Outing Venues

Outings with RACB

This page includes examples of the places we have visited. Review the list below and click on the title to see more detail about the venue.
Bicester Village and Bicester Avenue Garden Centre

The village is one of the Collection of Chic Outlet Shopping Villages by Value Retail and is home to over 130 outlet boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands.  The Village offers a luxury outlet shopping experience for shoppers in what has become a tourist destination in its own right.

The nearby Garden Centre’s core business is horticulture, with an excellent array of top quality growing stock and gardening accessories. Complementing this is a huge range of home and giftware products, a food hall selling gourmet provisions and fresh local produce and a restaurant and cafe serving delicious home-cooked snacks and meals.

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Booker Garden Centre

Clay Lane Booker Near Marlow Buckinghamshire SL7 3DH

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Bledlow Manor Gardens

Set in the Chiltern Hills, this is the private garden of Conservative politician and former cabinet minister Lord Carrington. It was designed by Robert Adam. The layout of the garden is visible on the satellite image if you zoom in on the location map below. There is a walled kitchen garden, water garden, parterres and sculptures.

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Bradmore Farm, Haddenham

We are a family run business with the shop and cafe set-up in 2015. Try our award-winning free-range eggs from our own chickens and try some delicious local produce available in our shop.

Our spacious and comfortable cafe serves hot and cold snacks, fresh coffees and a selection of chilled drinks. Enjoy a range of breakfasts from opening through to lunchtime and hot and cold dishes through to 3pm. Snacks, cakes and drinks. An exciting addition to our Restaurant is a Sunday Carvery.

Bulbourne Garden Centre

Tring has one of the biggest selection of plants and is one of the top companies in the gardening industry. The dedication and passion that the attendants put into raising and nourishing the plants is beyond any level. That is why each one of them is a valued, distinguished and loyal member of the company.

Chenies Manor

This historic and enchanting Tudor Manor House with its Award Winning Gardens is set in the charming estate village of Chenies in Buckinghamshire overlooking the Chess valley. The architectural historian Nickolaus Pevsner described the manor house as: “Beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle”.

The 22 individual cut brick chimneys distinguish the manor house and are echoed throughout the estate village. From the picturesque village green, a private gravel drive leads invitingly up to the Manor House. Immediately outside the gates is the church of St. Michael, together with the private Bedford Chapel. The front gates open into the Inner Court, leading to the house and gardens.

Chenies Manor offers:

  • Guided tours of the house.
  • Refreshments for your visit: delicious homemade teas and cakes.
  • A Gift Shop for guidebooks, mementoes, local produce and plants
  • Art Exhibitions during the Summer

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College Lakes Reserve

Once a chalk quarry, College Lake is now one of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserves. The transformation is a fantastic example of what people passionate about wildlife can bring about through a shared vision and sheer determination. Thanks to the hard work of BBOWT staff and volunteers, this thriving nature reserve now supports more than 1,000 different wildlife species. An eco visitor centre with stunning views of the lakes opened to the public in 2010.

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Haddenham Garden Centre

This garden centre is situated halfway between Thame and Aylesbury and boasts the largest range of quality plants in the area. It also offers living room furniture and country kitchenware, as well as an excellent coffee shop and pet shop.

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Hare Hatch Garden Centre

Situated on the A4 near Twyford, this Centre has a long horticultural history; it began life in the 1800s as Wargrave Plant Farm and was acquired by the Waterer family in 1914. They planted great swathes of plants and trees along the A4, which became known as the ‘Floral Mile’, specialised in growing rare rhododendrons from America and, in the 60s, planted the rose garden at Windsor Castle, earning themselves a Royal Warrant. Half a century later, the centre is still flourishing and sells top quality growing stock, gardening products and garden furniture as well as birdcare products, floristry, houseplants and books.

The restaurant sells delicious homemade snacks and lunches.

Hildreth's Garden Centre

Mr Hildreth’s Garden Centre – An independent business for independent people!

Hildreth Garden CentreOnce upon a time, in fact, over four hundred years ago in the very quiet and rural village of Prestwood, Mr Hildreth the blacksmith opened for business and started trading with a quality service delivered at a fair price. Over the centuries successive Mr Hildreths have improved and passed the family business to the next generation and today Richard Hildreth XIII welcomes you to his ironmongery, hardware, fine china, glassware and garden centre, which still remains a family-run business.

Step back in time to a traditional courteous service that – if it wasn’t for the state-of-the-art, imaginative and incredible choice of goods on show, would lead you to believe you were back in those halcyon days of shelling peas with your Grandma, while Grandpa pottered in his vegetable patch...

Hughenden Manor

Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

Hughenden ManorHughenden Manor offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. You can browse an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia and there are hands-on activities for children. Hughenden’s secret wartime past is revealed in the Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are beautiful woodland walks surrounding this fascinating country home.

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Marlow Garden Centre

The Garden Centre is situated on the edge of Marlow on the road to Bourne End. It is a traditional horticultural centre that prides itself on plant quality and value for money.

It offers a wide range of products and facilities including a large restaurant and a children’s soft play area. It also hosts many gardening and seasonal events throughout the year. there is also an excellent farm shop.

Orchard View Farm and Cafe

In 2009 the land was quite literally a field with some rusting farm machinery abandoned in the margins. This blank canvas has allowed Jim and Helen to build a farm that encompasses their core values, a process that is still going on today. We have now opened our farm shop featuring products from our farm as well as those selected from other local producers. Come and visit us on the farm and get your Meat, Vegetables, Bread, Eggs, Flour, Cereals, Cheese and much more.

The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 – 17:30 and Sunday 10:30 16:00. We hope to welcome you to our latest venture – Jim, Helen & family.

To find out more information visit their website:

Waterperry Garden Centre and Gardens

A place to explore, relax and shop in beautiful surroundings all year round.

Eight acre Ornamental Gardens, Plant Centre & Garden Shop – Gallery and Gift Barn – Nursery and Orchards – Museum and Teashop – Year round Events and Arts, Crafts and Gardening Courses.

Waterperry Gardens are a magical place where you are surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas. Home to the renowned horticultural college between 1932 and 1971, the emphasis was on food production rather than spectacular ornamental gardens. Over the past twenty years, the gardens have developed and grown, and many new projects have been undertaken and completed. You’ll now find a Formal Garden, the Mary Rose Garden, a Waterlily Canal and the Long Colour Border, and we recently planted a small arboretum in the meadow area beyond the canal.

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Wendover Woods

Wendover Woods is a 325 hectare open access woodland site managed by the Forestry Commission. It is situated on the edge of the Chilterns escarpment. Wendover Woods has year-round interest, from beautiful displays of bluebells in the spring to barbecues and picnics in the summer followed by swathes of autumn colours as the trees turn and crisp winter walks. In quieter areas, you can watch woodland birds, including the rare firecrest if you’re lucky and you may see deer. There is also archaeological interest in the form of Boddington hillfort and the Woods contain the highest point in the Chilterns (267m).

To find out more information visit their website:

World's End Garden Centre

The Garden Centre is situated on the edge of Wendover, It is a traditional horticultural centre which prides itself on plant quality and value for money.

It offers a wide range of products and facilities including a large restaurant and a children’s soft play area. It also hosts many gardening and seasonal events throughout the year.

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