Buckinghamshire has more National Trust properties than any other county. Chequers (the country home of each sitting Prime minister) is also in the county.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was filmed in Buckinghamshire. It’s based on the novel by James Bond author Ian Fleming and the screenplay written by the county’s favourite son, Roald Dahl. Conversely Dahl wrote the screenplay for the movie version of Fleming’s You Only Live Twice. The two men had both been spies and originally met while working for the British Secret Intelligence Service during WWII.
One of the world’s most loved authors, Roald Dahl lived in the village of Great Missenden. Before anyone had heard of Zoom or worried about broadband speeds, Roald was already working from home, writing many of his most loved books by hand, in a shed at the bottom of his garden.
The county has been home to an incredible number of world-famous writers including Enid Blyton, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Terry Pratchett, John Milton, Jerome K Jerome, TS Elliott and Sir Tim Rice.
Some of the world’s biggest movies have been filmed at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios; Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, Batman – The Dark Knight, The Hobbit, Aliens, Les Miserables and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. TV shows including Would I Lie To You, Taskmaster and Dancing On Ice are also filed there.
High Wycombe has a wonderfully weird political tradition. It is perhaps the only town in the world to weigh its mayor every year. The reason for this bizarre weigh in is to see if he/she has put on weight at the tax-payers expense during their year in office. The ceremony, which dates back to 1678, is finished with the town crier declaring either, “And no more!” or “And some more!!” depending on the result, but the official’s actual weight is never revealed to the assembled crowd.
The Paralympic Games were born at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The first event, the Stoke Mandeville Games were held in 1948 and featured WWII veterans. The modern games attract over 4,000 athletes from more than 150 nations.
The town of Aylesbury celebrates its famous ducks in all manner of ways. A number of the town’s pubs and cafes do so with speciality duck dishes. We’re not sure Donald Duck or Daffy Duck have to watch out for the same treatment in their home towns?
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See the latest Ofsted reports and scores for Buckinghamshire schools HERE.
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One of the Home Counties, Buckinghamshire is within easy commuting distance of London. Great for those working in the city, it’s also excellent for those that love the great outdoors. Parts of the Chiltern Hills, which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, run through the county, as well as a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
For those considering Buckinghamshire removals to start a new life in the county you’re in good company, ‘Bucks’ is home to more National Trust properties than any other county in the UK. Successive Prime Ministers have escaped to Chequers which is the Prime Ministers’ official country residence and has seen some historic events and meetings over its chequered history.
There are great days out to be had including Whipsnade Zoo, Silverstone race track, The Hellfire Caves, Gulliver’s Theme Park, the National Museum of Computing and Bletchley Park. From picturesque locations such as the stunning town of Marlowe (loved by writers) sitting on the banks of the Thames, to Beaconsfield with it’s fine pubs and restaurants, to the much-maligned but magnificent Milton Keynes with its concrete cows and celebrated roundabouts.
Bletchley Park was the home of the WWII Codebreakers. The father of computing Alan Turing created the Enigma machine here that was responsible for decoding Nazi transmissions and credited with shortening the war.
Built on the site of a former RAF base, Silverstone is considered to be the home of British motor racing. In 1947 locals created informal race meets named ‘The Mutton Cup’ after an incident with a sheep that had wandered onto the track.
This stunning, natural landmark stands 233 metres (757 ft) above sea level and offers unspoilt views across the county. Popular with walkers, off-road cyclists and sightseers, it is managed by the National Trust and part of The Chilterns AONB.
Part of the Zoological Society of London and twinned with London Zoo, Whipsnade is a vital part of worldwide efforts to save endangered species. An amazing family day out, it’s even possible to stay in the zoo overnight (but the keepers don’t feed you!).