6 Hidden Gems in Bedfordshire that are Completely Free!
Hey hey, what’s new? It’s mid-August and honestly, I spotted tubs of Roses in Tesco this week. Argh! It’s too early. It’s absolutely too early.
Today on the blog I’m continuing our Hidden Gems series, but instead of a blogger, I’ve enlisted my sister. She lives in Bedford with her husband and two sons, and she has a few hidden gems to share with us. And even better, they are FREE! Yep – six ideas for free days out with the kids. What more could you want? If you’ve missed our series, catch up on a few of the other posts here: Hidden gems in Cheshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and West Sussex.
So, let’s get started with free days out in Bedfordshire.
First up on my sister’s to-do list for Bedfordshire is Priory Marina, set in Priory Country Park. It’s only two miles outside of Bedford town centre, so makes a great alternative for a day out. There is a nice lake to walk around, boats to watch and ducks to feed. There’s also a play park for the kids to enjoy. And if you’re feeling peckish, pop into the cafe onsite for amazing cake.
2 – The Embankment
Next up is the Embankment which runs alongside the River Ouse. Sophie says you can enjoy a nice walk along the river, watching the canoes and boats. Bedford Sailing Club is situated along this stretch of the river. There is also a lake where you can hire pedalos and rowing boats.
Hungry kids? Stop in a cafe called The Longholme for a bite to eat, and also boat and bike hire.
Bedford Park is a great place to take little ones this summer. There’s a good play area and, if you haven’t had time to pack a picnic, stop at the cafe there, The Pavillion. Sophie says they often run free events on the grass area outside the cafe.
If you’re looking to get out and about on a budget then Putnoe woods are a good start. There’s loads of wildlife to look out for and a walk through the woods isn’t too long for little legs. There’s also a lovely sandpit area to play in, before a picnic lunch.
Mowsbury Park also has more play areas and space to kick a ball around.
Rowney Warren woods are much larger than Putnoe woods but Sophie says the kids love exploring. There are loads of great places for a picnic and plenty of dens to play hide and seek in. There’s loads of parking and a small cafe on site too.
Moggerhanger Park is a fab family day out, and even better, it is all free to explore. That includes a mooch around the Grade 1 listed Georgian Historic House, and access to plenty of parkland and woodland. Sophie recommends visiting in spring time when the woodland areas are covered in bluebells.
There’s a play area for the kids to enjoy and a cafe onsite selling great cake! Notice how my sister knows all the great cake cafes. I’m not a cake fan so
Wow, thanks Sis for the recommendations! I really want to head to Bedfordshire and enjoy a few days now! I wonder if she’ll out us up…!
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