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  • Marston Mud - Kids' outdoor activity

    Marston Mud - Kids' outdoor activity

    Marston Moretaine

    By popular demand mud modelling is back. Be prepared to get in a mess as we create mud animals, mud faces and mud pies in the Forest out of the Marsto…more

  • The Nature of Spring - Guided Walk

    The Nature of Spring - Guided Walk

    Marston Moretaine

    Butterflies, birds, orchids, dragonflies to kingfishers, lapwings and cuckoosjust some of the wildlife we hope to see on our Nature of Spring wal…more

  • Airshow featuring the Light Aircraft Association

    Airshow featuring the Light Aircraft Association

    Bedfordshire

    Shuttleworth brings together aircraft from the Collection that are sponsored by the Light Aircraft Association. The LAA represent the aviation interes…more

  • Sunday Stroll

    Sunday Stroll

    Marston Moretaine

    A light stroll around the Park, with an informed guide from our Forest Volunteers to lead the way and answer any questions. Approx 1.5 - 2 hours. No n…more

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Amazingly, considering how much there is squeezed in, Bedfordshire is Englands smallest county. Perhaps what makes it look so deceptively large are the never ending undulating green fields, cosmopolitan towns and luscious rivers.

With such beautiful and valuable farmland it is little wonder that the area has been attracting new settlers for thousands of years, since it was the homeland of the ancient British Cantvellauni Tribe. From then on it was continually occupied by either the Romans or the Anglo Saxons or Danes, and was for a while known as the Kingdom of Mercia. The regions most famous son John Bunyan began the Pilgrims Progress in Bedford Prison and a stone marks the prisons original site. In addition there is a museum and a statue in front of the church of St Peter, as well as a meeting-house named after him. For history buffs the county also has Woburn Abbey, ancestral seat of the Dukes of Bedford, built on a medieval abbey and sitting in parklands of over 3000 acres; now of course, a famous safari park. In addition there is the house at Luton Hoo built by Robert Adam (and with gardens landscaped by Capability Brown), the 19th century 5 arch bridge over the River Ouse and hundreds of old churches scattered throughout the region.

But Bedford is really all about the landscape and the rolling Chiltern Hills and Dunstable Downsfrom the undulating pastures and farms set in the River Great Ouse Valley and the vast waterway and tributaries of the river itself to forests of alder and willow and endless meadows, thatched cottages, market gardens and ancient villages such as Cardington, Bushmead and Roxton.

Bedford itself has one of the most impressive riverside settings in all of Britain looking out over the River Great Ouse from Castle Mound. Well worth a visit it is a cosmopolitan and exciting town with arts and culture festivals all year round and a number of fine museums.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Bedfordshire

Fun days out in Bedfordshire

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Bedfordshire, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Bedfordshire

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Bedfordshire.

Theme Parks in Bedfordshire

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Bedfordshire.

Museums in Bedfordshire

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Bedfordshire

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 24/05/2015 16:43:38