With summer finally here (even though the weather would sometimes have us think otherwise!) for those with children on school holidays attentions turn to family things to do. The summer holidays can sometimes feel like a very long time and keeping little ones amused for weeks on end isn’t always easy.

We’re lucky in South Bucks to have some beautiful countryside on our doorstep so here are some of Beaconsfield Childcare’s favourite outdoors things to do in Beaconsfield and the surrounding areas:

Black Park has a large wooden children’s play park, plus a café, all centred around the lake. It is the home to Go Ape and has many events taking place over the summer including the Fairies and Elves Trail at the beginning of August. Check out the website for details http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/country-parks/whats-on/

Burnham Beeches is only a short drive from Beaconsfield and has over 540 acres of open spaces, managed by the City of London. This summer the Summer Woodland Wonders is a summer trail aimed at children up to the age of 12, more info here: <a href="http://www.cityoflondon view website.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/burnham-beeches-and-stoke-common/Pages/events-and-activities.aspx”>http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/burnham-beeches-and-stoke-common/Pages/events-and-activities.aspx . Don’t forget to take a pencil with you!

Cliveden, a National Trust property has the lovely Storybook Den play area for children and every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays Wild Wednesday activities take place for children – check the website for more details. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/lists/for-families-at-cliveden

Rickmansworth Aquadrome is a fantastic place for picnics, walks and outdoors summer fun for kids with two lakes to walk round, some organised activities (check the website for information) plus a fantastic café for refuelling! It’s only about 20 mins from Beaconsfield and is worth visiting for the cakes in the café if nothing else!

Beckonscot – last but not least, we couldn’t not mention the lovely Beckonscot. Right on our doorstep in Beaconsfield the children at our nursery all love Beckonscot. People travel for miles to see the world’s oldest model village. With the model trains, ever-changing models, play area and café, it’s a charming way to spend a day.