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A literary tour of the Chilterns

Some of Britain’s most famous works of literature – from the tales of Chaucer to the creations of Enid Blyton – can be traced to...

A hero’s walk: following in the footsteps of John Hampden

Helen Matthews explores her home county of Buckinghamshire on this historic walk.

One man and a book

If any single book has immortalised the Thames in literature, it’s Three Men in a Boat (1889). 

Musical interlude: The Vicar of Bray

For those of us who learnt it at school it's impossible to visit Bray without thinking of this song.
Helen and Neil Matthews have lived in Prestwood, in south Buckinghamshire, since 1991. Helen is an academic manager at one of the UK’s largest universities, while Neil is a Chartered Marketer. Both hold PhDs in history; Helen’s thesis focused on the illegitimate children of medieval English nobility and gentry while Neil researched the Polytechnic Touring Association, a leading UK travel agency of the 19th and 20th centuries. They have travelled widely, with highlights including piranha fishing on the Orinoco and acting as bridesmaid and accessory to a wedding in Pakistan. Neil is a past winner of the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition and the author of Journeys from Wimbledon Common (2012, Palace Park Press) and Victorians and Edwardians abroad (2016, Pen & Sword).

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A true family Christmas pudding

Based in the Chilterns, this family-run pudding producer learned its tricks from Nanna.

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Thinking inside the (chocolate) box

This ethical chocolate business sells beautiful handmade treats out of their shop in Chesham.

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How to become a big cheese

This local cheese company has earned itself a reputation since its launch in 2016.

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Greys Court

The intriguing Greys Court juxtaposes a comfortable family home with fragments of a larger estate from centuries past. 

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Henley River and Rowing Museum

A visit to the Henley River and Rowing Museum tells all about the history of this market town and rowing in the area.

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A day out in Midsomer

Take a tour around Henley-on-Thames to discover some of the familiar filming locations for the famous crime drama, Midsomer Murders.

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