Perfect Launch Day for Bucks County Museum summer re-opening on 30 July

Here’s a real feel good local story about the reopening of the Bucks County Museum. They have a really lovely summer programme of events that are available to book and are hosted safely in their pretty garden area. These include family craft sessions and family fun explorer sessions. These sessions need to be prebooked to manage numbers and the admission is by donation to the museum, which is obviously much needed in these difficult times.

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Here’s what they said….

It was smiles all round today at Bucks County Museum for our grand reopening after closing for lockdown back in March. We couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect start to our programme of summer events. We had wonderful sunshine, lovely locals visiting the garden for tea and cake, and a group of very relaxed yoga participants with instruction by the fabulous Laila from The Fitness Garden.

 The day marked the start of a summer programme on selected  days offering Yoga, mindfulness, open gardens and family crafts all taking place in the Museum’s popular Victorian walled garden on selected days. Our open gardens continue on Thursday afternoons (6th, 13th Aug & 3rd Sept) with pop-up mini events, such as art and mindfulness. We are also excited to announce that our Family Fun Garden Explorer sessions (Fridays and Saturdays)  start on 14 August and include the Bank Holiday 31 August. Visitors need to pre-book these family dates on our web site from 1st August and the admission is by donation to the Museum.

The re-opening summer programme has been supported by Heart of Bucks Community Foundation with a grant of just under £5000 to help make this programme possible and to support local communities and charities with members in need,  who have been seriously impacted by lockdown.

Sue Shave, Museum Director said “I am delighted that the museum has re-opened today to welcome back our local community. We know that everyone has found lockdown difficult and the Museum can help by offering a haven of tranquility, as well as exciting adventure with our amazing explorer family programme to get everyone out in the fresh air enjoying museum collections in the beautiful surroundings of the museum garden.  We are very grateful to Heart of Bucks for helping to make it possible to open for some of the summer”

On 20th August we will be honouring our local Covid-19 heroes with a garden-party cream tea, and on 27th August we will be doing the same to thank our own volunteers, who have been unable to work with us and whom we have greatly missed.

Thrift Farm Now Officially Re-Open

Having been saved from closure in 2019, Thrift Farm in Milton Keynes is delighted to announce that they are now back open.  Officially under new management, they have used the last few months to really press ahead with some exciting developments to provide even more of an experience for families and the Adult Social Care clients they provide a great service for.  During these preparations they have focused on making the necessary social distancing measures the ensure safety for their visitors. Booking must be made online in advance to manage visitor numbers,  one way systems are in place around the farm and hand sanitiser stations are everywhere.

Thrift Farm is on my list this summer so I look forward to sharing our experience with you but I have heard lovely things about the farm and it is obviously really highly regarded by the community after so many families rallied together to save them from closure.

The opening of the Farm Park on the 18th July was a huge success when families were able to try out the new attractions on the site including a brand new rustic outdoor play area and meet goats, cows, calves and sheep within the new Animal Contact Barn. They were also able to enjoy the new Paddock Walk and say hello to even more ponies, alpaca’s and sheep. The Food for Thought Café has also seen investment with an upgrade to Barista Style Coffee (always a bonus!) and a great menu.

Further developments for the farm are on the cards and will be finalised after the Summer following feedback from Thrift Farm’s Adult Social Care clients, the Thrift Team onsite and from visiting families.

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Paul Sharp, new Director of Thrift Farm commented:

“ It is very exciting to open our doors again  Whilst we may have been closed, we have been very busy with stage one of our development plans.    In the new Animal Contact Barn, we’ve added cows and calves, we’ve also added a new outdoor play area, made from rustic wood.   Thrift Farm has always been about connecting with nature and we are very keen to retain this”.

Thrift Farm is located at Buckingham Road, Whaddon, Milton Keynes, MK17 0EQ

All visitors need to book online at to enable restricted numbers for social distancing.  Prices are Adults (16 & over) £7.50, Children (18 months & over) £6.50 and Concessions £5.50.