Looking for fun days out in Bedfordshire? There are quite a few great ones, so the hardest bit will be deciding which activity to do! From free days out in Bedford to non-stop fun-filled all-dayers in the nearby area.
And even if you don’t have children, I’m sure you’ll still love these days out!
11 Fun Things to do in Bedfordshire
1. Harrold Odell Country Park
Harrold Odell Country Park, Carlton Road, Harrold, Bedford, MK43 7DS.
I’ve spent many an afternoon at this pretty country park. It’s ideal for little legs because the loop walk round the lake isn’t too big. You could easily do it at slow pace in an hour.
There are opportunities to feed the swans, plenty of muddy spots to jump in and a fenced-in playground, and another play area at the opposite side. It’s buggy-friendly, but just accept your stroller will likely get a bit dirty.
There’s a café near the car park, so grab a drink to take round or finish there with a piece of cake.
Tip: Entry is free, but you’ll need to pay for parking.
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2. Herrens Green Activity Farm
Herrings Green Farm, Cotton End Road, Wilstead, MK45 3DT.
The Birds of Prey Centre is housed at this farm and offers the chance to see owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and more. Lots more – it’s one of the UK’s largest collection of birds of prey, with over 200 birds. There are informative talks, flying displays and photo opportunities.
Aside from the birds, there’s a petting zone (rabbits and other cute pets), ride-on tractors, a pirate playground, a milkshake and ice cream shack, a farm and more. It really is a big day out.
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3. Kids World Bedford
Kids World, 9 Kingsway, Bedford, MK42 9BJ.
Rainy day? Little ones going stir crazy? Let them burn some energy at this big soft play centre. The great thing about this place is you have a 360 view of the activity space, so you can keep an eye on them whilst sipping a coffee.
There are padded frames to clamber over, ball pits to dive in and all the other typical soft play things. There’s a max age of 11 and height of 5ft 2.
Tip: Consider Riverside Hub in nearby Northampton. It has the UK’s biggest indoor play centre.
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4. Oasis Beach Pool
Oasis Beach Pool, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BZ.
This family-friendly pool is housed in a pyramid and has slides, a wave machine and an outdoor bit. There are also inflatables available too.
It’s loads of fun for little ones. My dad used to take me here a lot, so this place brings back some funny memories!
5. Priory Country Park
Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9DJ
This award-winning country park is a great option for a free day out in Bedford. It’s a 360 acre green space made up of lakes, meadows and woodland.
When the weather is nice bring a picnic. If the weather is bad, put them in wellies and puddlesuits and let them go splashing.
Make sure you include a visit to the Cloverdale Retreat café for homemade meals, tempting cakes and drinks. The café is ideal for families as it has a buggy-friendly ramp and double door entry. The children’s play area is close by too.
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6. Embankment Gardens and Russell Park
The Embankment, Bedford, MK40 3RH.
This is another great free day out in Bedfordshire. The park is on the embankment and the popular playground has a loose castle theme, encouraging little ones to use their imagination.
Tip: It gets busy, so if you can, visit when the older kids are at school.
7. Twinwoods Adventure
Twinwoods Adventure, Twinwoods Business Park, 36 Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1FD.
Not to be confused with Twinlakes Park, Twinwoods Adventure is a hub offering an indoor climbing wall, indoor surfing, and even indoor skydiving. It’s best suited to older children.
The minimum age for climbing is 5 years old and there are an impressive 20 different routes.
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8. The Shuttleworth Collection
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Hill Lane, Biggleswade SG18 9EP
You’ll find vintage aircraft at this world-renowned aerodrome. You’ll also find automotive and aircraft memorabilia that’s sure to pique the interest of mini-explorers.
Check the ‘What’s On’ page to see what fun events and shows might tie in with your visit.
Tip: Prefer something similar nearer Northampton way? Head to Sywell Aerodrome.
9. Snakes and Ladders
Snakes and Ladders, Blackburn Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5BQ.
Another rainy day out in Bedfordshire? Try another soft play! This one is a little further afield and offers an under 5s area, a three tier playframe, electric bikes, ball ponds and more.
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10. Stevington Windmill
Stevington Windmill, 2 Windmill Lane, Stevington, Bedford, MK43 7QZ.
Visit the only windmill left in Bedfordshire. Little ones seem to love running around here.
Open seven days a week, it’s a free chance to wear the kids out.
Tip: The Windmill is currently undergoing restoration works, so you can’t go inside.
11. Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Safari Park, Crawley Road, Woburn, Bedford, MK17 9QN
I’m not a fan of safari parks, but I feel like it’d be silly not to include this option for you. Woburn Safari Park is home to both a ‘drive-through’ safari and an ‘on foot’ one. There are tigers, reptiles, monkeys, giraffes and lots more.
Tip: Most kids absolutely love the drive through safari, but watch out for the cheeky vandal monkeys!
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