Spending time outdoors during the school holidays

Have fun outside during the school holidays!

Houghton Hall Park

We're really fortunate to live in an area where there is lots of outdoor space to make the most of – we have over 1,000 hectares of countryside here in Central Bedfordshire!

Rushmere Country Park

There are various trails so visitors can enjoy the park, including The Sculpture Trail, Oak Wood Trail, a Nature Rubbing Trail and The Heathland Trail. Cyclists are also welcome at the Park, and there are play spots available and a cafe. Find out more about the walks and trails at the park.

Find out more about what’s on at Rushmere Country Park.

Houghton Hall Park

Located in the heart of Houghton Regis, Houghton Hall Park is a hidden gem – with 42 acres of parkland and woodland. Enjoy the dog friendly café, a walk around the woodland and the various play features available. 

Forest of Marston Vale

The Forest of Marston Vale is 61 square miles and has 13 of its own woodlands which are ready for exploring! You can download activity sheets for children to take out and about into the park, keeping little ones busy and helping them learn about the animals and plants in the park.

Circular Walks around Central Bedfordshire

If you’ve got a car, a circular walk could be a great way to spend some time outdoors and see the best of Central Bedfordshire. There are a number of beautiful circular walks in the area including Katherine’s Walk which covers Ampthill, Flitwick and Steppingley, the Everton Circular Walk in Sandy and the Dunstable Downs Circular Walk.

Find out more about circular walks in Central Bedfordshire.

Greensand Ridge Walk

And if you’re looking for a multi-day adventure, you could take on the Greensand Ridge Walk! It’s a 40 mile (64km) long-distance walk that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. We’ve split the route into 5 sections. 

Find out more about the Greensand Ridge Walk.