Stroll by the river in sleepy Bourne End

Bourne End in Buckinghamshire is a quaint and traditional English village on the banks of the River Thames, close to the River Wye. Its marina is certainly worth a visit, and there's a lot of open space Nearby for picnics by the Thames. Thanks to great road and rail links with London - vital as it exists largely as a commuter village - a trip to the capital is easily achieved.

Feel like a giant on Bekonscot Model Village

The truly magical Bekonscot Model Village and Railway lays claim to being the world's oldest such venue, dating back to 1929. While it was contemporary at the time, today it's a remarkably well preserved look back in time to a bygone age of thatched roofs, steam engines and old-time farms. There's also a ride-on railway and delightful landscaped gardens.

Down on the farm…

Just east of the village by the golf course is Odds Farm Park, a child and family-friendly farm which allows youngsters to get hands-on with the animals. It also features a range of other activities including crazy golf, an adventure maze and go-karting. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Bourne End? Travelodge Beaconsfield Central hotel is five miles away, just off the M40.