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  • Flying Proms

    Flying Proms

    Biggleswade

    The Flying Proms at The Shuttleworth Collection celebrates 21 years, and will bring all the atmosphere and fun of a truly British Proms and the excite…more

  • Afternoon Tea (August)

    Afternoon Tea (August)

    Nr Biggleswade

    Treat yourself to a wonderful home-baked afternoon tea in the grand setting of The House at Shuttleworth, formerly the home of the Shuttleworth family…more

  • Forest Trail Run - Grange Estate

    Forest Trail Run - Grange Estate

    Bedford

    Runaway Adventures are hosting a series of 3 Forest Trail runs this summer, giving intermediate runners a chance to explore different parts of the For…more

  • Dragonfly Safari

    Dragonfly Safari

    Bedford

    Join us on our search for dragonflies and other minibeasts in the Park and make your own dragonfly to take home! Wear long trousers, avoid open toed s…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: 17/08/2018 04:42:23