With the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

MARY TEBJE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT’S ON THI SWEEKEND -

THERE’S just such a won­der­ful ar­ray of tra­di­tional Chilterns Christ­mas events to look for­ward to, here are more for you to try.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 20 from 10am to 1pm there is a Christ­mas Ride Spe­cial from Holmer Green Common with a spe­cial Christ­mas treat cour­tesy of Cy­cle Chilterns.

Join in with the Cy­cle Chilterns ladies’ rides which are fun, recre­ational group bike rides led by an ex­pe­ri­enced fe­male cy­clist. They will ex­plore the coun­try lanes and qui­eter roads of the Chilterns.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http:// cy­clechilterns.co.uk/ladies-do-you-want-to-ridey­our-bi­cy­cle?

If you want to es­cape the fes­tive hype, burn off those mince pies or just get out of the house for a few hours, then a walk on a sunny win­ter’s day could be just the ticket. There are sev­eral Na­tional Trust gar­dens open, in­clud­ing Hugh­en­den Manor, Clive­den and the beau­ti­ful Stowe.

Or re­ally splash out and take a Christ­mas morn­ing swim in the heated out­door pool at Che­sham Moor Gym and Swim. This un­usual ac­tiv­ity has be­come a Christ­mas tra­di­tion in it­self.

Head to the pool for one of the two timed swimming ses­sions – 7am-9am or 9am-11am. Take a dip in the pool then en­joy a ba­con buttie and a hot cup of tea or cof­fee, all in­cluded in the ticket price, and served by Santa hat-wear­ing staff. No need to worry about the cold – the pool will be heated to a toasty 82/83F.

Tick­ets cost £8 for adults, £5 for ju­niors. Please book in ad­vance at the pool or by call­ing 01494 776975.

At the Roald Dahl Mu­seum and Story Cen­tre in Great Mis­senden, there’s a bak­ing mash-up on Fri­day, Jan­uary 2 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for chil­dren aged five or more.

There will be a whipple scrump­tious ses­sion with their Food Writer in Res­i­dence, Vic­to­ria Glass, cre­ator of sneeze­cake, chown­ies and freck­les cakes. Let your imag­i­na­tion run wild and come up with your own cake recipe. You’ll leave with your stom­ach and imag­i­na­tion sat­is­fied. £3 per par­tic­i­pant. For more, visit www.roald­dahl.com.

Or support Wy­combe Mu­seum which is free to ex­plore lo­cal Chilterns his­tory - the fam­ily his­tory sec­tion and in­for­ma­tion about fa­mous peo­ple who lived and worked in the area is par­tic­u­larly good.

Please share your top picks for lo­cal places to eat in and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy all year round.

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