Danish Camp Riverside Visitor Centre
A beautiful Norwegian log cabin with adjoining covered and heated terrace and riverside bar, surrounded by woodland on the banks of The River Great Ouse in Willington, just east of Bedford. Enjoy the countryside with cycling, walks, river trips or hire a self-drive boat. Freshly cooked food, full menu, light bites or just coffee and cakes. Fully licenced.
Look out for the Viking Invasion normally held on May Bank Holiday plus many more events throughout the year including Pony Rides, Live Music, Comedy and Boat Trips along the Great Ouse in the Artful Dodger. A Bouncy Castle Is provided FREE OF CHARGE for younger visitors to enjoy during the summer months, weather permitting.
The Danish Camp is suitable for disabled visitors and wheelchair use.
Chapel Lane, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3QG Tel: 01234 838709
An award-winning chilli ranch located in Bedfordshire. They grow many different varieties of hot chilli peppers and produce a selection of premium gourmet products made by hand.
They offer a unique Chilli Growers Workshop, conduct tours and tasting experiences, and host their famous Chilli Chocolate Afternoon Tea and Tasting Session in the onsite cafe on selected weekends.
The Chilli Ranch is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
Edible Ornamentals, Cherwood Ranch, Blue Bells, Chawston, Bedfordshire MK44 3BL
Tel: 01480 405663 firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest of Marston Vale
The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park is a great destination for family days out. With 8km of level, surfaced tracks it’s suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, with bike hire (March – November). Sitting at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale is the Forest Centre which is open all year-round. the Lakeside Café serves a range of meals and snacks, with an outdoor seating area for dog owners.
The Wetlands Nature Reserve is a great place to explore and spot wildlife, with panoramic views of the Park from the Tower Hide and Woodland Walkway. There is also a brand new Forest Shelter. Explore the unsurfaced tracks, sight see around Stewartby Lake or take in the peaceful Sensory Garden.
All money donated or spent at the Forest Centre goes towards planting trees in the Forest of Marston Vale (Reg Charity No. 1069229) – your money grows further at the Forest Centre!
The Forest Centre, Station Rd, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
Tel: 01234 767037 email@example.com
John Bunyan Boat
The John Bunyan Community Boat offers scenic river cruises on the Great Ouse. While cruising along you get to see a completely different view of the town and surroundings, with opportunities to see river wildlife. Admire the historic bridges and buildings on the water’s edge, or party as the world floats by. The cabin is light and airy with panoramic windows and a small fore-deck that guests are free to access during the cruise.
Starting in April 2020 there are regular public cruises, special interest cruises and themed cruises including Afternoon Tea for Two, Fish and Chip Supper, Jazz cruises, The Walkers Special offering a one-way ride and many more.
See website for further details and to book or call 01946 690 301
Private charters are also available for your event.
Tel: 03301 239 511 for information and to book.
A stunning heritage attraction set in rural Bedfordshire, still home to the Jordans and birth place of the Jordans cereal. The Mill museum has been transformed into a visitor experience including guided and self-guided tours.
Explore the beautiful Mill gardens with their crops of cereals, fruits and vegetables growing alongside ornamental flowers and plants and enjoy the wildlife and tranquillity of the meadow and woodland. Complete your visit with a meal or snack in the Riverside Café and browse the Mill shop.
They are proud to be accredited as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction from Visit England and are suitable for wheelchair users
Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Langford Road, Broom, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JY Tel: 01767 603940
Stevington Manor Garden
Stevington Manor Garden offers four and a half acres of colour, texture, scent and interest and is the creation of garden and cookery writer Kathy Brown. It started as a cottage style garden but new areas have been added over the years including a formal garden, peony border, a wisteria walk, herbaceous borders, container displays, succulents, an edible flower garden and wildflower meadow.
Specimen trees, ornamental grass gardens and a wonderful orchard give other areas of interest throughout the summer months. In addition to the public open days and group visits, they also offer experience days, where you can take part in a variety of garden-themed activities and were voted Regional winners for the East of England in the Nation’s Favourite Garden. Please note there no card facilities, so please bring cash or a cheque.
Open Tuesdays from April 21st to end September 1pm to 5pm.
