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Bedford Park, Bedford

Bedford Park

Visitors can be assured by its Green Flag Status that the park is well worth a visit. For those with energy to burn can enjoy the use of free basketball and tennis facilities whilst families shouldn’t miss the large play area nestling in the eastern corner with a range of equipment to entertain and challenge children from toddlers to teens.[/b]
Park Avenue
For further information on this park, contact: Jacky Fraser (Senior Parks Officer) on 01234 221749 or
To report problems relating to this park, please contact the Park Ranger: James Wallbank on 01234 227363 or OUTDOOR SPORTS PITCHES IN BEDFORD PARK Football (to book a pitch contact 01234 351115) Cricket (to book a pitch contact 01234 351115) Rounders (to book a pitch contact 01234 351115) Bowls (to book a rink contact 01234 343477)
Birds of Prey Centre, Old Warden Park, Bedford

Bird of Prey Centre

The Bird of Prey Centre is situated in the beautiful grounds of the Shuttleworth Estate, the centre is home to over 200 birds of prey ranging from different species of Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Kites, Vultures and even Pelicans.Flying displays throughout the day with the opportunity to handle some of the owls for yourselves, giving you the opportunity to take some photos and ask the falconers questions
Old Warden Park Biggleswade
SG18 9EX
01767 627 527

Bodyflight, Bedford


Bodyflight-Clapham The World’s largest and best indoor skydiving wind tunnel. Come and learn the fun and exciting sport of Bodyflying in the safety of a vertical wind tunnel. No heights or jumping involved! suitable for all ages and abilities At 120ft high Bodyflight Vertigo is one of the tallest ‘Power Fan' jumps in the UK. An amazing adrenaline rush, adults and children alike can experience the thrill of leaping from a building and plunging to the ground in complete safety. Also try out riding the waves at FlowHouse, the UK's 1st Flowrider open to the public.
36 Twinwoods Business Park,
Clapham, BEDS MK41 6AE
0845 200 2960

Water skiing at Box End Park,Bedford Kempston

Box End Park

Enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding, keyboarding or waterskiing without a boat! A cost effective way for individuals and groups of enjoying the thrills of water sports on our two manmade lakes. Relax over a drink and enjoy the views from the clubhouse or sample the delights of Corner 5 restaurant.
Park-Box End Kempston, MK43 8RQ 01234 846222
River boat trip aboard the Artful Dodger, Danish Camp, Willington

Danish Camp Visitor Centre

A Norwegian log cabin surrounded by woodland on the banks of the River Great Ouse on the site of a viking stronghold. Serving homemade food throughout the day and offering fishing rod, bike and dingy hire.The adjacent moated site is an English Heritage Scheduled Ancient monument, one of the very few water-filled moats, still remaining from the viking age. Pleasure boats welcome anywhere along the bank. Guided walks and boat trips aboard the Artful Dodger available
Chapel Lane,
MK44 3QG
01234 838709
Bedford Museum & Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford

Bedford Museum & Cecil Higgins Art Gallery

Incorporating Bedford Gallery. Closed for major refurbishment, scheduled to reopen in Spring 2013
Castle lane Bedford MK40 3XD
T: 01234 718618 F: 01234 718619 Education Service: 01234 718627
Flow House at  Bodyflight,Bedford

Flow House Bedford

A unique indoor surfing facility, whether you're an expert boarder or completely new to "flowriding", Flowhouse offers fun for all the family, all year round! Bodyflight, Vertigo and Swoop all on one site making it more fun per mile than any place else in Bedfordshire
FlowHouse Bedford
Twinwoods Business Park,
Thurleigh Road,
Milton Ernest
Bedfordshire 0845 200 2960

Go Ape, Woburn Safari Park


Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides... all set high up in the trees.
Woburn Safari Park
MK17 9QN
01525 290407
Kids World, Bedford

Kids World

Kids World Welcome to a world of fun – A paradise for energetic kids! A fantastic range of steps to climb up, walk ways to scramble over and slides to whizz down. Take a well earned break with a coffee while they let off steam in the play centre
9 Kingsway
MK42 9BJ
01234 326309

