There are some wonderful attractions within 20 mins or so of The Bell at Hardwick. Why not combine a cultural, experiential or energetic time with some fabulous food at a picturesque location with a wonderful, warm welcome.
Abbotts View Alpacas – 8 mins away
We breed alpacas for their luxurious fibre, for their inquisitive nature and as pets for sale. Once you’ve met and spent time with an alpaca you’ll never forget them! We breed rare breed sheep and our Berkshire Sow to produce free range pork and lamb and stock for sale. Our aim is to raise calm, friendly animals who are a pleasure to be around. We host Alpaca Experiences, Alpaca Walks, Educational visits, Birthday Parties and Open Days but be warned, it’s hard not to fall in love with these fascinating creatures! In 2014 we gained permission to use a small paddock as a Certificated Site with the Caravan Club. The allows us to take bookings for a maximum of 5 caravans or trailer tents at any one time through Spring and Summer.
Winslow Farmers market – Get a taste of rural life – 10 mins away
But the most important thing about the market is the quality of the Produce. We are very careful to ensure that stallholders are as local as they can be and that they are the actual growers and producers of everything they sell. We have real small scale producers and farmers, ranging from locally milled flour for the artisan breads, heritage varieties of apple juice and rare breed meats. Most months will see around 25 stalls.’
Winslow Farmers Market is held on the first Sunday of the month, from 10am to 1.30pm in the Market Square. Visit www.winslowtimes.com or follow winslowfarmersmarket on Facebook for more information
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – For the enthusiasts – 10 mins away
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. There is so much to see and do! Exhibits range from large express passenger locomotives to the humble shunting engine together with a host of smaller items recreating the golden age of steam.
Ascott House – 13 mins
Ascott Park, owned by the National Trust, lies in the centre of the privately owned Ascott Estate and includes a grade II* listed property set in 261 acres of formal and informal gardens and parkland, a cricket ground and 14 residential properties.
The principal house, Ascott House, a former hunting box which dates back to the 16th Century was donated to the National Trust in 1949 by Anthony de Rothschild together with the Ascott Collection and remains the countryside residence of the Rothschild family today.
The House and Gardens are open to members of the public between March and September each year. Visitors to Ascott House can gain a unique glimpse at an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. Traditionally the garden at Ascott has always been one of the property’s best-known features, covering over 30 acres, it is an unusual blend of the formal and the natural.
Experience the Country – Gifts, Date Nights, Corporate and Stag Dos – 15 mins away
- QUAD TREKS, ZORB FOOTBALL, 4X4 OFF-ROAD DRIVING, SEGWAYS, BOW TAG, CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING, ARCHERY & CROSSBOWS, AIR RIFLE SHOOTING, AXE THROWING, LASER CLAYS, OFF-ROAD TRUCK DRIVING, BUSHCRAFT
Chiltern Brewery – Brewery Tour – 15 mins away
The Chiltern Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in the Chilterns. With 30 years experience and innovation in brewing fine ales, our family run business combines age-old brewing methods using 100% British ingredients. Tours are on most Fridays and Saturdays and last for approximately one hour. The cost is £15.00 per person which is non-refundable. The maximum number of people per booking online is 10 but we are now offering larger group bookings on Fridays.
Green Dragon Ecofarm – 15 mins away
An environmentally friendly 44 acre rare breeds farm in Aylesbury Vale for all ages. Located in beautiful open countryside where there’s plenty of space for families to explore. Most of the farm is laid out to paddocks for our rare breed farm animals and includes our Animal Barn and Pets’ Corner where visitors can meet the animals at close quarters. As well as the farm trail, there’s a nature trail that runs around the outskirts of the farm. Our outdoor play area is ideal for children to let off steam and, for all weather year round play, we have two barns, including soft play.
Waddesdon – The house of Rothschild – 20 mins away
More than 350,000 visitors a year come to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and Gardens. We’ve autumnal walks in the grounds suitable for most abilities.
September: The bedding will still be looking good, especially in Tropical Mound and the Bachelors’ Wing. Autumn crocus will start to be in flower below the Parterre, and the trees in the garden will be changing colour, with conkers beginning to fall.
October: Our bedding changeover begins, we’ll pull out the summer plants and put in spring bulbs and flowering plants. The leaves on the trees will have changed to magnificent golden hues.
November and December: The garden goes into hibernation for the winter, but you can still see colorful cornus and winter flowering shrubs in the Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge. Variegated hollies and evergreen shrubs give depth to other areas. Christmas trees and lights end the year.
Tiggiewinkles – For the children – 20 mins away
Tiggywinkles, The Wildlife Hospital Trust, is a specialist hospital. Using every available veterinary welfare skill, we are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife. Since opening our doors over 200,000 patients have received treatment at Tiggywinkles. Set in our beautiful gardens in the heart of the Chilterns countryside, Tiggywinkles Visitor Centre is home to some of our permanent animals who cannot be returned to the wild. So a blind hedgehog or 3-legged deer can live here in near-natural conditions, where they can be health-assessed regularly so they can live out the rest of their lives in safety. The centre also allows visitors to see the work we do first hand and learn about the history of the Hospital, the type of animals we treat and some of the innovative techniques we employ.
Coombe Hill – Wonderful for views – 20 mins. away
Coombe Hill at 852 feet above sea level is the highest viewpoint in the Chilterns. Coombe Hill used to be part of the Chequers Estate but was handed to the National Trust in 1918 by Lord and Lady Lee of Fareham. You get stunning views over the Aylesbury Vale and on a clear day you can see right over to the Cotswolds. The view point is marked with a monument (not NT) dedicated to the men from Buckinghamshire who gave thier lives in the Boer War.
Coombe Hill is designated a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) for its chalk grassland and acid heathland. This is home to over 30 species of wildflower and 28 species of butterfly.
Go Ape Wendover – For the active – 25 mins away
Treetop, Forest Segway or Zipwire adventure in Wendover Woods