Family fun on offer in the area

Picnic at Stowe Landscape Gardens
Picnic at Stowe Landscape Gardens
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Join the National Trust at Stowe Landscape Gardens for a free family cycle ride on Sunday, July 24.

The family cycling event takes place from 10.30am to 4pm. It passes through woods and picturesque countryside and animals grazing in the parkland.

This event has been organised in partnership with CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation.

There’s no need to pre-book – just bring your own bike.

To find out more, contact Stowe on 01280 822850 or email

Stowe Landscape Gardens are open every day from 10.30am until 5.30pm, and the cycle route is free to use daily from dawn to dusk.

Victorian day at rail centre

The Bucks Railway Centre is holding a Victorian Celebration on Sunday, July 31.

It celebrates 160 years of the visitor centre – originally a station building at Oxford, from where passengers would take excursions to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park.

The building followed exactly the design of the original Crystal Palace exhibition building, which burned down in 1936.

Two Victorian locomotives and vintage coaches will carry passengers on the day, and period costumes will be worn.

Find out more at

Canal Festival

Buckingham Canal Society is holding its annual Canal Festival from 10am to 6pm on Saturday July 23, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, July 14.

Everyone is welcome at the event, at Cosgrove Lock, Cosgrove, on the Grand Union Canal. Entry is free but donations towards the restoration of The Old Stratford and Buckingham arms of the canal will be gratefully received.

Attractions include historic narrowboats, boat trips, cheese boat, fudge boat, the MP Playboat cake and craft stalls.

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