Team Challenge at Kempston Outdoor Centre, Bedford

Kempston Outdoor Centre

The centre offers a full range of challenging and exciting outdoor education and adventure activities. These include: Indoor and Outdoor Climbing including Kempston Climbing Wall Abseiling Paddlesport including Canoeing and Kayaking Archery High Ropes Course including Jacobs Ladder, All Aboard, Crate Stack, Leap of Faith and Balance Beams Orienteering Team Building Challenges including Leaky Pipe, Tarpauline Challenge, Maze, Parachute and many more Journeying including Camping Expeditions walking or canoeing.Experience the thrill of high ropes and agility course, indoor and outdoor climbing walls and archery range. Adventurous activity sessions for pre-booked groups of all ages
Hillgrounds Road,
MK42 8QQ
01234 718666

The Kiln, Bedford

The Kiln

Painting on pottery is fun and very easy for adults and children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Even first time visitors find it so easy to create something wonderful to treasure, and there are so many different pottery ideas or painting techniques, you are sure to be inspired and have fun!
87 High Street, d,
MK40 1AL,
01234 216799
The Oasis Beach Pool, Bedford

Oasis Beach Pool

Action packed adventure riding the waves and the flumes or the wild river run. Stretch out on the bubble beds and other water features. The pool is packed with fun! Excellent if you are not a confident swimmer. Hot and cold snacks available from the Beachcomber Café . Perfect for parties and available for private hire.
Cardington Road,
MK42 0BZ 01234 272100
Sailing on the lake at Priory Country Park Bedford

Priory Country Park

Just a 20 minute walk from the town centre you can savour the peace of the countryside. The proud owner of consecutive Green Flags for the last 8 years, it’s a great place for picnics, kite-flying and leisurely walks. Watch the sailing, windsurfing and canoeing on the main lake or one of the many regular canoe events on the purpose built slalom course. Don’t miss the new timber Labyrinth or miss a walk around the secluded Finger Lakes where you can enjoy watching a wealth of wildlife. In particular it is notable for diverse range of wildfowl and warbler species and two hides provide good viewing for these and other birds. Check out the latest sightings at the Visitor Centre.
Barkers La Bedford MK41 9DJ For further information on this park, contact: Jacky Fraser (Senior Parks Officer) on 01234 221749 or
To report problems relating to this park, please contact the Park Ranger: James Wallbank on 01234 227363 or
The Race Room at Bodyflight

The Race Room

The Race Room is a fun, safe and environmentally friendly way to enjoy motor sport. Three simulators are networked together to allow three friends to race against each other, or solo drivers can just enjoy time trials. A basic session for the Race room involves: Introduction to the equipment, selected track and cars. Practice lap of the track Race - either against the computer or against your friends. Solo drivers can enjoy time trials and if they do well they might even make the wall of fame! All basic sessions are 20 minutes. Multiples can be purchased for users who want to try endurance races.
36 Twinwoods Business Park,
Clapham, BEDS MK41 6AE
0845 200 2960
Paintballing at Skirmish, Bedford

Skirmish Paintball

For a great team building day out visit Skirmish Central. Using air guns and dye pellets opposing teams engage in mock combat scenarios using strategic role play. Price includes: hire of all equipment.
Dungee Road,
BEDS MK43 7AE 01933 314805
Stewartby Powerboat Racing

Stewartby Powerboat Racing

We offer Junior Training for young people aged between 9-16 years. One or two day packages available from £40. Full Instruction given & equipment provided,safety boat & rescue personnel in attendance.
Stewartby Watersports Club
Powerboat Section
Stewartby Lake,
Green Lane,
Beds MK43 9LY
Spring Lamb at Thurleigh Farm, Bedford

Thurleigh Farm Centre

A working farm and children's activity centre offering an action packed fun day out for all the family
Cross End
MK44 2EE
01234 771597
Vertigo at Bodyflight, Bedford


At 125ft high Bodyflight Vertigo is one of the tallest ‘Power Fan' jumps in the UK. An amazing adrenaline rush, adults and children alike can experience the thrill of leaping from a building and plunging to the ground in complete safety!
Bodyflight Bedford
Twinwoods Business Park
Thurleigh Road
Milton Earnest
MK44 1RF
0845 200 2960
Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Woburn Safari Park

Visit the award winning Safari Park where you can get up close to the world’s most exotic and endangered animals.Woburn Safari Park is an action packed day for all the family. From the Road Safari where you can go round as many times as you like to the Foot Safari where you can mingle with the animals, grab lunch before watching the keeper demonstrations.
MK17 9QN
01525 290407
ZSL Whipsnade, Bedfordshire

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Zoo

Thousands of rare and exotic animals in a 600-acre park. Visit the chimpanasium, the Asian elephants or zebras to name but a few.
Beds, LU6 2LF
01582 872171

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