Also four Bank Holiday Mondays 1pm-5pm. – please see website for details.
Groups are welcome at other times by prior arrangement
The Manor House, Church Road, Stevington, Nr Bedford MK43 7QB Tel: 01234 822064 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stotfold Watermill is set in an idyllic setting on the River Ivel. Having burnt down in 1992, it is now a completely rebuilt Grade II listed watermill with three fully accessible floors to view. The Steam Fair and Country Show and other events run throughout the year.
Mill Lane, Stotfold, Bedfordshire SG5 4NU Tel: 01462 734541
Moggerhanger Park is a Grade 1 listed Georgian Historic House set in 33 acres of parkland and woodland which are open to the public all year round. It is recognised as the most complete surviving example of Soane's work set in stylish grounds and woodlands sculpted by Humphry Repton.
The House Tours start in March (please see website for exact date) and run every Wednesday and Sunday until October.
Visitors are asked to be ready in the Courtyard from 2.15pm and the Tours start at 2.30pm prompt and last about an hour.
The Garden Rooms Cafe is open daily from 10.00 - 4.00 for tea, coffee, cake or a light lunch and is conveniently located near the Woodland Playground.
The park hosts a number of large scale family events throughout the and you can also book Afternoon Tea.
The grounds are free to enter and there is plenty of on-site parking. Dogs on a lead are welcome both in the park and in the cafe.
The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance
Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RW Tel: 01767 641007
Ridgemont Heritage Station
Visit this hidden gem at Ridgmont Railway Station on the Marston Vale rail line. The station building is built in the distinctive Victorian Gothic ‘Cottage Orné’ style, and the restoration has won a number of awards. There is a delightful Tea Room situated in the former Ladies Waiting Room in the Grade II listed Victorian Ridgmont Railway Station building but please phone ahead as the tea room does get busy and boking is usually advisable.
There are a variety of circular and linear walks starting from the Heritage Centre.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00 pm from 24th March to 20th December
Station House, Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire MK43 0XP Tel: 01525 287120
RSPB The Lodge
The Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens is a very special place, offering an exceptionally rich combination of wildlife and heritage experiences. Covering an area of some 220 hectares, it now forms the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.
The Lodge is unique in Bedfordshire in that it holds two ancient hill forts, dating back to the Iron Age, more than 2,000 years ago. One of these, on Galley Hill, is in particularly good condition, and you can wander around the ancient banks and ditches and imagine about what life may have been like for the people who lived there.
Explore this attractive nature reserve along 5 miles (8 km) of trails, visit the beautifully managed gardens or watch woodland birds from the hide. The den building area along the main path to the hide is very popular. Self-led activities are available from the visitor information building just outside the car park. There are many events available for families, such as Big Wild Sleep-outs, and mini-beast safaris.
RSPB Explorer Backpacks are available for children to use on the reserve. These contain binoculars, bug viewers, wildlife guides and activity booklets.
The shop has an excellent range of binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and gifts. There is a picnic area, and locally produced sandwiches and wraps and other refreshments are available at the shop. The hide, gardens and toilets are wheelchair accessible.
RSPB The Lodge, Potton Rd, Sandy SG19 2DL Tel: 01767 693333
The Swiss Garden
The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style. It is a peaceful, tranquil space, and one which has new vistas revealed at every turn. Within the garden are 13 listed structures (some are licenced for weddings), an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks. It’s a delight to explore and recent
restoration work in 2014 has ensured it has accessibility for all visitors.
Ducklings can be seen swimming on the ponds in Spring. Events such as outdoor theatre and music take place every year and can be booked online.
The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP
Tel: 01767 627927
The House at Shuttleworth
The House was built in 1875, designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton. It is surrounded by 425 acres of historic natural parkland and comes with a compelling history. Gillows of Lancaster made many of the interior furnishings and there are several magnificent examples of 19 century paintings on the walls, produced by artists such as Sir Frank Dicksee, Benjamin Williams Leader, George Vicat Cole and Frank Holl.
On selected dates The House will be open to the public, giving you a chance to learn more about this interesting building and the family that lived there. For groups of 10+ there is the option to combine with a tour of the Swiss Garden (for additional cost).
