River Cruises and Murder Mystery at Cliveden
Why not head to the river for a cruise at National Trust property Cliveden. After wandering past the stunning parterre, climb down the steps to the River Thames to be treated to an informative cruise along Cliveden Reach which is known as one of the prettiest spots on the Thames. Pack a picnic and have your own Swallows and Amazons adventure whilst learning all about the river and the history of Cliveden including the famous Profumo Affair.
Cliveden will also be hosting a flower powered themed ‘Wild Week’ every day of half term whereby children explore all things floral before getting crafty. Older adventurers can pit their wits with the Game of Clues Murder Mystery. Children get to turn detective by solving the murder of Lord Mucke, found murdered on the estate. Sleuths will have to seek out clues, solve puzzles and unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again! For more information visit
Anyone for tennis?
The Boodles tennis is a unique mix of English garden party coupled with the world tennis elite preparing for Wimbledon. Set in their glorious grounds, the grass courts are primed and groomed ready for the top seeded players. This year the action takes place between 27h June and 1st July at Stoke Park. The line-up of players is yet to be revealed but the tennis aces taking part in recent years has included Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios. Fans get a bird’s eye view in the intimate stadium to see the greats in action. Play starts in the afternoon giving you plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous BBQ in the grounds – not forgetting the champagne and Pimms tents too. Boodles sponsor the event, so there is also time to enjoy a spot of jewellery shopping too. For more information visit
Roman Gladiators battling in Bucks
If you’re looking for a great educational half term day out for the family then head to the award winning Chiltern Open Air Museum to see their Roman Gladiators battle! Watch provincial gladiators in action as a team of criminals, barbarians and other prisoners of war, disgraced soldiers and thrill seekers fight for the entertainment of the crowds and the Emperor. Who will live, and who will die: you decide! The battles take place on 28th and 29th May – for more information visit
Fancy a flutter at Royal Ascot?
One of the highlights of the summer season has to be Royal Ascot. Whether you are in the Royal Enclosure in full morning dress and top hat or enjoying Ladies Day or in the grounds this is the social event not to be missed. The five-day meeting commences on Tuesday 20th June and each day begins with the Royal Procession – the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus, which parade along the track in front of the race- goers. The Royal Procession dates back to the 1820s and the reign of King George IV, at which time it was referred to as the Royal Parade or Royal Drive. Tickets can be purchased for a variety of enclosures; you can take a picnic with you and join the other car park revellers (who bring pagodas and fully laid tables including the candelabra) or enjoy a huge variety of on-site catering. For more information visit