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Things to do in Bedford

Large county town with a rich heritage and good cultural opportunities

Are you looking for things to do in Bedford? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Priory Country Park and John Bunyan


Did you know...

  • In 1660 John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years in Bedford Gaol. It was here that he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.
  • Bedford Regatta is Britain's largest one day river rowing regatta.
  • The popular BBC TV series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em was filmed in and around Bedford during the 1970s.



 

  Attractions

The Kiln

Paint your own pottery studio.
2 Ram Yard
Bedford
MK40 1AL

01234216799

 

Bodyflight

Indoor sky diving centre.
Twinwoods Business Park
Thurleigh Road
MK44 1RF

08452002960

 

De Grey Mausoleum

English Heritage - Among the largest sepulchral chapels attached to any English church.
Flitton
Bedfordshire
MK45 5EL

 

Summerfields' Miniature Railways

Summerfields' Miniature Railways is a great day out for adults and kids, alike.
Hammer Hill
Haynes
Bedford
MK45 3BH

01234743062

Recommended by Paul Gallimore, Luton
“Summerfields' Miniature Railways is a great day out for adults and kids, alike. It's a chance to see and ride on large scall miniature steam locomotives. ”

 

Houghton House

English Heritage - Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th century mansion commanding magnificent views.
near Ampthill
Bedfordshire
MK45 2EZ

 

Bushmead Priory

English Heritage - Bushmead Priory is a rare survival of the complete refectory of an Augustinian priory, with a fine timber roof.
Off Top End Road
Staploe
Bedfordshire
MK44 2LD

 

Willington Dovecote And Stables FREE

National Trust - Outstanding 16th-century stone dovecote and stable building.
Willington
Church End
near Bedford
MK44 3PX

 
 

  Museums

Bedford Museum

Interesting local museum.
Castle Lane
Bedford
MK40 3XD

01234353323

 

John Bunyan Museum FREE

The Bunyan Museum tells the story of this renowned author, pastor and preacher.
Bunyan Meeting Free Church
Mill Street
Bedford
MK40 3EU

01234270303

 
 

  Parks

Biddenham Village Pond FREE

Nestling in a quiet corner of the lovely village of Biddenham, amongst trees and fields with views to the ancient village church.
Gold Lane
Biddenham
MK40 4AW

Recommended by Peter Applewhite, Biddenham
“A tranquil amenity and nature conservation area managed by local volunteers at the heart of the village - see the Friends of the pond website”

 
 

  Cinema

Cineworld Bedford

Multi-screen cinema.
Aspects Leisure Centre
Newnham Avenue
Bedford
MK41 9LW

03303334444

 

Vue Cinema Bedford

Multi-screen cinema.
4 River Street
Bedford
MK40 1AS

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

The Palace

Intimate 130 seater theatre.
Bradgate Road
Bedford
MK40 3DE

01234354321

 

Bedford Corn Exchange

The best in live music, comedy, film and theatre.
St Paul's Square
Bedford
MK40 1SL

01234269519

 
 

  Live Music

Esquires

Intimate live music venue.
60a Bromham Road
Bedford
MK40 2QG

01234340120

 
 

  Golf

Bedfordshire Golf Club

Golf Club.
Bromham Road
Biddenham
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 4AF

 

Colmworth Golf Club

Golf Club.
Mill Cottage
Mill Road
Colmworth
Bedfordshire
MK44 2BY

 

Millbrook Golf Club

Golf Club.
Millbrook
Bedfordshire
MK45 2JB

 

Mowsbury Golf Club

Golf Club.
Cleat Hill
Kimbolton
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK41 8DQ

 
 

  Leisure centres

Bunyan Sports Centre

Multi-purpose sports centre.
Mile Road
Bedford
MK42 9TS

01234364481

 
 

  Water sports

Robinson Pool

Bedford's largest indoor pool set in the grounds of the lovely Robinson park.
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 2JZ

01234357157

 

Oasis Beach Pool

Indoor tropical paradise.
Cardington Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 0BZ

01234272100

 

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