You can also Savour the quintessentially English past-time of taking afternoon tea, in the grand setting of The House, Shuttleworth.Bookings must be made and paid for in advance. Afternoon Tea guests receive free entry to visit The House.
The House, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP
Tel: 01767 627927
Warden Abbey Vineyard
Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden. Centuries later, the Whitbread family re-planted the monks’ “Lyttel Vineyard” in 1986, and went on to produce award-winning wines right up to their last vintage in 2008.
To enable them to carry on the tradition of making medal winning wines, Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run tours to raise funds to support the community vineyard.
The vineyard also holds an open day in September. All tour dates are published on the vineyard website.
Warden Abbey Vineyard Tours & Tastings: Adults £10, children free (advance booking essential)
English Wine Week Vineyard Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Walking in the Monks' Footsteps History Tour
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 - from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pre Harvest Vineyard Tour
Friday, September 18, 2020 - from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Woburn Abbey and Gardens are undergoing major refurbishment works and therefore will be closed to visitors until Easter 2021. During this period, we are sharing some of Woburn’s Treasures with a wider audience so that they can continue to be enjoyed in a different context with new narratives. Details of these exhibitions can be found at www.woburnabbey.co.uk/news/sharing-woburns-treasures/.
To find out more about the refurbishment programme please visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk/abbey/woburn-abbey-2020-refurbishment/
The theme for the Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020 is The Plant Connection. Taking place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2020 in Woburn Abbey’s beautifully landscaped gardens, the show promises to be the highlight of the horticulturalists’ calendar.
To find out more about the Garden Show and to book tickets visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/gardenshow/
Woburn Safari Park
2020 is a special year for Woburn Safari Park as the team celebrates a big anniversary, with the Park turning 50 years old. The Park opened on the 23rd May, 1970 and this year they be marking this landmark year in plenty of fun and creative ways.
Enjoy a safari adventure in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland at Woburn Safari Park – home to more than 1,000 wild animals. It is part of the estates of the Duke of Bedford that also includes Woburn Abbey and its 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) deer park. Take unlimited repeat circuits of the Road Safari, before continuing the journey in Animal Encounters and enjoying lots of free activities in the leisure area. Visitors can learn all about the wild residents with fascinating keeper talks and demonstration and there are plenty of activities to keep children amused.
During 2019 the Park welcomed new faces, opened new enclosures and saw an abundance of babies born.
Woburn Park, Crawley Rd, Milton Keynes MK17 9QN Tel: 01525 290407
Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery in the rolling Chiltern Hills. Explore the sights, smells and sounds of the UK’s biggest zoo and meet some of the biggest animals on the planet. Meet the jumbo-sized elephants, visit the majestic rhino in their huge paddock and pay a visit to animal royalty with the majestic African Lions. And the exciting Giraffe Heights exhibit, which includes a revamped barn and a nine foot foot high viewing platform, will bring you face-to-face with Whipsnade’s giraffes.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Butterfly House is one of the largest butterfly biomes of any UK Zoo, featuring more than 30 different species from around the world, visitors are surrounded by hundreds of colourful butterflies. And don’t forget to visit Hullabazoo Farm which is an interactive, up-close adventure, where little ones are able to meet and greet a whole host of farmyard friends.
Daily events- fishy feeding time with the Peckish Penguins; see the sea lions jump, swim & frolic in the splashzone at the fantastic Sealion Splash; go elephant crazy with the popular Elephantastic!
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF Tel: 0344 225 1826
Explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through 90 acres and three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. Discover hidden gems including an ornate marble fountain, the 18th century Bowling Green House and a striking Chinese Bridge and Temple. Stroll up the Long Water to the spectacular Archer Pavilion with its stunning interior making it the focal point of the gardens. Marvel at the fancy French curves and intricate Italian geometry of the restored bedding displays.
From autumnal reds to lush greens in the summer, explore Wrest Park’s gardens anew throughout the seasons. Find out more about the garden, and the people that shaped it, in our exhibition in the house.
Zip along to the children’s play area, take tea in the café and explore the hidden treasures in the archaeological stores.
Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR Tel: 01525 860000