There is so much to do for a great day out for the family in Bedfordshire - you will be spoilt for choice!

Woburn Safari Park

If the kids are interested in wildlife, your starting point has to be Woburn. You can drive through the park and see rhinos, giraffes, African lions, Asian elephants, antelopes, Amur tigers and plenty of friendly monkeys who may take a liking to your wipers! Woburn does some fantastic work helping endangered species around the world, so your visit will also be of real benefit to the world’s Asian elephant population, for example.

Twinwoods Adventure

Just outside Bedford you will find Twinwoods Adventure Park with something for everyone. There is a thermal pool for a relaxing dip for oldies as well as a spa and a therapeutic salt cave. For the more adventurous why not try indoor skydiving, rock climbing or even indoor surfing. Outside there is a shooting range, the chance to practise your archery skills or, if you are feeling brave, you can leap 125 feet from the top of the wind tunnel. 


Whipsnade Zoo

Next up is almost certainly a trip to the zoo. Whipsnade is the UK’s largest zoo, with 600 acres of amazing scenery. There are 3,500 animals to see including the tallest mammals, the giraffes, and African lions all living in their natural habitat. The butterfly house will enchant you as will the Hullabazoo farm and play area where everyone can let off steam. Like Woburn, Whipsnade does some incredible work around the world helping wildlife, so your entrance price makes a real difference.

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The Shuttleworth Collection

If it’s machines that take your fancy, the Shuttleworth collection of machines will certainly make your day out a memorable experience. Here you will find not just flying machines, but also cars, buses, and motorcycles. Some of the aircraft are the oldest planes still in working order, including a 1909 Bleriot and a 1938 Westland Lysander which was used in secret missions behind enemy lines in the Second World War. Adjacent to the Shuttleworth Collection is the Swiss Garden, ideal for a picnic and a popular wedding venue

Published by Zachary McGavin