Bedfordshire....the gateway to East Anglia, with its lush rural landscapes and quaint villages.
It's a treasure trove of wildlife parks, stately homes and woodland walks.
Nature loving families should head to Sandy, where RSPB nature
reserve ‘The Lodge' overlooks the River Ivel. Set in 104 acres, it's a great place to amble through the five miles of trails or watch woodland birds from the hides. Young explorers can use the RSPB explorer backpacks full of goodies such as binoculars, bug viewers and wildlife booklets.
To the south of the county lies the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. Relax on a 70 minute round trip through Bedfordshire's countryside, although there are a few steep hills and
sharp turns to keep things interesting. Head to the north east of the county near Biggleswade and you'll come across the Shuttleworth Collection, where you can wander through
eight hangers full of bygone planes, cars and motorcycles (under 16s go in free).
Bedfordshire is not short of wildlife animal treats. Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable is the
UK's largest conservation park and home to over 200 species of animals – many of them
endangered. Travel a bit further north to Woburn and you'll come to Woburn Safari Park,
where visitors get a real treat as they drive through the animal enclosures. The Woburn
Estate not only has the safari park but also the Abbey with its immaculate gardens,
mind boggling maze and amazing autumn deer walks.
See our Local listings for further details and many more suggestions.