. Besides learning something about the town’s many fascinating buildings and its long history, PhotoGroup volunteers will be on hand to helpRead More

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£40 - £55

An Afternoon at Wormsley Estate

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 3YE United Kingdom

Owned by the Getty Family, Wormsley is a beautiful 18th century estate nestled in the heart of the Chilterns. Guests will enjoy a tour of the famous Garsington Opera Pavilion, Home Farm Garden and the Island Pavilion. Designed by architect Robin Snell, the award winning Opera and Island Pavilions offer stunning views across the lake,Read More

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£6 - £13

Pop Up Cinema at the Tring Natural History Museum – James and the Giant Peach (U)

September 28 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Tring Natural History Museum, Akeman Street
Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP United Kingdom

Bring the children to an exciting screening of this famous animation, based on the book by iconic Chilterns author, Roald Dahl. A unique cinema experience like no other, we guarantee that this event will be enjoyed by the whole family! Popcorn is included with each ticket. A cash bar is available. Doors open at 5:45pm.Read More

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£6 - £13

Pop Up Cinema at the Tring Natural History Museum – First Knight (PG)

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tring Natural History Museum, Akeman Street
Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP United Kingdom

Join us at a special screening of First Knight; a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend starring Sean Connery as King Arthur and Richard Gere as Lancelot. This famous movie was filmed in many local spots across the Chilterns including Tring, Berkhamsted, Ashridge, Henley & Marlow. Popcorn is included with each ticket. A cash bar is available. Doors open at 7:30pm. This event isRead More

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Free

An Iron Age Weekend at Wendover Woods

September 29 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 4:00 pm
Wendover Woods, Wendover, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom

Bring the whole family to Wendover Woods where you’ll meet the Iron Age inhabitants of Boddington Camp, and help them with their everyday jobs like grinding grain, making butter and cooking stew. Help them to build a replica Iron Age roundhouse and join a guided walk around the hillfort of 500BC with Kim Biddulph. NoRead More

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£5 - £7

Whiteleaf & Surrounding Areas Trail Run

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Whiteleaf & Brush Hill, Whiteleaf Hill car park, Peters Lane
Princes Risborough, HP27 0RP

Take in famous historical sites of the Chilterns at a pace! A stunning 10-12 mile social run across some varied terrain including forest, chalk paths, and rolling grassy hills.  We will explore some of the Chiltern Society’s famous heritage sites including Lacey Green Windmill, Whiteleaf Cross & Brush Hill Nature reserve. Start & finish atRead More

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Lacey Green Windmill Open Afternoon

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lacey Green Windmill, Nr Princes Risborough
Buckinghamshire, HP27 0PG

Visit our lovingly restored smock windmill in Lacey Green- the oldest in the country. No need to book in advance- just turn up for a guided tour of the mill’s stunning historical interior.

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October 2018
£5 - £7

Chair Making Museum & Workshop Tour

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kraftinwood, Kraft Village, Grafton Street
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 3AJ United Kingdom

Join us on a tour of the newly refurbished Kraft Village Chair making museum where you will discover the wonderful heritage of High Wycombe from the ‘Bodgers’ who made the area famous for its chair making industry.

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£30 - £35

Hartwell House Private Tour & Afternoon Tea

October 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hartwell House, Vale of Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP17 8NR

Join us for an exclusive afternoon at the famous Hartwell House, set in over 90 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. After your guided tour and historical talk, an indulgent traditional afternoon tea will follow in the peaceful and elegant surroundings of the Morning Room, Drawing room or Library.  Afterwards, you are invited to walkRead More

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£12 - £15

Stonor House & Gardens Private Tour

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stonor Park, Stonor
Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 6HF United Kingdom

Stonor House has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. The history of the house, nestling in a fold of the beautiful wooded Chiltern Hills inevitably contributes to the atmosphere, unpretentious yet grand. The gardens offer outstanding views of the Park, and contain fine displays irises, peonies, lavenders and roses.  Price includesRead More

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£5 - £7

Talk by Dr. Oliver Cox, ‘The Chilterns; A very short introduction’

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Royal Standard of England, Forty Green
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 1XS

Oliver Cox, a Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford will present this lecture which will explore the historical significance of The Chilterns and explore the importance of heritage for the region's future.  A drink on arrival is included in the price, but why not book a table and enjoy dinner first?

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£20 - £25

Pop Up Cinema at the Hellfire Caves- The Duchess (PG)

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hellfire Caves, Church Lane
West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 3AH United Kingdom

Come along to the famous Hellfire Caves for this exclusive screening of the Academy Award winning film, The Duchess featuring Keira Knightley who takes on the role of the Duchess of Devonshire. Much of this was filmed inside the iconic West Wycombe Estate, a stone’s throw from the caves themselves. Popcorn is included with each ticket.Read More

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£17 - £20

Tour of Berkhamsted Castle & Town (with lunch)

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berkhamsted Castle, White Hill
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1HH

Join us for an exclusive tour of Berkhamsted's stunning motte-and-bailey castle, once one of the most important castles in Britain. Afterwards you’ll be taken on a short guided walk around this picturesque market town to view its collection of historic buildings and learn about their history. The tour will be followed by lunch at oneRead More

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